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HiFi Rose RS520 - All-in-One Network Streamer


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The HiFi ROSE RS520 is a true all-in-one product with each section finely-tuned to deliver a performance that rivals many separate based systems. Even when matched with larger or less sensistive speakers, it delivers a delicate and musical sound quality that is controlled and pleasing across the frequency range.

System on Solid Foundations

Four surfaces of the RS520’s elegant housing are made from one piece of highly durable aluminium, reducing the number of separate parts required to produce the case. This one piece production method dramatically reduces the risk of vibrations transferring through the body and significantly reduces standing-waves, which can affect the end sound quality.

Like all Rose streamers, the RS520 is most identifiable by its large multi-touch screen. Measuring 12.6” wide, the 1920 x 515 resolution LCD panel provides a crystal-clear display that is smooth and enjoyable to interact with for complete control of your listening experience. Core transport controls can also be found on top of the RS520, for ease of use.

Introduction to the Rose RS520 with RS780 CD Tranpsort - Video

ROSE OS - Propriatery Operating System

At the centre of the RS520 is ROSE OS, HiFi Rose’s Android-based operating system, which opens up a world of music and video to your streamer.

Rose OS allows users to play music and video files from a local storage device (USB, MicroSD or SATA), or access files elsewhere on your home network with a DLNA connection to any NAS drives or other storage devices. The Music app gives a clean presentation of all your connected music sources and is easy to navigate and use. Rose OS also features built-in apps for Tidal, Qobuz and Apple Music - giving complete access to their extensive streaming libraries.

Rose RS520 - Rear Panel

The Tidal app even gives access to the service’s music video streaming content for playback on the RS520 screen or via the HDMI output. On top of this already impressive feature set, the RS520 is also an MQA decoder, for full playback of Tidal Masters tracks.


Elsewhere, the CD and CD Ripping apps allow you to attach any standard external CD-ROM drive for convenient CD playback, or to rip CDs in highest-quality to any local storage device in a quick and intuitive way, all through the touch-screen interface. The Radio and Podcast apps give you access to extensive live radio and podcast databases, while Rose Tube gives you access to YouTube for music and video playback. Rose OS also offers support for Roon Ready, Spotify Connect and AirPlay, effectively bringing your entire digital audio experience into one elegant system.

Connect Anything you want

The RS520 is designed to be the centre of your audio system, and as such it boasts a variety of inputs and outputs. In addition to the Line input, there are also digital coaxial, optical and USB inputs, as well as an HDMI eARC input for connecting your TV. For connection to a wider system, in addition to the speaker binding posts, there are also options to connect to an external amp or DAC, as well as the HDMI output for watching video content on a connected screen.

Rose RS520 - Connection Diagram

Engineered for Sound

Every aspect of the RS520 is engineered for high-quality sound. Internally, key functions are split across separate boards with individual power feeds for optimised operation. Within the digital stage, the use of the class-leading ES9038PRO DAC chip alongside an ultra-precise femto clock allows for optimised conversion and signal handling. Similarly, in the IV circuit HiFi Rose have employed their own, brand new discrete operational amplifiers to deliver a sound with a wide sense of space and a warm tone.

In the 250W per-channel power amplifier stage, the same Class AD technology found in the RA180 amplifier is used. By using Gallium Nitride FETs as opposed to more common Silicon FET technology the amplifier is capable of a far more natural tone, like a pure analogue amplifier.

Technical Specifications

OS Customised Android 7.1
Design Size 364 (W) x 328 (D) x 127 (H) mm
Weight 8.1kg
Display 12.6" TFT LCD & Capacitive Touch Screen (eDP)
CPU Dual-Core Cortex-A72 up to 1.8GHz / Quad-Core Cortex-A53 up to 1.4GHz
GPU Mali-T864 GPU, OpenGL ES1.1/2.0/3.0/3.1, OpenVG1.1. OpenCL, DX11
Memory LPDDR4 4GB
DAC ESS Technology SABRE ES9038PRO
Resolution 32bit
Sampling Rate 8 to 768kHz
Native DSD Support 22.4MHz (DSD64, DSD128, DSD256, DSD512)
Network Connection Network Ethernet 10/100/1000 BASE-T, WiFi 802.11ac Dualband USB Wireless LAN Card (Dongle)
Bluetooth V4.2 (USB Dongle)
Audio Service Streaming Airplay / DLNA / Roon Ready / Spotify Connect / Bluetooth
Music Service TIDAL / Qubuz / Apple Music / Bugs / ROSE Tube / Internet Radio / ROSE Podcast
In / Output Audio Input Optical x 1, Coaxial x 1, Line-In x 1, USB DAC x 1, eARCx1
Audio Output Optical x 1, Coaxial x 1, Preamp-Out x 1
Video Output HDMI 2.0 x 1 (up to 3840 x 2160 / 60Hz)
Media Connection File System: NTFS / exFAT / FAT32 | Network Protocol: SMBv1 / FTP / WebDav | Storage Interface: USB3.0 x 3, SATA x 1
PCM: 8kHz - 768kHz (8 / 16 / 24 / 32bit sample rate)
Video ASF, AVI, MKV, MP4, WMV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.263, H.264, H.265, VC-1, VP9, VP8, MVC
H.264/AVC, Base/Main/High/High10 profile@level5.1 up to 4Kx2K@30fps
H.265/HEVC, Main/Main10 profile@ level 5.1 High-tier up to 4Kx2K@60fps
Power Input Voltage: AC100 - 240V 50/60Hz
Power Consumption 150W
Circuit Breaker 6A Thermal Circuit Breaker
Update SW update via Internet, USB OTA, ROSE Store
Remote Control Feature Remote Controller IR Remote Control, Bluetooth Remote Control
Remote App ROSE Connect (Android, iOS, PC)
Accessory Power Cable x1, Bluetooth Remote Controller x1 (AAA Battery x2), Manual x1, SSD Screw x4

