Hi Plasterman, thanks for the good review. Does the Rotel not have a front USB connection for connecting to computers etc? Interestingly the RA-1520 is £100 more expensive but has a lot less functionality than the RA-12 with the same power output, on paper. Maybe the current is different though?
Yes it does have a usb on the front facia but you can't directly connect a pc to it.
You can connect usb sticks and the amp comes with a blutooth dongle so you can stream from say your ipad or iphone or any device that has blutooth. I use it to stream from my ipod touch and the sound quality is quite good, sadly my pc has not got blutooth built in. I do have a blutooth dongle for the pc but what ever music i try to stream plays at the wrong pitch.
I am also very interested in the ra-12.
I actually have a ra-06se to listen especially to my digital music files via a Sonos zp90 connected to a mf v-dac 2.
Speakers are B&W Cm1.
Will the ra-12 be better than my actual setup? The idea is to reduce the amount of devices...
I am also wondering if the new rt-12 would be better than my sonos zp 90. Can the rt-12 be used with a spotify account?
Rotel does not mention anything about compatibility with music streaming services like spotify or qobuz.
Thanks for your comments!
DAC and amplification-wise, I doubt you'd lose much, if anything (the DAC in the Rotel may even be slightly better, and cuts down on cables), but it depends on what you use the ZP90 for. Bear in mind the Rotel is a more basic version of the ZP90 - it'll stream, you'll have access to Internet radio - it will only accept digital inputs from digital sources, and digital music via USB, and (without checking) wont have access to the likes of Spotify, Napster etc. You could use the RA12 and the ZP90 though, as the ZP90 doesn't need to be on show.
David @Frank Harvey Hi-Fi, Coventry
Mitsubishi HC7000 / Oppo BDP103 / Audiolab 8200AP / Rotel RMB1575 / kick ass speaker system
Has any one compared the new RA-12 with the older RA-1520, which already has a five star seal of approval from What HiFi?
I was thinking of buying the RA-1520, but am wondering if I should wait until someone has done the reviews.
Demoing kit is the only way to go, a WHF review is a rough guide not the final thought. I've bought the Rotel because I knew it was a jump in SQ from my Marantz pm6004.
Plasterman, does the RA-12 play files from a USB stick ? WAV or MP3 files ?
Yes it does and it will play WAV and MP3 files.
I hope WHF gonna review this amp soon, is there any remote included?
Marantz pm6004 Wharfedale diamond 155
But it wont play FLAC files right? And also i think i read somewhere that the USB limits bitrate to 48kbps or something?
Im thinking of replacing my Marantz PM7001 and Marantz CD and tuner from 1999 with a full Rotel setup to go with my B&W CM8 which supposedly should be a perfect match (Rotel/B&W that is).
Just want to be sure it has some "future proofness" to it.
I know the RT-12 will be able to stream FLAC, but then i would either need a PC running or a NAS, and im not sure i would want to work with finding a NAS which it will work with etc. So would be easier if the USB just did what one wanted it to do, being play lossless files. (I havent ripped my CD collection or anything, just would be nice to have for future use besides the actual CD player).
Im really dying to hear more about this new kit from Rotel, user reviews, professional reviews etc. I know i need to listen myself and make up my own mind, but it sure is nice to see what others think but more important to read about what it can do and wont do etc.
Im into buying a new system and got my eyes on the rotel ra-12 and monitor audio rx6, Is this a good combo? I want a grown up sound that isnt harsh, big relaxed and honest still exciting sound.
I sampled the RA11, RA12 and the Rega Brio R
I was sold on the RA12 combined with B&W speakers
then I heard the Rega in a straight A / B test and to my ears I much preferred the Rega.
I was sold on teh rotel due to what comes in the box ie built on DAC, bluetooth, USB etc but once I'd head the Rega i decided I will add on an external dac to the amp as i much prefered the muscallity of the amp.
However everyone has a preference and you may prefer the Rotel but def give the rega a listen
Im also having B&W 685 and looking for a new amp.
My favourite since before (comparing to rotel, NAD) is the Marantz. But I have only tried MA and Dynaudio speakers to these amps. What I prefered with the Marantz PM 6004 and PM 7004 was its warmth.
I thought that Rotel was all too bright and thin with lack of bass to these speakers.
My concern is that I will think this about the rotel to my B&Ws but everybody seems to recommend this combination.
Dont you find rotel to be much brighter that your old Marantz with your b&w 685?
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