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Go Fly a Kyte: Rega Research Launch New Kyte 2-Way Bookshelf Loudspeaker

Compact bookshelf speakers designed to work well on a desktop from the company who make some of the best turntables.

Rega Research Kyte Bookshelf Speakers

Rega Research is a turntable company. Sorta. Rega have been manufacturing turntables for almost 50 years, but that hasn’t stopped the British manufacturer from branching out over the years. The Planar 3 may be their most popular product, but Rega knows how to build quality amplifiers, CD players, and loudspeakers as well. The new Rega Kyte loudspeaker is evidence of that.

The original Rega Planet CD player resided in my system for almost 10 years and was both unique from an industrial design perspective, and an excellent sounding source. It definitely rolled off at both extremes, but that proved to be a reason to like it with solid-state amplification and more neutral sounding loudspeakers. Digital audio actually had texture and some badly needed warmth in the midrange.

Rega Research Kyte Bookshelf Speakers Front and Back

It was also quite affordable at a time when high-end digital audio was going off the rails with very expensive transports and DACs. Rega builds quality equipment that people can afford.

How dare they.

Rega’s loudspeakers don’t get a lot of fanfare; which is a pity because they actually make some very good ones. Pair them up with the right amplifier (Rega io, Brio, Elex-R) and the final results are usually quite excellent. Their loudspeakers sound quite good with other British amplifiers from brands like Exposure, Naim, and Cambridge Audio.

Rega Research Kyte Bookshelf Speaker Rear Angle Closeup

The Kyte are compact bookshelf loudspeakers; we throw that term around a lot and I’m not sure that it is always the case. The Q Acoustics 3030i are bookshelf loudspeakers, but they are also rather deep and I’ve never used them on anything but proper stands. The Kyte were designed to work with a desktop stand that Rega also designed and I can see them working well on a desktop…or even a bookshelf. Clever the Brits are. Terrible at making food but phenomenal at audio design.

The Kyte retail for £499 and are manufactured in Great Britain. That’s rather impressive considering that the competition offers products in the same price range that are manufactured in Asia.

Rega Research Kyte Bookshelf Speaker Tweeter Angle Closeup

Key Features

  • Custom designed phenolic resin cabinets
  • Unique ceramic plate & cross brace construction
  • Handmade MX-125 bass-mid unit
  • Rega designed ZRR high frequency unit
  • Bass reflex design, rear ported
  • UK designed and manufactured
  • Lifetime warranty against manufacture defects

The Kyte (89 dB, 6 ohms) are not a very hard loudspeaker to drive, but I suspect that they will show up a mediocre sounding amplifier even if it can output 50-100 watts of power.

Rega knows its customers. It understands that not everyone has the budget for huge separates at the moment and that something like the io integrated amplifier and the Kyte might make some listeners very happy.

Expect to see this under review really soon.

For more information: https://www.rega.co.uk/products/kyte

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