Rega Fono MM MK3 £199

What Hi-Fi (UK) - - Awards 2018 -

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.

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