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Rotel launches special edition A11 Tribute integrated amplifier and CD11 Tribute CD player

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The Company is Thrilled to Announce Upgrades to the Products in Honor of Late Audio Legend, Ken Ishiwata

TOKYO, JAPAN (August 28, 2020) – Rotel Electronics is excited to reveal the launch of two special editions of the company’s popular A11 integrated amplifier and CD11 CD player, each model named as tribute versions in celebration of the company’s partnership with the late audio legend Ken Ishiwata. The A11 and CD11 were chosen as two of his favorite products and the Rotel team felt that the Class AB 2 x 50W A11 integrated amplifier & CD11 CD player represented the perfect base for elevating products that were already excellent and updating them into something even more special.

Ishiwata was widely admired in the hi-fi industry for his unique ability to identify the most ideal products for modification and take these products’ performance to new levels, often with a modest increase in price. Ken Ishiwata offered initial appraisal for the new specification with the Rotel engineering team, producing preliminary prototypes before having the final specifications approved by Rotel. Having approved the changes creation of the first prototypes, Ken sadly passed away in November 2019, before the project could be completed. In his memory, Rotel worked to complete the product to fulfill Ken’s original vision.

The A11 Tribute and the CD11 Tribute result is an increase in resolution and detail, while delivering a more musical presentation with both improved rhythm and timing. The upgraded A11 Tribute and CD11 Tribute products, each with a special badge in honor as a nod to the man whose total passion for music was the impetus that inspired their creation, will be available starting in September of 2020 through authorized Rotel dealers.


    • Specially selected improved components were chosen to offer higher performance throughout the signal path. In the amplifier stage, all 10 capacitors and two resistors in the signal path were changed.
    • For the pre-amp, six capacitors were upgraded, representing over 50% of the components in the signal path. All six capacitors in the volume stage were also upgraded.
    • Custom damping materials were added to the A11’s mechanical chassis to reduce ringing and further isolate/insulate and dampen any vibrations within the product.
    • Rotel Class AB amplification, continuous rating 50 Watts per channel into 8 ohms
    • Custom, in-house developed, oversized toroidal transformer
    • Moving Magnet Phono Stage
    • Texas Instruments 24-bit 192KHz DAC
    • apt-X and AAC Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming
    • 4 RCA analogue inputs for ultimate flexibility
    • A-B speaker 5-way output binding posts
    • Remote control

Available in both Silver and Black finish


        • The CD11 CD player eight capacitor changes and one resistor change were made in the DAC stage while in the power supply all nine capacitors were changed with improved components.
        • A great deal of thought was given to the damping of internal vibrations with custom damping material added to the top cover to eliminate vibration and ringing, while further changes were made to the mechanical and electrical grounding of the CD player.
        • Tray loading dedicated CD mechanism
        • Texas Instruments 24-bit 192Khz DAC
        • RCA Analog and Coaxial Digital output connections
        • Rotel Balanced Design topology of digital and analogue circuits
        • Available in both Silver and Black finish



A11 Tribute Stereo Integrated Amplifier (available September 2020): $799 USD

CD11 Tribute CD Player (available September 2020): $599 USD


Rotel audio products are known worldwide for their quality, reliability, value, and, above all, exceptional sound reproduction. Since 1961, Rotel has utilized the resources of its formidable international design team and has manufactured its products in its own sophisticated production facilities. Rotel proudly offers a complete range of electronics that have consistently received critical acclaim and coveted industry awards. With substantial investment in new technologies and manufacturing, Rotel is prepared to meet the challenges of an evolving specialty electronics marketplace.


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2 Responses to Rotel launches special edition A11 Tribute integrated amplifier and CD11 Tribute CD player

  1. John says:

    What would the coaxial output in the CD player be connected to in the Amplifier ?

  2. Steven says:

    It wouldn’t. It’s for connection to an external DAC if required…. normal connection to amplifier would be RCA analogue connections.

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