It lacks a little dynamics and doesn't have much bass extension. But if you mate it with small monitors, neither of these will be problems. It will work just fine!
A Rega Mira 3 is the core of my secondary system connected to VonSchweikert VR1 monitors and a REL Strata sub. I consider it very dynamic with superb imaging and soundstaging. With that combination I have not even considered upgrading. In my 11'x13' room I do need to crank the Rega about 3/2 up on volume in order to get loud sound but there is no noticeable distortion at that level. Certainly the REL fills out the bass more than adequately.
The Mira has a design advantage over many integrated amps:
It has a Pre-amplifier output and Power amplifier input. The gain of the power amplifier is 28dB for full output, and thus enables the amplifier to be expanded to drive Bi-amplifier or active speaker systems (Sub Bass etc).
Thus, by properly adding a subwoofer with an active external crossover you can avoid the two issues that Aball described.
Look at Hsu Research for an inexpensive quality subwoofer and crossover.
The Mira is a pretty nice integrated and has a good phono stage for the price. Good build quality, but for the plastic volume knob. It's convenient to use. True the preamp gain is a bit low. It can be raised, just ask your dealer how to do it. Even then it does'nt seem to sound like 60 watts. I dont know if that was because of being conscious of where the dial was (usually well beyond half). Personally I dont hear large differences between class AB bipolar transistor integrated amps, just slight variations in voicing. All are capable of good, but not great performance. The Rega is no exception. It has very good performance all around but nothing that marks it out as exceptional. Definitely good enough for a second system, especially if that system needs phono.
Can you please tell me if the Rega Mira 3 could drive the Totem Model 1 well ? If I do not add a subwoofer, would the Rega Mira 3 be able to extract the most out of the Totem Model 1?
I have heard that the Rega Mira has quality control issues like the NAD C372. Is this true? I am moving to something other than the reliable yet discontinued award-winning NAD C352
What would be a decent choice, Rega (brand new), Sim Audio (used), or Plinius (used) for the Model 1? I am thinking of a budget that approximates $1K.
Greatly appreciate any input from all Rega owners/fans.
The Mira 3 has no QC issues that I'm aware of however it ain't enough for the Model One's. I have a Mira 3 in my main system driving Totem Rainmakers...it makes them sing however it is at the edge of it's ability with them...The one's deserve more. Naim pre/power would do the trick...however if you're like me that isn't possible.