Rotel has introduced a pair of special edition components to celebrate the late engineer Ken Ishiwata. The A11 Integrated Amplifier and CD11 CD player were two of Ishiwata’s favorite products, and Rotel says the products were ideal to redesign.
The A11 integrated amp utilizes a number of specially selected internal components that were chosen to improve the quality of the signal path throughout the amp.
Rotel points out the A11 integrated amp also features custom dampening materials to help reduce mechanical chassis noise that includes vibrations.
The Class A/B amplifier is rated to produce 50 watts per channel into 8 ohms, and the A11’s preamp section offers inputs such as a moving magnet (MM) phono stage, four RCA inputs, and aptX and AAC wireless Bluetooth streaming options.
Rotel’s new CD11 CD player employs a number of capacitor and resistor changes in the unit’s DAC section. The company also upgraded all nine capacitors in the CD player’s power supply section to help improve the player’s performance.
Like the A11, the CD11 also incorporates new mechanical chassis improvements to lessen vibrations, and Rotel notes it also redesigned the CD player’s grounding.
The CD11 features a tray-loaded CD mechanism, as well as Texas Instruments 24-bit/192kHz DAC chips, and Rotel’s Balanced Design topology of analog and digital circuits.