We've had our first glimpse of Rega's high-end pre/power amps at the Bristol Show

Rega Solis and Rega Mercury pre and power amps
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Rega has unveiled a few world exclusives at this year's Bristol Hi-Fi Show. The British brand always has a surprise or two to show us ahead of the official launch, and this year we are treated to a few new models to delight fans attending the popular consumer event. 

Let's kick things off with a new reference Mercury preamplifier and Solis power. We only have a few details at the moment" the Solis power amp boasts 165W per channel, whereas the Mercury has a variety of analogue and digital inputs, including USB type B. There's also a bespoke Rega DAC housed within the Mercury.

This new pre-power combo joins the rest of Rega’s top reference line including the Aura phono stage and the Naia turntable, which we first saw at last year's Bristol Hi-Fi Show. The Naia/Aphelion 2 turntable is a stunning five-star spinner, so here's hoping Rega can bolster its hi-fi stable with the Solis and Mercury.

Rega Planar 3 in a light oak finish

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Also on show is the ND7, a moving magnet cartridge due for release later this year. Developed over a period of 10 years, the new ND7 is a new design which teases "next level" performance via a high-performance diamond stylus, neodymium rare earth metal magnet and a glass-filled PPS body. Like most of the company's products, the ND7 is hand-made in Rega's factory in Essex. The ND7 cartridge will cost you £450.

Finally, there's a new turntable finish. Thanks to the popularity of the 50th Anniversary Limited Edition version, Rega has decided to bring out a new light oak effect finish for the standard Planar 3 deck.

It's not finalised yet, but we're told the Mercury and Solis are priced at roughly £6000 each, totalling a pretty substantial £12,000 for the pre-power combination. We'll bring you more confirmed details at the official launch, which is about three or four months away.


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Harry McKerrell
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Harry McKerrell is a staff writer at What Hi-Fi?. He studied law and history at university before working as a freelance journalist covering TV and gaming for numerous platforms both online and in print. When not at work he can be found playing hockey, practising the piano or forcing himself to go long-distance running.