ROTEL RELEASES THREE NEW STEREO PRODUCTS
With home cinema sales a blip on the audio sales radar, and two-channel systems led by turntables continuing to churn steadily, Rotel is staying with stereo.
With three new high-performance stereo models just released it’s a fair bet Rotel is backing two-channel audio to the hilt.
The new trio comprises the RA1572 integrated amplifier, the RC1572 pre-amplifier, and the RCD1572 True CD player. The three come in a choice of black or silver finish and they will be available this month.
Rotel says the three models take their design cue from its flagship RA1592 integrated amplifier. So both the 1572 series integrated and CD player carry a high-performance Japanese AKM DAC chipset.
The new $1499 1572 CD player uses a Wolfson DAC that Rotel says is detailed and warm sounding, and ideally suited to decoding the Redbook CD standard.
Unusually, the CD player isn’t fitted with an off-the-shelf laser mechanism. It’s fitted with a custom-made mechanism. The new player has both XLR and RCA outputs along with RS232 control.
The RA1572 integrated amp has Bluetooth streaming, IP control and better amp architecture than the brand’s famous RA1570 model resulting in what Rotel describes as its “best mid-priced integrated amplifier to date.”
Onboard the 1572 amplifier is a DSD 32-bit AKM DAC, aptX Bluetooth, moving magnet phono stage, RS-232 and IP control modes. It's rated at 120 watts per channel and costs $2799.
The RC1572 preamp will sell for $1899, and like the integrated amplifier, this price buys a preamp with a DSD capable 32-bit AKM DAC, aptX Bluetooth, moving magnet phono stage and RS232 and IP control.
Rotel makes a point of the two-year’s of intensive engineering research that went into the three new models. The trio have also had extensive sonic tuning in the UK.
For more information visit Rotel.
One of the veteran journalists of the HiFi industry, if there’s a speaker he’s likely heard it or owned it at some point in his career. Peter was formerly the audio-video editor of the Herald Sun newspaper in Australia for over two decades.
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