Rega Brio 2017 Integrated Amplifier
The Brio has a completely new case to house its improved circuits and parts. It now sits in a fully aluminum two-part case which boosts the Brio’s heat sinking capabilities and improves on Rega’s already solid build quality and reliability.
Feature-RichThe new Brio has a cleverly integrated headphone socket specially designed to avoid interference with the audio circuit when not in use and as you would expect, a very high specification moving magnet phono stage is built in as standard.
New Chassis DesignThe sleek and minimal look was designed to bring elegance to Rega’s classic style but still harks back to the swooped features hidden away in Rega’s past amplifiers. Combining all these aspects makes this Brio case a unique standpoint amongst the competition.
Redesigned CircuitryKey improvements have been made to the circuits. The PCB layout has been fully upgraded to handle higher specifications for all critical parts. A second raw power supply has been added to provide further isolation between output stage and the driver stage/line and phono amplifiers. This improves the isolation between high and low level signal stages of the amplifier. Higher specification MUSES operational amplifiers have been used in the line and phono amplifier.
Headphone JackFor convenience, the Brio has the capability to drive standard hi-fi headphones from the internal amplifier. Adding a headphone socket was only possible by finding a way to reduce its impact on the main signal path so it doesn’t disrupt the overall sound quality. We have paid special attention to the switch that deactivates the main speakers.
Stereophile ReviewInserting a $995 integrated amplifier into a music rig totaling about $17,000 (sans CD player) may sound crazy, but the Rega Research Brio was hardly out of place, and was only barely outpaced. The Brio revealed itself as a consummate music maker that conducted itself as if to the manor born. It didn't deliver the last word in transparency or absolute detail, but it did something more important: It made me toss away my reviewer's cap and take to the dance floor—I got to boogie down! Can you tell how much I like this mighty mite? I'm unashamed to quote Watts's own titans of 1970s R&B, the Sylvers, to make my several points: the Brio makes music swing, jump, and dance.
Ratings & Reviews
Brio best value for money!
by Gary Winder
I was originally going to buy a used Quad 405 but by the time I added a preamp I was looking at spending $1000. That's when I came across the Brio. All the reviews were so positive I went to my local store Glenn Poors in Champaign IL and Geoff had one. We tried it with various speakers around the $1500 level and ended with the GoldenEar Triton T7. I'm using Nordost White Lightning speaker cables and the system is unbelievable on all types of music from classical to rock. Stairway to Heaven is so detailed as is Miles Davis Kind of Blue