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Rega Aphelion 2 MC Cartridge (Click and Collect Only)

Rega Aphelion 2 MC Cartridge (Click and Collect Only)

Regular price £3,465.00 GBP
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The Aphelion cartridge is the ultimate interpretation of the radical concept first seen in the Rega Apheta cartridges. An ultra stiff boron cantilever is attached to a generator assembly that is much smaller and lighter than usual - reducing moving mass which improves both tracking and high frequency resolution. The cartridge body, for what there is of it, is machined from a block of aluminium with transparent side pieces to protect the mechanism and give a glimpse of the miniature engineering contained within.

Its presentation is closely related to the other Rega MC cartridges. As you’d expect it keeps the speed that these cartridges are so well known for and adds an extra level of potency - it’s a ‘full on’ sounding cartridge that makes many lesser designs sound anaemic, resulting in a seriously energetic and fun listen.

The unique hand-wound micro cross and coil assembly is built directly onto a Boron rod cantilever. The advanced ‘fine line’ profile nude diamond is then mounted through 90 degrees which offers extreme levels of stiffness and control over the stylus. This design requires a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to engineering to achieve the highest level of performance from a Rega cartridge to date. Designed to complement the reference range of Rega turntables including the Naiad.

Graded zero tolerance black anodised aluminium body
Boron rod cantilever
‘Fine line’ profile, nude diamond stylus
Iron micro cross and hand wound coil assembly making one of the worlds smallest MC generators
Worlds most powerful minaturised neodymium magnet
High specification fine wire 0.018 mm

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 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.

Conventional MC cartridges utilize a steel suspension system (tie wire) which creates a high amplitude H.F. resonance (normally around 8-12 kHz). 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 Aphelion 2 contains neither a tie wire nor a foam damper. Moving coil aficionados will all recognise the long search for super clear, high frequency combined with firm, tight bass, characteristics all Rega moving coils exhibit.

Tracking Pressure
1.9 g

Input Load Impedance
100 Ω

Output Impedance
10 Ω

Nominal Output Voltage
350 μV

Channel Balance
≥ 10 μV

≥ -29 dB

6 g
A reasonably priced rebuild service is offered by Rega, which help keep the running costs down compared to many other similar cartridges, please see our 'Replacement Styli section' for details.
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