ROTEL RCD-1520 CD Players

5/5 (1 Reviews)

Product Description

  • Frequency Response: 20-20kHz (+/- 0.5dB)
  • S/N Ratio (IHF A): 100dB
  • IM Distortionce: 0.0045%
  • Max Audio Line Output: 2VRMS
  • Output Impedance: 100 Ohms

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rich H. a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 2, 2010

Bottom Line:   
I have compared many CD players in this price range and could find nothing more musically satisfying than this unit. Vocals are natural and airy. Instruments shine, with no trace of sibilance in the mid's/upper range. Brass instruments are some of the best I've heard, with no annoying overemphasis of muted trumpets, cornets, or feisty trombones. This Rotel is an overachiever in the area of spatiall details and the placement of voices/instruments in a truly convincing soundstage. There is no smearing of detail in any quick transitions between soft and loud passages or fast-tempo numbers. I wouldn't necessarily classify this unit as warm or neutral, but I would classify it as harmonically rich. It has a little punch - but a lot of finesse. Bass is very tight, but never bloated or overstated. Percussion instruments are articulate, but not forceful. Vocals are spot-on. Listen to the best Concord, Capitol and Verve recording of Clooney, Sinatra and Fitzgerald and they're right there with you.

There are only a few engineering quibbles that I have with this player. First of all, I'm not convinced that the slot-load will be trouble-free as time goes on. Secondly, the load-to-play time is quite slow for a music-only player. I would expect an unusual time delayfrom a hybrid CD/DVD player, but I was disappointed in the slow response time in a player of this calibre. Lastly, the user cannot hit the play button and simply walk awaly from the machine before it starts playing. One acturally has to wait until the load cycle has been completed before the play button responds to a command - a feature which I find somewhat annoying. Overall, though, this is one serious music player that convinced me to put-up with some of the minor mechanical inconveniences for the sake of its fantastic sound reproduction. To me, it's all about the music!

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2009

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