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post #1201 of 1283
I already tried either coaxial and toslink inputs even plugging in another dvd player and apple tv and what I got is always no audio. It seems that when one input doesnt work even all the others dont. I need to switch off the preamp, unplug it from the socket and then, after that, it usually starts working. It's an old preamp and I dont even know if it'd be wise to get it repaired, just it's more than enough for my needs and I am used to "love" it smile.gif
post #1202 of 1283
maichi

Isn't there a processor reset procedure for that receiver?
post #1203 of 1283
I looked for that on the net, but couldnt find anything unfortunately frown.gif
post #1204 of 1283
There's a Rotel owners' forum here:

http://www.htguide.com/

register as a user and the Rotel forum will magically appear. Lots of good information there from Rotel users.
post #1205 of 1283
Hello, I am new where, so forgive me if I post something in an incorrect manner, I was never a msg board kind of guy, this is my first post.

I was hoping I can pose a question and get some opinions.

I am just getting into building a system, I am new and still learning all the tech stuff, and having a good time learning, thanks for all the knowledge available here.

I have new B&W system, about 3 weeks on the CMs, had the 684 about 2 years.....CM9 for fronts, the CM2C center, 684 in the rear with an ASW610 sub, I ordered a ASW12CM sub, which should arrive next week at my dealer. I am 90% music, concert video, maybe 10% movies. Currently running through a Marantz SR 5005 for the 3 channels and borrowing my dealers Rotel 2 channel RB-1582 for the fronts. I also just got the other day an Oppo BDP-105, which I haven't even started learning my way around.

So, here is my question....I just purchased and still have not opened the box, Rotel RSP-1572 pre amp, and I have pre-ordered the soon to be released ( I hope soon) Rotel RMB-1585 amp.

The amp has balanced connections, as does my Oppo, the pre-amp does not, nor does Rotel offer one that currently does.

Am I missing out on the advantages of the balanced connections by using a pre-amp w/o balanced connections? I have no noise in my system, so that is not an issue regarding the balanced connections.

My dealer, who I trust and is very honest, says no, the rep I spoke to from Rotel says no, what do you think?

Thank you in advance for your input.
post #1206 of 1283
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Originally Posted by KaliKid2013 View Post

Hello, I am new where, so forgive me if I post something in an incorrect manner, I was never a msg board kind of guy, this is my first post.

I was hoping I can pose a question and get some opinions.

I am just getting into building a system, I am new and still learning all the tech stuff, and having a good time learning, thanks for all the knowledge available here.

I have new B&W system, about 3 weeks on the CMs, had the 684 about 2 years.....CM9 for fronts, the CM2C center, 684 in the rear with an ASW610 sub, I ordered a ASW12CM sub, which should arrive next week at my dealer. I am 90% music, concert video, maybe 10% movies. Currently running through a Marantz SR 5005 for the 3 channels and borrowing my dealers Rotel 2 channel RB-1582 for the fronts. I also just got the other day an Oppo BDP-105, which I haven't even started learning my way around.

So, here is my question....I just purchased and still have not opened the box, Rotel RSP-1572 pre amp, and I have pre-ordered the soon to be released ( I hope soon) Rotel RMB-1585 amp.

The amp has balanced connections, as does my Oppo, the pre-amp does not, nor does Rotel offer one that currently does.

Am I missing out on the advantages of the balanced connections by using a pre-amp w/o balanced connections? I have no noise in my system, so that is not an issue regarding the balanced connections.

My dealer, who I trust and is very honest, says no, the rep I spoke to from Rotel says no, what do you think?

Thank you in advance for your input.

No.
post #1207 of 1283
Your dealer is indeed honest. Balanced connections, you'll find reading through various threads here, aren't necessary and really only benefit with long runs, say 20 feet or more. You'll be fine with unbalanced connections.
post #1208 of 1283
This is my setup;
Front :B&W CM 9
Center :B&W CM Centre
Surround :B&W CM 7
Subwoofer :B&W ASW10CM
AVR : Rotel RSX 1562

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post #1209 of 1283
I currently have a RMB-1095 and a RB-991 for my home theater.

Has anyone who previously owned these (most likely the RMB-1095) upgraded to a Parasound Halo A51?

