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In today’s age of streaming music this is a product that will make a positive difference in many systems. Making the sound better by improved analog to digital conversion.

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The Rotel RDD-1580 is available in Silver or Black at $799.00

Here are a few of the highlights from the review;

“Unlike many DACs built to a lower price point, the RDD-1580 doesn’t look or sound cheap. I was impressed by the RDD-1580’s dynamic acumen on all sources. Whether playing a large orchestral composition or a solo recording, the RDD-1580 retained the dynamic differences on both macro and micro levels.”

“The RDD-1580 produces a large, three-dimensional soundstage with pinpoint lateral focus. On the 24/44.1 version of Lorde’s “Royals” from HDTracks, each chorus member’s voice has its own unique location in the mix. Through the Rotel, the varying reverb tails for the percussion and vocal parts are also quite obvious. On the new high-resolution 24/192 version of the Grateful Dead’s “Box of Rain” from HDTrack’s Complete Studio Album Collection, the RDD-1580 reveals the added sparkle and quack from Jerry Garcia’s Fender Stratocaster, along with the greater decipherability of the background vocals. Like other better DACs that I’ve heard, the RDD-1580 makes it easy to listen deep into the mix.”

“Choose any cut from the HDTracks’ 24/88 download version of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, and the RDD-1580 will reward you with rollicking, powerful, yet well-defined bass. On Fred Redekop & Jay Taylor’s As Julia Ponders…, the RDD-1580 does a superlative job of retaining all the detail on both the leading and trailing edges of Taylor’s electric bass.”

“If your current or former state-of-the-art DAC is getting long of tooth, rather than knee-jerk replacing it with another megabuck DAC, you might want to give the Rotel RDD-1580 DAC a try. It will surprise you.”

To read the full Home Theater Review please click here.

 

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Rotel RCD-1570 CD Player in black or silver $999.00

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Rotel RC-1570 in black or silver $999.00

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Rotel RB-1552 MKII in black or silver $999.00

 
Rotel’s back-to-our-roots engineering has been getting noticed. The latest review in the April issue of The Absolute Sound has Alan Taffel waxing poetic about the past and posting high praise for the current generation of audio separates, namely RCD-1570, RC-1570 and RB-1552MKII. Here are a few noteworthy quotes from this very thorough and extremely positive review.

The Absolute Sound – April 2014 Issue.
Review by Alan Taffel

“Once upon a time, the audio forces of America, Britain, and Japan combined to create a company called Rotel. And it was good.”

“…this gear certainly promises a return to the Rotel of old. Each component is a mere $999. In today’s audio world, that’s a major bargain…”

“The essential sonic elements I have described are not easy to come by! I regularly hear products – even expensive ones – that fail in one or more of these areas. So finding affordable gear that gets them all right is a find indeed. The new Rotel stack, I am happy to report, gets them all right.”

“If the timbres aren’t spot on, instrumental lines become blurred, and if micro-dynamics aren’t fully captured, the interplay between musicians and the lilt of the music is lost. But through the Rotel stack, all of these elements are fully present. Strings are properly rich, bass is weighty, and the piano possess a lovely round tone. Microdynanmics and tiny tempo variations come through clearly, allowing the listener to hear the give and take among the players.”

“…the Rotels not only get the infectious timing and tonal characteristics of the instruments right, their tinkling top piano notes are also airily unrestrained. Again, this last element is not essential to fully digging the music here, but it goes a long way toward hinting at the ‘real’ quality we high-enders seek.”

“The sound only gets better with high-resolution digital sources. With such material, the RC-1570 exhibits a level of purity that is a skosh higher than it attains when handling the RCD-1570’s analog output. With high-res digital sources, instruments and singers step farther from a quieter background, adding to the drama of the listening experience. Apparently, Rotel has not lost its touch with DACs.”

“Modestly priced audio products may not be able to produce the ‘absolute sound,’ but the best of them can fully deliver the heart of the high end. Rotel’s 1570/1552 stack falls decisively into this category, forming an incredibly affordable, versatile system that conveys all the music you could want – and more – with very few trade-offs. Rotel is back, my friends. And it is good.”

 

 

 

 

 

NEW Products from Rotel!

For the MUSIC LOVER in all of us!  A new Stereo Integrated Amp and CD Player !

The ROTEL RA-1570 Integrated Amp

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The RA-1570 is available in Black or Silver at $1599.00

The new RA-1570 Integrated Amplifier is both a nod to Rotel’s long heritage of manufacturing great analog stereo components as well as acknowledging that today’s audio systems must also accommodate digital sources to provide the best of both worlds. In that regard, The RA-1570 is perhaps one of the best examples of melding proven analog design with the most musical digital circuits to bring all of your sources to life with surprising, even surpassing, fidelity.

