Rotel whose gear is distributed by International Dynamics has launched two audio components that network with home PCs allow iPod and iPhone devices to be attached and stream Internet radio.
“The way in which we access music has changed profoundly in the past few years, with the iPod being the most visible symbol of the change,” sales and marketing VP Doug Henderson told TWICE Magazine. “But even the ubiquitous iPod may have met its match in the fast-growing wave of Internet music delivery.”
The new Rotel RDG-1520 Internet tuner, has an FM tuner while also facilitating the streaming of 15,000 Internet radio stations without a networked PC.
Users can also stream music stored on a networked PC equipped with UPnP and Windows Media Player 11. Streaming is available via wired Ethernet or wireless when using an included Wi-Fi USB dongle Twice said.
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The Internet tuner includes a USB input for direct digital connection of an iPod. This allows the content to bypass the iPod’s analog-output stage to shift digital-to-analog conversion over to the tuner’s high-end Wolfson DAC and analog stage.
The second streaming product, called the RCX-1500 streaming media/CD/FM stereo receiver, is a two-channel stereo receiver with built-in CD player and ability to stream Internet radio and music stored on a networked PC. It’s due in November at a suggested $1,500 with included Wi-Fi USB dongle.
The device’s CD section uses 24 bit/192kHz DACs, and the 2×100-watt amp section uses Class D technology for efficiency, cool-running operation, and ability to drive 4-ohm loads.
Both products’ supported codecs include RealAudio, WMA, MP3, unprotected AAC & AAC+, AU, WAV and AIFF. Both also feature 30 presets for FM and Internet radio stations. And both can be controlled via bi-directional RS-232 commands.
It is not known when the products will be available in Australia.