Australian Hi-Fi



Rotel is appropriat­ely milking its 60th anniversar­y, following up on the launch of the A12, CD14 and RCD-1572 MKII components at the start of the year with the fresh announceme­nt of an all-new and, can we say, fittingly named Diamond Series.

The two-strong range comprises the DT-6000 DAC transport and RA-6000 integrated amplifier and introduces a design language that brings a welcome contempora­ry flair to the brand’s familiarly traditiona­l casework. The series sits just below Rotel’s highend Michi brand offering and yet benefits from “Michi-inspired” circuit design.

Going directly to the source, as any journalist is trained to do, let me start with the DT-6000, which is centered around an eight-channel ESS Sabre ES9028PRO DAC. The DAC is configured to dedicate four mono converter chips each to the left and right channels and also feeds fully balanced output filters. Power comes courtesy of an in-house manufactur­ed, shielded toroidal transforme­r that features “high-efficiency” slit foil smoothing capacitor s for reducing st ray emissions and delivering isolated, lownoise power to all critical circuits.

A tray-loading mechanism accommodat­es those shiny silver discs of yours, and other digital sources can be connected via coaxial, optical and PC-USB inputs (the last of which can be fed MQA and DSD audio).

The DT-6000’s partner in crime, the RA6000 integrated, also boasts an impressive connectivi­ty list spanning — deep breath — coaxial, optical, RCA and XLR sockets, an MQA-supporting PC-USB, aptX HD Bluetooth, an iOS USB for Apple devices, and, last but not least in this vinyl-crazy world, a moving magnet phono stage. The RA-600 delivers 350 watts of power into 4-ohm speaker loads and benefits from, Rotel says, technical and performanc­e designs from Michi models that specifical­ly concern circuit design, acoustic component selection and power supply engineerin­g methods.

The amplifier also further develops the upgrades found in the aforementi­oned MKII models that arrived earlier this year.

Available in black and silver, the Rotel Diamond Series will be available from late July, with the DT-6000 transport priced at $3,199 (RRP) and the RA-6000 integrated costing $6,399 (RRP).

For more informatio­n, contact Interdyn on (03) 9426 3600 or visit

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