Originally Posted by robphx
I own the Rap-1580 and i looked at the Arcam but there price point came in nearly 2grand more. The amp on this thing is pretty impressive. I look at all of these people comparing this to all the manufactures that introduce a new model every year . I ask myself this simple question why the heck didn't they make a better product last year that is needs to be replaced the very next year. Rotel is a conservative company and i like that. When you buy there product ya don't feel like a schmuck 6months later when a new model comes out with all new bells and whistles. ..
The downside is that their products can become stale and not support the newest surround formats, HDMI/HDCP standards, HDR pass-through options, room correction systems, etc.
You do have some companies, like NAD and Emotiva, that try to future-proof by building a modular design and then later offering expansion modules, but that can be hit and miss on both the pricing and software support of those modules (such as some of the NAD 4K expansion modules disabling the on-screen overlay when using the 4K inputs).
My receiver is 16 years old now, so I figure I can wait another year for HDMI 2.1 support to come out. I doubt Rotel is going to offer a HDMI 2.1 unit next year.
HT: Sony 940C, Oppo 203, Harman/Kardon DPR1001, Infinity Interlude IL40 x2, Infinity Interlude IL36C, Infinity MS-1 ii x2, Infinity MSW-1
Computer: Elac Uni-Fi UB5 x2, Elac Element EA101EQ integrated amp, SVS SB-12NSD
Dedicated 2-channel: Infinity Intermezzo 4.1t towers, Bluesound Node 2, Emotiva PT-100, Crown XLS 1502, Furman PL-8C