Rotel’s New 14 Series Incorporates Choice of Inputs, New Designs and Control Capabilities

The new 14 Series from Rotel includes the A14 Integrated Amplifier, the A12 Integrated Amplifier and the CD14 CD Player and offers connection options such as USB for PC and iOS, Bluetooth and phono.

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Ever since its inception Rotel products have delivered some of the best values in home audio. Reinforcing its reputation as a company that combines value and performance, Rotel has just announced its new 14 series of products. 

Rotel says that its latest products, which will be available in early October, incorporate a choice of inputs, as well as its newest industrial designs, and its latest control capabilities. 

“Stereo playback is enjoying a renaissance, particularly among younger people. These new Rotel components offer everything anyone needs today—USB for PC and iOS, Bluetooth and phono are among the connection options. Most importantly they look fantastic,” notes Doug Henderson, president of the B&W Group.

“Rotel's painstaking attention to detail has resulted in a range of exceptional Hi-Fi components with beautiful clean cosmetics and intuitive controls for all the current sources. Whether it is classic vinyl or streaming high-resolution digital files from your phone, the 14 Series will deliver stunning realism.”

The initial launch of the line will feature three products:

  • A14 Integrated Amplifier: The flagship of the product line, Rotel says the A14 produces 80 watts per channel into 8 ohms, and it incorporate features such as a Rotel-manufactured torodal transformer, and slit-foil capacitors to help the amp drive a variety of speaker loads. The A14 also incorporates AKM 32-bit/768kHz DACs to support its digital coax, optical and PC-USB inputs. Other inputs include analog RCA, a moving magnet phono input, and it also offers Bluetooth with aptX compatibility. MSRP is $1,299.
  • A12 Integrated Amplifier: The competitively priced A12 offers many of the same features as its big brother A14 Integrated Amplifier, including the toroidal-based power section. Rotel rates the amplifier section in the A12 to produce 60 watts into 8 ohms, and like the A14 the A12 also offers a choice of analog and digital inputs, as well as Bluetooth with aptX compatibility. 
  • CD14 CD Player: Paying close attention to the design of the CD14 CD Player's power supply, Rotel says it designed the disc player to operate with clean, ripple-free voltage and current to both its analog and digital circuits through its inclusion of independent power supplies. Sharing the same industrial design as the 14 Series integrated amplifiers, the CD player also incorporates Wolfson 24-bit/192kHz DACs, a precision CD mechanism, coax digital and analog outputs and iOS control options when connected to a companion 14 Series integrated amplifier. 

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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Binda Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; both schools are located in Haverhill, Mass.