Priced a little ‘north’ of £3000, the Aphelion is the third generation of Rega’s unique moving coil cartridges. Taking the technology developed from the latest Apheta 2 to the next level, Rega’s engineers have fine tuned every aspect of the original design.
Aphelion features a new boron cantilever and super high-powered, neodymium magnet and a coil meticulously hand wound on an iron micro cross that is fifty percent smaller than the original. The weight reduction of the generator allows us greater freedom to track the vinyl groove accurately ensuring even more detail is extracted from the vinyl. The Aphelion is housed within a completely redesigned, single piece, aluminium black anodised 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 Aphelion is the perfect partner for the RP10 turntable and RB2000 tonearm
The hand built Aphelion Moving Coil cartridge is the ultimate in micro engineering and design.Taking two years to develop this ground breaking new cartridge is guaranteed to retrieve more music from your vinyl than ever before.To improve stiffness Rega have introduced a boron rod cantilever to increases tracking accuracy and performance. The stylus is a diamond ‘Vital’ profile rotated through 90 degrees to improve rigidity of the diamond mount.
Rega’s Moving Coil cartridge design is unique in its approach to achieving an ultra-low mass generator which is undamped (no tie wire) using a unique rhomboid pivot for the cantilever powered by a purpose designed, exclusive to Rega, Neodymium magnet system. This type of design requires a zero-tolerance engineered cartridge body which is Rega’s area of expertise and with the Aphelion these bodies are machined from one piece of the highest quality aluminium. This is a difficult and expensive process requiring all of Rega’s forty-four years of experience to achieve. In particular, the “zero” tolerancing of the body is required in the alignment and dimension of the pivot pad mounting hole and the magnet mechanism mounting hole relationship.
Tracking Pressure 1.75 – 2.00gInput load impedance 100 ohmsOutput impedance 10 ohmsNominal output voltage 350μVChannel Balance : ≥ 10μVSeparation : ≥ -29dB
Key Features :
Graded zero tolerance black anodised aluminium bodyBoron rod cantilever’Vital’ profile nude diamond stylus rotated through 90 degrees.Iron micro cross & coil assembly making one of the worlds smallest MC generators.Worlds most powerful minaturised neodymium magnet.High specification fine wire 0.018mm
Load settings for adjustable MC stages
Impedance -100ohmCapacitance – 1000pFGain setting – High (‘On’ position for Rega phono stages )
Fono MC dip switch settings for all Rega MC cartridge models
Aria MC dip switch settings for all Rega MC cartridge models