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Rega Saturn MK3 CD Player/DAC

Regular price $3,400.00 USD
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CD Player/DAC

The new Saturn MK3 is re-housed in our very latest case designed to match the rest of the Rega range. The Saturn MK3 CD-DAC player offers complete flexibility and integration into any audio system. Essentially two products in one, the Saturn MK3 houses an independent DAC circuit and a high specification CD transport. Both sections are fully remote controllable via the supplied Solaris remote handset.

Digital mastered

You will find plenty of connectivity options, up to and including 24bit-192 kHz. The Saturn MK3 has two optical inputs, two Co-Axial inputs, a fully asynchronous USB and an added ‘direct’ digital output from the CD playback section. This ensures the Saturn MK3 integrates perfectly into any system and provides the perfect partner for the forthcoming Rega Elicit MK5 integrated amplifier.



  • Dual Wolfson WM8742 DAC's
  • USB 192 kHz - 24 bits asynchronous
  • Enhanced output amplifier circuit
  • Enhanced digital power supplies
  • Redeveloped analogue & digital outputs
  • Solaris system remote included
  • Lifetime warranty against manufacture defects


The Saturn MK3 uses our proven digital to analogue converter and analogue output amplifier technology coupled with a pair of Wolfson WM8742 digital to analogue converter ICs. The Saturn MK3 utilises our own CD section power supply which was a result of the research & development of our reference CD player along with the improved microcontroller and display drivers.


The Saturn MK3 uses a high stability master clock and high capacity power supply in the CD circuitry, high performance PLL digital interface receiver, isolated digital inputs and high performance power supply architecture in the DAC circuitry. Signal switching between the CD and DAC functions are performed in the digital to analogue converter stage. The signal path of the CD section in CD mode is kept to a minimum.


The DAC USB input has been improved with asynchronous operation at sample rates of 44.1 to 192 kHz with a bit rate of up to 24 bits. The USB input has the same galvanic isolation as used in the Rega DAC-R. The USB uses dedicated drivers in the computer, enabling full ASIO operation, thus eliminating signal degradation caused by generic windows based drivers.


Before you can use the USB function of the Saturn MK3 you must first download the Rega USB Windows driver and install it on your PC. Access via the downloads section on this web page. Follow the instruction for installation. Once installed, USB will be ready to use. This driver is not required for MAC OS.


If your PC does not default to the connected USB audio device you must select the XMOS AUDIO DEVICE FROM THE DROP DOWN LIST.



Rega Saturn MkIII CD Player Review - Read More

"If the Saturn MkIII was ‘only’ a CD player, it would still be superb. In a world of slow loading, graunchy ROM mechanisms, the top loading, fast reading, utterly silent Rega feels like a bespoke and entirely ‘Hi-Fi’ experience. It then gives a sonic performance that matches that experience perfectly, reminding us that CD might be venerable; old hat even, but it can still delight when given the right hardware. And then, to round things off, the Saturn MkIII is able to be the decoding section of a perfectly modern streaming solution. It seems weird to describe a CD player as a 'perfect modern solution' but the Saturn MkIII is just that and comes Highly Recommended as a result." - Ed Selley

Rega Saturn Mk3 puts the magic back into CD  - Read More

"The Saturn Mk3 is inevitably more expensive than its predecessor but its ability to bridge the musical divide that so few digital sources can match means that it is exceptional value. It is also well built and has Rega’s enviable track record for reliability and service back up behind it. If you want to hear the heart and soul of your CD collection and carry on enjoying it for many years this is a very hard act to beat." - Jason Kennedy


Out Of This World - Read More

"The Saturn Mk3 put in a great performance for the price. It was detailed, well balanced, dynamic and tuneful with no harshness or unpleasant edges. At the price, it ranks among the best,"


Rega Saturn MK3 - Read More

"Partly it’s because traditional CD technical tropes – dynamic range, inky black noise floor, detail, imaging – tend to work behind the scenes and aren’t paraded as trophies for approbation. The Saturn MK3, like its intended customers, cares more about flow, interplay, tonal colour, texture, coherence and capturing a true sense of performance. Nowhere is this more apparent than Jeff Beck at his most alluring, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat’s spare, slow blues gifted an almost luminous tonality before the drums snap in and Beck starts to rip it up, extracting more emotion through vibrato than seems humanly possible l " 



USB ​192 kHz - 24 bits asynchronous
DAC ​​Dual Wolfson WM8742 DAC
Dimensions (W × H × D) 432 × 82 × 320 mm
Dimensions needed to operate (W × H × D) 432 x 170 x 350 mm