Rega Fono MM MK3 £199
Making it two Award wins in a row, the Rega Fono MM MK3, the third generation of this phono amp for moving magnet cartridges, is virtually flawless.
The Fono MM MK3 cuts a sleeker figure over its previous iteration, but the genius in its simplicity remains. Modifications are minimal inside, with Rega making only minor tweaks to the board in order to reduce noise levels.
Recordings are dealt with that trademark Rega punch and enthusiasm, showing off a fine sense of rhythm and the confidence to be precise, yet refusing to be too regimental about the music. The Rega lets dynamics drive the percussion as much as having a firm grip on timing, and that helps give it a class-leading performance.