Owner’s Manual
Manuel d’utilisation
Bedienungsanleitung
Manuale di Istruzioni
Manual de Instrucciones
Gebruiksaanwijzing
Bruksanvisning
RA-01
Stereo Integrated Amplifier
Amplificateur Intégré Stéréophonique
Stereo-Vollverstärker
Amplificatore Integrato Estereofonico
Amplificador Integrado Estereofónico
Geïntegreerde Stereo Versterker
Integrerad Stereoförstärkare
RA-01
MONITOR
FUNCTION
SOURCE
POWER
PHONES
SPEAKERS
OFF A
B
BASS
TREBLE
TONE
ON
A+B
OFF
BALANCE
TAPE
TUNER
PHONO
CD
AUX 1
AUX 2
RA-01 Stereo Integrated Amplifier
CAUTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO
NOT REMOVE COVER. NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE
REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL.
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Important Safety Instructions
WARNING: There are no user serviceable parts inside. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do
not expose the unit to moisture or water. Do not allow foreign objects to get into the enclosure. If the unit is exposed
to moisture, or a foreign object gets into the enclosure, immediately disconnect the power cord from the wall. Take
the unit to a qualified service person for inspection and necessary repairs.
APPLICABLE FOR USA, CANADA OR WHERE
APPROVED FOR THE USAGE
Read all the instructions before connecting or operating the component.
Keep this manual so you can refer to these safety instructions.
CAUTION: TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK, MATCH WIDE BLADE
OF PLUG TO WIDE SLOT. INSERT FULLY.
Heed all warnings and safety information in these instructions and on the
product itself. Follow all operating instructions.
ATTENTION: POUR EVITER LES CHOCS ELECTRIQUES,
INTRODUIRE LA LAME LA PLUS LARGE DE LA FICHE
DANS LA BORNE CORRESPONDANTE DE LA PRISE ET
POUSSER JUSQU AU FOND.
Clean the enclosure only with a dry cloth or a vacuum cleaner.
You must allow 10 cm or 4 inches of unobstructed clearance around the
unit. Do not place the unit on a bed, sofa, rug, or similar surface that could
block the ventilation slots. If the component is placed in a bookcase or
cabinet, there must be ventilation of the cabinet to allow proper cooling.
Keep the component away from radiators, heat registers, stoves, or any
other appliance that produces heat.
The unit must be connected to a power supply only of the type and voltage specified on the rear panel of the unit.
Connect the component to the power outlet only with the supplied power
supply cable or an exact equivalent. Do not modify the supplied cable in
any way. Do not attempt to defeat grounding and/or polarization provisions. Do not use extension cords.
Do not route the power cord where it will be crushed, pinched, bent at
severe angles, exposed to heat, or damaged in any way. Pay particular
attention to the power cord at the plug and where it exits the back of the
unit.
The power cord should be unplugged from the wall outlet if the unit is to
be left unused for a long period of time.
Immediately stop using the component and have it inspected and/or serviced by a qualified service agency if:
• The power supply cord or plug has been damaged.
• Objects have fallen or liquid has been spilled into the unit.
• The unit has been exposed to rain.
• The unit shows signs of improper operation
• The unit has been dropped or damaged in any way
Place the unit on a fixed, level surface strong enough
to support its weight. Do not place it on a moveable
cart that could tip over.
