Rotel RCD-1572 Review

May 23, 2023
David Sunnyside

Since the advent of CD most music lovers have accumulated substantial collections. A quality CD player remains a core component of most music systems and the RCD-1572 MKII, flagship of Rotel's 15 Series, is no exception. Careful refinements in both circuitry and components have been made to reveal even subtle nuances buried deep within the pit spiral of a disc. This player uses a premium Texas Instruments 32-bit digital to analog converter supported by Rotel's Balanced Design Concept engineering method and custom tuned external output filters for exceptionally precise frequency response.

Powering the DAC and analog circuits is an oversized Rotel-designed and precision manufactured toroidal transformer fed by finely tuned, high-performance rectifiers and tight tolerance voltage regulators all sourced globally to provide superior signal to noise isolation. The power supply for the RCA phono, balanced XLR, and coaxial digital outputs is also a toroidal transformer with separate windings for digital and audio function control circuits and the CD mechanism motor to ensure maximum separation from the analogue signal.

The Rotel rcd 1572 review delivers the kind of transparency that's often associated with the highest-quality digital-to-analog conversion hardware, making it the ideal choice for music lovers who prefer the convenience of plugging a disc into a machine and pressing play. It doesn't have the hard-charging momentum of a Marantz, nor does it have quite the visceral impact of a Rega but it's a solid and agile machine with good musical coherence that should serve a CD collection well for years to come.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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