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Rotel Unveils C8 and C8+ CI Amplifiers

Looking for a multi-zone amplifier with some serious audiophile pedigree? The Rotel C8 and C8+ Amplifiers can drive an entire house filled with loudspeakers.

Rotel C8+ Rack Mounted Amplifier

The custom integration market experienced a rather significant uptick during the pandemic with tens of millions of consumers stuck at home in North America and the demand for multi-room controllers and amplifiers has never been stronger. Prices have certainly moved upward due to supply chain issues and that trend is unlikely to change in the short-term.

Availability of product is another issue that faces custom installers. Rotel is looking to take advantage of that issue with the brand new Rotel C8 and C8+ Power Amplifiers.

Rotel’s most recent A12MKII, A14MKII, and Michi X3 Integrated Amplifiers have been beyond impressive and provide a solid endorsement in regard to the quality of Rotel’s amplifier technology.

The new Class AB amplifiers leverage Rotel’s 60 years of audio engineering heritage delivering (8) channels of high-performance multi-zone audio. The amplifiers are powered by an oversized, in-house manufactured toroidal transformer feeding an array of high current dedicated output devices comfortably driving even the most demanding loudspeakers in critical listening zones.

Rotel C8 and C8+ Amplifiers Front
Rotel C8 (top), C8+ (bottom)

The Rotel C8 Custom Installation Amplifier delivers 70 watts of power per channel into 4-ohm loads, and the C8+ Custom Installation Amplifier delivers 150 watts of power per channel into 4-ohm loads, with all channels driven.

The zone outputs are bridgeable to deliver even higher output power per channel and the auto-sensing, auto-switching PA Override feature ensures ultimate installation flexibility.

Rotel C8 and C8+ Amplifiers Rear
Rotel C8 (top), C8+ (bottom)

Both units feature (4) analog source inputs available to all zone outputs through internal matrix switching, further customizable with independent volume, balance, bass, and treble settings. The C8+ also includes two optical and two coaxial digital
inputs supporting 24b/192k audio matrixed to the outputs.

The front panel of each amplifier features a graphic display with controls to ensure user-friendly setup and operation including selection of the active matrixed input source and volume control of each zone in real time.

Rotel C8+ Amplifiers Rear Angle
Rotel C8+

The custom engineered 2U height chassis does not require top or bottom clearance spacing for ultra-efficient rack mounting with the included rack ears.

The speaker outputs utilize detachable Phoenix connectors for pre-wire installation with worry-free secure screw-locking mechanisms. Ethernet, RS232 and
12V trigger connections provide easy integration with popular control systems, emphasizing the customization available to incorporate these units into virtually any system.

Rotel C8+ Amplifiers Front
Rotel C8+

Price & Availability

The Rotel C8 and C8+ will be available in the United States in black finish through Authorized Rotel dealers with shipments beginning in May of 2022 and the rest of the world shortly thereafter.

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  • C8 – $2,599.00 / £2,350.00 / € 2,600.00 (MSRP)
  • C8+ – $3,199.00 / £2,850.00 / € 3,200.00 (MSRP)

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Rotel C8+ Amplifier Inside
Rotel C8+ Amplifiers Internal Top View
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