Rotel Rolls Out Michi X3 and X5 Integrated Amplifiers

Rotel has announced the addition of a pair of integrated amplifiers to its flagship Michi line of audio components. Boasting “exquisite industrial design” and “best-in-class audio engineering,” the Michi X3 and Michi X5 support an array of analog and digital connection options, including wired network (LAN) and Bluetooth apt-X wireless. They also feature a large, high-resolution front-panel display that, on the X5, can be configured to show operating status, a 12-band graphic EQ, or a peak power meter.

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The Michi X3 ($4,999) is spec’d to deliver 200 watts of power into 8-ohm loads and 350 watts into 4-ohm loads. According to Rotel, it features an “oversized toroidal transformer feeding independent analog, digital and power amplifier voltage regulator circuits for optimal power isolation.” The X3’s source inputs include balanced XLR, analog RCA, coaxial and optical digital, USB type-B (for a direct computer link), and moving magnet phono, and it has subwoofer out, RS232 control, and 12-volt trigger out connections.

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The Michi X5 ($6,999) is spec’d to deliver 350 watts of power into 8-ohm loads and 600 watts into 4-ohm loads. It has a similar input array to the X3 model, but adds DSD 2x decoding and MQA rendering and support for moving magnet and moving coil phono cartridges. It also features an AKM 32-bit/768khz DAC to decode all manner of high-res PCM and FLAC audio files.

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Rotel’s X3 integrated amplifier will be available in September, with the X5 to follow in November.

Visit Rotel’s website to learn more about the Michi family of components.