In a stride towards simplifying the entertainment space, Rotel has launched its latest creation, the RAS-5000 Streaming Integrated Amplifier. Priced at $2,999, this high-power stereo integrated amplifier is designed to cater to audio enthusiasts with its array of features and capabilities.
The RAS-5000 distinguishes itself with its ability to seamlessly integrate with a variety of streaming services, transforming it into a versatile central hub for music playback. Spotify Connect, Tidal Connect, Airplay 2, Google Cast, and Qobuz are just a few of the streaming options integrated into this amplifier. This broad spectrum of choices allows users to enjoy their favorite tunes seamlessly.
The RAS-5000 streaming integrated amplifier goes beyond the realm of traditional audio sources with the inclusion of HDMI eARC (Audio Return Channel) connectivity. This feature allows users to extract the highest resolution sound from their TV and channel it through the speakers, augmenting the audio-visual experience. The addition of a subwoofer output further enhances the flexibility of the amplifier in creating a rich audio environment.
Internally, the RAS-5000 streaming integrated amplifier boasts a specially selected power supply and an oversized toroidal transformer. These components work in tandem to deliver 220 watts of Class AB output power into 4 ohms, ensuring a robust and consistent performance. Rotel emphasizes the ultra-low-noise power delivery to critical circuits, underlining the commitment to audio fidelity.
“Audio quality is guaranteed by careful selection of top-grade components including the traditional, Rotel specified over-sized toroidal transformers…The specially selected power supply delivers ultra-low-noise power to all critical circuits, with large current reserves for the amplifier output transistors to ensure audio is delivered with deep, controlled bass energy with exceptional fidelity, Rotel claims in their press release.”
The digital section of the RAS-5000 is equipped with a premium ESS DAC, supporting PCM up to 32-bit/384kHz. This, coupled with MQA and hi-res file compatibility, ensures that the amplifier caters to the needs of audiophiles seeking the highest quality playback.
Traditionalists will appreciate the inclusion of a variety of source inputs, such as Coaxial, Optical, RCA analog, USB, and aptX HD Bluetooth. The amplifier also features a user-friendly interface with a large, high-quality color display, enhancing the overall user experience.
The Rotel RAS-5000 streaming integrated amplifier is set to hit the market in November, priced at $2,999. It comes in two elegant finishes – stylish black and sophisticated silver.