Jonathan Valin articulates that there are three types of audiophiles: 1) those who are interested in the absolute sound, 2) those who are interested...
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As we know so well, the world has gone digital. Source components are rarely analog devices today. The Compact Disc, after a pretty remarkable 30 year run as technologies go, is now in an irreversible downward spiral. Yet people are listening to more music than ever in the form of their legacy CD collections ripped to iTunes and other servers, downloaded music and many cloud-based music services like Pandora, Rhapsody, Spotify, MOG and others. They are listening to iOS, Android and other smart phones, to SONOS players, to Apple TVs, Roku and Logitech streamers etc. The RA-12 addresses the needs of these music lovers by offering a complement of digital inputs (two each coaxial and optical, plus an Apple-certified front panel Type A USB input) coupled to a very high quality Wolfson 192kHZ/24 bit DAC. A Blue Tooth dongle is supplied, which simply plugs into the USB input to allow streaming from BT equipped devices. Power is supplied by the latest version Rotel™s tried and true 60 watt per channel class A/B amplification. A large toroidal transformer testifies to its sonic muscle.
And for the revivalist vinyl fans, there is a phono input, too. Plus four analog inputs, one each labeled for CD and Tuner, and two Aux – just in case cassettes and 8-tracks make a comeback!
Pre-outs provide for a future power amplifier upgrade or to add a subwoofer. A twelve-volt trigger is a useful convenience. A front panel display allows you to make tone control adjustments, set a turn-on volume, view software version and provides current status including volume readout.
The RA-12 beautifully drove a pair of B&W PM-1s at the CEDIA show in Indianapolis in September, creating a visually striking compact package. The RA-12 is an elegant, easy to use stereo solution that will extract a remarkable musical performance from the many digital sources that are available to music fans today.
Source: Press Release