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Rotel RX-802

AM/FM Stereo Receiver (1975)

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Rotel RX-802


Tuning range: FM, MW

Power output: 50 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 10Hz to 100kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.5%

Damping factor: 40

Input sensitivity: 2.4mV (MM), 140mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 65dB (MM), 80dB (line)

Output: 280mV (line)

Speaker load impedance: 4Ω to 16Ω

Dimensions: 24 x 15 x 5-3/8 inches

Weight: 35.2lbs

Year: 1975


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Reviewed Sep 12th, 2017 by

Astonishing big and beautiful receiver excellent sound rivals Sansui and Pioneer.

Reviewed Jul 16th, 2017 by

Not a monster in the technical terms as it is 'only' 50w/ch, but this receiver is one of the most stunning looking pieces ever created. Incredibly wide and relatively low, it's looks are second to none. Having two phono, aux and tape inputs is unheard of in a receiver of this vintage. The tuner is very, very good and overall sound quality is what you would expect from Rotel.

Reviewed Jun 11th, 2017 by

easy to work on.

Reviewed Aug 16th, 2016 by

Excellent receiver, robust and very beautiful sound and look what a beautiful *****

Reviewed Oct 27th, 2015 by

I bought this receiver brand new in 1976 and between then and now (2015) I've bought 3 other high end receivers that were all name brand with 2 to 3 times the watts this puts out.I purchased 2 of these receivers for ther surround sound capability on a big screen and the other one was for the game room.I couldn't help but notice that the Rotel even though it was listed at only 50 watts per channel sounded louder than any of the other 3 receivers so I decided to compare all 4 using the same set of Bose and Yamaha speakers for each receiver.We had a 4th of July party with several of our 50 something vintage Led Zeppelin,Robin Trower and Jethro Tull music lovers over as the test subjects.Of this group there were several people with a trained ear for proper acoustics.The older Rotel model RX-802 put the other 3 receivers to shame especially in the high to mid range area.The bass was a toss up.As far as clarity of sound at 75% of each receivers maximum wattage again the Rotel was a hands down winner.There was no difference in overall maximum volume between the Rotel and the 100 watt per channel receiver but the 150 watt and 200 watt per channel receivers were decisively louder.Here's the clincher on these receivers.2 of the other ones are already having problems and in almost 40 years the Rotel looks and works just like it did out of the box.From the backlights to any kind of issue with the knobs and sound I've not had one single problem with it.Having room for 2 turntables and 2 cassette decks along with 2 auxiliary plugins is a great feature if you have a 8 track and reel to reel like I have along with 3 120 outlets in back.One other thing to consider is the width of this unit.At 24 it has a unique look to it but will only fit on the top shelf of a lot of the verticals stereo racks.It's stood the test of time and is still Rockin and Rolling



re: RX-802

Thanks for the scans. Bl**dy brilliant! Been searching for these for years. I have an RX-802 - it is one of my favourite receivers. Such an astonishing sound. And BIG! 61cm wide! P69

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