Rotel CD14 CD Player
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High Quality Compact Disc Player & Transport
Wolfson 24 Bit/192 kHz Digital To Analogue Convertor
Rotel Remote App for Apple & Android Devices
Analogue & Coaxial Digital Outputs
About The Rotel CD14 CD Player
The Rotel CD14 is a great value CD Player that is perfect as the primary source component in a mid-level hi-fi system with real performance potential. Partner with a suitable amplifier such as Rotel’s A12 or A14 and you've got yourself a great sounding CD system without breaking the bank.
In 1989, Rotel confirmed its digital audio expertise with the launch of the RCD-855 CD player. The press was overwhelming in its praise, one critic going so far as to call it “The steal of the century”, and since then Rotel has never looked back.
The CD14 design begins with a carefully engineered power supply to ensure separate, ripple-free voltage and current to both digital and analogue circuits. It maintains the same clean lines and intuitive operation as Rotel’s other models, while demonstrating an uncanny ability to resolve even the smallest musical details in a recording.
The CD14 is Rotel’s middle CD Player and, naturally, has all the essentials a good disc player needs. The CD14 is a versatile CD player featuring a high quality Wolfson digital to analogue converter (DAC), to convert the digital information stored on a CD into an analogue sound signal. As well as regular audio CDs, the CD14 will play MP3’s files from home recorded CD-R discs. There's also a dedicated digital output which allows you to record from a CD to a digital format or even connect to a standalone DAC or the DAC in a Rotel amplifier when you're ready to improve your sound even further. With a multi-function display screen, this sleek looking CD Player is housed in a substantial chassis which sports a stylish thick metal front panel which looks great in any interior.
The Sound You Need
Simply stated, the CD14 is designed to do one thing - deliver the most detailed, nuanced sound from every disc. The CD14 will faithfully reproduce all that is recorded on the disc. While the unit was under development, the design team went far beyond the usual measurable technical performance characteristics. Listening panels spent hundreds of hours fine tuning the audio performance, choosing the components that produced the best sound that would “release the emotion in the music”. Whatever the artist and recording engineers put on the disc, the CD14 will deliver.
That said, the CD14 does feature some impressive hardware. The digital-to-analogue converter is a state of the art DAC from the world renowned British manufacturer, Wolfson. This very high performance stereo DAC is specifically designed for audio applications such as CD, DVD, and home theatre systems. All this, combined with Rotel’s Balanced Design, ensures the CD14 will deliver the highest level of audio performance. When used in a high quality audio system, your Rotel CD player will provide years of enjoyment.
In The News
“Rotel’s CD14 CD player and A14 integrated amplifier show us that Rotel still deserves its reputation for affordable high-quality audio equipment. In these days when lots of manufacturers are talking about building their “last CD player,” the CD14 is a fine performer at a modest price. Sounding good as a stand-alone unit, it showed even more promise as a CD transport. Because many integrated amplifiers now include high-quality DAC circuitry, using the CD player as a transport is a good way to step up the player’s sound quality—just plug its digital output into the SPDIF input of the integrated.” The Absolute Sound
“Physical discs may no longer be the millennials’ first choice for accessing their music, but there are many music fans with large CD libraries and this format will hang around for a good while. For those considering the purchase of a new CD player, particularly for the first time, the CD14 is a well-built and designed component that not only should last for a long time, but also may be the last CD player that they will ever need.” Theater Byte
“The CD14 went about its business without any fuss, and it certainly sounded better than streaming Tidal lossless files. For example, with the "Recomposed By Max Richter" CD, a reworking of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons," the string orchestra sounded fuller and more natural on the CD14. The soundstage was deeper and more three-dimensional; streaming added a smidgen of stridency to the sound the CD didn't have. So don't fool yourself into thinking that streaming can come close to the sound of a well-recorded CD played on a fine CD player. "Recomposed" is a brilliant recording, but only when you hear all it can be, and less so when you stream it.
On a great CD player like this one, the sound is first-rate. Not all CD players sound the same if for no other reason that CD players convert digital into analog, and the CD14's analog circuitry is a cut above your average player's. The CD format isn't going away anytime soon, and if you already own a sizable collection the CD14 will make all of your CDs sound their best.” C-Net
One of the most revered names in audio and with a long-time association with Australian Retailers spanning over 50 years, Rotel is still privately-owned by the original family that founded it in the 1960s. No small feat in this day and age. Also extremely rare in this industry, the Rotel headquarters house all aspects of the brand in one place from the CEO through to the marketing team, production-line technicians and warehousing. The Rotel company is well-known as a family run business in the most fundamental definition of the phrase. Fostering a collaborative environment where everyone's ideas are heard and the entire company can work seamlessly under one roof as a cohesive team. Using zero outsourcing, each and every Rotel amplifier and component is hand assembled and stress-tested in-house by a small, dedicated team of skilled technicians.
With this wonderful heritage it’s really no wonder Rotel components are so great to use and listen to. And we’re not the only ones to think so as Rotel products have received hundreds of international awards and made lots of customers very happy all around the world. Audio Trends is proud to offer a diverse selection of Rotel components including preamps, amplifiers, CD players and home theatre processors.
Main Features & Specifications
- Design: Compact Disc Player & Transport
- Rotel Remote App available for Apple & Android Devices
- Comprehensive Remote Control Included
- Connections: RCA Stereo Analogue outputs, Coaxial Digital output, 12V Trigger In, RS232, Rotel Link (for controlling other Rotel products)
- Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise: 0.002% @ 1kHz
- Intermodulation Distortion: 0.002% @ 1kHz
- Frequency Response (± 0.5 db): 20-20,000Hz
- Channel Balance: ± 0.5 db
- Phase Linearity: ± 0.5 degree
- Channel Separation: > 115 dB @ 10 kHz
- Signal to Noise Ratio (“A” weighting): > 118 dB
- Dynamic Range: > 99 dB
- Digital to Analogue Converters: Wolfson 24 bit/192kHz
- Analogue Output Impedance: 100 Ohms
- Digital Output: 0.5 Volt, Peak to Peak
- Load Impedance: 75 Ohms
- Power Consumption: 15 Watts
- Standby Power Consumption: < 0.5 Watts
- Available Finishes: Black or Silver
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 430 x 98 x 312mm
- Weight: 5.9kg
- Manufacturer's Warranty: 2 Years
Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE
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