About the Rotel RCD-1572 MKII
Rotel's flagship CD player
Rotel's flagship CD player
My fellow Crutchfield writer Archer A. referred to the original CD-1572 as "digital bliss." And the Rotel CD-1572 MkII is an upgrade to that beloved disc player, so it stands to provide even better sound quality from your CD collection.
An upgraded DAC and internal circuitry make the Rotel CD-1572 even better than the original.
The primary change is a big one. The MkII uses a premium Texas Instruments digital to analog converter chip that can handle sources up to 32-bit/384kHz. That's more resolution than the 16-bit/44.1kHz CD format will ever present, but it's this kind of "over-engineering" that gives Rotel components their exceptional sense of space and depth.
The original player boasted some serious post-DAC components, carefully chosen by Rotel to provide uncompromising sound quality. Rotel's engineers further customized the interior of the new MkII version with custom circuit board layouts and optimized isolation of components. All of those seemingly small tweaks add up to improve the purity of the signal path, and further reduce noise.
Plenty of connections
One great thing that hasn't changed — there are still the same connection options on the back panel. There's a pair of unbalanced RCA outputs that can be used to hook the MkII up to a stereo receiver. If you own higher-end gear, you're still covered by a pair of balanced XLR outs. It also has a coaxial digital output if you wanted to bypass the onboard DAC.
Who is Rotel?
Rotel has been crafting high-performance gear for music and home theater enthusiasts since 1961. They focus on creating the best signal path possible, using premium capacitors, transistors, diode bridges, and custom toroidal power supplies to get the most from music and movie soundtracks. Crutchfield is proud to offer a diverse selection of Rotel components including preamps, amplifiers, CD players, and home theater processors.
- plays audio CDs and CD-RWs
- premium Texas Instruments 32-bit/384kHz digital to analog converter
- frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz (±0.5dB)
- total harmonic distortion: 0.002% @ 1kHz
- signal-to-noise ratio: 118dB
- smooth-action tray loading CD mechanism
- programmable playback (20 tracks)
- handheld remote control included
- unbalanced stereo analog RCA output
- balanced stereo analog XLR output
- coaxial digital output
- RS-232 port for integration with automation systems
- 12-volt trigger in
- 3.5mm input for IR repeater systems
- Rotel Link 3.5mm input for optional attachment of other Rotel network-enabled products with Rotel Link Out connections
- app controllable using the Rotel app (free for iOS®) when connected to a product with a Rotel Link Out port
Dimensions and warranty:
- 17-1/16"W x 4-1/8"H x 14-7/16"D (2U rack spaces; rack ears available separately from the manufacturer)
- weight: 16.18 lbs.
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # FR01275
What's in the box:
Rotel RCD-1572 MKII owner's manual
- CD player
- 58" AC power cord
- Remote control (RR-D99)
- 2 "AAA" batteries
- 38" Stereo RCA cable
- 40" Mono-minijack cable
- Owner's Manual on USB thumbdrive
- Warranty Information
- Important Safety Instructions
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Features & specs
|CD Transport Only||No|
|Direct Track Access||Yes|
|Direct Disc Access||N/A|
|Network Music Streaming||No|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
|Stereo SACD Playback||N|
|CD Frequency Response||20-20k Hz|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||118 dB|
|SACD Frequency Response||Not Compatible|
|SACD Dynamic Range||Not Given|
|SACD THD||Not Given|
|Digital Optical Input||No|
|Digital Coaxial Input||No|
|USB Type-A Input||No|
|USB Type-B Input||No|
|Analog RCA Output||Yes|
|Analog XLR Output||Yes|
|Digital Optical Output||No|
|Digital Coaxial Output||Yes|
Stereo Compact Disc Player: The culmination of more than three decades of Rotel CD technology refinement, the RCD-1572 MKII is the flagship CD player in Rotel's 15 Series. The RCD-1572 MKII elevates performance by utilizing a purpose designed and built CD mechanism along with other circuit refinements. All circuit components - resistors, capacitors, inductors - are chosen only after their positive contribution to sound quality were quantified and verified qualitatively by extensive listening sessions. The digital-to-analogue converter is a state of the art DAC from Texas Instruments (TI). This very high performance stereo DAC is specifically designed for audio applications such as CD Audio. All this, combined with Rotel’s Balanced Design Concept, ensures the unit will deliver the highest level of audio performance.
- Disc Loading Tray: An ultra smooth motor-driven disc loading tray located in the center of the unit accepts a 12cm or 8cm compact disc.
- Compatible Discs: The Rotel RCD-1572 MKII supports playback of CD Audio, CD-R/RW, and CD Text discs. CD-R/RW discs must contain music files in CD Audio format (not MP3).
Note: This unit does not support MP3 or other compressed audio files.
Balanced Design Concept: Balanced Design Concept is the essential Rotel design philosophy that revolves around three major areas - Parts selection, circuit topology, and critical evaluation. These aspects influence final sound quality significantly and illustrate the holistic Balanced Design Concept approach to Rotel's product development. Thanks to the Balanced Design Concept, Rotel components easily exceed the performance of many mass produced audio products that offer plenty of features but skimp on audio quality, and compare favorably to components that are many times the price. Rotel continues its pursuit of extraordinary audio performance, which elevates the home entertainment experience through their core values of sonic accuracy, reliability, and affordability.
