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High-End 2024: HiFi Rose RD160

HiFi Rose launches their first DAC.

written by / 2024-05-17 - 8:00 am
High-End 2024: HiFi Rose RD160

Since the launch of their first streamer not so long ago, HiFi Rose has become a name to be reckoned with. In record time, they have established themselves as a serious and highly successful alternative in the market for network streamers – or just streamers.

In quick succession they have launched both more expensive and cheaper streamers, and it wasn’t long before they also launched amplifiers.

Now they are launching their first digital converter, the RD160. A DAC that can be connected to a HiFi Rose streamer and has enough inputs for all the digital audio sources you might have.

(Photo: Lasse Svendsen)

The front is covered by a large AMOLED screen that comes to life at the touch of a button. It can display all sorts of both useful and useless information. For example, the signal path from input to output as in the picture above.

It is built around an AKM DAC in collaboration with Muses. The AKM DAC is isolated from the analogue circuitry to eliminate interference. It also has three power supplies, each with their own tasks, and uses J-FET transistors in the analogue output stage.

RD160 in black, together with the integrated RA280 with 250 W per channel. (Photo: Lasse Svendsen)

The DAC won’t go on sale until August and the price is not clear, but it is estimated at €5,000, which would be relatively expensive. But as mentioned, it has everything built in to be a digital control centre in the system. Seven digital inputs, including HDMI, should go a long way.

The slightly blurred image shows the inputs and outputs of the RD160. (Photo: Lasse Svendsen)

1 thought on “High-End 2024: HiFi Rose RD160”

  1. Thomas Hancock

    If anything like the HiFi Rose RS130 Network Tranport, it will be every penny worth the money and then some! Can’t wait to check it out!

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