Rega Digs Neodymium for Their New Nd5 MM Cartridge

Rega’s new handmade Nd5 is claimed to be the first Moving Magnet Cartridge to employ a Neodymium N55 magnet, the most powerful commercially available magnet in all the land.

Really.

From the press release:

The design uses a brand-new generator geometry with perfect symmetry to achieve highly accurate channel balance. The Nd5 also has an optimised pole gap for superior linearity and crosstalk characteristics. This new cartridge is created with miniaturised parallel coils which are wound in-house, utilising 38-micron wire with just 1275 turns. This produces a low inductance, low impedance generator giving vastly improved high frequency response and exceptional soundstage.

Key Features

  • Perfect elliptical nude diamond profile stylus
  • Aluminium cantilever
  • Neodymium magnet
  • Unique generator
  • Rega 3 point mounting system
  • Highly rigid lightweight PPS body
  • Handmade stereo cartridge
  • 100% recyclable packaging
  • Lifetime warranty against manufacture defects

The Rega Nd5 is housed in a zero tolerance injection molded glass filled polyphenylene sulphide body (PPS) and sports a perfect elliptical nude diamond stylus for perfectly tracking the groove.

And in typical Rega fashion, the new Nd5 MM Cartridge costs a wallet-friendly £295.

Here’s the complete press release from Rega:


We Are Delighted to Introduce the Nd5
This is the second model from the innovative new Nd range of handmade moving magnet cartridges

Named after the rare earth element Nd (Neodymium), the all new Nd5 cartridge is the first moving magnet to utilise a Neodymium N55 magnet. This is the world’s most powerful commercially available magnet and is a crucial component that makes this unique design possible by providing more power than standard bar magnet designs. This all-new construction was developed over 10 years and promises to deliver ‘next level’ performance from moving magnet technology. Each Nd5 is meticulously handmade by our highly skilled technicians. The design uses a brand-new generator geometry with perfect symmetry to achieve highly accurate channel balance. The Nd5 also has an optimised pole gap for superior linearity and crosstalk characteristics. This new cartridge is created with miniaturised parallel coils which are wound in-house, utilising 38-micron wire with just 1275 turns. This produces a low inductance, low impedance generator giving vastly improved high frequency response and exceptional soundstage.

  • The Nd5 aluminium cantilever is fitted with a precision ‘perfect elliptical nude diamond’ stylus. This profile provides exceptional tracking accuracy and extracts greater levels of detail from the vinyl surface.
  • In keeping with our commitment to sustainability, the Nd range is supplied in 100% recyclable packaging.
  • The Nd5 is easily identified from its smoked clear cover.

The Nd5 replaces the Exact in the Rega range and is available factory fitted to the Planar 3 or Planar 6 models at a discounted rate.

UK Nd5 Price: UK SSP £295.

Factory fitted options:

Once we have fulfilled initial demand, we will make the Nd5 available to order factory fitted on both Planar 3 and Planar 6 turntables.

Nd5 fitted to Planar 3 UK SSP £895.00 – Available from July.
Nd5 fitted to Planar 6 UK SSP £1450.00 – Available from July.

Company Website: Rega Research