Rega Research Brio integrated amplifier Specifications

Sidebar 1: Specifications

Description: Solid-state, class-AB integrated amplifier. Analog inputs (RCA): 4 unbalanced line, 1 unbalanced MM phono. Outputs: 1 pair speaker terminals, 1 pair unbalanced (RCA) "Record," 1 headphone ¼" jack. Output power (both channels driven): 50Wpc into 8 ohms (17dBW), 73Wpc into 4 ohms (15.9dBW). Headphone output: 32 ohms = 1.8V, 54 ohms = 2.6V, 300 ohms = 5.9V. Source impedance: 109 ohms. Frequency response: 12Hz–43kHz (line); 15Hz–40kHz, –3dB (phono); 27Hz–20.5kHz, –1dB (phono). Distortion: typically 0.03%, 1dB below clip, 22Hz–22kHz. Signal/noise ratio (volume at maximum, ref. 40W into 8 ohms, A-weighted): 90dB, line; 75dB, phono (terminated with 220 ohms). Input sensitivity & impedance: 2.1mV at 47k ohms in parallel with 220pF (phono); 210mV at 47k ohms (line). Power consumption into 8 ohms: 195W at 230V, 220V, 115V, 100V.
Dimensions: 8.5" (216mm) W by 3.1" (78mm) H by 13.6" (345mm) D. Weight: 11.2 lbs (5.1kg).
Finish: Black.
Serial number of unit reviewed: 22057.
Price: $995. Approximate number of dealers: 95. Warranty: 3 years, parts & labor.
Manufacturer: Rega Research Limited, 6 Coopers Way, Temple Farm Industrial Estate, Southend on Sea SS2 5TE, Essex, England, UK. Tel: (44) 1702-333071. Fax: (44) 1702-432427. Web: US distributor: The Sound Organisation, 159 Leslie Street, Dallas, TX 75207. Tel: (972) 234-0182. Fax: (972) 234-0249. Web:

Rega Research Limited
US distributor: The Sound Organisation
1009 Oakmead Dr.
Arlington, TX 76011
(972) 234-0182

tonykaz's picture

Geez, I was selling Air Containers of Linn LP12s, back in the 1980s.

I never sold a single Rega turntable and didn't wonder why, I just knew that people wanted better than a noisy Rega and still do, although they can't afford a $17,000+++ "proper" record player/arm/phono cart and Riaa Pre-amp. Phew

Can they justify the pricy vinyls and misc. cleaning & storage systems?

Well, I suppose that someone just starting out can now own an entry level Rega Turntable & Rega Electronics. For well under $2,000 US. Hmm.

Why not just buy a "Jumbles Sale" Pioneer SX 60W Reciever & garage sale record player?

Dealer thoughts:

Magico & Wilson High End dealers should have & stock some interesting entry level stuff. Can they live off the points from a $2k Sale ( probably 40 points equaling $800 bucks )? Maybe they could sell one of these cute little "dorm" systems to Daddy Big Bucks who is already a D'Agostino Customer.

The darn good thing here is that there ain't no dam Chinesium inside the Rega box!

So, I have to give Rega two thumbs up, it's a Brit when being Brit seems long of tooth, Stereophile seems to assure us of it's sound qualities but didn't quite compare it's value to a little Schiit ( made in USA ) system.

Well done, Rega, I've always loved the Brit stuff.

Tony in Michigan

ps. someone with a "jiggle-cam" did a nice multi-day tour of Rega that's well worth watching. I noticed that Rega has only one resident Audiophile on Staff. hmm

geoffreyvanhouwaert's picture

Lovely amplifier. Top of the list.

Marvelousmarkie's picture

Use it with the top off or a fan to dissipate heat?

CorumUK's picture

Rega choose not to publish their SNR data, something I didn't appreciate until after buying. I'm on my second 2017 Brio at the moment and both have an audible hum that can be heard when in close proximity to the speakers (at all volumes and inputs).
The first one was definitely worse though and louder in the right channel. It also had a hum that could be heard through the right earpiece when headphones were connected.
I ended up returning the first unit. The dealer stated its normal for some humming to be heard through the speakers but that the unit was much louder than what he would consider acceptable, so they agreed to replace. The second unit still hums but only faintly and crucially not through the headphones.
I started a thread on a well known forum (pfm) discussing the above and myself and others who spoke negatively of Rega were trolled and verbally abused, with one particular troll being encouraged by a Rega rep who also frequents the site. Within a week the thread was completely deleted and I was banned.
So although I've still got my second Brio and think the sound is great (humming aside), my experience has been somewhat bitter sweet and I'm not sure I would consider a Rega product in future.

lozsgo's picture

My 35-yr-old Perrauex SM-2 preamp and Perrauex PMF-1150B amp need to be replaced, and I'm considering going with the 2017 Rega Brio integrated amp. Will that amp match well with my GoldenEar Triton 2 towers?