CD players starting to become a thing again. There may not be that many, but brands are jumping back into the game with updated and brand new models. Rotel has announced two new audiophile-grade CD players for 2022 in collaboration with the affordable new A12MKII integrated amplifier.
The second generation Rotel MKII compact disc players include the Rotel CD-14MKII ($ 899) and step-up RCD-1572MKII ($ 1099).
Both improve on first generation models and use a new Texas Instrument DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) capable of 32-bit / 384kHz decoding. However, the DAC will mostly decode 16-bit / 44.1kHz, which is the Red Book standard of all CDs. There is no sampling ability.
No player supports SACD playback.
In general, both CD players are very similar in design and come in silver or black finishes. They share the same upgraded drive mechanism, new CD controller disk drive and DAC. However, the more expensive RCD-1572MKII includes fully balanced, fully differential XLR outputs. In addition, we were also told the DAC is “set differently”.
To explain tuning, Rotel said: “The actual DAC disk system is identical in both units, but it is all the other components (transformer, filter capacitors, power resistors, etc …) that contribute to ‘setting differences’ and any observable’ character ‘between the two units. ”
The RCD-1572MKII stands slightly higher and meets 2U height standards to fit perfectly inside shelves. Optional racks are only available on this unit.
Both CD players include a coaxial digital output, which allows them to be used as a CD drive connected to an external DAC. None of the models have an optical output.
Rotel says: “The MKII models include acoustic and performance upgrades and innovations, including power supply improvements, printed circuit and layout design isolation techniques and new acoustically tuned audio components resulting in a more accurate version of the sound with richer a real detail. ”
“The sleek action CD loader and front panel screen ensure effortless playback of your favorite discs through the intuitive IR remote control or front panel control buttons for seamless operation and the best convenience. The RS232, 12V trigger and IR remote input provide easy integration with popular control systems. ”
The new CD players complete Rotel’s MKII music system range, which includes three more enhanced integrated amplifiers – models A14MKII, RA-1572MKII and RA-1592MKII – released last year.
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For more information: rotel.com
Related reading: Best CD players (Note: it is too early to know if the Rotel MKII CD players will make it to the list as we have not tested them yet.)