Rotel 12 Series Internet Radio, Amp & CD Player Components Deliver Affordable Audiophile Connectivity

As a 50 year old high-end Japanese brand synonymous with high-end AV gear, it’s great to see Rotel take its highly regarded components to new heights -- and commit to pricing and connectivity perfect for audio buffs on a budget. Real home sound goes beyond the dock and speaker. It begins with the right components. Here’s what you need to know.

The success of Rotel’s popular 11 Series -- and the lessons learned in its development -- has led to such of degree upgrades that a whole new name was required. Enter the 12 Series.

As modular components, you can integrate individual 12 series devices into your existing home theatre setup, and of course expand in the future as required. And for establishing new setups, the Rotel 12 components also stack beautifully and work together seamlessly.

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Rotel RA-12 Integrated Amplifier With Built-In DAC

$999 from Encel Stereo

• iPod USB and Bluetooth audio streaming • Analog and digital audio inputs • Wolfson WM8740 24/192bit DAC • Programmable tone controls • Tone Bypass mode • Available in black or silver

The amplifier has always been the heart of a Hi-Fi system, but for the new audio landscape, amplifiers need ‘brains’. The brain of the RA-12 is the Wolfson WM8740 24 bit/192kHz DAC, most often found in high-end audio products, and it ensures that the RA-12 extracts the full potential from its digital and Apple authorised USB inputs.

Traditional audio is not forgotten, however, so the RA-12 also provides four analogue line-level inputs and a phono input. The RA-12 can be controlled from its front panel buttons, via a remote handset, or via the RT-12 and the Rotel Remote app for iPhone and iPad. The RA-12 is however not just about versatility, it is a high performance amplifier with 60 Watts per channel that puts music at the top of its priorities.

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Rotel RT-12 Internat Radio / DAB+ / FM Digital Tuner

$899 from Encel Stereo

• FM and DAB/DAB+ Band tuners • 30 available presets for each FM and DAB • Integrated dimmable 2 line display • Multi-button IR remote control • Combination FM/DAB antenna

The RT-12 is an FM and DAB+ preset radio tuner and much more. By incorporating network capabilities, the RT-12 can bring thousands of internet radio broadcasts into your life and it can play audio files stored on UPnP servers such as Windows computers.

If your computer is home to a library of music files and you have wondered about playing them over your hi-fi, the RT-12 is your answer. The RT-12 boasts digital to analogue conversion based on the Wolfson WM8740 DAC chip to ensure that each digital source retains every last drop of musical quality, and it can serve as the wireless hub for the Rotel iPhone and iPad Remote app to control the entire hi-fi system.

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Rotel RCD-12 CD Player

$499 from Encel Stereo

• Analog and digital output • Wolfson WM8740 24/192 DAC • Slot loading CD mechanism • 2 line dimmable display • Multi-function IR remote and trigger input

Even after three decades of the compact disc, the RCD-12 demonstrates that there is still more performance to be found from CD players. In common with its partners in the 12 Series, digital to analogue conversion is handled by the Wolfson WM8740 DAC chip. The WM8740 is more commonly found in CD players at the very top of high-end audio and if you are ever intrigued to know just how your favourite CDs would sound on the world’s finest players, the RCD-12 will get you to within a hair’s-breadth.

Also in common with other 12 Series products, the RCD-12 can be controlled through either its front panel buttons and display, via its remote control handset, or via Rotel Link to an RT-12 and the Rotel Remote app for iPhone and iPad.

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