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The new Rega Aethos forms part of the Reference range alongside the Osiris Amplifier and Isis CD player. Shown for the first time at the Bristol Hifi show in February 2019, this stereo amplifier will be on demonstration as soon as its available.
The Aethos stereo amplifier is housed in a brand new custom designed case. Employing four 160w 16 Amp output transistors per channel, this delivers 156w per channel into 6 Ohm. The Aethos is a dual mono deisgn using a custom wound torodial transformer and regulated supplies for the sensitive amplification and driver stages. The Pre-Amp stage uses Class-A discrete circuitry throughout. The Aethos is a no compromise product with one goal: To deliver your music as faithfully as possible.
Power outputs at rated 230/115 V supply voltage:
125 W RMS both channels driven into the rated load of 8 Ω
156 W RMS both channels driven into 6 Ω
Note: Continued high level use into 6 Ω may cause the case to exceed 40 °C above the ambient temperature and activate the thermal shutdown.
No load 12.5 V
32 Ω 2.7 V
54 Ω 4 V
300 Ω 9 V
Source impedance 109 Ω
Record output level (with rated input levels) 219 mV
Record output impedance 560 Ω
Pre-amp output level (with rated input levels) 840 mV
Pre-amp output impedance 100 Ω
Input sensitivities for rated output level:
Input 1-5 and record input sensitivity 224 mV @ 17 kΩ
Maximum input level 11.5 V (record output amplifier overload point)
Direct input sensitivity 840 mV @ 50 kΩ
Power amplifier gain 31.6 dB
Frequency response @ 100 W into 8 Ω:
Line input 1-5 and record 10 Hz (-0.8 dB point) to 30 kHz (-0.5 dB point)
Direct input 10 Hz (-0.8 dB point) to 50 kHz (-0.5 dB point)
THD+Noise @ 100 W into 8 Ω:
Direct input (Power amplifier only) Typically 0.007% @ 1kHz (measurement bandwidth 22 Hz to 30 kHz)
Line input Typically 0.007% @ 1kHz (measurement bandwidth 22Hz to 30KHz)
Power consumption Maximum output: 415 W @ 230 V / 220 V / 115 V / 100 V into the rated load of 124 W RMS into 8 Ω
Fuse ratings T3.15 AL 250 V - 230 V/ 50 Hz and 220 V / 60 Hz
T6.3 AL 250 V - 115 V / 60 Hz and 100 V 50/60 Hz
Dimensions W 433 mm x H 95 mm x D 360 mm (including speaker terminals)
Weight 17.5 kg
VOLUME CONTROL AND LINE AMPLIFIER TECHNOLOGY
The Aethos uses a high performance combined feedback and passive volume control plus line amplifier, which was originally developed for the Elex-R. Improvements have been made to the volume control and line amplifier stages in the Aethos with the use of discrete FET input operational amplifiers using the Linear Systems LSK389 FET and the well-respected RK27 ‘Blue Velvet’ potentiometer. The feedback and input levels are varied to set the required volume level. The level and tracking between the two channels is set by the close tolerance parts in the pre-amplifier circuit and less by the actual potentiometer itself, thus keeping the mismatch of channels due to volume control tracking irregularities to a minimum, further improving on the performance of the RK27 potentiometer. As well as keeping tracking irregularities to a minimum, this method also reduces noise and input overload as the control will only ‘use’ the required gain to amplify the signal. This form of volume control is normally only found in professional broadcast environments where accurate low noise control of levels is required.
POWER AMPLIFIER TECHNOLOGY
The power amplifier used in the Aethos is an improved higher power version of the power amplifier used in the Elicit-R and Elex-R. The output amplifier used in the Aethos, was born after extensive research by our engineers to develop a low source impedance emitter follower Class-A driver stage. This is based around two complementary pairs of 160w Sanken Darlington output transistors. The technical and sonic improvement gained by the use of low impedance drivers is well known, however, it can feature high standing currents in the driver stage when using standard transistor configurations. By combining the low impedance driver with the Sanken Darlington transistors (with their imbedded thermal bias network running at a lower standing current), this combination forms a complementary emitter follower emulating Class-A conditions with good thermal stability and lower standing currents in the driver stage. Due to the nature of the Rega power amplifier circuit we are able to run two complete output stages in parallel, this includes the output transistors, bias network and pre diver transistor this is instead of paralleling just the output transistors as normally found. This ensures the 125 watt output is achieved with complete ease.