The Next Step in the Apollo Evolution
The Apollo-R is the result of many years of innovation, advanced software development, and elegant engineering solutions researched by Rega's highly skilled team of engineers and designers. It took the completion of two of Rega's multi award winning products, the flagship Isis CD player and the Rega DAC, to pave the way for a unique product which encapsulates everything the new Apollo-R should be.
An Impressive Design History
The original Apollo CD player launched in 2005. It was a huge success selling approaching 20,000 units worldwide. The Apollo was a unique player featuring Rega’s own software and control system, ensuring no other manufacturers player could sound the same. This key element is carried forward and improved into Apollo-R.
The DAC and the output amplifier of the Apollo-R have been enhanced using the Wolfson WM8742 24-bit, 192 kHz-capable digital-to-analog converter, which is the same integrated circuit that's used in the acclaimed Rega DAC.
The 'digital' power supplies feeding the CD processor, optical block, laser diode amplifier, and slicer have also been upgraded from the components used in the original Apollo. This is achieved by using the same high performance low noise power supplies found in the same location within the Isis CD player. This vastly improves the playability, error correction and the 'inner core' processing of the digital CD 'spinner' part of the Apollo-R.
The discrete output amplifier has been tweaked to reduce the overall THD from typically 0.005% to 0.0025%, while at the same time improving the overall sound quality of the output amplifier.
Rega has also improved the user interface control by using a dedicated display microprocessor, which eases the workload on the main control processors giving an improvement in the control code stability, usability and improved speed of initialization of the disc being played which now matches that of the Isis CD player.
Analog and Digital Outputs
Development of the analog, digital, and control domains ensured direct improvements of both analogue and digital outputs making the Apollo-R a perfect partner for the Rega Brio-R amplifier and an ideal 'CD format' front-end for the Rega DAC. The Apollo-R internal circuitry has also been improved by tightening the PCB layout.
Compact Case Design
Apollo-R is a top loading design housed in a custom compact aluminum case matching the Rega DAC and Brio-R amplifier. The Apollo-R is available in either black or satin silver finish. Included is a new dedicated CD remote control, which also has the advantage of being able to control the Rega amplifier.