Rega Apheta 2 Phono Cartridge
Apheta 2 features a super high-powered, neodymium magnet and a coil meticulously hand wound on an iron cross that is fifty percent smaller than the original. This weight reduction allows us greater freedom to track the vinyl groove ensuring even more detail is extracted from the vinyl.
To further enhance the design, the Apheta 2 is housed within a completely redesigned, single piece, aluminum anodized body and protected by a CAD designed, clear rigid cover to protect the internal fine wires, making handling whilst fitting, safe and risk free.
The entire production department was overhauled at great expense to introduce the Apheta 2 MC. Huge investments into High Definition magnification cameras and displays have allowed us to work at much higher detail and far tighter tolerances than ever possible on the original model.
The Apheta 2 is the perfect partner for the RP8 and RP10 turntables which can be supplied factory fitted at a discounted package rate if requested. Please ask your retailer for details.
A Unique DesignConventional 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 Apheta 2 contains neither a tie wire nor a foam damper.
Moving coil aficionados will all recognize the long search for super clear, high frequency combined with firm, tight bass.
Ratings & Reviews
As good or better than anything at this price
by Peter in CA
I purchased a Rega RP-10 with a pre-installed Apheta 2 from Needle Doctor a few months ago. This is a shockingly good combination. The way the deck, arm, cartridge combo handles transients like vibes, steel drums, marimba is the best I have ever heard at any price. I have a McIntosh MP1100 tube based phono pre-amp and this is an incredibly good match. If you are in this price range, I highly recommend a top tier phono preamp like the Mac or the Manleys, Brinkmann or the other proven performers.