Michi P5
Michi P5
Michi P5

Michi P5: Reference-grade preamplifier

Michi is Rotel’s flagship product series. Fans of high-quality vintage audio will obviously remember these reference-grade models. The Michi series included the following devices, released at different times: Rotel RHB-10 power amplifier, Rotel RHC-10 passive Rotel RHQ-10 phono preamplifier, Rotel RHA-10 active preamplifier, Rotel RHT-10 FM tuner, Rotel RHCD CD player -10, power amplifier Rotel RHB-05.

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And now, more than half a century since the series first launched, Michi is back. No wonder this name is translated from Japanese as “direction”. The vector set by undoubtedly successful predecessors is continued by modern equipment. There is also continuity: this is not only a high level of models, transferred to modern technologies, but also a laconic, proven design. Currently, the series includes three models: a preamplifier and two ends – stereo and mono.

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The Michi P5 preamplifier is the result of three years of work by Rotel, who carefully considered every component to ensure “the highest audio signal integrity, eliminating unwanted noise and distortion.” The model received a comprehensive set of input switching – for both analog and digital sources. The Michi P5 preamplifier supports Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) technology, and also has a high-quality phono preamplifier on board. Compatibility of Rotel Michi P5 with automation and control systems is implemented using RS232 and Ethernet interfaces.

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The design is designed, according to Rotel, to produce crisp detail and the highest fidelity music reproduction, regardless of style. The dual DAC feeds the signal into the Class A preamp input circuitry, delivering detail, precision and extreme fidelity to your music while maintaining critical rhythm and timing relationships for all music genres, no matter your listening style. They are powered by 17 independent voltage regulators connected to two custom-designed toroidal transformers, along with punched-plate rapid discharge (ESR) storage capacitors, providing separate, ripple-free power to all critical circuits.

Accuracy and detail are especially important when reproducing sound, but it is equally important to make listening to music enjoyable and interesting. Drawing on more than 55 years of Rotel’s experience in audio component design, the P5 excels in every aspect. Manufacturing in-house ensures that this preamp is manufactured to the highest quality standards, allowing it to proudly wear the Michi logo.

Michi P5 Features

Two premium AKM4490 768kHz/32bit DACs Coaxial
(3), optical (3) and analogue RCA (4) inputs
PC-USB with PCM and DSD 2X
Bluetooth with apt-X and AAC
Phono input for cartridge type MM and MC
Two XLR balanced inputs, two XLR balanced outputs
Two custom designed toroidal transformers
Dimmable high resolution TFT display on the front panel
Bi-directional IP and RS232 interfaces for integration into control systems
Michi remote control
MQA support
Distortion (THD): <0.002% ( 20 Hz – 20 kHz)
Intermodulation distortion (60 Hz:7 kHz): < 0.002% (at 1 V output)
In. sensitivity/impedance: Phono (MM): 2.5 mV / 47 kOhm, Phono (MC): 250 mV / 47 kOhm, lin. input (RCA): 160 mV / 47 kOhm, line. input (balanced XLR): 250 mV / 100 kOhm
Input overload: Phono (MM): 199 mV, Phono (MC): 22 mV, line output (RCA): 12 V, balanced output (XLR): 12 V
Output level: lin. output (RCA): 1 V/470 ohms, balanced output (XLR): 2 V/100 ohms
Frequency range: Phono input: 20 Hz – 20 kHz (0 + 0.3 dB), lin. inputs (RCA): 10 Hz – 100 kHz (0 + 0.3 dB), lin. inputs (XLR): 10 Hz – 100 kHz (0 + 0.3 dB)
Tone controls: BASS: ±10 dB at 100Hz, TREBLE: ±10 dB at 10kHz
Signal-to-noise ratio (A-weighted): Phono input: 80 dB, lin. inputs (RCA): 116 dB, lin. inputs (XLR): 116 dB
Channel separation: Phono input: > 55 dB, lin. inputs (RCA): > 85 dB, lin. inputs (XLR): > 85 dB

Digital section:

Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ± 0.5 dB (Max)
Signal-to-noise ratio (IHF “A” weighted): 100 dB
Input. sensitivity/impedance: 0 dBfs/ 75 Ohm
Digital inputs: SPDIF LPCM (up to 192 kHz 24 bits)
Decodable signals from PC-USB input: USB Audio Class 1.0, (up to 96 kHz 24 bits), USB Audio Class 2.0 (up to 384 kHz 32 bit, driver installation required), DSD (up to 11.2MHz 16bit) with DoP support, MQA support
Digital output: 0.75 Vpp Termination
impedance: 75 ohms Power
supply: 120 V, 60 Hz (US), 230 V, 50 Hz (EU)
Consumption: 40 W, standby: Normal: < 0.5 W, Network Wakeup: < 2 W
Heat dissipation BTU: 87 BTU/hour
Dimensions (W x H x D): 485 x 150 x 452 mm, front height panels: 132 mm, weight: 21.5 kg