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Rega introduces Kyte bookshelf speakers with "unique" phenolic resin cabinet

Rega Kyte
(Image credit: Rega)

We first spotted these Rega Kyte speakers at the Bristol HiFi Show 2020 (remember when in-person shows were a thing?) when they were first demoed as part of the Rega System One all-in-one vinyl solution over a year ago. Now, they are official and on sale.

Priced at £499 a pair (about AU$999), the Rega Kyte are two-way bookshelf speakers built and designed in-house in the UK – even the cabinets are moulded here – and are an update, in name at least, to a classic Rega model of old. 

Rather than using traditional wood-veneered cabinets, though, the new Kyte adopt a phenolic resin cabinet that the company lauds for having a natural stiffness (further enhanced with ceramic plates and a cross brace structure). To make this happen, Rega has worked with another British company and invested in injection moulding of stiff thermoset phenolic resin. The result is a "unique cabinet construction" that has supposedly been made for one third of the price of other British made quality loudspeakers. Rega says the increasing use of non-wood cabinet materials in the speaker industry has allowed it to achieve "a long term dream".

Inside the bass-reflex ported cabinets are Rega's own ZRR tweeter and its handmade MX-125 bass/mid driver, incorporating a four-layer voice coil. A different kettle of fish to the company's existing RX speaker line-up, the Kyte look to be desktop-friendly, too: they're pretty compact (32.5 x 18.8 x 23.2cm) and supplied with an optional foot for each speaker to allow for positioning flexibility.

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Becky is Hi-Fi and Audio editor of What Hi-Fi?, and has been part of the team for almost eight years, with her current position preceded by roles as a staff writer and news editor. During that time she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching horror movies and hunting for gluten-free cake.