Rega Mira 3 Amplifiers

3.8/5 (5 Reviews)


Product Description

  • High performance audio amplifier
  • Alpha-Encoder control system
  • 60 Watt integrated amplifier
  • Active speaker systems
  • High performance AV system


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by George H a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2015

Bottom Line:   
Brilliantly cohesive, smooth , great balanced and downright musical performance, Great phono stage too!
Value for money!!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2009



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Lindsay Fowler a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2015

Bottom Line:   
I listened to the Mira 3 in store and I brought in a pair of Toy Towers from Sonus Faber. The amp is warm alright, and so are the speakers so there was the concern that there wouldn't be enough detail at the top end. When I listened, I liked what I heard: spectrum like a little bonfire. I bought the amp along with the Rega Apollo CD player (a whole host of problems with this CD player I won't go into here). Very happy with the sound I went home to set up.

It was at the point of setting up that I felt ripped off. I was buying a hifi system to last and I expected quality because of the money I was paying and I knew that similarly priced items were beautifully built. Hmm that was a poor assumption; the warning should have been the empty plastic volume knob.

So I got it home and went to wire in the speakers.. WTF are these cheap terminals?? The speaker wire that Sercher Audio had sold me for my system wouldn't even fit in properly, I improvised, disappointed but still keen to experience it in home. The back of the amp is also plastic.. and it turns out the stylish front plate, which I had thought was a machined piece of anodised aluminium, was also you guessed it: plastic. The remote control being an after thought, pairs with an IR detector that has been shoved behind the Rega logo to take advantage of the fact that there is an actual hole there - whatever - not the way I design stuff. The array of RCA plugs is of the lowest quality too. That about ends the perceived quality of the product from its physical construction - I realise that this sort of thing doesn't matter at all to the pragmatic listeners, but it does to me.

Switch it on. Ugh the push button switch clicks in and the power light comes on with a surge that looks like it has just blown a fuse! Again, not something I'd be happy with as a designer. The remote control tries to be a CD remote and an amplifier remote and is overly complicated. Again it is made of plastic and disappointingly doesn't match the aesthetics of the amp.

Long story short the amp still sounds good but the whole experience ruins a lot of the pleasure... the $2000+ CD player refuses to play most times ( I took it back to Sercher Audio and they fixed it temporarily and tried to charge me.) Now it still refuses to play more often than not. And the amp power light is broken - not surprising really! Jesus my household light globes lasted longer.

Overall I cannot understand why a company would release a product like this and I cannot see the point of skimping in quality of materials or cutting corners in circuit design. Perhaps if there was an ability to contact them on their website I would be able to ask them about it but no.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2009



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by sthomas048 a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2009

Bottom Line:   
I bought the Mira 3 along with the Rega Apollo cd player at the same time from my local Hifi dealer. This is the setup i used along with AVI Neutron speakers. I have to say its a very well built and stylish amplifier. But that is where the praise ends sadly. I found it to be very cold and lazy, much too matter of fact in its sound. Its a high quality sound, rich in detail and very balanced but in my opinion it lacks any real emotion or feeling for playing music. Maybe with different partnering equipment this could be improved. I prefer a warmer more musical sound, something entertaining and involving to listen to. I have now found my ideal amp in an old Musical Fidelity B200 i found for less than half the price. Try this amp by all means, but i would not recommend it personally.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2009



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jlw2000 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 9, 2007

Bottom Line:   
It's a decent enough amp, with a good groove and pace. Quite nice with jazz and pop, this is a good amp for Herbie Hancock and Steely Dan. But avoid if you listen to any modern heavily compressed recordings (which already sound pale), and especially avoid with layered "wall of sound" mid-80's AOR... as this amp doesn't do details.

Bass has just enough drive without digging deep. It's all there, nothing's missing, but the bottom can sound a little forced and strident. I can imagine this amp pairing well with a smaller easy-to-drive bookshelf rather than a full-range floorstander.

Top-end is heavily emphasized, without being harsh. Very pleasing once you get used to it. Adds to the rhythmic nature of it's sound when you can hear all of the percussion and cymbals.

Not a good amp for 2.0 A/V use, mostly because of the lack of tone controls. I know this is a common "feature" in high-end gear, but it severely limits versatility. Sound out of my cable box sounds flat and lifeless; I had to insert an EQ into the signal chain between cable box and pre-amp. This helped tremendously.

The Phono stage is very low-gain, and robs vinyl of it' imaging and sound staging. Don't buy the Mira for its phono... gets a good external. Disappointing for a company like Rega.

Overall, I'm enjoying the Mira for what it is, but probably will not keep it very long. I actually prefer the "all-around" sound of my vintage NAD 7240PE.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $695.00

Purchased At:   Local Retailer



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by braunless a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 4, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Background: My previous system was a collection of poor quality hand-me-downs, and I was looking to buy a package with integrated amplifier, CD player, and speakers.
After hearing the Aaron ATS5 floorstanding speakers I decided they were the speakers I wanted, so I then listened to various amplifiers with this in mind. The Brio had a very warm smooth sound and really complemented the speakers which could sound quite harsh with Elvis Costello! And eventually I settled on the Mira 3 for reasons of the remote control and the extra power. I figure I'll have it for a few years to come so the stretch in price becomes insignificant over time.
I've been very pleased with the product. The sound is warm and brings out the best in the music, and there is adequate power for my medium sizedl living room.
Some people have commented on the volume control however I find it excellent, low volumes or not!

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $1410.00

Purchased At:   Carlton Audio Visual




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