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A fitting Tribute

Generally speaking, the hi-fi industry doesn’t often go in for much in the way of big surprises: most new product announcements are more evolutionary than revolutionary, more often than not early samples are snuck out to selected outlets and–given that there seems to be little awareness of the ability of social media to ensure that even the biggest secrets leak like a sieve – it’s surprisingly rare that something truly comes from out of leftfield when you’re least expecting it.

Yet that’s precisely what Rotel managed to do with its Tribute models – tuned versions of its existing CD 11 CD player and A11 amplifier. They certainly weren’t what those of us logging into a Bowers & Wilkins online press conference were anticipating. The meat of the event was the announcement of the 600 Anniversary speaker series, and the most any of us may have been expecting was some clarification on the acquisition of the company by Sound United, now finalised but at that time still very much the subject of speculation and the odd ‘off-ther-ecord’ whisper.

What we heard wasn’t quite a Steve Jobs-style “Oh, and one more thing” moment,

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