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Figure 1: Controls and Connections
Commandes et branchements
Bedienelemente und Anschlüsse
Controlli e collegamenti
Controles y Conexiones
De bedieningsorganen en de aansluitingen
Funktioner och anslutningar
RA-01
MONITOR
FUNCTION
SOURCE
POWER
PHONES
SPEAKERS
OFF A
BASS
TREBLE
B
ON
TUNER
TAPE
BALANCE
TONE
OFF
CD
PHONO
AUX 1
AUX 2
A+B
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
20
12V TRIGGER OUT
1
2
– When servicing
PHONO
GND
AUX 2
TAPE 1
SPEAKER A
LEFT
IN
12
INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER
MODEL NO. RA-01
POWER CONSUMPTION: 220W
PRE OUT
13
14
OUT
15
SPEAKER B
RIGHT
16
17
LEFT
18
19
RA-01 Stereo Integrated Amplifier
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Figure 2: Signal Input and Speaker Output Connections
Signaux d’entrée et branchements enceintes acoustiques
Signaleingang und Anschluß eines Lautsprecherpaares
Collegamenti dei segnali linea in ingresso, del registratore, dei diffusori
Conexiones para Entrada de Señal y Salida a las Cajas Acústicas
Het aansluiten van de lijnbronnen, een opname/weergaveapparaat en de luidsprekers
Anslutningar för ingångssignalerna och högtalarutgångarna
SPEAKERS
ROTEL RA-01
12V TRIGGER OUT
1
2
PHONO
GND
AUX 2
TAPE 1
INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER
MODEL NO. RA-01
POWER CONSUMPTION: 220W
8 OHMS MINIMUM
PRE OUT
SPEAKER A
LEFT
SPEAKER B
RIGHT
IN
WARNING:
OUT
RIGHT
RECORDER
L
OUTPUT
CD PLAYER
R
L
OUTPUT
PH0NO
GND R
L
L
INPUT
LEFT
RIGHT
LEFT
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Contents
About Rotel
Important Safety Instructions .................. 2
Figure 1: Controls and Connections
3
Figure 2: Signal Input and Speaker
Output Connections
4
About Rotel ............................................ 5
Getting Started ...................................... 5
A Few Precautions
5
Placement
6
Cables
6
AC Power and Control ............................. 6
AC Power Input
6
Power Switch
and Power Indicator
6
Input Signal Connections .......................... 6
Phono Input
and Ground Connection
6
Line Level Inputs
6
Recorder Connections
........................ 6
Preamp Outputs
............................... 6
Speaker Outputs
Speaker Selector Switch
.................... 7
Speaker Selection
7
Speaker Wire Selection
7
Polarity and Phasing
7
Speaker Connection
7
Phones Output
.................................. 7
Audio Controls ........................................ 7
7
Volume Control
Balance Control
7
Tone On/Off Switch
7
7
Bass and Treble Controls
Function Control
8
Monitor Control
8
12 Volt Trigger Outlet
....................... 8
Troubleshooting ...................................... 8
Power Indicator Is Not Lit
8
Specifications ......................................... 8
Fuse Replacement
8
No Sound
8
Sommaire ............................................... 9
A family whose passionate interest in music
led them to manufacture high fidelity components of uncompromising quality founded Rotel
over 40 years ago. Through the years that
passion has remained undiminished and the
family goal of providing exceptional value for
audiophiles and music lovers regardless of their
budget, is shared by all Rotel employees.
The engineers work as a close team, listening to, and fine tuning each new product until
it reaches their exacting musical standards.
They are free to choose components from
around the world in order to make that product
the best they can. You are likely to find capacitors from the United Kingdom and Germany, semi conductors from Japan or the
United States, while toroidal power transformers are manufactured in Rotel’s own factory.
Rotel’s reputation for excellence has been
earned through hundreds of good reviews and
awards from the most respected reviewers in
the industry, who listen to music every day.
Their comments keep the company true to its
goal - the pursuit of equipment that is musical, reliable and affordable.
All of us at Rotel, thank you for buying this
product and hope it will bring you many hours
of enjoyment.
Getting Started
Thank you for purchasing the Rotel RA-01 Stereo Integrated Amplifier. When used in a highquality music audio system, it will provide years
of musical enjoyment.
The RA-01 is a full featured, high performance
component. All aspects of the design have been
optimized to retain the full dynamic range and
subtle nuances of your music. The RA-01 has
a highly regulated power supply incorporating a Rotel custom-designed toroidal power
transformer. This low impedance power supply has ample power reserves, which enables
the RA-01 to easily reproduce the most demanding audio signals. This type of design
is more expensive to manufacture, but it is better
for the music.
The printed circuit boards (PCB) are designed
with Symmetrical Circuit Traces. This insures
that the precise timing of the music is maintained and faithfully recreated. The RA-01 circuitry uses metal film resistors and polystyrene
or polypropylene capacitors in important signal
paths. All aspects of this design have been examined to ensure the most faithful music reproduction.
The main functions of the RA-01 are easy to
install and use. If you have experience with
other stereo systems, you shouldn’t find anything perplexing. Simply plug in the associated components and enjoy.
A Few Precautions
WARNING: To avoid potential damage to
your system, turn off ALL the components in
the system when connecting or disconnecting the loudspeakers or any associated
components. Do not turn the system components back on until you are sure all the connections are correct and secure. Pay
particular attention to the speaker wires.
There must be no loose strands that could
contact the other speaker wires, or the
chassis of the amplifier.
Please read this manual carefully. It provides
information on how to incorporate the RA-01
into your system as well as information that
will help you get optimum sound performance.
Please contact your authorized Rotel dealer
for answers to any questions you might have.
In addition, all of us at Rotel welcome your
questions and comments.
Save the RA-01 shipping carton and all enclosed packing material for future use. Shipping or moving the RA-01 in anything other
than the original packing material may result
in severe damage to your amplifier.
