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HiFi Rose RS201E

Integrated amp and network audio/video streamer with 8.8-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth®

Item # 358RS201E

Pair this amp with your favorite speakers for clean sound with your streaming sources plus easy touchscreen control.

Pair this amp with your favorite speakers for clean sound with your streaming sources plus easy touchscreen control.


Item # 358RS201E

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About the HiFi Rose RS201E

High-fidelity sound at your fingertips

After a few minutes experimenting with HiFi Rose's RS201E, you may wonder why more streaming components don't have touchscreens. It has easy app control, but all you need to get started is this unit and your favorite set of speakers.

High-fidelity sound at your fingertips

HiFi Rose RS201E Integrated Amplifier/Network Streamer

Connect your favorite speakers and feel your way around the full color 8.8-inch touchscreen display.

After a few minutes experimenting with HiFi Rose's RS201E, you may wonder why more streaming components don't have touchscreens. It has easy app control, but all you need to get started is this unit and your favorite set of speakers.

This versatile component is an integrated amp, streamer, DAC, and preamp, all rolled into one. And HiFi Rose's onboard customized Android™ OS gives it a user-friendliness that will feel familiar to mobile users in general. Audiophiles will appreciate its authoritative but smooth sound. I also love the cool touchscreen features, like the functional virtual back panel for switching inputs and outputs and the virtual VU meters.

Easy control

I grew up playing vinyl, and then CDs. Streaming was a hard sell, but at this point I see it as an amazing — sometimes overwhelming — and necessary asset. App control across the different platforms isn't always intuitive — it's still the main reason my wife rarely opts for streaming music when she's picking out something to play.

The RS201E feels different. It connects to your internet via Ethernet or built-in Wi-Fi. The interface is user-friendly whether you're using its front-panel touchscreen apps and volume/mute toggle, or the free RoseConnect app for Apple® and Android devices. It organizes your different sources — from streaming services including TIDAL, Qobuz, and Spotify, to music files stored in one of its onboard options or your NAS server — in a way that feels almost Roon-like. (By the way, this player is also a Roon endpoint.)

You can also use Apple AirPlay® to control the streamer, or the included Bluetooth remote. Free automatic updates make sure it keeps pace with evolving tech and its expanding capabilities.

High-res down to the femtosecond

What I really love about the RS201E is that it stays out of your way. It's true of the interface, and also true in how it treats audio signals, which it delivers in articulate detail with a quiet noise floor and low distortion.

It runs on a snappy six-core CPU with a high-performance ESS SABRE DAC capable of 32-bit/384kHz resolution. Also key to its impressive sound is its digital clock, which drastically reduces the distorted edges inherent in digital music transmission by aligning the spaces between the data. The RS201E's femto clock measures time down to the femtosecond — one quadrillionth of a second — for exceptionally smooth, precise audio.

4K video rabbit hole

Endless video digressions await you, thanks to the RS201E's 4K video decoding via its HDMI 2.0 output. The RoseTube app lets you peruse and play YouTube videos that you can watch on the unit's full color screen or — even better — on your TV. And its digital audio inputs let you get beautiful soundtrack audio from whatever you might be watching.

Flexible connections and local storage options

On the back panel you have ample digital connections, unbalanced analog preamp output for connection to an outboard amplifier, and an RCA stereo analog input. You could connect a CD player or USB drive, and even a turntable with a phono preamp.

The RS201E has USB connections and a microSD card slot for local access to external digital music files. And all HiFi Rose models include an internal bay on the bottom panel for adding optional SSD storage. The '201E will recognize drives up to 4TB, which is much more than you'll probably ever use. 


Product highlights:

  • integrated amp with network audio and 4K video streaming
  • 50 watts x 2 into 4 ohms
  • solid aluminum-panel chassis
  • 8.8-inch-wide high-def touchscreen LCD display
  • built-in dual-band Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
  • customized Android operating system
  • control with touchscreen, Rose Connect app for Apple® and Android™ devices, or included Bluetooth remote
    • front-panel volume control/mute knob
  • six-Core ARM® 64-bit processor, up to 2.0GHz
    • maximum resolution: 32-bit/384kHz
  • supports Apple AirPlay, DLNA, Roon, and MQA
  • supports TIDAL, Spotify, Qobuz, RoseTube (YouTube), internet radio stations, and RosePodcast
  • supported audio formats include MQA, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, WMA, MP3, OGG, M4A and more
    • PCM decoding up to 32-bit/384kHz
    • native DSD decoding up to DSD256 (11.2MHz)
  • supported video formats include ASF, AVI, MKV, MP4, WMV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and more up to 4K resolution
  • Ethernet port for connection to your home network
  • HDMI video output with up to 4K resolution
  • USB-C
  • five-way speaker binding post outputs
  • digital inputs:
    • Toslink optical
    • USB 3.0 audio input for connecting an external drive
  • analog input:
    • stereo RCA unbalanced line in
  • digital outputs:
    • Toslink optical
    • USB 3.0 audio output for connecting to an external DAC
  • analog outputs:
    • stereo RCA unbalanced preamp out
    • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • storage interface:
    • USB 3.0
    • microSD card slot
    • enclosed bay for optional 7mm SSD (solid-state drive) up to 4TB
Other specs:
  • total harmonic distortion + noise:
    • amp: 0.006%
    • preamp: 0.005%
    • headphone:0.01%
  • signal to noise ratio:
    • amp: 100 dB
    • preamp: 108 dB
    • headphone: 98 dB
  • 11"W x 3"H x 8"D
  • 5.07 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # RS201E SLV

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