Rotel 60th Anniversary- Diamond Series - Audio Two Review


Rotel has created a pretty special pair here and I’d like to share my feedback with you.

First is the RA-6000 integrated amplifier. Comparing it to the RA-1592 at first look, is natural based on the specs. I compared them back to back and as good as the RA-1592 is… this is superior, by a pretty wide margin. More decay on piano, cymbal’s, natural vocals, deeper and more controlled bass. I really like the RA-1592 but the RA-6000 is a worthy component upgrade and one of the best at this price point. It is getting very close to the Michi line up but the Michi character is also different.

The finish on the natural aluminum faceplate is really well done, this is something I really appreciate. The polished end caps with the machined slots, give it a really nice look. All machined knobs and buttons too. Many in the area will love this finish.

The DT-6000 is DAC and CD transport. Using the balanced connection from the DAC to the RA-6000 gave outstanding performance. It was very impressive as a transport, CD’s are still very much alive. Streaming performance was equally impressive. It’s nice to have this versatility available. There are many DAC’s in this price range and this one has capitalized on the 8ch capability of the DAC… most do not… they only use 2 of the 8 available channels. Rotel engineering found a way to utilise 4 per side Left and Right.

“The 8-channel ESS Sabre ES9028PRO DAC dedicates 4 channels each to stereo outputs rendering unprecedented details with an ultra-low noise floor and immersive sound stage.” I can confirm, these statements, the background was very dark and quiet and and proper placement of the instruments and artists vocals.

“The PC-USB input supports up to 32-bit/384kHz including MQA (24-bit/384kHz) and DSD (4X).  Optical and Coaxial inputs are also included supporting 24-bit/192kHz streams.” 

These will arrive at Audio Two in December for more demonstrations for your own evaluation. Let me know when you would like to hear them, it will be worth your time.