Fill out and send in the owner’s registration
card packed with the RA-01. Also be sure to
keep the original sales receipt. It is your best
record of the date of purchase, which you will
need in the event warranty service is ever
required.
RA-01 Stereo Integrated Amplifier
Placement
Like all audio components that handle lowlevel signals, the RA-01 can be affected by
its environment. Avoid placing the RA-01 on
top of other components. Also avoid routing
audio signal cables near power cords. This
will minimize the chance it will pick up hum
or interference.
The RA-01 generates heat as part of its normal operation. The heat sinks and ventilation
openings in the amplifier are designed to dissipate this heat. The ventilation slots in the top
cover must be open. There should be 10 cm
(4 inches) of clearance around the chassis, and
reasonable airflow through the installation location, to prevent the amplifier from overheating.
Remember the weight of the amplifier when
you select an installation location. Make sure
that the shelf or cabinet can support it. We
recommend installing the RA-01 in furniture
designed to house audio components. Such
furniture is designed to reduce or suppress
vibration which can adversely affect sound
quality. Ask your authorized Rotel dealer for
advice about component furniture and proper
installation of audio components.
Cables
Be sure to keep the power cords, digital signal cables and regular audio signal cables in
your installation away from each other. This
will minimize the chance of the regular audio signal cables picking up noise or interference from the power cords or digital cables.
Using only high quality, shielded cables will
also help to prevent noise or interference from
degrading the sound quality of your system.
If you have any questions see your authorized
Rotel dealer for advice about the best cable
to use with your system.
AC Power and Control
AC Power Input
The RA-01 does not draw high levels of current from the power outlet. However, whenever possible, it should be plugged directly
into a 2-pin polarized wall outlet. Do not use
an extension cord. A heavy duty multi-tap
power outlet strip may be used if it (and the
wall outlet) can handle the current demanded
by the RA-01 and all the other components
connected to it.
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Your RA-01 is configured at the factory for
the proper AC line voltage in the country where
you purchased it (either 115 volts AC or 230
volts AC with a line frequency of either 50 Hz
or 60 Hz). The AC line configuration is noted
on a decal on the back panel.
NOTE: Should you move your RA-01 amplifier to another country, it is possible to
reconfigure it for use on a different line
voltage. Do not attempt to perform this conversion yourself. Opening the enclosure of
the RA-01 exposes you to dangerous voltages. Consult a qualified service person or
the Rotel factory service department for information.
If you are going to be away from home for
an extended period of time such as a monthlong vacation, it is a sensible precaution to
unplug your amplifier (as well as other audio and video components) while you are
away.
Power Switch
and
Power Indicator
Press the front panel Power Switch button, to
turn the RA-01 on. The Power Indicator light
is illuminated when the RA-01 is on. Press
Power Switch button again to turn the RA-01
off.
See the “12V Trigger Outlet” section for more
information on ways you may be able to turn
on and off other components in your system
along with the RA-01.
Input Signal Connections
[See Figure 2.]
NOTE: To prevent loud noises that neither
you nor your speakers will appreciate,
make sure the system is turned off when
you make any signal connections.
Phono Input
and
Ground Connection
Plug the cable from the turntable into the
appropriate left and right phono inputs. If the
turntable has a “ground” wire connect it to
the screw terminal to the left of the Phono inputs. It will help prevent hum and noise.
Line Level Inputs
The CD, Tuner, and Aux inputs of the RA-01
are “line level” inputs. These are for connecting components such as CD players, Hi Fi or
NICAM Stereo video cassette recorders, tuners, Laser Disc players or the analog output
from a CD ROM drive.
The Left and Right channels are labeled and
should be connected to the corresponding
channels of the source component. The Left connectors are white, the Right connectors are red.
Use high quality RCA cables for connecting
input source components to the RA-01. Ask
your authorized Rotel dealer for advice about
cables.
Recorder Connections
[See Figure 2.]
The Tape inputs and outputs can be connected
to any record/playback device that accepts
standard line level analog input and output
signals. Typically that will be a conventional
tape recorder.
When connecting a recorder to the RA-01 remember that the outputs of the recorder must
be connected to the tape inputs of the RA-01.
Similarly the tape outputs of the RA-01 must
be connected to the inputs of the recorder. As
with other sources be sure to connect the Left
and Right channels of each device to the proper
channels on the associated components. Use
high quality connecting cables to prevent loss
of sound quality.
NOTE: The Tape Outputs are not affected
by the Volume, Balance or Tone controls.
They receive a fixed level signal.
