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Having already launched revised versions of its CD players and amps as part of its 60anniversary celebrations, Rotel is now aiming high with the announcement of its Diamond Series, slotting in between its mainstream range and its high-end Michi sub-brand. Two new models launch the series: the DT-6000 ‘DAC transport’ – that’s a CD player with extensive inputs for external digital sources – at £1999, and the RA-6000 integrated amplifier, capable of 350W output, at £3999.

The DT-6000 has a USB input for use with a computer, and can handle ultra-hi-res DSD and PCM files, as well as having both coaxial and optical digital ins, with conversion handled by an eight-channel DAC, using four mono converters for each channel for signal purity and low noise. There’s also that tray-loading CD transport to spin your existing collection.

The RA-6000 draws on the development of the acclaimed Michi models, and again has a PC-USB input, along with three optical, three coaxial and three line analogue inputs, along with a high-quality moving magnet phono stage for use with turntables. There’s also a balanced XLR input, Bluetooth with aptX HD for wireless streaming, and a dedicated USB in for Apple devices.

Both models make extensive use of Rotel’s in-house manufactured components, and will be available in black or silver finishes. Having heard a good few of the recent ‘MkII’ models, and being big fans of the Michi sound – and in particular the excellent X3 integrated amplifier – we can’t wait to get our ears around these new arrivals.