Rega Apheta 2 MC Phono Cartridge
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Rega Designs an Award-Wining Moving Coil Cartridge - The Apheta 2 is Built 100% In-House

Rega have worked on this design for over five years and the Apheta is completely manufactured by hand and all done in-house. Rega values musicality and natural tonality over sterile, hyper-detailed presentation, the body is a solid alloy with a transparent, acrylic housing; the stylus is a Rega Vital Profile, a nude elliptical stylus on a tapered aluminum cantilever. 

“…listening with the Apheta is an utterly seductive experience. Forget the foxy measurements – just dig the sound and the music delivered by the most interesting new cartridge I’ve heard in years!”
- Paul Messenger, HiFi+, Issue 47

Rega entered the cartridge market in the early 80’s and now has four moving magnet designs and one moving coil. All cartridges are handmade by Rega, utilizing custom coil winding techniques and high precision bodies.

The Rega cartridge is a one-piece molding made of Pocan, a polymer with hardness greater than industrial aluminum. Most cartridges lose high frequency energy by the movements generated from the many joints created in conventional manufacturing. Most cartridges have five or six joints between the stylus mounting and the cartridge/head shell. Rega cartridges have none!

Routinely, most other cartridges must allow for large tolerances when manufacturing with a reasonable gap of 0.7mm between the moving magnet and the pole pieces. This gap on Rega cartridges is only 0.25mm.

When Rega was asked to produce a MC cartridge they decided to analyse existing designs on the market. They were astonished to discover that 99% of the products followed the same design principles established almost 50 years ago when materials and manufacturing processes were far less advanced than today.

Conventional MC cartridges utilize a steel suspension system (tie wire) which creates a high amplitude H.F resonance (normally around 8-12Khz). Such resonance is unacceptable and is usually damped by a rudimentary piece of foam rubber. However the foam rubber deteriorates with age and cannot prevent the complete structure from vibrating and 'ringing'.

The specifics and adjustment of the tie wire and damping determine whether the cartridge is under damped (bright) or over damped (warm and bass heavy). A happy medium is rarely achieved.

This encouraged Rega to pursue a new direction inspired by modern materials and the basic laws of magnetism. The Rega Apheta contains neither a tie wire nor a foam damper. After 4 years and many hundreds of experiments the innovative design of the Apheta was complete.

  • Manufacturer: Rega

Rega Apheta 2 MC Phono Cartridge

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