Rega Aethos Roundup
First debuted at the Bristol HiFi Show back in February 2019 the Aethos didn’t get it’s full release until November last year.
In terms of the range it sits below the no compromise Osiris, although in terms of price at £2999 comes in at less than half that of its range topping sibling.
Here Rega have taken principles from their What HiFi Award winning Elicit-R and taken them to the next level. Using higher quality components and a higher power output stage.
As a result, the Aethos outputs 156W per channel into 6Ω this is a big increase over the 127W available on the Elicit-R.
In many ways the Aethos is a very traditional amplifier. If you’re looking for an amplifier which has all the bells and whistles, on-board phono stage, Bluetooth, digital inputs and the accompanying DAC, then it won’t be found here. Arguably this is necessary if an attempt is being made to produce the best amplifier available at the price.
Instead there is a wealth of analogue connectivity in the form of RCA inputs and outputs. 5 in, a tape loop and an input to connect directly to the power amp section, cutting out the volume controls if using as a power amp. To complement this are a pre-out if using a separate power amp and a 6.3mm headphone output.
The sound on offer is reminiscent of the other integrated amps lower down in the range, notably the Elicit-R and Elex-R. Hardly surprising given the shared design principles. What you get over and above them is a lot more in terms of clarity and power. Revealing more detail in good quality recordings. Yet there is a downside, if your source material is of a lower quality then the Aethos is going to let you know about it.