BBC Music Magazine


Rotel RCD-1572 £845


The hi-fi industry is so cluttered with superfluou­s adjectives and hyperbole that calling the Rotel’s sound ‘agreeable’ might seem like half a compliment. But that’s far from my intention. Build is solid and uncluttere­d, the display is crisp and I have yet to find a piece of music that isn’t buoyed by its effortless performanc­e. Admittedly, the Wolfson WM8740 isn’t the most dynamic DAC available, and the player lacks digital inputs but, combined with my Marantz HD-AMP1 and Bowers & Wilkins 607 bookshelf speakers, I’m happy to keep listening hour after hour.

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