Rotel Updates Surround Sound Processors
There seems to be no stopping Rotel and its steady flow of new product releases, the latest being a pair of well-equipped surround sound processors.
The RSP-1576MKII and RAP-1580MKII Surround Processors join the Rotel family of home theatre components.
Rotel says the new additions are built on six decades of audio design experience, staying true to Rotel's promise of acoustic performance and exceptional value synonymous with the brand.
Rotel RSP-1576MKII Processor
The RSP-1576MKII (£2,600) is a multi-channel preamplifier supporting up to 7.1.4 channels of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X audio formats using the latest Texas Instruments quad-core DSP. It utilises Rotel's proprietary Balanced Design Concept built on an in-house manufactured toroidal transformer, with low distortion – noise rejection circuit layout and acoustic tuning of all critical audio circuits.
Features include 7 HDMI 4K HDR video inputs and 2 HDMI 4K HDR video outputs, while the video processing is complemented with an array of audio inputs including XLR, PC-USB (24b/192k), optical (3), coaxial (3), RCA analogue (3), iPod USB, apt-X Bluetooth, 7.1 multi-channel input and a Moving Magnet Phono Stage input.
Rotel RAP-1580MKII Amplified Processor
The Rotel RAP-1580MKII (£3,800) adds 7 channels of Class AB amplification delivering 100 Watts per channel into 8-ohm loads, all channels driven. Like the preamp, it also utilises an oversized Rotel factory-built toroidal transformer and high-efficiency slit foil capacitors.
Connectivity includes 8 HDMI inputs with 7 on the back and 1 on the front, with three supporting HDMI 4K/HDR pass-through and both HDMI outputs supporting 4K/HDR. A full set of source inputs are available including optical, coaxial, analogue, XLR, iPod USB, PC-USB (24/192), apt-X Bluetooth for high-quality wireless streaming and Moving Magnet Phono Stage.
Both models feature the latest Texas Instruments quad-core DSP and 6 Wolfson 24bit 192kHz audiophile-grade DACs. The RSP-1576MKII includes DIRAC Live Full room correction software and includes a measurement microphone. The RAP-1580MKII includes support and license for Dirac Live LE acoustic room correction technology, including adjustments in the most difficult frequency region from 20Hz to 500Hz.
Control system integration of both the RSP-1576MKII and RAP-1580MKII is made easy with RS232 and IP Ethernet controls including software updates, three assignable independent 12V trigger outputs, wired IR input/ output, and available custom rack mount kit.
The RSP-1576MKII is available from September 2020 and costs £2,600 (€3,000), and the RAP-1580MKII follows in October for £3,800 (€4,300).
StereoNET’s Founder and Publisher, born in UK and raised on British Hi-Fi before moving to Australia where he worked as an Engineer in both the audio and mechanical fields.
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