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Rotel RC-980

Stereo Control Amplifier

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Rotel RC-980


Frequency response: 4Hz to 100kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.004%

Input sensitivity: 0.25mV (MC), 2.5mV (MM), 150mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 70dB (MC), 75dB (MM), 100dB (line)

Output: 1V (Pre out)

Dimensions: 440 x 70 x 325mm

Weight: 4.1kg



re: RC-980

The Rotel RC-980BX preamplifier is part of the British designed, Japan made Rotel BX 900 series, includes three power amplifiers, two control amplifiers, three integrated amplifiers, a pair of CD players, two cassette decks, two tuners, a tuner/preamp and two integrated receivers in the early 1990. The targeted audience is entry level high end for people who wants good sound, but has limited resources. If you like the British sound, but do not have full confidence in the quality control of UK manufacturers, this is the "British designed, Japan made" preamp for you.

I got the Rotel RC-980BX preamplifier for its phono section. The line amplifier is very capable too. A NJM4556D based headphone amplifier. It is a minimalist preamp with NO tone control circuit. The phono uses a pair of matched 2SD786 for input stage which results in a very quite 70dB S/N for moving coil cartridge. The sound is dynamic with good staging.

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