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In Reply to: RE: Rotel RB-1582MKII Amp posted by Braxus on February 13, 2017 at 12:38:54
For what it's worth, I found half a dozen reviews by googling
I've read a few of them and didn't find them very useful for the questions I had. I need to know how this amp compares to the older models, and people who own this amp may have an idea on that one.
Did you listen too the amp?
If not and you are talking to a sales person I think that would be strange!
If you listened too the amp they your review is the most important. Rotel generally speaking makes fine gear. But it is taste specific. Give it a listen for yourself if possible.
I work 6 days a week, and my one day off they are closed. Not only that, but the store is 60 miles away. So not a short drive. I find people who've had this amp for a while more useful to talk to then a 2 hour brief listening session. I know Rotel's sound, which is why I keep coming back to it. But their amps made in China in the past decade were not completely up to snuff compared to amps in the 90s. I'm just wondering if the current amps have changed that opinion, or if it is still relevant.
It's a shot in the dark but over at the vintage forum I know a few of those guys have the older Rotels. Maybe they know about the newer ones as well????
I understand your situation so just DON'T rush. Do some more research.
What gear are you matching it to? And what needs are you using it for?
Are you using it for loud use or normal level and detail use.
Addendum: I've noticed from this thread that those that have had this amp don't seem to keep them. I do find that VERY strange considering if I found a good amp I would hold onto it.
I wouldn't say its the amp to retire with, but it's way better than a Nad.
I ended up getting the amp, as I found a good deal on it used. It been used for less then a year. Sounds fine to me, though the speakers its used with are not in the best position for listening at this time.
I don't dislike the Rotel sound, as every amp I've listened to of theirs, had something I liked about them. I just wanted to know if this amp improved upon the earlier series which had a few shortcomings.
This amp is retailed at $1699 Canadian plus taxes. I got mine for $1050 plus shipping.
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