Safe to say we haven’t been deluged with Rotel home cinema products lately. If a week is a long time in politics, eight years is an eternity in home entertainment technology – yet our last test of a Rotel AV receiver dates from 2009. Which goes some way to explaining how pleased we are to have laid hands on Rotel’s brand-new multichannel amp: the RAP-1580.
There are no real suprises here. Just as it’s hard to break away from the visual template of home cinema amplifiers (because of all that’s going on inside), it’s hard to deliver an expensively an specified home cinema amp that isn’t heavy enough to stun an ox. The RAP-1580 tries its best to hide its bulk – those curved edges help here – but it’s not going to pass unnoticed on your equipment rack.
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