Today brings a trio of new releases for Rotel’s 15 Series of high-fidelity stereo components. The company has announced immediate availability of its RA-1572 integrated amplifier ($1699), RC-1572 stereo preamp ($1099), and RCD-1572 CD player ($899). All three systems aim to provide discerning audiophiles with exceptional quality at approachable prices—a formula that is served Rotel well for over five decades.
The RCD-1572 CD player employs a Wolfson WM8740 DAC that’s mated to high-quality analog circuitry, creating a high quality sound path to its RCA and XLR connectors. While CD players may seem anachronistic, there’s no question that the format sounds excellent and that a good player can extract sweet sounds from shiny discs.
Next up is Rotel’s RC-1572 preamp, which is designed to complement the RCD-1572. It packs an AKM 32-bit/768kHz DAC on the digital side and can process up to 24-bit/192kHz audio from its digital-optical and digital-coaxial inputs. And if you feed it audio from a USB source, this preamp will handle 32-bit/384kHz stereo PCM. You also get Bluetooth with AptX for wireless streaming, and a PC-USB input allows you to use it as an audio interface with your desktop or laptop.
For analog sound, this preamp uses relay switching and features RCA, phono, and XLR inputs. There’s a built-in moving-magnet phono stage.
Finally, there’s the new RA-1572 integrated amplifier. Like the RC-1572, it has an AKM 32-bit/768kHz DAC built-in and supports the same digital formats as its preamp sibling. It too features Bluetooth with AptX. However, unlike the preamp, this high-power design utilizes an oversized toroidal transformer to feed a stereo 120 watts-per-channel amplifier. It too makes a great complement for the RCD-1572, for those inclined to assemble this sort of music-centric stereo system.
The RC-1572 and RA-1572 both offer IP control and RS-232 connectors, for integration with home automation.
Rotel’s whole gig is to deliver audiophile-grade gear at reasonable cost. With this trio of new releases, it looks like the company will continue that tradition.