Rega Research Ltd. Apollo-R Compact Disc Player features half chassis design, non-mechanized top loading CD door, NEW Wolfson WM8742 digital to audio converter, digitasl and analog output and a mini remote.
Rega's Apollo CD player set many new standards for what an affordable CD player was capable of achieving, and the new Apollo-R raises them further. The Apollo-R updates the classic Apollo design with upgraded electronics and build. The DAC, output amplifier, power supply, optical block, and many more components have been enhanced, so the smooth delivery of the original remains, with an added sense of space and timing. Increased error correction and quicker loading time ensure a seamless listening experience. The improved user interface control allows for greater ease of control over the Apollo-R's functions, and a new dedicated CD remote handset adds the advantage of Rega amplifier functionality. The Apollo-R is a top loading design housed in a custom compact aluminum case matching the Rega DAC and Brio-R amplifier, and is available in both black or satin silver finish.
"[The Apollo-R is] about as good a reason to keep the faith with CD as I've heard recently...it sounds loud and proud, yet decently well-mannered, too."
– David Price, HiFi Choice 5-Star Review
"...the Apollo-R adds extension and sock without compromising traits that made the original [Apollo] so wonderful...After hearing a few discs on the Apollo-R, it’s amazing to think about how far digital has come. Such performance would have cost thousands more at the turn of the century."
– Jeff Dorgay, Tone Audio, 2012 Exceptional Value Award
"It describes a spacious, airy soundstage that's convincingly three-dimensional. It extracts plenty of detail, gives the low frequencies weight and solidity, and has sufficient dynamism to deal confidently with the peaks and troughs of the performance."
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