Preamp Outputs
The RA-01 has a set of preamp outputs. The
signal from the source selected with the Function
Selector is always available from these outputs. Typically these outputs are used to provide a signal to another integrated amplifier
or power amplifier, which is used to drive
remote speakers
NOTE: Changes to the settings of the Volume, Balance or Tone controls affect the
signal from the Preamp Outputs.
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Speaker Outputs
Speaker Selector Switch
[See Figure 2.]
The RA-01 has two sets of speaker outputs,
labeled “A”
and “B”
. The speaker outon the
puts are controlled by the switch
front panel.
Speaker Selection
If only one set of speakers will be used at any
given time, the speakers may have an impedance as low as 4 ohms. If there are times when
both the A and B speakers will be used, all
the speakers should have an impedance of 8
ohms or more. Speaker impedance ratings are
less than precise. In practice, very few loudspeakers will present any problems for the
RA-01. See your authorized Rotel dealer if you
have any questions.
Speaker Wire Selection
Use insulated two-conductor stranded wire to
connect the RA-01 to the speakers. The size
and quality of the wire can have an audible
effect on the performance of the system. Standard speaker wire will work, but can result
in lower output or diminished bass response,
particularly over longer distances. In general,
heavier wire will improve the sound. For best
performance, you may want to consider special
high-quality speaker cables. Your authorized
Rotel dealer can help in the selection of cables
for your system.
Polarity and Phasing
The polarity – the positive/negative orientation of the connections – for every speaker and
amplifier connection must be consistent so all
the speakers will be in phase. If the polarity
of one connection is reversed, bass output will
be very weak and stereo imaging degraded.
All wire is marked so you can identify the two
conductors. There may be ribs or a stripe on
the insulation of one conductor. The wire may
have clear insulation with different color conductors (copper and silver). There may be polarity indications printed on the insulation. Identify the positive and negative conductors and
be consistent with every speaker and amplifier connection.
Speaker Connection
Turn off all the components in the system before connecting the speakers. The RA-01 has
color-coded binding post type speaker connectors on the back panel (except in European Community countries where their use is not permitted). These connectors accept bare wire, connector lugs, or dual banana type connectors.
Route the wire from the RA-01 to the speakers. Give yourself enough slack so you can
move the components to allow access to the
speaker connectors. If you are using dual
banana plugs, connect them to the wires and
then plug into the backs of the binding posts.
The thumbscrews of the binding posts should
be screwed in all the way (clockwise).
If you are using terminal lugs, connect them
to the wires. If you are attaching bare wires
directly to the binding posts, separate the wire
conductors and strip the insulation from the
end of each conductor. Be careful not to cut
into the wire strands. Unscrew (turn counterclockwise) the binding post thumbscrews. Place
the connector lug or wire around the binding
post shaft. Turn the thumbscrews clockwise to
clamp the connector lug or wire firmly in place.
NOTE: Be sure there are no loose wire
strands that could touch adjacent wires or
connectors.
Phones Output
The Phones output allows you to connect headphones for private listening. This output accommodates standard stereo phone (1/4”)
plugs. If your headphones have another type
of plug, such as a 1/8” mini-plug, you will
need an adapter plug. Contact your authorized Rotel dealer, to get the correct adapter
plug. Plugging in a set of headphones does
not cut off the signal to the outputs. Use the
Speaker Selector to turn off the speakers. The
settings of the Function Selector and the Tape
Monitor Control determines which source is
heard. To listen to or monitor the component
connected to the Tape input set the Monitor
Control to the Tape position. For all other inputs leave the Monitor Control in the Source
position and select the source you want to listen
to with the front panel Function Selector.
NOTE: Because the sensitivity of speakers
and headphones can vary widely, always
reduce the volume level before connecting
or disconnecting headphones.
Audio Controls
Volume Control
Turn the controls clockwise to increase the volume, or counterclockwise to decrease the volume.
Balance Control
The Balance Control adjusts the left-to-right
balance of the sound output. Normally the
control should be left in the center position.
In some situations, typically when the main
listening position is not ideally centered between the speakers, it may be necessary to
adjust the control to achieve proper left-to-right
balance. Turning the control counter-clockwise
shifts the sound balance to the left. Turning the
control clockwise shifts the sound balance to
the right.
Tone On/Off Switch
When the Tone Switch is in the Off position
the Bass and Treble Control (Tone Control)
circuits are bypassed to ensure the purest possible sound. Leave the Tone Switch in the Off
position unless you want to use the Tone Controls. Turn the Tone Switch to the On position
if you want to adjust the Tone Controls.
