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Rotel RA-1572 In­te­grated, Dynaudio Sub6 sub­woofer, Def Tech De­mand se­ries, KEF Per­for­mance Stands, McIn­tosh MA252 Hy­brid amp, Soundcast BT speak­ers, Aries Serat Genus In­te­grated, Trans­fig­u­ra­tion Proteus D cartridge, Aesthetix Mimas In­te­grated, Elac Andante se­ries, NAD C338 award-win­ner, Naim Uniti Nova streamer, Audiofly AF100W head­phones, Vin­nie Rossi in Oz, Sony WF-1000X ear­phones, Unison Max2 speak­ers and more…

The Rotel RA-1572 in­te­grated am­pli­fier (with in­built DAC and Blue­tooth) is now avail­able in Aus­tralia. It uses a con­ven­tional Class-AB out­put stage that’s rated at 120-watts per chan­nel, both chan­nels driven into 8 with THD of less than 0.03%. The ana­logue line-level in­put is spec­i­fied as hav­ing a fre­quency re­sponse of 10Hz–100kHz ±0.5dB and a sig­nal-to-noise ra­tio of 100dB (IHF-A) no mat­ter whether you use the balanced (via XLR) or un­bal­anced (RCA) in­puts.

As with all Rotel am­pli­fiers, the RA-1572 fea­tures Rotel’s cus­tom­wound toroidal power trans­form­ers along with cus­tom elec­trolytic stor­age ca­pac­i­tors made for Rotel. ‘ The cus­tom-wound trans­form­ers and power sup­plies are the foun­da­tion of each of their am­pli­fiers, the source of all of the punch, clar­ity and head­room that these amps put out,’ said Leigh Fis­cher, of In­ter­dyn, which dis­trib­utes Rotel in Aus­tralia. ‘ It’s some­thing Rotel is very proud of.’

The Rotel RA-1572 has coax­ial (RCA) and op­ti­cal (Toslink) dig­i­tal in­puts ca­pa­ble of 24-bit/192kHz per­for­mance, plus a USB in­put Rotel says can han­dle up to 32-bit/384kHz in­clud­ing DSD. It also has Blue­tooth (aptX) so you can stream to it from com­pat­i­ble de­vices. The DAC is a 32-bit/768kHz AKM chipset. Users are able to fix the level and set an ‘auto-on’ op­tion with the dig­i­tal in­puts to sim­plify op­er­a­tion and im­prove per­for­mance when us­ing de­vices that pro­vide their own vol­ume con­trol. It also has a built-in mov­ing-mag­net phono stage with a fre­quency re­sponse of 20Hz–20kHz, ±0.5dB and a signalto-noise ra­tio of 80dB (IHF-A).

Daren Orth, Chief Tech­nol­ogy Of­fi­cer for Rotel, said of the de­sign process for the new RA-1572: ‘ We took the hugely pop­u­lar RA-1570 and added a su­pe­rior DAC, in­te­grated Blue­tooth, IP con­trol and bet­ter am­pli­fi­ca­tion ar­chi­tec­ture—the re­sult is our best mid-priced in­te­grated am­pli­fier to date.’ The Rotel RA-1572 mea­sures 431×144×358mm (WHD), weighs 13kg and is avail­able now in Sil­ver and Black fin­ishes. It sells for $2,499 (RRP). For more in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact In­ter­dyn on (03) 9426 3600 or visit­ter­na­tion­al­dy­nam­

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