Rega Ela

December 7th, 2011

Although not a Royd Audio speaker, I’m including the Rega Ela, as the first version were developed in partnership with Royd and shared the same drivers to the Royd Apex. Later versions of the Ela used a Rega driver, which can be identified by its squared off chassis with four screws, compared to the perfectly round Royd chassis with eight screws.

Versions:-

Version Description Drivers Example
Mk 1 Fully fluted cabinet, Royd driver, 3 spiked feet. 19mm Scanspeak D2008 tweeter and 5″ cast chassis Royd bass driver. Rega Ela Mk1
Mk 1.25 Half fluted cabinet, Royd driver, 3 spiked feet. Scanspeak D2008 Tweeter and 5″ cast chassis Royd bass driver.
Mk 1.5 Half fluted cabinet, Rega driver, 3 spiked feet. Scanspeak D2008 tweeter, Rega RR125 bass driver. Rega Ela Mk1.5
Mk 2 (XEL) Half fluted XEL style cabinet, Rega driver, 4 spiked feet. 17cm Rega driver Rega Ela Mk2 (XEL)
Mk 2.5 (XEL) Half fluted XEL style cabinet, Rega driver, 4 spiked feet. 2.5mm soft dome Seas Tweeter, 17cm Rega driver.
Mk 3. 2000 Ela 2000 Rega Ela 2000

Note the version number are not official, Rega never differentiated the different versions. As such you may find each version referred slightly differently elsewhere, particularly the Mk 1.25 and Mk 1.5’s, which are sometimes referred to as Mk 1.5 and Mk 1.75 respectfully.

Ela

Rega and many Ela owners believe that the Ela is one of the best all round loudspeakers ever produced. It produces an extremely natural sound balanced across a wider frequency range than most other loudspeakers. The Ela also produces a particularly tuneful and natural bass and is especially suitable for listeners who love bass tunes but hate woolly overblown bass produced by many loudspeakers.

The Ela uses a quarter wave transmission line. To improve airflow through the fold in the transmission line, a full radius section is fitted into the base of the Ela cabinet, resulting in smooth, uninterrupted airflow.

Due to its particularly even bass response the Ela is unusually insensitive to room positioning. The speakers can be placed up to 50mm from a rear wall, in corners or away from the walls. The angle of the speaker is not important. Both loudspeakers can be placed at different angles or in different positions.

Ela 2000 product description from Rega

Natural, musical, agile, presentation – tidy, deep bass, though insufficiently punchy for liveliest rock. Unfussy about room placement.

What Hi-Fi? – Buying Guide, Oct 1992

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Unlike Royd, Rega are still in business and going strong. Check out the company here: www.Rega.co.uk

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