- Parts Selection: Rotel engineers carefully select premium components and parts for all their audio gear. At each stage of development, Rotel engineers listen to circuit prototypes and revise the design when they feel they can gain a sonic advantage by using a particular component from another manufacturer or by specifying tighter tolerances. Since Rotel is an independent manufacturer, they are free to source parts from highly respected suppliers around the world to fit their requirements.
- Circuit Topology: It’s not enough to simply use good parts. Where you put them is equally if not more important. That's why Rotel keeps their circuit paths as short as possible, so there's less chance that spurious emissions and unwanted leakages will corrupt delicate signal nuances. That’s also why Rotel often uses more expensive "on-board" relay source switching, rather than routing a signal from a rear-panel input to a front-panel control. Rotel also relies heavily on something called Symmetrical Signal Trace design. This keeps each channel's signal path identical to the others to preserve the imaging and soundstage. Rotel also uses electrically superior "star" grounding techniques to improve performance because star grounding routes all ground connections to a single point to reduce potential loops that might introduce noise or produce hum.
- Critical Evaluation: Rotel's development team places a lot of importance on critical listening sessions before the final product is sent to market. Rotel electronic and acoustic engineers, both in the UK and Asia, have honed their aural acuity over the course of decades of collective experience to evaluate each stage of product development from working samples, through pre-production and, finally, to verify that final production is the same as the pre-production units. Some sessions evaluate different circuit elements: capacitors, resistors, and active devices such as transistors or operational amplifiers. Others focus on differences in circuit layouts or differences caused by power supply elements. Only after this tuning process is complete with sonic performance confirmed will the product be launched to the market.
Carefully Engineered Power Supply & Circuit Board Layout: Utilizing an ultra-low noise in-house manufactured toroidal transformer the RCD-1572MKII’s analog and digital audio circuits, function control circuits and CD mechanism motor power supplies circuits are fed by individual transformer output windings each with dedicated voltage and current regulators for noise isolation. Further isolation optimizations were achieved with custom circuit board layout techniques all of which ensures the resulting audio is electrically and physically separated, clean and free from unwanted distortion.
Texas Instruments 32-Bit/384kHz DAC: A premium Texas Instruments 32-bit DAC (digital-to-analog converter) delivers exceptional frequency response to fully balanced differential XLR Balanced, RCA and coaxial digital outputs. The Texas Instruments (TI) DAC is supported by Rotel's proprietary Balanced Design Concept engineering method with custom tuned external analog output filters ensuring an exceptionally precise frequency response.
Balanced & Unbalanced Analog Outputs: The RCD-1572 MKII unit gives you a choice of two different kinds of stereo analog output connections - balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA. The balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA outputs utilize the built-in DAC and plug into a balanced or unbalanced analog audio component, such as a stereo receiver or integrated amplifier. Balanced XLR connections guard against induced noise and allow longer cable runs without compromising sound quality.
Coaxial Digital Output: The coaxial (RCA) digital output bypasses the built-in DAC and provides an unprocessed digital data signal for use with an outboard DAC or digital processor.
Front-Panel Display: A back-lit display on the front-panel of the unit provides useful information about the status of the unit, activation of special features, and track/time information for the disc being played. The unit will also display CD Text.
Front-Panel & Remote Control: The unit can be operated using its front-panel buttons or from corresponding buttons on the supplied IR (infrared remote) control. Specific instructions for each of these controls are detailed below. Most of the buttons are duplicated on the front-panel and on the IR remote control. However, there are a few exceptions where the buttons are only available on one or the other. Control functions include -
- Power On/Off
- Previous/Next Track
- Fast Forward/Reverse (2x, 4x, or 8x)
- Program Track (up to 20 tracks) *remote only
- Direct Access (0-9) *remote only
Rotel Link: This 3.5mm stereo minijack input (labeled "Rotel Link") can attach to Rotel network enabled products with a Rotel Link output. This allows the attached Rotel products to communicate with each other and be controlled via the Rotel App (for Apple iOS 6.0+).
IR In: The IR Input (3.5mm) receives command codes from industry-standard infrared receivers via a hard-wired connection. This feature can prove useful when the unit is installed in a cabinet and the front-panel sensor is blocked.
12V Trigger Input: The unit can be activated by a 12 volt trigger signal. The trigger input accepts any control signal (AC or DC) ranging from 3 volts to 30 volts. When a mono-minijack cable is connected to the 12V input and a trigger signal is present, the CD Player is powered on. When the trigger signal is turned off, the unit goes into standby mode.
Note: Do not connect both the Rotel Link and 12V trigger input. The 12V trigger's power on/off feature will override the Rotel Link feature.
RS232 Port: The unit can be controlled via RS232 for integration with automation systems. The RS232 input accepts a standard straight DB-9 Male-to-Female cable.
Auto Power Off: The CD player can be configured to automatically power off if unused for a specified period (30, 60, or 90 minutes). If the CD is stopped for the specified time, the unit will automatically go into standby mode.
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Perhaps the smoothest CD Player I have ever heard. Really like the 2 line display. Really worth the investment! Worked as a mastering engineer for 20 years. Heard a lot of CD players. This beats them all!
Gary from Cumming, GA