Rega Aphelion 2
What we Say:
Rega Aphelion 2 is the latest reference-level moving coil cartridge from Rega Research. It is the ideal choice for the new Planar 10 Turntable, and, if you are lucky enough, is the cartridge fitted on the awesome Naiad deck.
Aphelion 2 is the highest level cartridge that Rega make. Its design comes from years of experience of cartridge manufacture. Every detail has been included to enable you to get the very best out of your vinyl collection.
You can read more about Aphelion 2 on the Rega site here http://www.rega.co.uk/aphelion-2.html.
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What they say:
Aphelion 2 – Reference moving coil
The Aphelion 2 is the 4th generation of Rega’s unique moving coil cartridges. Taking the technology developed from the latest Apheta 3 to the highest level, our engineers have now fine-tuned every aspect of the original designs.
Aphelion 2 features an ultra-rigid boron rod cantilever fitted with our most advanced “fine line type” nude diamond profile. Aphelion 2 uses a super high-powered neodymium magnet and a coil meticulously hand wound on an iron micro cross. The weight reduction of the generator allows us greater freedom to track the vinyl groove ensuring even more detail is extracted from the vinyl. The Aphelion 2 is housed within a single piece, aluminium black anodised body and protected by a CAD designed, distinctive yellow rigid cover to protect the internal fine wires, making handling whilst fitting, safe and risk free.
The Aphelion 2 is the perfect partner for the multi-award winning Planar 10 turntable and will be supplied as standard on the ultimate Rega turntable the Naiad.
The hand built Aphelion 2 Moving Coil cartridge is the ultimate in micro engineering and design. This ground breaking new cartridge is guaranteed to retrieve more music from your vinyl than ever before.
To improve stiffness we are using a boron rod cantilever to increases tracking accuracy and ultimate performance ‘Fine Line Type’ profile. 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 2 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-seven 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 1.9g
Input load impedance 100 ohms
Output impedance 10 ohms
Nominal output voltage 350μV
Channel Balance : ≥ 10μV
Separation : ≥ -29dB
Key Features :
Graded zero tolerance black anodised aluminium body
Boron rod cantilever
‘Fine Line Type’ profile. nude diamond stylus
Iron micro cross & coil assembly making one of the world’s smallest MC generators.
World’s most powerful minaturised neodymium magnet.
High specification fine wire 0.018mm
Load settings for adjustable MC stages
Capacitance – 1000pF
Gain setting – High (‘On’ position for Rega phono stages )