Rotel has announced a new one-box hi-fi system. The RCX-1500 includes a CD player, stereo amp, DAB radio tuner and networked internet receiver.
The system shares technology and components with Rotel's flagship 15 series including the same Wolfson DAC used in the company's RCD-1520 CD player with 24-bit/192kHz decoding. The amplifier also uses Rotel's own cool-running Class D design and delivers 100 watts for each channel.
Radio includes FM, DAB and access to more than 15,000 internet radio stations with 30 presets. It can be used as part of a home network via wired connection or using a wireless USB to Ethernet dongle (802.11b/g) which is supplied. The USB port can also be used as a direct digital connection for iPods or other MP3 players.
The RCX-1500 can also be used to stream audio from a computer via UPnP and Ro it's optimised for Windows Media Player 11 (or 12 with Windows 7). It supports a wide range of audio codecs including RealAudio, WMA, MP3, AAC & AAC+ (non DRM), AU, WAV and AIFF.
The CD player is based on Rotel's RCD-1520 and there's also an RS-232 port for system control and bi-directional feedback.
The Rotel RCX-1500 will be available this month for £1,195.