Thursday, November 6, 2008
Rega Introduces the Elicit Amplifier
In 1988 Rega conceived the Elicit. This was the first of two amplifiers to be launched & manufactured by Rega in 1990.
We have utilized the knowledge base and experience gained since the conception of the original Elicit to bring you, the listener, the astounding all new Elicit integrated amplifier.
The new Elicit features a circuit entirely designed by Rega, refined by extensive listening and computer based design procedures.
At Rega we are very proud of what we have achieved with the new Elicit amplifier, and hope that you, the listener, will appreciate and enjoy the amplifiers contemporary design and casework aesthetics.
In common with all Rega products, the Elicit amplifier has been designed without compromise. Our time, efforts & money have been spent on developing the circuit and construction, utilizing the highest specification of components throughout.
As part of the design we have included useful features to enable the Elicit amplifier to be used in a wide combination of systems.
The New Elicit Amplifier is a high performance audio amplifier using the Rega Alpha-Encoder control system, comprising of a digitally controlled analog switched resistor network volume control, with a class A discrete low noise FET line amplifier. The signal switching is routed by high quality loss-less relays. High quality Evox and ICEL film capacitors have been used in sonically critical signal path positions throughout.
The power amplifier is of a fully symmetrical design using advanced Sanken Darlington power transistors. The power supply uses a generously rated toridal transformer assembled using highest quality core material. Finally the Elicit is housed in the enhanced Rega custom-built extruded aluminum case incorporating three high thermal efficiency heat sinks. Rega has kept the same level of performance and synergy between stages as in the original Elicit amplifier but with a better level of functionality in the volume control and user interface.
The Elicit is an 80-Watt integrated amplifier, which can be the heart of a traditional two-channel system, or integrated into a multi channel system where no compromise two-channel performance is required. The Elicit has a direct input feeding the power amplifier, which for example, can be a signal from a multi channel processor etc; and a pre-amplifier output, which enables the amplifier to be expanded to drive Bi-amplifier(s) or active or multiple speaker systems, for example, subs bass etc. The gain of the power amplifier is 28dB for full output, which makes it compatible with a wide variety of other power amplifiers. The amplifier is fully short circuit and DC protected.
The volume level is controlled via a microprocessor, which in turn takes its information from the volume digital encoder on the front panel or remote control handset.
The volume control has a resolution of 1dB per step, giving a total range of 80 steps over the available gain or volume range of 80dB.
There is a calibrated LED display comprising of 20 LED's, which indicates the gain level or relative position of the volume control; this is calibrated in 4dB steps, across the total gain of volume range. The left and right channels are matched and balanced within 0.2dB, ensuring a centrally placed soundstage no matter what the volume position or which gain level has been set.
The stepped resistive networks of the volume control are placed in the feedback and input circuits of a low noise class A discrete FET line amplifier, thereby optimizing the gain of the line amplifier for a good signal to noise ratio. Also, the stepped resistive network provides the amplifier input with constant input impedance, providing the source component (CD, tuner, tape etc) with a constant impedance load and eliminating the possible changes in sound quality with different volume control positions.
Discrete circuitry used in the signal path.
Polypropylene capacitors used in all sonically critical positions.
High specification Relay switching used throughout.
Symmetrical power amplifier utilizing state of the art Sanken Darlington output transistors with enhanced thermal stability.
Higher than normal Class A quiescent current.
Galvanically isolated power supplies for the pre amplifier, power amplifier & digital circuits.
Fast diodes used in the audio power supplies.
Nine individual power supplies.
High stability low noise voltage references used throughout.
Low noise servo controlled FET pre-amplifier with the minimum of coupling capacitors.
Wolfson digitally controlled stepped attenuator volume control.
Generous heat sinks for continuous use.
Plug in card for MM & MC input and future options.
Direct input for integration into multi channel systems.
Military specification wire used for speaker wiring.
Single PCB construction ensuring short signal paths.
Large toroidal transformer.
Our price on the Elicit, including shipping, is $2995.00, please contact email@example.com immediately as there are only a limited number of Elicits available until the first of the year.