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Rotel RCD-1572 Single-disc CD player (Black)

Item # 440CD1572B

Rotel's flagship CD player has some serious audiphile circuitry inside wrapped up in a sleek, all-metal chassis.

Rotel's flagship CD player has some serious audiphile circuitry inside wrapped up in a sleek, all-metal chassis.

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Item # 440CD1572B

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About the Rotel RCD-1572

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Digital bliss

If you're like me, you want the sound from your compact discs to be just like the artist intended. Rotel's top-of-the-line RCD-1572 CD player is the culmination of all the company's audio know-how. And it delivers a heightened, audiophile-grade listening experience with ease.

Digital bliss

If you're like me, you want the sound from your compact discs to be just like the artist intended. Rotel's top-of-the-line RCD-1572 CD player is the culmination of all the company's audio know-how. And it delivers a heightened, audiophile-grade listening experience with ease.


Inside the RCD-1572

If you take a peek under its sleek metal chassis, you'll find a lot to drool over. The '1572 uses a premium Wolfson WM8740 digital filter/digital-to-analog converter chip that can handle sources up to 24-bit/192kHz. You may be thinking that's a little high for CDs, at 16-bit/44.1kHz — and on paper it is. But Rotel wanted to give the player some digital headroom since the DAC chip is the most important piece between the CD's 1s and 0s and the analog signals we can hear.

The player also boasts some serious post-DAC components. Refusing to compromise, Rotel tested tons of capacitors, resistors, and inductors before implementing the few that made a notable difference in sound quality. The company also put in one of their custom-designed toroidal power supplies to ensure the '1572 has plenty of juice no matter the demand.

Connections in spades

You've got plenty of connection options on the back. There's a pair of unbalanced RCA outputs that can be used to hook the RCD-1572 up to a stereo receiver. If you own higher-end gear, don't worry — this player's got you covered with 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.


Product highlights:

  • plays audio CDs and CD-RWs
  • premium Wolfson WM8749 24-bit/192kHz digital-to-analog converter
  • frequency response: 20-20,000kHz (±0.5dB)
  • total harmonic distortion: 0.002% @ 1kHz
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 118dB
  • one pair of unbalanced RCA outputs
  • one pair of balanced XLR outputs
  • 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"W x 4"H x 12-5/8"D (2U rack spaces; rack ears available separately from the manufacturer)
  • weight: 15 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • MFR # ROT1045001

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 RCD-1572

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Features & specs

Disc Capacity N/A
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 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
Headphone Output No

Product Research


Stereo Compact Disc Player: 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. The RCD-1572 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 the world renowned British manufacturer, Wolfson. 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: A 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 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. 

High Resolution Wolfson DAC (WM8740): One of the RCD-1572's most important features is the Wolfson WM8740 digital filter/stereo digital-to-analog converter. Originally developed for high resolution sources, it is the product of extensive research and real world testing and processes digital signals up to 24-bits in length at sampling rates from 8 kHz to 192kHz. While word lengths and sampling speed 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 analog world in which we listen, this converter boasts significant attributes in addition to its superb high resolution capabilities.

Carefully Engineered Power Supply: The RCD-1572 employs a robust 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.

Balanced & Unbalanced Analog Outputs: The RCD-1572 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
  • Play/Pause/Stop
  • Previous/Next Track
  • Fast Forward/Reverse (2x, 4x, or 8x)
  • Repeat/Random
  • 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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Iâ??m connecting this to a Rotel A14 amplifier. What will be the best quality connection? RCA, Coaxial or XLR?
trinity  Jul 01, 2021
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I'm using XLR for best quality
jeffrey  Jul 01, 2021
In my opinion with my system components the XLR input generally sounds better with studio recordings and the RCA inputs better with live event recordings.
philip  Jul 01, 2021

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