Rega's radical Aya speakers combine glass and cement for a striking design

Rega Aya floorstanders lifestyle
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When we get announcements from Rega about new kit, we tend to expect them to be about a record deck; but the British turntable specialist has a surprise new launch: a pair of premium Aya floorstanders. 

Born after more than ten years' worth of research and development, these new Rega Aya speakers join the brand's existing Kyte standmounters (used in the five-star Rega System One) in a sparse but rather unusual-looking speaker range. 

The most unusual thing about the new Rega Aya speakers isn't the shape of the cabinets – which have been "developed alongside a UK-based company best known for bespoke concrete furniture and installations".

Rega Aya floorstanders

(Image credit: Rega)

It's the material used to make the cabinets themselves. Citing rising costs of the more traditional MDF cabinets with real wood veneers used by many speaker brands, Rega has turned to using a material called GRC – glass reinforced cement – for its new Aya speakers.

While we have come across speakers made out of concrete and concrete composites (such as the Master & Dynamic MA770), the use of cement is still fairly unusual in mainstream hi-fi speakers. The material should lead to a stiff and rigid enclosure, which is ideal for speakers, but it comes with quite the weight warning.

Rega claims the glass fibres in the material help to reduce the total weight of the speakers (14.1kg each) while still retaining – and even "increasing" – structural integrity. To Rega, this method was the way of creating the "perfect loudspeaker enclosure that enhances performance whilst offering exceptional value for money." 

The existing Kyte standmounters were also made of a non-wood phenolic resin material (and similarly designed and moulded in-house in the UK), so this non-traditional step for Aya isn't, for Rega at least, too unusual. 

Rega Aya floorstanders

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The Aya floorstanders are a 2.5-way configuration with a "band pass" enclosure design and a front vent, and use Rega's own ZRR tweeter, 5-inch (12.7cm) MX-125 bass/mid driver, and a 7-inch (17.8cm) RR7.8 bass driver. The speakers have a claimed sensitivity of 89.5db into 6 ohms and overall each speaker measures 87.1 x 25.8 x 21.5cm (hwd).

The new Rega Aya speakers are available now for £1499 / $2295 / AU$3499 and in a single steel grey finish only. As part of Rega's sustainability initiative, the Aya floorstanders don't come with grilles, but they are available as an optional extra, for £80 per pair.


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Kashfia Kabir
Hi-Fi and Audio Editor

Kashfia is the Hi-Fi and Audio Editor of What Hi-Fi? and first joined the brand over 10 years ago. During her time in the consumer tech industry, she has reviewed hundreds of products (including speakers, amplifiers and headphones), been to countless trade shows across the world and fallen in love with hi-fi kit much bigger than her. In her spare time, Kash can be found tending to an ever-growing houseplant collection and hanging out with her cat Jolene.

  • Hifiman
    I am sure Rega cannot believe there would ever be a week that was not good for launching a product associated with concrete.
  • Wales1
    Better get them checked out,might be Racca
  • Terry Webb
    Anybody making funny remarks about musique concrete will be banished to the naughty step.