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My new Rega Brio R
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Sorry if this has been replicated in other posts but I went to audition a Rega Brio R yesterday and was blown away by the improvement over my PM6004.

Its been running for about 6 hours after I got it home last night so only a few hours to go until it run in!

The amp is singing really well through my BX2s which I thought would be a let down but they have taken me by surprise, my source is a CD6004 which is definitely up to the job of partnering the Brio R.

I am in Hifi nirvana at the minute, exploring all my CDs again.

This amp is blowing me away, everything is more detailed, punchy and the best thing it sounds soo much more controlled than the PM6004.

There is a lot of talk about how this amp doesn't sound like a £500 amp but double that and now I can vouch for that.

Happy days

Michell Gyrodec, RB303, Benz Micro Ace H, Icon Audio ST40 w/KT88s, PS1 Phono, Kudos X2, Rega Apollo R, DAC

 

 

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RE: My new Rega Brio R

Well done. My sentiments in your other thread was "looks like you've found your hi-fi niche." It should only improve over the coming weeks.

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RE: My new Rega Brio R

Hi stevebrock

Nice one Dirol  I've also found Monitor Audio's BX2 speakers to be an excellent match with Rega's Brio-R amplifier :rockout: Anyway i hope that you enjoy the performance of your system for many years to come Smile

All the best

Rick @ Musicraft

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RE: My new Rega Brio R

Just need to save up for the Rega DAC now as I auditioned that too using a CD6004 as a transport!

Michell Gyrodec, RB303, Benz Micro Ace H, Icon Audio ST40 w/KT88s, PS1 Phono, Kudos X2, Rega Apollo R, DAC

 

 

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RE: My new Rega Brio R

stevebrock wrote:

Just need to save up for the Rega DAC now as I auditioned that too using a CD6004 as a transport!

Is your end game with a whole Rega set-up, including speakers?

I've been eyeing the Rega Dac to feed the Arcam CDP.

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RE: My new Rega Brio R

No using BX2 speakers, they sound pretty good with the Brio R, Rega DAC for the CD6004/squeezebox(mac streaming flac) & Rega RP1.

Tried some Neat Motive 3s with the Brio they sound pretty special

Michell Gyrodec, RB303, Benz Micro Ace H, Icon Audio ST40 w/KT88s, PS1 Phono, Kudos X2, Rega Apollo R, DAC

 

 

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RE: My new Rega Brio R

What speakers are you using now with your Brio-R? Your sig shows the RS1's but wanted to see what you like better between the RS1 and the BX2's. 

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RE: My new Rega Brio R

Dear hifi friends,

I've read the review and the positive comments about the Brio R.  :rant:

It is a clear step better than the PM6004....would a Brio R be overkill for budgetspeakers like mine: Q acoustics 2010i?

 

 

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RE: My new Rega Brio R

Found the bx2 all boom and tiz the brio deserves better speakers! The rs1 are lovely musical speakers and not fussy with placement 

 

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RE: My new Rega Brio R

Indeed a great amp and preferable in my system to many more expensive amp combinations.

Gets a bit hot but comes on song quickly and has a front power button so a good idea to turn off when you retire. (in the evening, not in life)

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Sounds like I have my choices narrowed down to the RS1 and Epic 1 or 2. Now just need to find a local demo. Thanks for the input...

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RE: My new Rega Brio R

Liking the sound of the brio r. How do you think it will compare to an alpha 10? Going to have to pop down to musicraft for a listen, just a bit concerned a might end up walking out with one :grin:

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RE: My new Rega Brio R

Rick1979 wrote:

Liking the sound of the brio r. How do you think it will compare to an alpha 10? Going to have to pop down to musicraft for a listen, just a bit concerned a might end up walking out with one :grin:

I'd say you'll definitely walk out with a Brio-R. Rick isn't an Arcam fan...

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RE: My new Rega Brio R

 

Hi Steve

 

Just a few questions:

The Rega amp cost twice as much as the MA BX2 speakers right. So do you think you have taken advantage of the full potential of the Rega amp or would you be upgrading to higher value speakers. By the looks of things it seems that you are fully satisfied with the combo.

Do you detect any hum in the Rega amp. Some people say they hear one.

How long have you been listening to the marantz amp before you upgraded to the rega amp.

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sureesh40 wrote:

,,, would you be upgrading to higher value speakers.

It's a year since Steve posted this and he now uses Rega RS3s. (See the system listed  under his posts.)

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RE: My new Rega Brio R

The bx2 are budget speakers they were ok at being so! However the Refa RS1 were definitely a nicer musical speaker with less boomy bass and harsh treble! I only upgraded to the RS3 as I wanted a bit more bass but retaining the musicality and couldn't be happier with the rs3

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