If so, how much difference did you experience? In hindsight, was it worth the upgrade?
post #1210 of 1283
Don't laugh but I'm still running a Rotel RSP-976 pre/pro out to an Anthem 5 channel amp.
Yes that RSP-976 does not have HDMI nor does it process the latest formats but guess what?
It still sounds great on what I do run through it!
I bought an Oppo BDP-103 and use the analog outs to the Rotel to handle BluRay and new format processing.
But for standard Dolby Digital and DTS I use the coaxial SPDIF to the Rotel.
I use optical SPDIF to Rotel for DirecTV receiver.

The Rotel is still a very nice piece and sounds full and warm and I'm glad I found a way to keep it in my system.

In fact I have a friend with a Rotel 1095 5 channel amp I am thinking of pairing up with.
My Anthem blew one channel so I'm running the Anthem on fronts and center and using an Onkyo 2 channel for the rears.
Been considering getting the Anthem repaired. Perhaps I'll get the Rotel and get the Anthem fixed and sell it.

Here's a period review http://www.laaudiofile.com/rsp976.html
post #1211 of 1283
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Originally Posted by OllieS View Post

Can someone please help me out. I have a Rotel RSP-1068 processor but I don't understand the bass management settings.

http://www.rotel.com/content/manuals/rsp1068.pdf

I see there is a subwoofer set up and a menu for selecting speakers as Small or Large. If I have selected all speakers as Large, can I still adjust the subwoofer low-pass filter?

all speakers should be set to small and 80hz across the board...
post #1212 of 1283
I have a RSX-1056 that has worked out pretty well for me over the years. The only problem I have had is with the volume knob, but it hasn't been a big deal since I use the remote control.

Recently, my bluray player is starting to act up and I just got DirectTV. It seems that the move to an all HDMI setup is eminent, as coax is less and less supported now. My local dealer recommended the RSX-1562 naturally, since it is the latest Rotel HT receiver.

Anyone on this forum do the switch yet? Any feedback?
post #1213 of 1283
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Originally Posted by timeslip View Post

I have a RSX-1056 that has worked out pretty well for me over the years. The only problem I have had is with the volume knob, but it hasn't been a big deal since I use the remote control.

Recently, my bluray player is starting to act up and I just got DirectTV. It seems that the move to an all HDMI setup is eminent, as coax is less and less supported now. My local dealer recommended the RSX-1562 naturally, since it is the latest Rotel HT receiver.

Anyone on this forum do the switch yet? Any feedback?
I still have my 1056 and like it. The only problem for me was that the remote went crazy and doesn't work any more. However, I upgraded my upstairs system and got a Denon AVR-3313CI. It's a nice receiver with pre-outs that let me add an amp if I want. It's got HDMI switching and Apple AirPlay support. (I'm ripping all my CDs to a hard drive and retiring my old Sony carousels. Much more convenient to use my iPad to pick through the music and play on my stereo.) I know Marantz and Yamaha have very nice receivers too. These new AVRs with all these extra features built in are really nice.
post #1214 of 1283
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Originally Posted by JimP View Post

I currently have a RMB-1095 and a RB-991 for my home theater.

Has anyone who previously owned these (most likely the RMB-1095) upgraded to a Parasound Halo A51?

If so, how much difference did you experience? In hindsight, was it worth the upgrade?

Though i have never owned A51 in my own setup but i did owned Rotel RMB-1575 and Rotel RB-1582 used together with Rotel RSP-1570 before i went to a brand that brought me to Hell..anyway that's another story.

What matters to me is the SNR of the amp and its gain stage. The Rotels combo i had was absolutely quiet through the Paradigm Studio 100s. I cant hear any hiss at all even when i stick my ears to the grille. I believed Rotel has dropped its amp gain from the older model of 29dB to 26dB and that itself helps the latest amps stay quiet. But of the many Made in China gears these days, the Rotel is probably the handful few if not the one that still has its QC controlled with its own factory located at the Panda Land.

The A51 is probably a better replacement than your current amps but i would look for multichannel amps that has more than ONE transformer for all that many channels so perhaps the A21 x 5 pieces will be a more attractive option if budget and space allows. It does have the first few watts done in Class A output which means it sounds sweeter too. Else if you dont actually need XLR inputs, then you can consider the RB-1582 which is an evolution model from Rotel that's very well tuned and configured in its current incarnation.

