Rega Saturn MK3 CD player and DAC will occupy the top position in any home audio set – at least that’s what its developers said. According to them, there are two reasons for this.
The first is the high quality that the Rega Saturn MK3 provides. It was immediately recognized as comparable to the flagship Rega Isis CDP player. The second is the design of the disk drive. It excludes any place in the rack for the Saturn MK3 – except the topmost one.
Rega Saturn MK3 continued the stylistics of the Saturn-R model. The unit is made in the common concept of the last decade – the built-in DAC based on a pair of Wolfson WM8742 chips works not only for CD playback, but can also switch to input signals from external sources.
For this, two coaxial inputs, two TOSLINK inputs and an asynchronous USB capable of receiving signals from a computer are provided. At the same time, Saturn MK3 can also be considered a switch.
A variant with the output of a digital signal to an external DAC via coaxial and TOSLINK outputs is also provided. In this case, although the CD and provides a resolution not higher than 16bit/44.1kHz, the system handles PCM bit rates up to 24bit/192kHz.
This capability is reinforced by a highly stable onboard timer and an advanced PLL digital interface. The drive and digital circuitry received separate power supplies with a good margin of power, and the signal output circuit from the CD was optimized in terms of conductor geometry – their length is minimal. In addition, the USB input has received galvanic isolation – the same as in the high-quality Rega DAC-R.
Rega Saturn MK3 prices have not yet been published, but we can be guided by the price of the previous Saturn-R, which was 2,200 euros in Europe.
Rega Saturn MK3 Specifications
- USB 192 kHz – 24 bits asynchronous
- DAC Wolfson WM8742 DAC
- Dimensions (W × H × D) 432 × 82 × 320 mm
- Dimensions needed to operate (W × H × D) 432 x 170 x 350 mm