Rotel RSP-976 vs Marantz AV-9000 pre/pros - AVS Forum
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post #1 of 6 Old 10-25-2000, 10:21 AM - Thread Starter
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Does anyone have any input regarding either or both of these pre/pros? I can't find a dealer that carries both so I can't compare them directly. Also, does anyone know of a dealer that sells Rotel online? The local dealer has been lousy service-wise.
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The ROTEL RSP 976 is in my opinion a very good performer for the money. I have it paired with the Rotel 1095 (5X200w) amplifier. I previously had a Denon 3200 and a Denon 4800. I believe that my current set-up beats the Denon receivers in regards to soundfield steering, crispness of soundfield, and overall dynamic range experienced as a listener.

That being said ROTEL did experience some technical problems with the first release of the RSP-976. I bought mine about 6 months ago and had occasional drop-outs with the DTS decoding. I have a fantastic local dealer who believes in customer service. They contacted ROTEL who informed them that the Crystal chip used for DD/DTS decoding was giving them problems with the DTS bitstream. They indicated that a new RSP 976 had been subsequently released to address the decoding issue and add a number of other upgrades requested by the home theatre consumer. ROTEL immediately sent me a new RSP-976 under warranty. All I can say is "excellent service and very good performance".

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I love Rotel power amps. I have several. But, I have the Marantz 9000 for the following reasons:

1.The surround performance is fatastic.
2.The stereo performance is terrific ad there's an analog by-pass if you want.
3. The RC-2000 type remote is ulta cool!
4. The FM performance is a cut above, rare in this day and age.
5. The 5 channel input on mine is in use already with DVD-A.
6. If you do LD, it has a RF demod onboard.

My only complaints about the 9000 are the manual, at times, leaves something to be desired, and I have not had any luck trying to use the component video switching. Twice I've tried to use it and it appears I got muckrovion interference. I wanted to switch two DVD player's component outputs thru it. I have finally settled on S-Video for one. But, it has made me wonder if the two component video inputs are of any use? Those are minor caveats really. A Rotel 3 x 200 is the main amp for my 9000. It's a wonderful combo! Best wishes!

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Personally, I wouldn't buy a pre-pro in the Rotel RSP-976 or
Marantz AV-9000 price point until DPL II becomes available
and even common, for all NEW pre-pro's at this price point.

That should happen soon (in less than a year), maybe even
in a few months, although I don't know exactly when.
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Will, what do you think PL2 will be so very useful for? PL tracks on DVDs? Music? I can't say I'm realed concerned about it. Most of the PL I see/hear is on LDs and some on DVDs. I'm not unhappy with it. Almost all the new DVDs are 5.1, I'm not seeing a huge need for PL2. I'm curious, of course, but if I had it now,I wouldn't be using all that often anyway. Unless, it's as good for music as alledged...then maybe I'd use it for that. It seem like PL2 would of seemed more appealing 10 years ago or so, to me. We'll see? Best wishes!

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Hi Rachael,

PL2 is used for two channel sources.
I listen to lots and lots of CD's
as well as to FM. Personally, I wouldn't
buy a new pre-pro without waiting for
PL2 to be available. Even though it wouldn't
be used for DD or DTS or DVD-Audio, I feel it
should be available on any modern pre-pro
for those sources (FM and CD) where PL2 is
appropriate.

That's my $0.02.

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