FM tuners may seem old-fashioned to most young Hi-Fi consumers, who tend to get more excited about new technology, but with the T14 tuner streamer Rotel hopes to change this. It’s not just an analogue tuner, but the Swiss army knife of radios!
Naturally, it has an analogue module for receiving FM sound waves and is compatible with RDS (Radio Data Systems), with a dedicated 75 Ohm coaxial connector for the antenna. But it can also receive digital DAB sound waves, which is not widely available in France – only 20% of people have access and it is only available in the big cities.
The most popular feature of the Rotel T14 tuner for youngsters is bound to be the DTS Play-Fi module, which can receive audio information and internet radio via the network through an iOS or Android device, a PC or MAC. This technology can handle high resolutions (PCM 24b/192 kHz). The Rotel T14 can also be connected to a network via cable using the optional USB/network adapter.
It’s also worth mentioning that the Rotel products in this series are fitted with ‘Rotel Link’ connectors. These are 3.5mm stereo jack sockets which mean that the CD14 can be connected to other devices (A12 integrated amplifier, A14 integrated amplifier, etc.), and be controlled from an iPad or iPod through an iOS application (available from the Apple Store).
The Rotel T14 is one of the most comprehensive tuners available on the market for this price. It gives you access to an endless supply of music played with a remarkable sound quality. And it couldn’t be easier to use. This is an exceptional product that we heartily recommend. Franck
FM usable sensitivity: 22.2dBf
FM signal-to-noise ratio (at 70dBf): 65dBf (mono), 60dBf (stereo)
FM harmonic distortion (at 70dBf): 0.2% (mono), 0.3% (stereo)
FM frequency response: 10Hz - 15kHz ± 3dB
FM stereo separation (100Hz/1kHz): 35dB/30dB
FM output level: 1.4V
FM antenna input: 75Ω F connector
DAB sensitivity: - 80dBm
DAB tuning range: Band III (174-240MHz)
DAB audio bit rate: 224Kbps Max
DAB frequency response: 20Hz - 20kHz ± 0.2dB
DAB analogue output: 2.1V at 0dBfs
DAB antenna input: 75Ω F connector
Network connection: 802.11b/g/a/n Dual Band
Security: WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
Standby power consumption: 0.5W
Dimensions (W × H × D): 430 × 93 × 334mm