Rotel releases more upgraded iterations

February 21, 2022
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Rotel releases newfangled integrated amp and two CD players in NZ to time with the iconic company’s 60th anniversary.


Following the successful launch of several other upgraded models, Rotel releases the A12MKII integrated amp along with two CD players – the CD14MKII and the RCD-1572MKII.

The new product releases are timed to celebrate Rotel’s 60th anniversary.

The new models benefit from innovations and improvements to the circuit designs and enhancement to critical audio components, resulting in exceptional performance, improved accuracy, and greater acoustic detail.

The soundstage of the new models delivers wider and more genuine presentation of the music with increased depth and natural expression. All models feature a new, premium, Texas Instruments 32-bit digital-to-analogue converter, power supply refinements, precision acoustic coupling capacitors, and circuit board layout isolation techniques that lower the noise floor and reduce distortion.

“Rotel’s engineers leveraged over 60 years of experience with the latest technologies and innovations to develop these exceptional MKII models,” said Daren Orth, Chief Technology Officer of Rotel.

“We utilized Michi, Rotel and Tribute technologies, ensuring the new MKII models achieved the performance deserving of this iconic brand as we celebrate our anniversary.”

The A12MKII includes a new DAC, digital processor, and digital interface chipset with 12 complimentary changes to the power amplifier delivering on the continued promise of performance and value. Each MKII CD player received an upgraded CD drive mechanism, new CD controller chipset, DAC and tuned critical acoustic components.

The CD14MKII and RCD-1572MKII provide RCA outputs and coaxial digital output, allowing the units to be utilized as a CD transport supporting off-board digital-to-analogue processing. The RCD-1572MKII also includes a fully balanced, fully differential XLR output rejecting external noise and lowering RF interference.

A12MKII Integrated Amplifier $1549

CD14MKII CD Player $949

RCD-1572MKII CD Player $1499

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