Audioscore for Rotel Michi X5 – Integrated Amplifier Review

Audio Score – Rotel Michi X5 – Integrated Amplifier Review

Rotel Michi X5 – Integrated Amplifier Review
Audio Score – Rotel Michi X5 – Integrated Amplifier Review

The Rotel Michi X5 is a two-channel integrated amplifier. It was introduced together with the smaller sibling, the X3 and the separates P5, S5 and M8.

It is currently the most powerful Rotel integrated amplifier and proudly carries the branding “MICHI”, representing the pinnacle of Rotel audio engineering capabilities.

Audioscalerus Rotel Michi X5

Rotel Michi X5

In this AudioIntro, I would like to highlight some features and the first impressions I have from the Michi X5, based on extensive listening in a medium sized living room.

The X5 was connected to an Isotek Aquarius EVO3, a Macbook pro via USB and the Bowers & Wilkins 801D4 flagship speakers. The cables are from InAkustik and are called 2404.

My X5 is equipped with a digital module which gives it the following digital connectivity:

  • 3 COAX inputs (24 bits / 192kHz PCM)
  • 3 Optical inputs (24 bits / 192kHz PCM)
  • 1 USB input (32 bits and 384kHz, plus DSD 256 and DXD 384kHz)

The digital input supports MQA.

The analog side is well equipped, with the following inputs and outputs:

  • 1 Balanced inputs
  • 4 Unbalanced inputs
  • 1 MM/MC Phono input
  • 1 unbalanced variable output
  • 1 unbalanced variable subwoofer output

On top of that, the X5 is equipped with a Bluetooth module to receive data wirelessly.

In measurements the solid-state class A/B design is capable to push out 400 watts per channel continuous into 8 Ohms and it weights 96 lbs or 43.8 KGs.

I bought the X5 at Hifi Audio in Düsseldorf. If you ever have the chance to check out hifi-audio in Düsseldorf, please do. They are not only very competent, but also have a huge selection of high-end stuff. For the last 20 years, I have been a happy customer and can highly recommend a personal visit or digital on:

The Audio Scaleurs Sight & Sound Score, or The A3S-Score
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This A3S – score review is quite simple, with 3 main chapters: 

  • The first part SIGHT focusses on the score of the device. Based on my personal experience, I will rate the speakers in various categories, give a score for the current value and the give it an audio-score. The total score is 40 points maximum.
  • The second part focusses on the SOUND aspects of the device, with a maximum of 50 points. 
  • Last, we have the VALUE part, that accounts for 10 points.

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Time for the Audio Components Review!

Some quotes while listening to the X5:


Timing King – bass is so accurate and dry.

Hard to believe this is an integrated – the bass seems to be endless.

I didn’t even know there were strings playing in the background on this song.


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