Rega Brio vs Marantz HD-AMP1

Marantz HD-AMP1 vs Rega Brio

Marantz HD-AMP1 review

This unit delivers 20W/8 Ohms of power vs 58/8 from his opponent. The equipment, having a weight of 5.8 kg, received a metal case with a massive aluminum front panel and elegant wood trim on the sides. The manufacturer used only first-class materials and special chassis, which made it possible to achieve a very low level of vibrations in operation. In addition to several control buttons, a USB connector and headphone output, the Marantz HD-AMP1 model is equipped with a round display, a pair of large knobs to select a source and change the volume. Marantz HD-AMP1

Rega Brio review

The Rega Brio integrated amplifier has a completely new aluminum casing with two compartments: this design improved the heat sink, which was famous for the previous version of Brio, and also added strength and reliability to the casing. Inside the amplifier, the wiring has been completely updated to match the higher characteristics of the device. In particular, an additional power source was installed to improve the isolation between sensitive input and powerful output stages, linear stages and phono stage circuits. In addition, the linear circuits and phono stage circuitry use advanced operational amplifiers. Amplifier Rega Brio has a built-in high-end MM phono stage and headphone amplifier. The built-in headphone amplifier is designed to prevent interference in the sound circuit when not in use. Rega Brio

Marantz HD-AMP1 pros & cons

Pros

  • Build quality seems to be right on for something at this level
  • The sound is truly riveting across all genres

Cons

  • I wish ergonomics were better thought out

Rega Brio pros & cons

Pros

  • High antiresonance characteristics of the cases
  • The ability to connect a vinyl player
  • The presence of a USB-DAC for high-quality playback of files from external drives

Cons

  • No digital inputs

Votes 8 8
Rating 4.5 4.5

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Common

Product

Rega Brio
Marantz HD-AMP1

Model

Brio
HD-AMP1

Brand

Rega
Marantz

Reviews

22
30

Amplifier

Channels

2
2

Power output (RMS), W/Ohm

50/8, 73/4
40/8, 70/4

Power output per channel, W/Ohm

58/8, 93/4
20/8, 35/4

Output Impedance, Ohm

8, 4
8, 4

Frequency response

12Hz-43KHz
20Hz-50KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.02
0.05

Signal-to-noise ratio, dB

97
105

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

ES9010K2M 384 KHz/32-bit

Speaker A/B switching

Pure direct mode

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

Control

Bass

Treble

Balance

Remote control

Extensive connection

Optical digital input/output

0/0
2/0

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
1/0

Phono (MM) input

1
0

Subwoofer output

0
1

Headphone outputs

1
1

USB

0
1

Preamplifier outputs (pair)

0
0

Main inputs (pair)

0
0

Line level inputs (pair)

5
2

XLR inputs (pair)

0
0

Record outputs (pair)

1
0

DC trigger output (12V)

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
1/1

RS-232

0
0

Additional features

Auto power off

Built-in display

Power

Power consumption, W

195
55

Power consumption standby, W

0.5
0.3

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

13.6 x 3.1 x 8.5/7 x 1.9 x 4.9
30.4 x 10.6 x 35.3/12 x 4.2 x 13.9

Weight, kg/lbs

6.1/11.24
5.4/10
Rega Brio
Marantz HD-AMP1
Rega Brio
Marantz HD-AMP1

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