From Rega Brio-r to elicit-r or aethos?

PlasmaNewbie

Active Member
I have been the proud owner of a brio-r , rp6 , rs5 speakers since 2013.

I’ve decided its time for an upgrade, and my immediate choice is an Elicit-r followed by a speaker upgrade at a later date.

has anyone had any experience of going from an elicit-r to an aethos?

I am wondering if it’s worth making the jump straight to the Aethos.

looking for opinions from Rega owners.

No idea on speakers , it depends on the amp. There are a few secondhand keg reference 1’s around if I was to aethos...
 

gibbsy

Moderator
Looking at the specs of the new Aethos it has advantages over the Elicit. More headroom 125 watts into 8 ohms, that 20 watts up. Importantly for a lot of people will be the addition of the headphone section which in itself is quite powerful with Rega having published the figures. Cost wise though, the RRP is a £1300 premium over the Elicit.

Would love to hear one, perhaps I'll try and get to Bristol this year, take the Oppos with me. The burning question though is it worth that premium over the Elicit.
 

Ri Tolstoy

Standard Member
I heard a marked difference tween my Elex-r and Aethos. More controlled power, detail and surprisingly notible was the balance tween the two channels... And detail at low vol. And the depth was walk in deep.... Haven't heard the elicit but for what's its worth...
 

gibbsy

Moderator
It's interesting that Rega have removed the phono stage from the Aethos to improve overall performance of the amp itself.
 

Ri Tolstoy

Standard Member
It's interesting that Rega have removed the phono stage from the Aethos to improve overall performance of the amp itself.
I'd prefer to use a separate one anyway so I didn't mind that. I have the aria which sounded pretty decent with the Aethos. I was testing with Buchardt S400 bookshelves 4ohm. And the Buchardts were singing. I wonder what floorstanders Spendor, PMC or ATCs would have sounded like. Probs end game for me.
 

PlasmaNewbie

Active Member
Hopefully I am going to be trying an aethos + Aria phono + Spendor 7.2‘s next week. :clap:

if it goes well, then I’m sold.

Of course I will try a few other speakers at the dealers, before loading them into the car...
 

Craig uk

Well-known Member
I had the Aethos & Aria with my RP8 which made for a lovely system, into some PMC twenty5.24. Great depth of soundstage, never fatiguing & most importantly exciting to listen to.
 

Ri Tolstoy

Standard Member
Hopefully I am going to be trying an aethos + Aria phono + Spendor 7.2‘s next week. :clap:

if it goes well, then I’m sold.

Of course I will try a few other speakers at the dealers, before loading them into the car...
I have the Aethos and aria. I tried the Spendors D7.2s on home demo. Am interested to see what you think. 🤔
 

Ri Tolstoy

Standard Member
I had the Aethos & Aria with my RP8 which made for a lovely system, into some PMC twenty5.24. Great depth of soundstage, never fatiguing & most importantly exciting to listen to.
Am currently home demoing the pmc 25/24i's... With Aethos and Aria. Am Enjoying the music... These and the Spendors are quite different. Think I know which I'm ordering.... 😊
 

Craig uk

Well-known Member
Regarding speakers much will depend on room size and positioning, I found PMC much less fussy than the Spendors about where they go.
 

Ri Tolstoy

Standard Member
Regarding speakers much will depend on room size and positioning, I found PMC much less fussy than the Spendors about where they go.
Agreed.... I might spoil it. For Plasma newbie. I found the Spendors treble verging on bright on some of the poorer recordings. The 24is are new out of the box and is taken a few weeks for them to warm up... They sound pretty good from where in sitting... I think they're pretty balanced. I miss the detail king Spendors but they lacked bass too. Surprisingly. So different in sound. Takes a while for wear to tune be in... Could live with these... Ummin about splashing out on the 26is. Would have to be end game so damn good....!!!!
 

Ri Tolstoy

Standard Member
Agreed.... I might spoil it. For Plasma newbie. I found the Spendors treble verging on bright on some of the poorer recordings. The 24is are new out of the box and is taken a few weeks for them to warm up... They sound pretty good from where in sitting... I think they're pretty balanced. I miss the detail king Spendors but they lacked bass too. Surprisingly. So different in sound. Takes a while for wear to tune be in... Could live with these... Ummin about splashing out on the 26is. Would have to be end game so damn good....!!!!
So many typos!! Written in hurry 😁
 

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