Do take note also the A51 is not spade friendly for its speaker out terminals and it runs on fuse which means another tuning/upgrade as well. I preferred fuse-less design, aka the circuit breaker biggrin.gif
Edited by Hifi4Hobby - 7/25/13 at 4:09am
post #1215 of 1283
Thanks Hifi4Hobby,
post #1216 of 1283
Jim, i own a 1095 and it has been a great performer. While the A51 is a outstanding amp i can't imsgine that you will find much, if any, sonic difference. What is it that you are looking to improve? I would think that money you would spend on that exchange would be better spent elsewhere in the audio chain.
post #1217 of 1283
Rick,

I have read so many glowing reviews about the Parasound Halo A51s that it makes me question about how it compares to the RMB 1095. I wouldn't say that there is anything wrong with the RMB 1095, just questioning if much improvement can be had and if it can be cost justified.

I don't live in an area where they're high end shops loaning out equipment. My only option would be to buy the Parasound just to try it out.....which is a terrible way to do it.

Thought that someone here might have had both in the same system and could comment.
post #1218 of 1283
Hello Rotel people. I have been looking without luck for a used Rotel RMB 1076 for some time to pair with an Emotiva UMC-200. I'm looking for great sound and a small footprint for my tiny Manhattan apartment. This combination was recommended to me by my callibrator, who is a superb source of guidance. After about a year of looking, I have had no success. Do you guys know of more current (but still used) Rotels that would be comparable to the RMB 1076.

Please excuse any newb mistakes. Though I know a thing or two about video, I'm very new to the world of audio.

Thanks in advance!
post #1219 of 1283
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Originally Posted by Vashti View Post

Hello Rotel people. I have been looking without luck for a used Rotel RMB 1076 for some time to pair with an Emotiva UMC-200. I'm looking for great sound and a small footprint for my tiny Manhattan apartment. This combination was recommended to me by my callibrator, who is a superb source of guidance. After about a year of looking, I have had no success. Do you guys know of more current (but still used) Rotels that would be comparable to the RMB 1076.

Please excuse any newb mistakes. Though I know a thing or two about video, I'm very new to the world of audio.

Thanks in advance!

There's a RMB1075 for sale in Audiogon :

https://app.audiogon.com/listings/solid-state-suberb-rotel-rmb-1075-amplifier-5-x-120-watts-rms-msrp-1-200-2013-07-12-amplifiers-94925-corte-madera-ca

It's class ab and only has 5 channels so unless you really wants 7 channels then you have to keep looking.

I doubt Rotel sold a lot of the RMB1076 back then so i afraid if it's the case, the chance of a 2nd hand units pop up for sale is also very rare. You might have better chance to consider the RMB1075 or RMB1095 and add the RB1070/80/90 for the purpose.
post #1220 of 1283
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Originally Posted by Hifi4Hobby View Post

There's a RMB1075 for sale in Audiogon :

https://app.audiogon.com/listings/solid-state-suberb-rotel-rmb-1075-amplifier-5-x-120-watts-rms-msrp-1-200-2013-07-12-amplifiers-94925-corte-madera-ca

It's class ab and only has 5 channels so unless you really wants 7 channels then you have to keep looking.

I doubt Rotel sold a lot of the RMB1076 back then so i afraid if it's the case, the chance of a 2nd hand units pop up for sale is also very rare. You might have better chance to consider the RMB1075 or RMB1095 and add the RB1070/80/90 for the purpose.


Thanks! I wish I wanted a 1075 because there always seem to be tons of them for sale. It's a little older and a lot bigger than I was hoping for.
I'll keep scouring all the usual places looking for something used. If I put a few dollars aside every day that I don't succeed at finding a used one I want, maybe I'll be able to afford a new 1565. wink.gif
post #1221 of 1283
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Originally Posted by Vashti View Post

Thanks! I wish I wanted a 1075 because there always seem to be tons of them for sale. It's a little older and a lot bigger than I was hoping for.
I'll keep scouring all the usual places looking for something used. If I put a few dollars aside every day that I don't succeed at finding a used one I want, maybe I'll be able to afford a new 1565. wink.gif

If you're into Rotel Class D, see if you can consider the 1575. Always good to have extra power on tap so you dont need to upgrade for a long time. It's just slightly bigger than the 1565 but more than doubled the power output.

