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Rotel RC1572 Pre-Amp (Black)

The RC-1572 provides an entryway into higher performing separate components with all of the analogue and digital inputs required by today's sources.

The heart of an uncompromising audiophile stereo “separates” system is the preamplifier. Separate components hold the promise of the best possible fidelity, since each device is optimised for its role in the sound reproduction chain. The new RC-1572 stereo preamplifier leverages the design of our flagship RC-1590 preamplifier including its 32 bit/768kHz AKM stereo digital-to-analogue converter to handle critical signal conversion. Among many refinements, the RC-1572 utilizes relay switching for analogue sources instead of an IC based switch to maintain the integrity of the signal path for RCA, phono and XLR inputs.

Beneath the clean lines and user friendly fascia of the RC-1572 lies highly sophisticated engineering. Both analogue and digital sources have been given equal consideration as today’s listener often has several digital sources, but may also enjoy legacy formats like vinyl LPs. A large toroidal transformer and regulated power supply ensures stable current and voltage requirements to all stages under dynamic conditions. Premium circuit components have been selected only after extensive listening evaluations. Careful routing of all low level signals has been practiced to ensure impressive signal to noise levels. The result is effortless musical dynamics, impressive detail and scale.

The RC-1572 stereo preamplifier is also extremely flexible. Four digital inputs (2 coax and 2 optical), plus the rear PC-USB handle digital sources up to 32/384 resolution. The 4 inputs are designed for sources such as TV set-top boxes, flat panel TVs or Blu-ray players for stunning playback. Importantly, it is possible to fix the level and set an auto-on option with digital inputs for use with devices that provide their own volume control for convenient “hands-off” use.The PC-USB input supports DSD signals. Integrated Bluetooth aptX is provided. Analogue inputs include balanced XLR connectors, perfect for connecting the RCD-1572 via its XLR outputs, in addition to four pair of conventional RCA inputs. A moving magnet phono stage rounds out the source capability. XLR and single ended outputs are provided along with a mono subwoofer output, as are two 12-volt triggers to control on/off operation of an amplifier and/or other components. For custom integration, control options include RS232 on a standard DB9 connector, as well as an Ethernet port for IP control and software updates. In short, the RC-1572 is a tremendous value and the perfect upgrade for owners of older analogue-only preamplifiers.

Model Code: FR01250
Retail: R 27 490.00

Rotel RC1590 Pre-Amp (Black)

 The intention behind the RC-1590 was to create a reference quality stereo preamplifier to perfectly partner with the new RB-1590 stereo power amplifier. It has been engineered to the highest audio performance levels and also provides an incredible level of control and flexibility.

The circuit design starts with a high-performance power supply consisting of two Rotel custom designed and built toroidal transformers to provide isolation between the analogue and digital signals. They are part of a reference-grade power supply consisting of individual analogue and digital regulator circuits with custom-made slit-foil capacitors. Slit-foil capacitors have very quick charge/discharge times and low signal loss ensuring tight bass performance.

Every aspect of component selection and circuit topography has been designed and carefully evaluated during multiple listening sessions to ensure the highest quality. For example, analogue and digital circuits were designed separately by specialised Rotel teams and then combined within the product. Analogue inputs employ low noise circuits and include a high performance moving magnet phono stage. Digital inputs are fully isolated and feature a precision AKM, 32bit768kHz Digital to Analogue Converter (DAC).

Other features include a remote control handset, 2 x 12-volt trigger outputs, a dimmable display, an automatic power-off function (configurable 1 hour, 2 hour, 5 hour, 12 hour or disabled), RS232 and IP control for automation system integration, Internet-based software updates, Rotel Link connection, an external IR remote input, and a front-mounted 3.5mm headphone output jack.

For music enthusiasts who will not accept compromise, the RC-1590 preamplifier is in a class by itself, at a price that belies its superb performance.


•               Twin toroidal transformers to maximize analogue/digital circuit isolation

•               TI precision volume control IC

•               MM Phono input

•               Three line-level analogue input stages (CD, Tuner and Aux),

•               Six digital input stages (three coax; three optical)

•               32bit 768kHz Asahi Kasei Digitalto Analogue Converter

•               Internal Bluetooth module supports both APTX and standard SBC

•               Front facing USB input for iPod/iPad connections with 2.1A charging capability

•               Rear panel PC-USB 24bit 192KHzinput supports Windows, MAC and DoP (DSD over PCM).

•               Tone control cut/boost up to 10dB

•               Balanced (XLR) input stages

•               Twin balanced (XLR) and single-ended (phono) output stages

•               Twin sub-woofer outputs

•               Front panel status display


Model Code: FR01229
Retail: R 46 790.00