Rotel A12 integrated amplifier

rotel a12 integrated amplifier

For decades, Rotel have produced high value amplification using high quality components, with simple, short signal paths of equal length, capable of clean output power that exceeds its conservative output ratings. This continues today with the slimline A12 amplifier.

Front USB input of the Rotel A12 amplifier,

The addition of a high quality DAC for the Rotel A12 opens up its flexibility and versatility. For this, Rotel have chosen a Wolfson chipset capable of decoding digital material up to 24bit/192kHz through any of its digital inputs. The front Type A USB input utilises this DAC for playing from music apps via Apple phones or tablets, as well as charging them.

Inside the Rotel A12 amplifier is typically Rotel. A large, high current toroidal transformer, and the bare minimum of components in order to preserve signal quality.


All signal paths are kept equal in order to reduce any left/right channel timing issues, with left and right channels laid out in a dual-mono fashion.

The moving magnet phono stage and digital board are housed on separate circuit boards to avoid interference.

inside the Rotel A12 amplifier,
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The Wolfson DAC also ensures high quality reproduction of digital music received wirelessly from phones and tablets via aptX Bluetooth, which is capable of supporting up to 16bit/48kHz.

Rotel A12 amplifier shown in black,

Bass, treble, and other controls can be adjusted in the menu to your preference, or bypassed altogether. All inputs can be accessed directly from the front panel, as well as speaker selection.

The display also shows volume and input selected, and the front USB provides digital playback from phones and personal audio devices.

The Rotel A12 provides four analogue inputs, as well as a high quality MM phono stage.

A pair of analogue pre-outputs allow for the addition of a power amplifier or a subwoofer or two.

rear panel of the Rotel A12 amplifier,

Two optical and two coaxial digital inputs are provided, and a Type B USB input ideal for directly adding the likes of an Innuos server. The Type A USB connection can be used for powering a USB device, even when the amplifier is switched off. Two 12v triggers offer auto-power on to suitable equipment, and a second switchable set of speaker outputs can facilitate the addition of either a second pair of speakers or the low level outputs of a REL subwoofer, making it easy to switch them in or out of the system from the front panel of the A12.

Rotel A12 integrated amplifier shown in silver,
  • 60wpc (8ohms)

  • 4x pairs RCA analogue inputs

  • MM phono stage

  • 1x pair RCA analogue pre-outputs

  • 2x optical digital inputs

  • 2x coaxial digital inputs

  • 2x Type A USB inputs

  • 1x Type B USB input

  • headphone socket

  • bass and treble controls

  • aptX Bluetooth streaming

  • Class AB design

  • H 93mm x W 430mm x D 345mm

  • £699

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