The reference Rega Aura MC stage is the culmination of decades of Rega electronic design development. Rega has created the ultimate, fully adjustable, three stage, all symmetrical pre-amplifier designed purely to extract the very best performance from your moving coil cartridge and vinyl playback system.
Built into a completely re-designed custom case, the Aura is dedicated to moving coil cartridges and stays clear of any compromises. Rega avoided including any superfluous functions as they obstruct the signal path and degrade the sound quality. The Aura phono pre-amp incorporates remarkable and innovative design ideas. If you are a vinyl connoisseur, then the Aura MC is an absolute must for demonstration.
The Aura combines superlative engineering and build to create an unashamedly high-end phono stage that performs remarkably well. What sets it apart from many other very capable rivals is that the Aura balances peerless accuracy and realism with the ability to deliver unbridled musical joy. I cannot recall reviewing a product quite as covetable as this in a very long time and as such, it’s one of the finest phono stages I’ve ever heard. - Ed Selley Hi-Fi Choice? Feb 2019.
The Rega Aura is clearly a top notch phono preamplifier, its build quality, range of features and sheer transparency put it in the premier league. - Jason Kennedy Editor The Ear.Net - March 2019.
Note that the Rega Aura supports MC cartridges only.
Rega Aura Technical Specifications
Generator Source Resistance 20 Ω
(Audio Precision Z Out)
Load set to 100 Ω and capacitance set to 1000 pF (Apheta and Aphelion)
Output Load Resistance 100 kΩ
(Audio Precision Z In)
Input Sensitivity for 200 mV on Unbalanced Output 67 μV - 69.5 dB Gain Setting I 131 μV - 63.5 dB Gain Setting II
Gain Input to Unbalanced Output 63.5 dB Minimum 69.5 dB Maximum
Input Load 50, 100, 150, 300 & 400 Ω
Capacitive Load 1000, 2000, 3200, 4300, 5700 pF
Input Overload @ 1 kHz 9.6 mV - 63.5 dB Gain Setting 4.9 mV - 69.5 dB Gain Setting
Rated Output Level
Unbalanced 200 mV Balanced 400 mV Maximum Output Level Unbalanced 14.5 V RMS Balanced 29 V RMS Balanced Output Connections Balanced XLR connectors pin2 positive and pin3 negative. The positive pin2 connection on the balanced output is the same connection as the unbalanced output.
Output Resistance Unbalanced 100 Ω Balanced 200 Ω
Absolute Minimum Output Load Resistance (for a –3 dB roll off @ 20 Hz) 500 Ω Unbalanced 1000 Ω Unbalanced RIAA Accuracy (Better Than) 0.2 dB 100 Hz to 50 kHz
Frequency Response 13.5 Hz (–3 dB) to 100 kHz (–0.2 dB)
THD Typically 0.03 % @ 1 V 20 Hz 20 kHz (Bandwidth 100 Hz to 22 kHz)
Output Noise Level (Unbalanced Output, A-Weighted and 15 Ω Input Load) -77 dB V (69.5 dB Gain Setting I) -82 dB V (63.5 dB Gain Setting II)