Rotel’s New Michi X5 Integrated Amplifier

The big brands are on a roll, offering more than just-a-box designs. Color me, pleased.

The flagship Michi X5 ($6999) pumps out 350wpc into 8 ohms and a whopping 600wpc into 4 ohms of Class A/B power (for those averse to the digital-amp trend) which helps account for its 92+ pounds. There are fourteen source inputs (!) including 1x balanced analog in, 4x single-ended analog in, a MM/MC phono input, 7x digital S/PDIF (3 each Coax and Toslink), Network / Ethernet, and apt-X Bluetooth.

Digital conversion is handled by an AKM 32-bit/768kHz Digital to Analog Converter which can handle all of your PCM needs up 24bit/192kHz for S/PDIF and 32bit/384kHz via USB, 2x DSD, and MQA decoding.

The X5’s little brother, the Michi X3 ($4999) drops one of those honking “Custom high current toroidal transformers” while offering 200wpc into 8 ohms and 350wpc into 4 and weighs in at a more svelte 62.7lbs. The input count looses one single-ended in, the phono input is MM-only, and the digital side drops DSD and MQA support.

See the Rotel website for more information on the flagship Michi lineup.