Rotel RA-1520
Rotel is expanding its 15 Series with a range of hi-fi components, including a new CD player, stereo amplifier, two preamps and two power amps

Hard on the heels of its warmly received 15-series multichannel receivers, Rotel launches a new range of two-channel components this month.

It's a six-strong line-up, comprising a CD player, integrated amplifier, a pair of pre-amplifiers and a couple of power amps.

£695 will buy you the RCD-1520 CD player. It's the first Rotel spinner to utilise Wolfson DACs, and it's the company's first slot loader – but the insistence on a minimum of surface-mounted components and a sizeable toroidal transformer is classic Rotel.

The RA-1520 integrated amplifier costs the same £695. It's a 60 watts per channel design, and features a moving magnet phono stage - vinyl fanciers are as tenacious as ever, after all.

Two preamps and power ampsThe £495 RC-1550 pre-amplifier is informed by the RA-1520's design. It's intended to see service alongside the £695 RB-1552 power amplifier, which develops 100 watts per channel.

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The RC-1580 pre-amplifier (£995) is completely distinct from its sibling and, with the RB-1582 power amp (£1095) constitutes the top of the range.

All things being equal, we should receive our sample of the RA-1520 amplifier in time for a First Test to appear in the August issue of What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision that goes on sale July 1st.