Rotel DT-6000 Diamond
Celebrating 60 years as a Japanese family-owned and operated audio business
Introducing the new Rotel Diamond series. Replacing the much respected Rotel designs wasn't easy. The Amplifiers and CD Players sold in great numbers and have been one of the top selling products in America and Europe. Regarded as superb value for money, they bring a taste of hi-end to affordable price points.
How to improve on something that is already close to perfect, especially when it comes to price/performance and the materials used for production?
The Tachikawa family in Japan – founders and owners of Rotel, finally had the opportunity to work with Ken Ishiwata, a highly respected engineer behind much of the success of rival brand Marantz.
Ishiwata is known for elevating sound quality by a combination of changes - both mechanical and electronic, with the application of damping materials helping to deaden vibrations in both the top cover and main chassis. Various capacitors in the PSU have also been switched for preferred alternatives. Furthermore, the electrical ground paths within have been re-routed.
- Its eight-channel ESS DAC offers a higher performance. The DT-6000 will not only handle up to 384kHz/32-bit but also DSD256, so if you have stereo SACD rips or new DSD recordings in your arsenal
- Another example of the company's no-nonsense engineering, is an essentially silent, spring-floating CD mech inside
- With CD enjoying something of a revival, it's no surprise to find Rotel continuing to offer a disc player, or 'DAC Transport' as it describes the broader remit of the DT-6000, with its USB-B and S/PDIF inputs. This is a shrewd move, especially as connecting your digital music source to Rotel's new 'player' is the way to go
The Diamond Series RA-6000 partner amplifier: click here
Here's what reviewers say about the DT-6000
"I felt utterly immersed in the music and the venue"
"it was the sheer depth of the stereo soundstage that brought the full character of the brass horn to my attention. 2L's recordings often capture a lot of room ambience, and Rotel's DT-6000/RA-6000 system has the finesse to reproduce not only these delicate 'microdetails' but also the more roughly-textured brass notes, resulting in a truly nuanced, three-dimensional performance"
read the review in HiFi News
Rotel wins the EISA award
"the DT-6000 doesn’t just bring refined CD playback – it’s named a DAC Transport for a reason, and features a superior 384kHz/32-bit conversion stage that can be used with other digital sources to great effect"
"I think Class A needs a CD Player."
When Herb reviewed the DT-6000, he referenced the 'Disc & File' and 'Digital Processors' sections located in Stereophile's semi-annual Recommended Components issues, stating, "It's my opinion that Rotel's DT-6000 DAC Transport should be listed in both."
"...its CD player made my CDs sound more revealed and alive than I'd ever heard before. And its vigorous, smooth, meaty-sounding DAC streamed Tidal and Qobuz in a manner that could please me till the day I fly away."
- Digital to analog converter ESS 32-Bit/768kHz DAC
- Maximum output level / Impedance 4.2Vrms / 1.7-1.9kohm (XLR)
- A-wtd S/N ratio (USB / CD) 110.0dB / 111.9dB
- Distortion (1kHz, 0dBFs/–30dBFs) 0.00013% / 0.0050%
- Distortion & Noise (20kHz, 0dBFs/–30dBFs) 0.0010% / 0.0052%
- Freq. resp. (20Hz-20kHz/45kHz/90kHz) +0.0 to –0.4dB/–1.7dB/–4.5dB
- Digital jitter @ 48kHz (USB / CD) 250psec / 119psec
- Resolution @ –100dB (USB / CD) ±0.1dB / ±0.1dB
- Power consumption 8W (1W standby)
- Dimensions (WHD) / Weight 431x104x320mm / 8.1kg
- warranty 2 years