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Rotel has been designing and manufacturing CD players since the RCD-855 was launched in 1989 and has never looked back since.
Rotel's CD11 Tribute CD player was engineered with hands-on support from audio legend Ken Ishiwata utilising a custom selection of acoustically tuned components, delivering an even higher level of performance and acoustic clarity and standing ready to play back the 200+ million CDs that been sold over the past 30 years.
The opportunity of engaging with audio legend Ken Ishiwata to create an even higher performance model of the successful CD11 was eagerly accepted by the Rotel design teams. With over 40 years of audio engineering experience Ken’s collaboration with Rotel created something truly special – the CD11 Tribute edition.
The CD11 Tribute includes critical changes to the power supply, DAC circuits and precise selection of components in the audio signal path delivering an increased sense of space, improved accuracy, detail, and genuineness of the audio.
Specifically eight capacitor changes and one resistor change were made in the DAC stage while in the power supply all nine capacitors were changed with improved components.
A great deal of thought was given to the damping of internal vibrations with custom damping material added to the top cover to eliminate vibration and ringing, while further changes were made to the mechanical and electrical grounding of the CD player.
Supporting RCA analog and coaxial digital outputs, front panel display and a remote control, the CD11 Tribute continues the proud tradition of Rotel and is reflective of the legacy of Ken and his tireless efforts delivering audio products preforming well beyond their price point.
Dimensions (W × H × D): 430 × 98 × 314mm (17" × 3.8" × 12.4")
Front Panel Height: 80mm (3.15")
Power Requirements: 230v, 50hz
Power Consumption: 15w
Standby Power Consumption: <0.5w
Net Weight: 5.8kg (12,7lbs.)
BTU Rating: 40 BTU/H
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): 0.005% @ 1khz
Frequency Response: 20hz - 20khz ±0.5db
S/N Ratio (IHF "A" Weighted): >125db
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CD11 Tribute CD player
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Vinyl is a cost-effective way to get into proper audio. Some experts argue it it gives a better experience than digital, with a lack of compression and a naturalness that’s hard to replicate.
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This product page will run through what makes the Primary E such an ace deck for the money. But what shouldn't be inside a turntable is just as important as what is. Here's a summary of the things to avoid, and we've got more detail here.
Inbuilt speakers. This is baaaaad. They're small and tinny, so you'll be strangling whatever signal does come out of the record. But also the vibrations being inside the chassis create a feedback loop which goes back into your records.
A tonearm that's too short or made out of the wrong materials - this will interfere with the accuracy of what's embedded in the record. Small platters are bad too - they'll eventually warp your records due to the edge overhang.
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Cheaper motors that don't spin precisely in time. You'll hear higher or lower pitch in your music.