Rotel Electronics is bringing a quartet of stereo components to the CEDIA Expo, including its first USB DAC, a stereo preamp with onboard DAC, and two stereo power amps.
Rotel’s first USB DAC is the $799-suggested RDD-1580.
The USB DAC is the RDD-1580, shipping in November at a suggested $799. It features front-panel USB input that supports Apple iPods, iPhones and iPads, and it streams Bluetooth music via an included adapter. The rear panel PC-USB input supports files up to 24 bit/192kHz in asynchronous mode.
Two sets of rear panel RCA-style coaxial and TOSlink optical digital inputs are optimized for PCM sources with up to 24-bit/192 kHz resolution.The RDD-1580 uses two Wolfson WM8740 stereo DACs, one for each channel, to reduce noise and distortion more than a single converter can, the company said.
The RDD-1580 provides both single-ended and balanced outputs with RCA and XLR connections, respectively. High-current charging capability (2.1 amperes) is available for iPads and other devices.
The stereo preamp with onboard DAC is the RC-1570, shipping in October at a suggested $999 with DAC and analog stages. It’s designed as an upgrade for owners of older analog-only preamps.
The RC-1570 comes with two digital coaxial inputs, two optical digital inputs, and a rear-panel PC-USB, all capable of handling digital sources up to 24/192 resolution. A Bluetooth dongle is provided for use with the front USB input. A moving-magnet phono-stage rounds out the source inputs.
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