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Rotel CD11 Tribute Single-disc CD player (Silver)

Item # 440CD11TS

Built from the ground-up for critical ears, the CD11 Tribute is a testament to Rotel's passion for audio excellence.

Built from the ground-up for critical ears, the CD11 Tribute is a testament to Rotel's passion for audio excellence.

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Item # 440CD11TS

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About the Rotel CD11 Tribute

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Do your tunes justice

The late, great audio guru Ken Ishiwata helped redesign Rotel's already-famed CD11 into the powerhouse that is the CD11 Tribute. Ken's 40 years of audio engineering experience shines through in the Tribute's performance. Each component was meticulously hand-picked and tuned to deliver accurate, deeply engaging performance and breathe new life into your favorite CDs.

Do your tunes justice

The late, great audio guru Ken Ishiwata helped redesign Rotel's already-famed CD11 into the powerhouse that is the CD11 Tribute. Ken's 40 years of audio engineering experience shines through in the Tribute's performance. Each component was meticulously hand-picked and tuned to deliver accurate, deeply engaging performance and breathe new life into your favorite CDs.

A peek under the hood

Rotel has put their focus on the audio circuitry that will have the biggest impact on sound quality. The Tribute boasts a Texas Instruments 24-bit/192kHz digital-to-analog converter to keep your music as true-to-life as possible. Rotel and Ken also made some massive changes to the power supply, capacitors, and circuit layout, sparing no expense and cutting no corners to ensure it has a sound that sets it above the rest.

Listening notes from Crutchfield writer Eric Angevine

"I had an opportunity to take the CD11 home with me for a tryout. I paired it with the Rotel A11 Tribute integrated amplifier to see how these components — engineered by the late, great Ken Ishiwata just before his passing — would work together. I demoed this sweet little setup with a beautiful pair of Bowers & Wilkins 606 S2 Anniversary Edition stand-mount speakers.

Most of my CD collection was acquired during a very specific period of my life. I was working as a public radio announcer in the early-to-mid 1990s, and discovering music that would open up my horizons and really stick with me. I picked out a handful of favorites from that period to listen to, because I had a pretty strong feeling that they'd sound better than I ever heard them at the time, thanks to advances in... well, just about every aspect of two-channel music listening.

Turns out, I was right. The CD11 offered pristine playback, and the A11 stayed out of the way and let the music shine. I got goosebumps listening to Charlie Hunter's debut album Bing, Bing, Bing! — it reminded me how astonishing it was to hear his inimitable playing for the first time. Freddie Hubbard's Red Clay was recorded in 1970, but I fell in love with it as a remastered CD that rendered his mind-blowing high notes as something almost transcendent. And I rounded out my trip down memory lane with an eclectic mix including alt-rock from The Pixies' Doolittle, bell-clear blues guitar from Robert Cray's Strong Persuader, and the rich, warm tones of Cassandra Wilson's amazing voice on New Moon Daughter. It seems weird to say it, but the CD11 made my memories sound... better than before. It was a real pleasure to listen to."

— Eric Angevine, Crutchfield Copywriter

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.


Product highlights:

  • plays CDs and CD-Rs
  • Texas Instruments 24-bit/192kHz digital-to-analog converter
  • total harmonic distortion: 0.005% @ 1kHz
  • frequency response: 20-20,000Hz (±0.5dB)
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 125dB
  • one pair of analog RCA outputs
  • coaxial digital output
  • RS-232 port for integration with third-party automation systems
  • 12-volt trigger in
  • Rotel Link 3.5mm input for optional attachment of other Rotel network-enabled products with Rotel Link Out connections
Dimensions and warranty:
  • weight: 12.7 lbs.
  • 17"W x 3-7/8"H x 12-7/16"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • MFR # ROT1015010

What's in the box:

  • CD player
  • 58" AC power cord
  • Remote control (RR-D99)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 38" Stereo RCA cable
  • 40" Mono-minijack cable
  • 40" Stereo minijack cable
  • Owner's manual on CD-ROM
  • Warranty Information
  • Important Safety Instructions

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More details on the Rotel CD11 Tribute

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Features & specs

Disc Capacity 1
CD Transport Only No
Disc Exchange N/A
Track Programming 20
Random Play Yes
Direct Track Access Yes
Direct Disc Access N/A
Networking Features
Network Music Streaming No
Ethernet Port No
Wi-Fi No
Remote Included
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
CD-R Playback Yes
CD-RW Playback Yes
Stereo SACD Playback N
CD Frequency Response 20-20k Hz
Signal to Noise Ratio 125 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 No
Digital Optical Output No
Digital Coaxial Output Yes
Headphone Output No

Product Research


Stereo Compact Disc Player: The CD11 continues Rotel's proud tradition of designing and manufacturing CD players (since 1989) with a carefully engineered power supply and Balanced Design Concept topology of digital and analog circuits that brings your CD collection to life with musical detail.

  • Disc Loading Tray: A motor-driven disc loading tray located in the center of the unit accepts a 12cm or 8cm compact disc.
  • Compatible Discs: The Rotel CD11 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. 

Texas Instruments (TI) DAC: The Rotel CD 11 utilizes a Texas Instruments (TI) 24-bit/192kHz high performance stereo DAC (digital-to-analog converter) specifically designed for audio applications that require high-quality sound reproduction.