I owned it before and i gotta say i am really impressed with the heat management. There just so little heat as compared to the typical Class AB amps. It's just that it doesnt feel "right" on your hand when you carry them with the thought of 5 channels at 250w output yet so "light weight". Your mind kinda play the trick with you. It sounds fine if you're not "infected" with Tube or Class A/AB type of sound. Really clean and neat but it's not as "engaging" as those typical Class AB amp with matching bias if you're into serious music listening for hours.

They're also sensitive to type of power conditioners and those IC/Chip cased conditioners will help to eliminate certain power line problem that can affect them. The start up immediate current pull is quite high (for the 1 - 2 seconds) so do watch out if you want to get a power conditioner for the 1565/1575 and try the conditioner out before you buy it.
post #1222 of 1283
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Originally Posted by Hifi4Hobby View Post

If you're into Rotel Class D, see if you can consider the 1575. Always good to have extra power on tap so you dont need to upgrade for a long time. It's just slightly bigger than the 1565 but more than doubled the power output.

I owned it before and i gotta say i am really impressed with the heat management. There just so little heat as compared to the typical Class AB amps. It's just that it doesnt feel "right" on your hand when you carry them with the thought of 5 channels at 250w output yet so "light weight". Your mind kinda play the trick with you. It sounds fine if you're not "infected" with Tube or Class A/AB type of sound. Really clean and neat but it's not as "engaging" as those typical Class AB amp with matching bias if you're into serious music listening for hours.

They're also sensitive to type of power conditioners and those IC/Chip cased conditioners will help to eliminate certain power line problem that can affect them. The start up immediate current pull is quite high (for the 1 - 2 seconds) so do watch out if you want to get a power conditioner for the 1565/1575 and try the conditioner out before you buy it.

LOL. I love the idea. But the 1565 is way over my budget. I'm thinking of getting it anyway. But the 1575 is over double that again. That one probably will stay in the realm of fantasy.
post #1223 of 1283
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Originally Posted by Vashti View Post

LOL. I love the idea. But the 1565 is way over my budget. I'm thinking of getting it anyway. But the 1575 is over double that again. That one probably will stay in the realm of fantasy.

Vashti, i just come across this RMB1077 for sale. Make haste!!

http://app.audiogon.com/listings/multi-ch-rotel-rmb-1077-seven-channel-digital-amp-2013-08-07-amplifiers-75035
post #1224 of 1283
Having a issue with my older model rsx-1057 receiver. I recently moved it into a different room and this is the first time i'm passing video through it. I'm getting "snow" from my blu-ray player in the menu screen, dvd, and streaming. The only time i don't is playing blu-ray discs. I've already tested the player, an cables neither are the source of the issue. I'd rather trouble shoot the issue before going direct to the tv for aesthetic reasons. Is this possibly settings? I've had nothing but problems with this unit from day one so it could just be Rotel (i've read other users having similar problems not related to this post). Anybody else run into this?
post #1225 of 1283
anybody using a AVR or pre/pro find lower output on the sub levels then normal ?
then saying using any other manufacturer AVR / Pre/Pro set up
post #1226 of 1283
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Originally Posted by motogp34 View Post

anybody using a AVR or pre/pro find lower output on the sub levels then normal ?
then saying using any other manufacturer AVR / Pre/Pro set up

Wow motogp34 the last post and this topic not mentioned for a long while. This was exactly what I was about to post about! Not sure if I have the answer but can tell my experience and I need to ask a question. I have a Rotel RSP 1570 and really like the sound of this unit. I upgraded from an old Yamaha receiver. The only issue I had with the change to the Rotel was the sub output dropped significantly. At this stage I had a single passive JTR Captivator and was unable to take any measurements but test signals indicated a substantial loss of strength. Using my old receiver no problem but it does have an inbuilt line level matching switch (0dB or -10dB) which I think was set to 0dB. I purchased a samson s convert inline bump box which boosted the voltage (signal strength) from my pre/power amp. Its worth noting that I run a pro amp to power my sub. I believe the differential between consumer and pro components is 14dB. The breakdown is consumer -10dB and pro +4dB. For me I believe its actually the power amp thats the cause as I ran preouts using the old Receiver and ran into the same issue. This may be what you're referring to I think.