Analogue Audio Specifications

Output Power 250W + 250W @ 8 Ohm, 4 Ohm
Sensitivity Line In 2Vrms
Pre Out 2Vrms
Power Bandwith -3dB 10Hz ~85kHz, 8 Ohm, 200W
THD+D Pre Out 0.00033%, 1kHz, 600 Ohm, 2Vrms
Speaker 0.007% @50W, 0.01% @100W, 0.1% @250W, x2 / 8Ohm
Damping Factor 1kHz 150
Input Impedance 100k Ohm
Output Impedance 50mOhm
Frequency Response +1/-3dB 10Hz ~ 83kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio Pre Out 124dB, 1kHz, 600 Ohm, 2Vrms
Speaker 109dB, 1kHz, 8Ohm, 250W

Further Information

HiFi ROSE RS520 - User Manual


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Below is a list of all the Manufacturers warranty timeframes with any special instructions for extended warranties:


  • 1 Year Standard Manufacturers Warranty


  • 5 Years standard Manufacturers Warranty


  • 5 Years with Installation by an Authorised Installer (Studio Incar is an Authorised Installer)
  • 1 Year if you are doing your own Installation
  • 2 Years if you register the product with the UK supplier


  • 2 Years standard Manufacturers warranty


    • 1 Year standard Manufacturers warranty
    • 2 Years if you register the product with the UK supplier


    • 90 Days Standard Manufacturers Warranty
    • 3 Years Extended Warranty - Product Registration within 30 days of Purchase


    • 6 Months standard Manufacturers warranty


    • 1 Year standard Manufacturers warranty

    Chord Company

    • Lifetime Warranty

    Cyrus Audio

    • XR series - 3 Years
    • Classic series - 2 Years
    • Turntable - 3 Years

    Product Registration Here


    • 2 Years on Car Audio Products - No Extendable Warranty
    • 2 Years standard Warranty on Home Audio Products
    • up to 8 Years Extendable Warranty on Home Audio Products when you register at Dynaudio


    • 1 Year Standard Manufacturers Warranty
    • 2 Years Extended Warranty when registered with Focal


    • 2 Years Standard Manufacturers Warranty


    • 1 Year standard Manufacturers warranty
    • 2 Years if you register the product with the UK supplier

    HiFi Rose

    • 2 Years Standard Manufacturers Warranty

    iFi Audio

    • 1 Year Standard Manufacturers Warranty

    JL Audio

    • 1 Year for Speakers and Subwoofers
    • 2 Years for Amplifiers and Processors


    • 3 Years Standard Manufacturers Warranty


    • 1 Year Standard Manufacturer Warranty
    • 3 Years Extended Warranty if Registered with Mission


    • 1 Year Standard Manufacturers Warranty

    Peachtree Audio

    • 2 Years Standard Manufacturers Warranty
    • 3 Years Extended Warranty if Registered with Peachtree


    • 2 Years Standard Manufacturers Warranty
    • 3 Years Extended Warranty if Registered with Pro-Ject


    • 4 Years for Passive Loudspeakers
    • 1 Year for Active Loudspeakers / Subwoofers
    • 5 Years for Passive Loudspeakers if Registers with Q Acoustics
    • 2 Years for Active Loudspeakers / Subwoofers if Registered with Q Acoustics


    • 1 Year Standard Manufacturer Warranty


    • 1 Year Standard Manufacturer Warranty


    • 2 Years Standard Manufacturers Warranty
    • 3 Years Extended Warranty if registered with Wharfedale
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