The Story Of An Amp, A Preamp, And A CD Player

October 16, 2017

It’s the Rotel 15 Series and there are three components to brag about.


Rotel is releasing three new high performance 2-channel products in the NZ market with its 15 Series, which boasts an array of new features and improved sonic performance.

The three models are the RA-1572 Integrated Amplifier, the RC-1572 Preamplifier and the RCD-1572 True CD Player.

The three new models continue in the direction established by the Rotel flagship RA-1592 integrated amp. Like this model, both the new integrated and preamp make use of a high-performance Japanese AKM DAC chipset. The new CD player retains the ubiquitous Wolfson DAC, which is British in origin, warm-sounding and perfectly suited to decoding the Redbook CD standard; and it also introduces an ultra-quiet, custom-made ‘True’ CD mechanism.

We wondered why anybody would release a new CD player at this point. Here’s Rotel’s answer:

“Why make another CD player? Turns out that most of the players on the market use noisy multi-format optical mechs – not the RCD-1572. A serious CD collection deserves a serious player, and this is it!”

Two years of intensive engineering development and UK-based sonic tuning has resulted in a superb musical accuracy and tonal balance in all of the new models.

The RA-1572 Integrated Amplifier includes: DSD capable 32-bit AKM DAC, aptX Bluetooth built-in, 120 wpc Class AB power, MM Phono input, RS-232 and IP control. It retails for $2799.

The RC-1572 Preamplifier includes: DSD capable 32-bit AKM DAC, aptX Bluetooth built-in, XLR in and out, MM Phono input, RS232 and IP control. It retails for $1899.

The RCD-1572 CD Player includes: Purpose-built ‘true’ CD mechanism, 24-bit Wolfson DAC, Tray loading, XLR and RCA out, RS-232 control. It retails for $1499.

Available in black and silver finishes.

Rotel is distributed in New Zealand by Interdyn.




Steel has been penning his pungent prose for 40 years for publications too numerous to mention, most of them consigned to the annals of history. He is Witchdoctor's Editor-In-Chief/Music and Film Editor. He has strong opinions and remains unrepentant. Steel's full bio can be found here

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