My issue however is slightly baffling. I now have dual Passive JTR Caps and have omnimic for measuring. I noticed that once EQ'd to the flattest response and calibrating using test signals on the Rotel the subs were running way hotter than I ever thought I'd like to listen (20dB hot!). I thought that dual subs may be the reason so I took the samson s convert bump box out to see what SPL reading I got. All the non sub speakers now measured around 70dB and the subs measured 75dB (5dB hot). This figure sounds good but in reality the subs sound to quiet and are lacking when watching movies or listening to music. The test signal sound does differ slightly between sub and mains. For example the main or rear or centre channel test signal noise is a much higher pitch sound (pink or white noise? Cant remember). The sub test signal noise is more like a rumble, very visceral, agressive and definitely different sounding. Is this normal or just unique to the Rotel? I know I love bass but 20dB hot! No way do I like it that much. Any thoughts?
post #1227 of 1283
Need help fast!!! I have a chance to purchase a Rotel 990bx for $175. I think I can use with my Yamaha 765 which has pre outs. I should be able to connected to the in on the Rotel?
Can I use the Rotel to run my left and right front speaker, they're 4 ohms Martin Logan 12's. My surrounds and center speaker are Polk Monitor 70's and a CS2. I will leave them connect to the Yamaha receiver. Is this a workable solution for this amp. I see them on Ebay for $300/$400 and it 20 years old. I know the price is great just worried if this is the correct way to connect the amp.
post #1228 of 1283
Anyone heard the RMB-1585? Did they actually have it on display at Cedia?
post #1229 of 1283
Hi everyone

I'm thinking about buying a pair of Imagine T2 and a sub, and will possibly upgrade to surround in the future. I'm also looking for an AVR.

Now I had the chance to listen to the T2 paired with a Rotel RA 1570 and got completely hooked. Now my idea was to get an AVR with pre-amp-outs. Unfortunately, I miss some features on the Rotel AVRs.

But I was wondering what amp compares to the RA 1750? The RB-1552?
post #1230 of 1283
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Originally Posted by AJ72 View Post

Wow motogp34 the last post and this topic not mentioned for a long while. This was exactly what I was about to post about! Not sure if I have the answer but can tell my experience and I need to ask a question. I have a Rotel RSP 1570 and really like the sound of this unit. I upgraded from an old Yamaha receiver. The only issue I had with the change to the Rotel was the sub output dropped significantly. At this stage I had a single passive JTR Captivator and was unable to take any measurements but test signals indicated a substantial loss of strength. Using my old receiver no problem but it does have an inbuilt line level matching switch (0dB or -10dB) which I think was set to 0dB. I purchased a samson s convert inline bump box which boosted the voltage (signal strength) from my pre/power amp. Its worth noting that I run a pro amp to power my sub. I believe the differential between consumer and pro components is 14dB. The breakdown is consumer -10dB and pro +4dB. For me I believe its actually the power amp thats the cause as I ran preouts using the old Receiver and ran into the same issue. This may be what you're referring to I think.

My issue however is slightly baffling. I now have dual Passive JTR Caps and have omnimic for measuring. I noticed that once EQ'd to the flattest response and calibrating using test signals on the Rotel the subs were running way hotter than I ever thought I'd like to listen (20dB hot!). I thought that dual subs may be the reason so I took the samson s convert bump box out to see what SPL reading I got. All the non sub speakers now measured around 70dB and the subs measured 75dB (5dB hot). This figure sounds good but in reality the subs sound to quiet and are lacking when watching movies or listening to music. The test signal sound does differ slightly between sub and mains. For example the main or rear or centre channel test signal noise is a much higher pitch sound (pink or white noise? Cant remember). The sub test signal noise is more like a rumble, very visceral, agressive and definitely different sounding. Is this normal or just unique to the Rotel? I know I love bass but 20dB hot! No way do I like it that much. Any thoughts?

Hi, my friend has a 1570 with svs-13 and same issue, has to run the sub hot to get any kick out of it. I think its a rotel issue and needs a FW update. I never had any problems with my marantz or cambridge.
I run my sub at 85 db with all other speakers set to 75db but i think it also need to run 20db hot too ???
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