Rotel has announced the C8 and C8+, the brand’s latest custom installation amplifiers. The new Class AB amplifiers leverage Rotel’s 60-years audio engineering heritage delivering eight channels of high-performance multi-zone audio. The amplifiers are powered by an oversized, in-house manufactured toroidal transformer feeding an array of high-current, dedicated output devices comfortably driving even the most demanding loudspeakers in critical listening zones.
The C8 Custom Installation Amplifier delivers 70 watts of power per channel into 4-ohm loads, and the C8+ Custom Installation Amplifier delivers 150 watts of power per channel into 4-ohm loads, with all channels driven. Zone outputs are bridgeable to deliver even higher output power per channel and the auto-sensing, auto-switching PA Override feature ensures installation flexibility. Both units feature four analog source inputs available to all zone outputs through internal matrix switching, further customizable with independent volume, balance, bass, and treble settings. The C8+ also includes two optical and two coaxial digital inputs supporting 24b/192k audio matrixed to the outputs.
Inside the C8
The front panel of each amplifier features a graphic display with controls to ensure user-friendly setup and operation, including selection of the active matrixed input source and volume control of each zone in real time. The custom engineered 2U height chassis does not require top or bottom clearance spacing for ultra-efficient rack mounting with the included rack ears. Speaker outputs utilize detachable Phoenix connectors for pre-wire installation with worry-free secure screw-locking mechanisms. Ethernet, RS232 and 12V trigger connections provide integration with popular control systems, emphasizing the customization available to incorporate these units into virtually any system.
Inside the C8+
The C8 and C8+ will be available in the United States in black finish through Authorized Rotel dealers with shipments beginning in May of 2022 and the rest of the world shortly thereafter.
Suggested Retail Prices:
- C8 Custom Installation Amplifier: $2599 (MSRP)
- C8+ Custom Installation Amplifier: $3199 (MSRP)
For more information, visit rotel.com.