As are many Rotel amplifiers, the RA-1570s circuitry draws on a high capacity power supply based on a Rotel custom designed and factory built oversized toroidal transformer. In addition to providing an abundance of voltage and current for all operating stages, the transformer’s toroidal shape helps prevent stray radiation patterns from corrupting audio signals as they pass through adjacent circuit stages. Subsequent power supply segments built with tight-tolerance parts including T-Network capacitors provide the exact voltage and current requirements to ensure stress-free signal reproduction. The RA-1570’s input section is substantially more flexible than that found in most integrated amplifiers.
In recognition of the growing popularity of digital sources, this amplifier provides a front panel USB input for easy connection of a wide variety of music storage devices including Apple iPods, iPhones, and iPads. Supported formats include MP3, WAV, and WMA files for maximum flexibility. In addition, rear panel USB, coaxial (RCA) and optical (TOSlink) inputs provide easy connections for LPCM music files with up to 24-bit word lengths sampled at 192 kHz. Analog inputs include balanced XLR connectors in addition to conventional RCA jacks.
A Wolfson WM8740 stereo D/A converter handles critical conversion from digital data to continuous analog waveforms. The Class AB output stage uses discrete devices to ensure precise reproduction of all signals regardless of origin with virtually any loudspeaker. The power output, a robust 120 watts per channel into 8 ohms, is substantial as it is a continuous “both channels driven simultaneously” rating fully in keeping with real-world expectations and Rotel’s tradition of providing real-world value. User conveniences include separate pre-out/main-in connectors, a highly visible VFD display, precisely-calibrated electronic volume control, and ROTEL LINK capability for easy system integration.

 

The ROTEL RCD-1570 CD Player

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The Rotel RCD-1570 is available in Black or Silver at $999

Those who haven’t heard Rotel’s RCD-1570 might believe that there’s nothing new in CD players. Those who have heard it tell an entirely different story. Since 1982, when the CD was introduced, Rotel has been refining technology and evolving circuitry to bring you extraordinary sound. The RCD-1570, the outstanding CD player in Rotel’s 15 series, focuses careful refinements to reveal even the most subtle nuances buried in a CD’s pit spiral. One of the RCD-1570’s most important features is the Wolfson WM8740 digital filter/stereo digital-to analog converter. Originally developed for high resolution sources, it is the product of extensive research and real world testing and processes digital signals up to 24-bits in length at sampling rates from 8 kHz to 192 kHz. While word lengths and sampling speed may seem excessive for CDs delivering data at far lower rates, this high speed facility adds reserve capability to ensure proper reproduction under all circumstances. As the most crucial link between a CD’s digital data and the analog world in which we listen, this converter boasts significant attributes in addition to its superb high resolution capabilities.

Another advance is the RCD-1570’s slot-loading disc transport. In addition to mechanical simplicity and improved reliability, this design isolates the CD itself from potentially destructive vibration modes that may affect musical definition. And from a purely aesthetic viewpoint, it adds elegance by simplifying the front panel’s appearance.The post-converter analog circuitry benefits from Rotel’s decades-long experiences in crafting the finest sounding pathway from the D/A’s internal output to single and balanced rear panel connectors that bridge the gap between the RCD-1570 and down-stream components. All circuit components — resistors, capacitors, inductors — are chosen only after their positive contribution to sound quality were quantified and verified qualitatively by extensive listening sessions. All of these circuits draw on a power supply based on an oversized custom Rotel-designed and precision-manufactured toroidal power transformer that, in turn, feeds precise rectifiers, tight-tolerance voltage regulators, and advanced Slit-Foil low-ESR storage capacitors, all globally-sourced to ensure musically accurate operation under even the most demanding conditions. XRL connectors provide balanced outputs, long recognized for their superior noise-rejecting characteristics, while high quality RCA connectors provide an easy pathway to the myriad of components with single-ended inputs. This is all part of Rotel’s long-proven Balanced Design Concept. It’s yet another way of assuring you that the RCD-1570 evidences a level of attention that will make it part of your reference-level music system for years to come.

 

This is great news for music lovers as well as home theater fans!  Let’s look at music first:

The Rotel RA-1570 Integrated Amp!  Rotel has long been know for making fine integrated amps, musical, powerful and reliable and this new model fits the bill!