Carefully Engineered Power Supply: The Rotel CD11 compact disc player features a carefully engineered power supply to ensure separate, ripple-free voltage and current to both digital and analog circuits

Analog & Digital Outputs: The CD11 unit gives you a choice of two different kinds of output connections - stereo analog or coaxial digital. The stereo analog RCA output utilizes the built-in DAC and plugs into a conventional analog audio component, such as a stereo receiver or integrated amplifier. The coax 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. Many of the buttons are duplicated on the front-panel and on the IR remote control. However, there are some exceptions where the buttons are only available on one or the other. Control functions include -

  • Power On/Off
  • Play/Pause/Stop
  • Previous/Next Track
  • Fast Forward/Reverse (2x, 4x, or 8x) *remote only
  • Program Track (up to 20 tracks) *remote only
  • Direct Access (0-9) *remote only
  • Repeat/Random *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+).

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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Customer Q&A

8 questions already asked

What AC power voltage does CD11 work with?
guy  Aug 19, 2023
1 answer
Greetings Guy, and thank you for your question. If purchased from Crutchfield, it is made for North America and is fixed at 120v. They have European versions of the same model which we do not have. Those are preset at 230v.
hogan  Aug 19, 2023 (Staff)
Does it play HDCD is SACD formats?
alex  Aug 03, 2023
1 answer
This Rotel CD11 Tribute is not SACD capable, Alex. You can still play an HDCD on the Rotel as HDCD isn't technically a format like SACD, most will play on standard players with playback at 16-bit/44.1k. For a CD player that supports SACD playback I suggest considering the fantastic Denon DCD-1700NE in the link below, an excellent choice!
bo  Aug 03, 2023 (Staff)
what amp for rotelcd11?
william  Oct 20, 2021
8 answers
I am using a Denon 4700 with a NAD 270 external amp.
david  Oct 25, 2021
I am using a Pioneer Sx-850 receiver with the Tribute along with Monitor Audio Silver RS8 speakers.This combination sounds great. I would think any quality amplifier would work well.
ted  Oct 22, 2021
I am using the NAD 316bee v2 . I was WOWED with the sound compared to the turntable, Fluance RT83 with the Rolls VP130 MK2 phono preamp, but that is my only reference. ( Don't get me wrong I'm perfectly happy with that turntable ). I really want to get the A11 since I like the CD11 so much. Maybe that's the answer.
mark  Oct 21, 2021
I am playing it through an Onkyo receiver right now, nothing special. I plan to upgrade to an integrated amp at some point but haven't decided what that will be. The takeaway, I think, is that this unit sounds fabulous on a run of the mill consumer grade receiver.
david  Oct 20, 2021
I am using a Parasound New Classic 200 integrated. The Rotel is such a major improvement over my previous players. Really happy with it!
brian  Oct 20, 2021
I am using Adcom 200 watts per channel amp preamp setup.
robert  Oct 20, 2021
I have a Parasound HCA-1000A amp. It is discontinued but details about this amp can be found on parasound's website.
mark  Oct 20, 2021
I bought the Rotel Tribute amp at the same time I bought the CD player, but I think it would sound fine with any decent amp.
brian  Oct 20, 2021
1. Will this CD player play home-recorded CD-Rs and those made from mp3's without problems or delays? 2. Can you program specific tracks? If so, how many? 3. Does the display show track being played, elapsed time and time remaining?
ronald  Aug 07, 2021
2 answers
This player will play home recorded CD-Rs without any problems. I have not tried MP3's. I have not tried to program tracts. The display shows the track being played, track elapsed time, and total disk time. The Rotel CD11 Tribute is a very nice CD player. It sounds great. I did purchase a Marantz CD6007 also. I slightly prefer the Marantz. I thought about returning the Rotel but decided to keep it. It's an awesome player.
david  Aug 12, 2021
This unit will not play MP3 CD's. It can only play CDs that have been recorded as audio CD's in the CD Audio format. It supports a 20 track program play and will display both the track and time elapsed.
jason  Aug 09, 2021 (Staff)
Is this an upgrade from the RCD-1072?
jay  Mar 13, 2021
1 answer
Not exactly. The 1572 is a different design completely done by Rotel .. very nice and had Wolfson Dacs power supply etc. A little beefier than the CD11 KIshiwata. And a really nice high end piece. But the CD11 is not a standard player either but tweaked and upgraded by Mr Ishiwata , the entire unit ! Plus of course you have your Rotel base parts too. Obviously not quite as beefy but I would imagine darn good based on my Mr Ishiwatas past designs with Marantz It might be even just as good in a different way depending on the sound you are looking for. I wouldn't discount the KI Tribute if you want to get a top notch piece for really good money. Hope that helps :)
michael  Mar 15, 2021
Can I use this with powered speakers Kanto Yu6 using the phono output? If not is there another way?
jeff  Sep 15, 2022
1 answer
It would be possible to connect this to the Kanto YU6 using the RCA inputs on the powered speaker. Be sure to set the RCA switch to LINE and not PHONO.
zachary  Sep 15, 2022 (Staff)
Does this support hdcd like other Rotels? Thx
noel  Jun 24, 2021
7 answers
Noel, I'm sorry. I answered your question incorrectly. the Tribute will not decode HDCD. It's still a great player.
ted  Jul 14, 2021
Yes it does, if you decide to purchase you won't be disappointed.
ted  Jul 14, 2021
Yes, it plays them without issue. I'm very happy with this player, and the matching power amp.
brian  Jul 14, 2021
The Rotel CD11 doesn't support HDCD. However it does create its own magic with regular CDs.
rich  Jul 13, 2021
No it does not!
henry  Jul 13, 2021
I have never tried one. Perhaps Crutchfield can address this question.
vincent  Jul 13, 2021
Hi Noel. I don't know if it can support hdcd as I've not tried.
evan  Jul 13, 2021
Does it come with a remote?
michael  Mar 10, 2021
1 answer
Yes, this does include a remote in the box.
allison  Mar 27, 2021 (Staff)

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