Stereophile Recommended Component, April 2009, Class C, $$$What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision Awards 2008 - Product Of The Year - Turntables Rega P3/24/Elys 2
The Elys was specifically designed with the RB300 in mind and has a three point mounting system. The sound quality over the Bias and S. Bias is most apparent with the dynamics and seperation between various musical instruments.
Rega entered the cartridge market in the early 80's and now has six moving-magnet designs. All cartridges are hand made by Rega utilizing custom coil winding techniques and ultra high precision molded bodies. The Rega cartridge is a one piece molding made of Pocan, a polymer with a hardness greater than industrial aluminum. Most cartridges loose high frequency energy by the movements generated in many joints created in conventional manufacturing. Most cartridges have five or six joints between the stylus mounting and the cartridge/headshell face. Rega cartridges have none! Most cartridges have to allow for large tolerances when manufacturing automatically with a reasonable gap of 0.7mm between the moving magnet and the pole pieces. This gap on Rega cartridges is only 0.25mm, much lower than any moving magnet cartridge we have tested.New Bias 2 and Elys 2
The new Bias 2 and Elys 2 cartridges offer outstanding sound quality and value for money. Both of these proprietary designs use new parallel wound coils and pivot pads improving detail and accuracy. They also offer Rega’s unmatched level of mechanical integrity with no removable stylus to muddy musical waters and, in the Elys 2, a three point mounting is used for even greater rigidity.Design – No Energy Sapping Joints
The Exact shares the same body molding as the rest of the new Rega cartridge range. The body molding is a one-piece body and has no energy sapping joints between the stylus mounting and headshell contact face. The headshell face is machined perfectly flat to ensure maximum contact between the cartridge and headshell. Coil Winding – One-Third Less Wire
Rega has designed and developed its own coil-winding machine allowing them to manufacture coils in a completely new and innovative way. This means approximately one third less wire is used than in Rega’s previous cartridges producing a more efficient and reduced mass cartridge.Packing – More for the Cartridge
Rega has not tried to create a false impression of product expense by using elaborate packaging. By using the simplest and inexpensive cartridge carton possible, yet still avoiding transit damage, Rega spends more on the cartridge itself - ensuring better value.Assembly – Hand Crafted
Due to the design and extremely high tolerances of Rega cartridges, the assembly methods are more akin to watch making than to a mass production assembly line. Every cartridge is hand built. The highly skilled operatives use little more than tweezers and microscopes.
Each cartridge is then adjusted and tested twice during a 24-hour period. Such methods are expensive and time consuming but Rega feels the result is worth it. We know you will too!Rega Elys 2 Cartridge Specifications:Output: 6.8 - 7.2mV
Fixing: Rega three point fixing
Coils: High Spec parallel wound coils
User Manual Rega Elys 2