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The Rotel RA-1570 is available in Black or Silver at $1,599.00

Long recognized as a central component in superb yet cost-effective music systems, the integrated amplifier’s job has evolved substantially as many music-lovers have migrated to digital sources. The RA-1570 is one of the best examples of melding classic analog design with contemporary digital circuits to bring all of your sources to life with surpassing fidelity.
As typical of Rotel amplifiers, the RA-1570’s circuitry draws on a high capacity power supply based on a Rotel custom designed and in-house manufactured over sized toroidal transformer. In addition to providing an abundance of voltage and current for all operating stages, the transformer’s toroidal shape helps prevent stray radiation patterns from corrupting audio signals as they pass through adjacent circuit stages.
Subsequent power supply segments built with tight-tolerance parts including T-Network capacitors provide the exact voltage and current requirements to ensure stress-free signal reproduction.
The RA-1570’s input section is substantially more flexible than that found in most integrated amplifiers. In recognition of the growing popularity of digital sources, this amplifier provides a front panel USB input for easy connection of a wide variety of music storage devices including Apple iPods, iPhones, and iPads. A rear panel asynchronous PC-USB input supporting files up to 24bit/192kHz is also provided. Supported formats include MP3, WAV, AAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF and WMA files for maximum flexibility. In addition, two each coaxial (RCA) and optical (TOSlink) inputs provide easy connections for LPCM music sources including popular streaming devices with up to 24-bit word lengths sampled at 192 kHz. Importantly, it is possible to fix the level on these sources for use with devices that provide their own volume control. Analog inputs include balanced XLR connectors in addition to conventional RCA jacks.
A Wolfson WM8740 stereo D/A converter with selectable digital filters handles critical conversion from digital data to continuous analog waveforms.
The Class AB output stage uses discrete devices to ensure precise reproduction of all signals regardless of origin with virtually any loudspeaker. The power output, a robust 120 watts per channel into 8 ohms, is substantial as it is a continuous “both channels driven simultaneously” rating fully in keeping with real-world requirements and Rotel’s tradition of providing extraordinary value.
User conveniences include separate pre-out/main-in connectors, a highly visible VFD display for set-up, and a precisely calibrated electronic volume control.

Now the matching CD player!

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The Rotel RCD-1570 is available in Black or Silver. $999.00

Those who haven’t heard Rotel’s RCD-1570 might believe that there’s nothing new in CD players. Those who have heard it tell an entirely different story.
Since 1982, when the CD was introduced, Rotel has been refining technology and evolving circuitry to bring you extraordinary sound. The RCD-1570, the outstanding CD player in Rotel’s 15 series, focuses on careful refinements to reveal even the most subtle nuances buried in a CD’s pit spiral. Since most music lovers have a substantial collection of compact discs, a high quality CD player is still an important part of any music system.
One of the RCD-1570’s most important features is the Wolfson WM8740 digital filter/stereo digital-to analog converter. Originally developed for high resolution sources, it is the product of extensive research and real world testing and processes digital signals up to 24-bits in length at sampling rates from 8 kHz to 192 kHz.
While word lengths and sampling rates may seem excessive for CDs delivering data at far lower rates, this high speed facility adds reserve capability to ensure proper reproduction under all circumstances. As the most crucial link between a CD’s digital data and the analog world in which we listen, this converter boasts significant attributes in addition to its superb high resolution capabilities.
Another advance is the RCD-1570’s slot-loading disc transport. In addition to mechanical simplicity and improved reliability, this design isolates the CD itself from potentially destructive vibration modes that may affect musical definition. And from a purely aesthetic viewpoint, it adds elegance by simplifying the front panel’s appearance.
The post-converter analog circuitry benefits from Rotel’s decades-long experience in crafting the finest sounding pathway from the D/A’s internal output to single and balanced rear panel connectors that bridge the gap between the RCD-1570 and down-stream components. All circuit components — resistors, capacitors, inductors — are chosen only after their positive contribution to sound quality were quantified and verified qualitatively by extensive listening sessions.
All of these circuits draw on a power supply based on an oversized custom Rotel-designed and precision-manufactured toroidal power transformer that, in turn, feeds precise rectifiers, tight-tolerance voltage regulators, and advanced Slit-Foil low-ESR storage capacitors, all globally-sourced to ensure musically accurate operation under even the most demanding conditions.
XRL connectors provide balanced outputs, long recognized for their superior noise-rejecting characteristics while high quality RCA connectors provide an easy pathway to the myriad of components with single-ended inputs.
This is all part of Rotel’s long-proven Balanced Design Concept. It’s yet another way of assuring you that the RCD-1570 evidences a level of attention that will make it part of your reference-level music system for years to come.

Now for the home theater in all of us!

The RMB-1555 5 Channel Power Amp! 

