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Rotel RA-1570

Stereo Integrated Amplifier (2013-16)

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Rotel RA-1570

Specifications

Power output: 120 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 10Hz to 100kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.03%

Damping factor: 180

Input sensitivity: 2.25mV (MM), 285mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 80dB (MM), 100dB (line)

Output: 1.5V (Pre out)

Digital inputs: coaxial, optical, USB

Dimensions: 431 x 144 x 350mm

Weight: 13kg

Year: 2013

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Reviewed Apr 12th, 2018 by surprisetech

In 2015 I acquired a Marantz ST-17 Tuner and decided that it was time to retire my Yamaha Receiver and go back to separate amp & tuner. My surround system has always used my stereo amp & speakers for the front mains, so it was also an opportunity to get an amp with HT bypass. I thought it would also be good to have digital inputs to bypass the cheaper DACs used in my DAB+/Internet radio, etc.

So with those requirements in mind and to maintain all the RX-596 functions such as phono i/p, decent power, great sound, headphone out and remote control, I started my research.

My short list included amps from Yamaha, Harmon Kardon, Parasound, Roksan and Marantz, however this Rotel, the HK 990 and Parasound Halo were the only ones that lacked none of the features I wanted. The Rotel easily represented the best value and even 3 years later there's nothing I would replace it with.

This is a really well-conceived modern integrated amp with plenty of power, high quality phono preamp and WM8740 24/192 DACs. The display is easy to read, but the text over the buttons could be a bit larger. Unlike many modern receivers which convert all sources to digital for volume control & processing, the Rotel's analogue sources remain analogue right through to the Class A/B output stage. Build quality is great and local support for my technical queries on the analogue architecture and phono input capacitance has been without fault.

The 9/10 rating is due to 2 minor criticisms:
- The headphone output is a 3.5mm socket which requires use of an adaptor for 6.35mm plugs. These adaptors rarely make for a robust connection. To protect the socket, I made up a short adaptor cable rather than use a solid adaptor.
- The blue lamp around the power button is way too bright. Rotel know this because they supply an optional adhesive ring that covers most of the lamp, but looks a bit tacky on a $2000 piece of kit.

 

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