Bass and Treble Controls
When the Tone Switch is in the On position,
turning the Bass and Treble Controls adjusts
the tone balance of the sound. Turn the Controls clockwise to increase the bass or treble
output. Turn the Controls counterclockwise to
decrease the bass or treble output.
A properly set up high-performance audio
system produces the most natural sound with
little or no adjustment of the tone controls. Use
these controls sparingly. Be particularly careful
when turning the controls up (clockwise). This
increases the power output in the bass or treble
range, increasing the load on the amplifier
and speakers.
RA-01 Stereo Integrated Amplifier
Function Control
The Function control selects the input signal
source. The signal selected by the Function
control is the one you hear, as long as the
Monitor control is set to the Source postion.
(See the following section.) The signal selected
by the Function control also goes to Preamp
Outputs and the Tape Outputs. Turn the front
panel Listening Selector to the source you want
to listen to.
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Troubleshooting
Most difficulties in audio systems are the result of incorrect connections, or improper
control settings. If you encounter problems, isolate the area of the difficulty, check the control settings, determine the cause of the fault
and make the necessary changes. If you are
unable to get sound from the RA-01 refer to
the suggestions for the following conditions:
Fuse Replacement
If another electrical device works when plugged
into the power outlet, but the Power Indicator
of the RA-01 does not light when plugged into
the same outlet and the Power Switch is pushed
in, it indicates that the internal power fuse may
have blown. If you believe this has happened,
contact your authorized Rotel dealer to get the
fuse replaced.
No Sound
Monitor Control
Power Indicator Is Not Lit
When the Monitor Control is set to the Source
position, the signal you hear, and which goes
to the Preamp Outputs, is selected by the Function Control. To listen to the signal from a recorder connected to the Tape Inputs, set the
Monitor Control to the Tape position. When
the Monitor Control is in the Tape position, the
signal from the Tape Input also goes to the
Preamp Outputs.
The Power Indicator should be lit whenever
the RA-01 is plugged into the wall power outlet
and the Power Switch is pushed in. If it does
not light, test the power outlet with another
electrical device, such as a lamp. Be sure the
power outlet being used is not controlled by
a switch that has been turned off.
The signal that goes to the Tape Output is
always selected by the Function Control. When
you are recording with a unit that has monitoring capabilities, you can listen to the sound
just recorded by setting the Monitor Control
to the Tape position.
12 Volt Trigger Outlet
Some audio components can be turned on
automatically when they receive a 12V turn
on “signal”. The 12V Trigger Outputs of the
RA-01 provide the required signal. Connect
compatible components to the RA-01 with a
conventional 3.5mm miniplug cable. When
the RA-01 is turned off the trigger signal is
interupted, so the components controlled by
it are turned off.
Check the signal source to see if it is functioning
properly. Make sure the cables from the signal source to the RA-01 inputs are connected
properly. Be sure the Listening Selector is set
to the proper input. Check the wiring between
the RA-01 and the speakers.
Specifications
Continuous Power Output
(20-20 kHz, < 0.03%, 8 ohms)
40 watts/ch
Total Harmonic Distortion (20Hz-20kHz)
< 0.03% at rated power, 1/2 power or 1 watt
Intermodulation Distortion (60 Hz : 7 kHz, 4:1) < 0.03% at rated power, 1/2 power or 1 watt
Frequency Response
Phono Input
Line Level Inputs
20Hz-15kHz, ±0.3dB
10Hz-40kHz, ±1dB
Damping Factor (20-20,000 Hz, 8 ohms)
180
Input Sensitivity / Impedance
Phono Input
Line Level Inputs
2.5mV / 47 kOhms
150 mV / 24 kOhms
Input Overload
Phono Input
Line Level Inputs
180mV
5V
Premp Output / Impedance
1V / 470 Ohms
Tone Controls - Bass / Treble
±6 dB at 100Hz / 10kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio (IHF “A” weighted)
Phono Input
Line Level Inputs
80 dB
100 dB
Power Requirements
USA Version
European Version
115 Volts, 60 Hz
230 Volts, 50 Hz
Power Consumption
220 Watts
Dimensions (W x H x D)
435 x 72 x 342 mm
17 1/8 x 27/8 x 13 1/2”
Panel Height
60 mm / 2 3/8"
Weight (net)
5.9 kg, 13 lbs.
All specifications are accurate at the time of printing.
Rotel reserves the right to make improvements without notice.
The Rotel Co. Ltd.
10-10 Shinsen-Cho
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Tokyo 150-0045
Japan
Phone: +81 3-5458-5325
Fax: +81 3-5458-5310
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USA
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England
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Germany
Phone: +49 05201-87170
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