Ditto for the Cream reunion concert. I had never experienced that level of involvement before from a recording. I especially loved the crack of drumsticks on drums, the twang of electric guitars and the clear openness of the human voice. Included are balanced and single ended ins (I used the SE inputs exclusively), two sets of binding posts for each channel (well separated, but not of outstanding quality), and a front mounted power toggle flanked by a clipping indicator for each channel. However, the rest of the disc benefited greatly from the solid bass provided by the Rotel. Despite the manual’s claim that the 1090 consumes 800 watts, it turns on gently and runs very cool with zero noise, electrical or physical. The new player SCD-T2000 sportsone hundred and twenty ventilation holes on the top of the chassis which, according to Shanling, improves cooling and aids long-term reliability.
The final change introduced the NF 12 and, for a mere £12 premium over the NF 14, moved things onto a different level. Straight out the box this player proved easy to use and great to look at. It gives you feeling of money well spent. So what about the sound then?SOUND QUALITY Since I began my journey with SACD I have collected about 170 discs. The rear panel carries normal phono inputs (i.e. unbalanced). There are balanced outputs, driven by balanced internal valve circuits — the proper way of doing it — rather than a solid-state unbalanced balanced line driver.two. Two sets of speaker outputs are provided, good for biwiring — which sometimes sounds better — or for connecting two pair of speakers.
But you really won’t have a clue about it all until you get to hear and see what we’re talking about in real life. Rotel isn’t really known for their power amps. Amplifiers of much higher power are also available. They also appeared to go deeper in the bass than the similarly specified Victorias. The action of all the switches is superb, the sort of thing you used to get from a top Nakamichi tapedeck. At 3.5kg the unit also feels far heavier than it has a right to be, considering its modest size.