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First, I've been a long time fan of the Rotels. They look good and sound pretty good as well.
Rotel is in the lower priced market and a great product for those looking to step up from traditional receivers. It is also my opinion they are the best of the lower priced market and I favor them over the likes of Adcom, Outlaw, Emotiva, B&K, NAD, Parasound New Classic, etc.
When comparing the Rotel against the Parasound Halos....You just stepped into another league in which the Rotels just cannot compete. The Halo A21 is THE BEST 2 channel amp under $2K on the market! A bold statement, yes. The Halo amps are dead silent at idle, they are gorgeous, the warranty is 10 years parts & 5 years labor. But most importantly they are neutral (nothing added nothing taken away), this is exactly what to look for in an amp.
The Halo P3 is a good affordable preamp and mates well with the A21. I have this combination mated with the Dynaudio Focus 220 in my showroom with great results. The A21 has a ton of muscle that will drive most any speaker with relative ease.
The New Classic series is a fine product as well. I rank it behind the Rotel only in appearence as I prefer Rotels styling over the New Classics. The New Classics are not as refined as the Halos, but still a fine sounding product.
It comes down to what you like, though. Do try and audition all if you can.
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