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The Rotel RMB-1555 is available in Black or Silver. $1,699.00
We expect this model to begin arriving June/July 2013

As well-received as Rotel’s CD players have been over the decades, the company’s power amplifiers have been perhaps even more admired and critically acclaimed. That’s due to Rotel’s insistence that “less is more” and proof that the company’s renowned Balanced Design Concept, which emphasizes simplicity and precise execution of proven engineering principles, honors its commitment to accurate and enjoyable musical reproduction.
Now this same attention to detail — and the same vitality in sonic reproduction — is available for multichannel music aficionados as well as videophiles searching for the best in movie soundtrack recreation.
Case in point: the remarkable RMB-1555 multichannel power amplifier. Whether used in a powerhouse home theater system, as a distribution amplifier for several independent zones in your home, or as the foundation of a remarkably flexible multichannel music system, the RMB-1555 fulfills the promise of Rotel’s heritage.
Power output is conservatively rated at 120 watts per channel into 8 ohms and this is with all channels driven to full output. With all but the most demanding speakers located in extraordinarily large rooms, the RMB-1555 exerts the kind of precise control that presents both nuance and bombast correctly from the faintest flute overtones to the subterranean rumble of an approaching apocalypse.
Its capability comes from a remarkably stable power supply based on a Rotel-designed and Rotel-built toroidal transformer that provides precise voltages at high current to subsequent circuit stages. In addition, the toroid shape itself reduces stray emissions that might otherwise interfere with signal transfer.
Other internal components are of equally high caliber. They’re sourced from Rotel’s global supply network only after detailed examination and exhaustive listening tests that separate “good enough” from the truly superlative.
The RMB-1555 uses only discrete output transistors with their higher thermal stability and freedom from the designed-in compromises that characterize their integrated circuit cousins. The Class AB amplifier configuration assures the best balance between power output and thermal efficiency.
Heavy duty speaker terminals complement the RMB-1555’s 12-volt remote control trigger, single-ended RCA inputs, and detachable IEC-type AC cord. The RMB-1555 also self protects from over current, over temperature and DC voltage.
Truly an amplifier for all uses, the RMB-1555 combines superb execution with maximum reliability.

 The Rotel RMB-1585

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The Rotel RMB-1585 is available in Black or Silver. $2,999.00.
We expect this unit to begin arriving June / July, 2013.

The RMB-1585, Rotel’s new flagship theater amplifier provides both the massive power and sonic sophistication required by the finest home theater systems.
With five channels, each capable of producing 200 continuous watts each into 8-ohm loads (a full kilowatt of output power!), the RMB-1585 masters any A/V system regardless of speaker load or room size.
But it isn’t just pure output power that distinguishes the RMB-1585. It’s the ability to reproduce both the dynamics of a Hollywood blockbuster and the musical nuances of acoustic instruments that sets it apart.
Where does this balance come from? It’s a direct result of Rotel’s celebrated Balanced Design Concept in which circuit topology and parts selection meld in the pursuit of sonic excellence.
As with all Rotel products, this performance level begins with a power supply based on Rotel-designed and –manufactured dual toroidal transformers. In addition to providing proper voltages and current to subsequent rectifiers, regulators, and capacitors, these transformers also serve as a critical first stage of filtration for incoming AC power. And the toroid shape itself tightly focuses stray emissions to avoid their potentially negative impact on sound quality.
Also in evidence is the Slit-Foil capacitor, an improved variant of a conventional storage device. The Slit-Foil is named after the many precise cuts made in the aluminum conductors. These cuts or “slits” minimize the eddy currents that reduce a conventional capacitor’s ability to store and supply energy efficient. The power supply of RMB-1585’s output section benefits from eight British-made BHC Slit Foil caps, each with a capacity of 15,000 µF. Further, each channel uses six individual power transistors to ensure stable power delivery to all speakers in the system even under the most demanding conditions. Dual fans provide more-than-adequate airflow for proper thermal dissipation. The RMB-1585 also provides protection circuitry for over temperature, over current and DC voltage.
These and other high quality components were carefully chosen for their significant contribution to better sound quality and then “tuned” to each other for even further aural improvements.

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This flagship power amp is as beautiful from the back as from the front. Quality all the way around!

The RMB-1585 makes system connection easy with both single-ended inputs via RCA jacks or balanced connections via three-pin XLR connectors. In summary, you could describe the RMB-1585 as a “brute” that provides a full kilowatt of power. Or you might regard it as an exacting conveyer of the most subtle aspects of music or a movie soundtrack. In either case, you’d be correct. You’d also be correct if you simply said that the RMB-1585 is the win-win answer for everyone seeking authoritative yet nuanced control of the speaker array of your choice.

 

The 2013 Stereophile Recommended Components List features TWO Krell units this year!

The Cipher….

Fred Kaplan says ” excelled at revealing the finest subtleties of a musical passage, untangling the knottiest complexities, and showering light on the tonal colors of a voice, an instrument, or an ensemble.”

The Krell Cipher SACD/CD player.

Click STEREOPHILE here to read the full review.

 

Next the Evolution 707 is sighted.

Kal Rubinson calls the 707  “as great-sounding a digital processor as it is an analog preamp.”

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The Krell 707. Now available in 3D!

 

Click STEREOPHILE here to read the full review.

 

 

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