Rotel RCD-1572 CD Player
Purpose Built, Reference Quality Compact Disc Player & Transport
Analogue RCA & XLR Outputs, Coaxial Digital Output
Custom Oversized Toroidal Transformer
Wolfson 24 Bit/192 kHz Digital To Analogue Convertor
About The Rotel RCD-1572 CD Player
The Rotel RCD-1572 is a superb machine and Rotel’s top of the range 15-series CD player. It stands out as being a worthy choice as the primary source in a high end hi-fi system with other Rotel 15-series components including their up market preamps and power amps. It has been engineered to provide high-resolution audio performance, yet it is also very affordable, as has been the tradition with Rotel electronics for over 50 years.
The culmination of more than three decades of Rotel CD technology refinement, the RCD-1572 is the flagship CD player in Rotel's 15-Series of top performance audio components. Ever since 1982, when the compact disc was first introduced to the world, Rotel has been refining technology and evolving circuitry to bring you extraordinary sound from the familiar silver disc. As most music lovers have a substantial collection of compact discs, a high quality CD player is still an important part of most music systems. The RCD-1572, the outstanding CD player in Rotel's 15 series, focuses careful refinements to reveal even the most subtle nuances buried in a CD's pit spiral.
As Jason Kennedy said in his review for Hi-Fi+ magazine. The Rotel RCD-1572 “lets the music do the talking and that’s the way it should be.”
Purpose Designed & Built CD Transport Mechanism: The RCD-1572 elevates performance by utilizing a purpose designed and built CD transport mechanism along with numerous circuit refinements. One of the RCD-1572's most important features is the Wolfson WM8740 digital filter/stereo digital-to-analogue converter. Originally developed for high resolution sources, it is the product of extensive research and real world testing and processes digital signals at up to 24-bits in length at sampling rates from 8 kHz to 192 kHz.
While these word lengths and sampling speeds may seem excessive for CDs delivering data at far lower rates, this high speed facility adds reserve capability to ensure proper reproduction under all circumstances. As the most crucial link between a CD's digital data and the analogue world in which we listen, this converter boasts significant sound quality attributes in addition to its superb high resolution capabilities.
Finest Sounding Post-Converter Analogue Circuitry: It not just the DAC that determines the sound, but what happens afterwards. In this case the proprietary post-converter analogue circuitry benefits from Rotel's decades-long experiences in crafting the finest sounding pathway from the DAC's internal output to RCA and XLR rear panel connectors that bridge the gap between the RCD-1572 and down-stream components. All circuit components – resistors, capacitors, inductors – are chosen only after their positive contribution to sound quality have been quantified and verified qualitatively by extensive listening sessions.
All of these circuits draw on a power supply based on an oversized custom Rotel-designed and precision-manufactured toroidal power transformer that, in turn, feeds precise rectifiers, tight-tolerance voltage regulators, and advanced Slit-Foil low-ESR storage capacitors, all globally sourced to ensure musically accurate operation under even the most demanding conditions.
This is all part of Rotel's long-proven Balanced Design Concept. It's yet another way of assuring you that the RCD-1572 evidences a level of attention that will make it part of your reference-level music system for years to come.
In The News
"The Rotel RCD-1572 is an admirable machine. It's well made and fuss-free to use. And when it comes to analysis and composure, this player is as good as anything at this price." What Hi-Fi?
"This Rotel is a dedicated CD player in an age of do-it-all solutions. It's a proper-sized and sensibly built machine that should provide years – if not decades – of musical enjoyment. Its reticent character lets the music do the talking and that's the way it should always be." Hi-Fi+
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: Flagship CD player in Rotel's 15-Series component range
- Wolfson premium 24-bit/192kHz Digital to Analogue Converter
- Purpose designed and built CD transport mechanism
- Power supply based on an oversized custom Rotel-designed and precision-manufactured toroidal power transformer
- Precise rectifiers, tight-tolerance voltage regulators, and advanced Slit-Foil low-ESR storage capacitors
- All analogue circuit components – resistors, capacitors, inductors – are chosen only after their positive contribution to sound quality were quantified and verified qualitatively by extensive listening sessions
- Balanced circuit design
- Outputs: Balanced (XLR), Unbalanced (RCA), Digital (Coax)
- Supports MP3 playback
- Comprehensive Remote Control Included
- iOS control App (requires connection to 15 Series RA/RC models)
- 12 Volt trigger
- Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise: 0.002% @ 1kHz
- Frequency Response: 20-20,000Hz (± 0.5 dB)
- Channel Balance: ± 0.5 dB
- Channel Separation: > 115 dB @ 10 kHz
- Signal to Noise Ratio: > 118 dB (“A” weighting)
- Dynamic Range: > 99 dB
- Digital to Analogue Converters: Wolfson 24 bit/192kHz
- Analog Output Level / Impedance (0dBFs)
- Unbalanced (RCA): 2.2 Volts / 100 Ohms
- Balanced (XLR): 4.4 Volts / 200 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 & Silver
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 431 x 104 x 320mm
- Weight: 6.7kg
- Shipping Weight: 9.05kg
- Manufacturer's Warranty: 2 Years
Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE