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    I sold my Rega Jura IIs yesterday to a very nice chap called Will.
    We spent nearly two hours listening to and discussing music and I'm happy I got a good price (130) and they're going to a good home where they'll be appreciated.

    Weird thing was, he pronounced Rega "Ray-gah" while I've always said/thought "Ree-gah".
    Then on his way out he saw my Grado headphones and said "Oh, nice pair of Gray-dohs" and that bugged me because I'd always thought it was "Grah-doh".

    I know it's tempting to just write "Toe-may-toe" "Asparagus" at this point but which is it for those two ? Am I right or is he ?
    And are there any other weird ones you've never been sure about ??

    Sennheiser = Sen-high-zer is how it should be pronounced if it's Germanic in origin because you say the second of the "i" and the "e" depending on the order (either "ie" or "ei")
    NAD = as in gonad, not N.A.D., right ?
    KEF = K.E.F. not "Keff", right ?
    Aiwa = Aye-wah, right ?
    Thorens = Torrenz (like torrent), right ?

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    I'm with Will on the Ray-gahs and the Gray-dohs I'm afraid.

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    Rega is a combination of the names of the two founders - Relph and Gandy. So, it's whatever you want it to be. I have always said Reega.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rigger67 View Post
    Weird thing was, he pronounced Rega "Ray-gah" while I've always said/thought "Ree-gah".
    Then on his way out he saw my Grado headphones and said "Oh, nice pair of Gray-dohs" and that bugged me because I'd always thought it was "Grah-doh".
    Ok, let's first of all take 'Rega'.. From Wiki: "Rega Research Ltd. is an audio equipment manufacturer based in the UK. Rega was founded in 1973. The company's name was formed of the initials of its two founders (Tony RElph and Roy GAndy)"

    Like you, I'd also always thought that is was pronounced as 'Ree-gah', but if based on the above, with the 'I' of the first founder's name also capitalised [which suggests it should be stressed], it would indicate that the name should be pronounced as 'Rye-gah', which doesn't sound right, but there you go!

    *But* is Tony's surname pronounced as 'Rye-ff' or 'Ree-ff'? If it's the latter, then 'Ree-gah' is correct.

    However, 'Ree-gah' is still more correct than 'Ray-gah', simply because there is no 'a' in 'Reiph'.

    In terms of 'Grado'... From Wiki: "Grado Labs was founded in 1953, by master watchmaker Joseph Grado.". Now as it's an American company, and American's would almost certainly pronounce 'Grado', as 'Gray-doh', I'd suggest that's how it should be said.

    Now this:

    Sennheiser = Sen-high-zer is how it should be pronounced if it's Germanic in origin because you say the second of the "i" and the "e" depending on the order (either "ie" or "ei")
    See here:



    There appears to be a slight silent 'T' at the beginning, followed by 'sen-high-zer'.

    Lastly:

    NAD = as in gonad, not N.A.D., right ?
    KEF = K.E.F. not "Keff", right ?
    Aiwa = Aye-wah, right ?
    Thorens = Torrenz (like torrent), right ?
    I'd say:

    'Nah-d'
    'Keff'
    'Aye-wah' (although one would have to understand Japanese properly to be sure).

    As for 'Thorens', have a go yourself, lol:



    Not sure what (if any) the Swiss influence would have...

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    It's eye-wer for me
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    Where does the 'r' in "Aiwa' come from, daftee?

    This may provide a clue:



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    Well, the r isn't sounded, it's just that I can't think of how else to spell it phonetically.

    Maybe like the god name, yahweh. eye-weh.
    Is that any better?

    Or 'were' without the r being sounded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hifi_dave View Post
    Rega is a combination of the names of the two founders - Relph and Gandy. So, it's whatever you want it to be. I have always said Reega.
    Hang on, Dave... Is Tony's name definitely 'Relph'? In Wiki it looks more like 'Reiph', as if it was 'Relph', then the three first letters would've been capitalised thus: 'RELph', not' REIph'..

    If it is 'Relph', then 'Rega' should be pronounced as 'Reh(h)-gah', which is different from 'Ray-gah' or "Ree-gah'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jandl100 View Post
    Well, the r isn't sounded, it's just that I can't think of how else to spell it phonetically.

    Maybe like the god name, yahweh. eye-weh.
    Is that any better?

    Or 'were' without the r being sounded.
    I sort of see where you're coming from, but it's a difficult one. Listening to the video, it's hard to hear any silent 'r'.

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    What about Schitt?

    Is that SKIT then?

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