Ania moving coil
The newest member of the Rega MC
cartridge range the Ania was inspired by the success of the Apheta 2 and
Aphelion MC cartridges. Using the same exceptionally complex hand wound micro
coil found in the rest of the range, the Ania is housed in a unique PPS highly
rigid body, ensuring accurate construction and Rega's three point fixing
method ensuring optimum connection to the headshell and automatic setting for
overhang. The new body is protected by a CAD designed, clear rigid
cover to protect the internal fine wires, making handling whilst fitting,
safe and risk free.The Ania features a super high-powered, neodymium
magnet and a coil meticulously hand wound on to an iron cross. This
miniature assembly allows us greater freedom to track the vinyl
groove ensuring even more detail is extracted from the vinyl.
All of these features combine to deliver a balanced and
dynamic performance that will engage you with your vinyl like never before.The
Ania is the perfect partner for the Planar 3, Planar 6 or RP8
A unique design.
Rega’s Moving Coil cartridge design is unique in its
approach to achieving an ultra-low mass generator which is undamped (no tie
wire) using a unique rhomboid pivot for the cantilever powered by a purpose
designed, exclusive to Rega, Neodymium magnet system. This type of
design requires a zero-tolerance engineered cartridge body which is Rega’s area
of expertise and with the Apheta 2 and Aphelion products these bodies
are machined from one piece of the highest quality aluminium. This is a
difficult and expensive process requiring all of Rega’s forty-four years of
experience to achieve. In particular, the “zero” tolerancing of the
body is required in the alignment and dimension of the pivot pad mounting hole
and the magnet mechanism mounting hole relationship.
When we decided to produce a Moving Coil cartridge at half
the cost of the Apheta 2, the special aluminium body could
not be used, it was simply too expensive. The solution lay in an unusual
called Polyphenylene Sulphide (PPS-Fortron). With 40% glass,
this material could be moulded and would solve the cost problem. The
special attributes of this material are its hardness and stability in shape and
dimension post moulding, both critical for the performance
of Ania. Now came the challenge. Rega designed
and prototyped using SLA systems in just a few months, proving the
validity of the design direction.
Now we had to design a production mould tool
capable of extreme accuracy and long life. PPS is a difficult polymer
to mould and requires special attention to how
the mould tool operates. Couple this to an almost unmouldable
complex shape of the Ania body and a very considerable challenge
faced the Rega engineers and the toolmakers chosen. The toolmakers
are of the highest technical skill level, using the most accurate
Swiss EDM CNC machines, their regular customers being the military and
medical industries, routinely working down to a micron (one thousandth of
a millimetre).To achieve this intricate body shape required the most
complex high pressure injection mould tool that Rega has
ever designed. The tool has eight major parts, four of which must move in
perfect synchronicity with each other to achieve each cartridge body.
The design and manufacture of this “work of art” took an entire year to produce
and was made exclusively by the most senior toolmaker requiring all his
lifetime of artisanal experience.
Combine this special PPS body with its high specification stainless steel inserts, a unique rhomboid pivot system, a tried and tested high performance, diamond tipped elliptical stylus cantilever with low mass moving coil generator assembly and you have new market leading musicality, performance, speed, clarity, and detail as never before at this price.
Tracking Pressure 1.75 - 2.00g
Input load impedance 100 ohm
Output impedance 10 ohms
Nominal output voltage 350μV
Channel Balance : ≥ 20μV
Separation : ≥ -29dB
Iron cross & micro coil assembly
One of the world's smallest MC generators.
Cutting edge neodymium magnet.
Elliptical profile stylus
Constructed from high specification 0.018mm fine wire
Load settings for adjustable MC stages
Capacitance - 1000pF
Gain setting - High ('On' position for Rega phono stages)
Fono MC dip switch settings for all Rega MC models.
Aria Phono stage dip switch settings for all Rega MC models.