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New Couple 3 interconnect from Rega

Discussion in 'audio' started by dave charlton, Feb 1, 2022.

  1. dave charlton

    dave charlton pfm member

    https://www.rega.co.uk/accessories/couple-3-interconnect

    I think the cable looks a little beefier than that used in my Couple 1, with a return to Neutrik connectors. Assembled in house and half the price of the outgoing Couple 2. A must for Rega (and other) audiophile types imo.
     
  2. Wilson

    Wilson SCTV half wit

    Look good.

    Do you know if the cable is Klotz?
     
  3. kristoffer

    kristoffer Danish Hi Fi NERD

    Still only 1m though. I would love to use it between my Fono and my Elex-r. I have couple 2 between my Dac R and the amp. Great cable.
     
  4. PerF

    PerF Scandinavian Member

    Those Neutrik plugs looks to be even longer than those fitted on Couple 1......maybe its just sight amount ?
     
  5. dave charlton

    dave charlton pfm member

    Could well be Klotz, although not in the description. Definitely Klotz on the original (Couple).
     
  6. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig Trade: ^'- -'^

    Sounds like good value then. The Couple2 was a decent sounding cable. Nothing special but good value and a solid cable. The locking plugs were a bit of a pain though. You had to undo them to fit them and there was a fine line between they being loose and the outer body falling off the plug. Not the end of the world but a bit unnecessary I thought.
     
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  7. Craig B

    Craig B Re:trophile

    I suspect that Couple 3 is a custom double screened version of Klotz 2 x 0.22mm² microphone cable.

    Not coax, shielded twisted pair.
     
  8. Wilson

    Wilson SCTV half wit

    Thanks, Craig.

    I like Couple2 so will give this a go.
     
  9. MusicMiles

    MusicMiles pfm Member

  10. Craig B

    Craig B Re:trophile

    That was the case with original Couple, for sure.

    Couple 3 is more likely to be based upon something from...

    https://shop.klotz-ais.com/bulk-cables/mikrofon-starquad-cable/microphone.html

    One hint is to be found in Rega's product description...

    "This cable was originally developed as a critical component used inside our award-winning reference level Aura phono stage."

    More specific clues show up in the technical specifications, vis a vie multi strand (28), strand size 0.22mm².

    A peek under the lid of Aura shows Rega's own branded tonearm cable connecting both from the inputs and to the unbalanced outputs, however, the balanced outputs require a minimum of 2 same cores plus shield which equates to microphone cable.

    If you zoom in on the larger OD cables connecting to the two XLR sockets within the lid off image of Aura (below) you'll notice the label ending with 'DOUBLE SPIRAL SHIELD - by KLOTZ'. You may also notice a bit of red insulation leading to the hot pin of each XLR (Klotz use red and blue for hot and neutral respectively).

    [​IMG]
     
  11. Mynamemynaim

    Mynamemynaim 38yrs a Naim owner

    £99 a pair cannot be bad!
     

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