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What a valuable thing, not marketing, not a seller telling you what to buy…….words of a client who purchased and reviewed his purchase!


At the end of last year I began to look at replacing a 15 year old 5.1 500W Nakamichi AV-10 AVR with some new technology. At the time I was also using a M&K front, center, rear and sub-woofer speaker systems. These speakers work well in the large listening and viewing space, so there was no need for any change in speakers.
Bob Johannsen from Paradigm Integration is an old college friend, so we began talking about available alternatives. A rack of Mac’s has always been appealing due to the quality, reputation and visual appeal. But that sort of systems requires a bit of open space for the equipment.
After numerous conversations about current state of the art audio systems for living room home theater, Bob suggested that I look into the Rotel line of products. Because of space limitations, a set of individual components did not make sense. Since we have no direct line of site to the FM transmission sites, and are blocked, a tuner is unnecessary. An integrated AV Processor is the best present choice.
In November, Rotel announced the release of the RAP1580, a 7.1, 700W AVP and it appeared that this system was appropriate for my needs. Kerry, Bobs associate at Paradigm got her hands on an early release of the user manual in January and sent it on. Thanks Kerry. Despite all my pleas and begging, Bob would not get the RAP1580 out to me earlier this year, spouting something about no wine before its time.

The Rotel RAP-1580 $3,799.00

The Rotel RAP-1580 

About three weeks ago, I did the purchase contract with Paradigm, and five days later the system arrived at my doorstep.
The RAP1580 is easy to connect with plenty of HDMI, optical, RCA and speaker connections & etc.. The On Screen Display and set up menus are intuitive. Within ninety minutes of opening the box, the Rotel was connected, configured and delivering great sound. The Rotel is a high quality system, powerful, highly configurable, expandable to 11.1 and very easy to operate.
The old Nakamichi does not even begin to measure up the the quality sound delivered by the Rotel. The RAP1580 is ideal for the person who wants very high quality home theater and listening, with plenty of power to deliver any kind of content into a large room, but lacks the space for a rack of hardware.
Many thanks to Bob for letting me cool my jets while looking out for my best interests and to Kerry for keeping my interest stoked.

Once again the great engineering and high performance for the dollar products are recognized by the press!!


Tone Magazine-One of the consumer electronics industries leading audio publications, TONE Audio Magazine forges the link between music and high quality audio reproduction with a 50/50 balance between the two.

There has never been a better time for listening to recorded music given the seemingly limitless source options and impressive fidelity from high resolution digital and pristine new LP releases. Rotel’s recent stereo integrated amps and preamplifiers have been very successful because they offer a wide range of analog and digital inputs that are able to render these signals as faithfully as possible. To do so requires meticulous engineering techniques combined with high performance components.


The RA-1592 is Rotel’s latest and best ever integrated amplifier. It is built upon the award winning RC-1590 preamplifier and RB-1582 MkII power amplifier but in a sleek single chassis design. It is a classic Class AB design with 200 watts per channel into 8 ohms, featuring a rugged power supply with a massive toroidal transformer, coupled to select T-network, slit-foil capacitors. The result is a power supply that won’t sag and distort under complex speaker loads or dynamic signal transients. The power supply section is the heart of an amplifier and Rotel does not cut corners on its design.

But the power amplifier section is only a part of the story. The high performance preamplifier section incorporates the superb 32bit 768KHz AKM digital-to-analog converter and analog stages of the highest quality. The DAC and surrounding circuitry supports a vast array of source inputs including DSD capable PC-USB (24bit/192k), 3 coaxial, 3 optical, integrated aptX® Bluetooth and front mounted USB iPod input. For analog music lovers, there is a phono stage input (MM), XLR balanced input and 3 analog RCA source inputs.

User selectable A-B speaker outputs with 5-way binding posts, RCA pre-output and dual subwoofer outputs provide the ultimate flexibility in installation. The amplifier protection circuits monitor DC offset, overcurrent, short circuit and temperature to protect both the electronics and attached speakers.

Custom integration features include RS232 and Ethernet IP control, 2 trigger outputs, remote IR input and automated digital signal sense power control for easy integration with streaming sources and control systems.

The RA-1592 integrated amplifier is truly a contemporary audio component with all of the features, power, and reference music capability you have come to expect from Rotel.
Selling for $2499. Available in Silver or Black

This flag ship pre amp / processor looks as good as it sounds!  The audiophile and videophile press agrees.


Read this great review from TechnoFile.

In today’s age of streaming music this is a product that will make a positive difference in many systems. Making the sound better by improved analog to digital conversion.

rotel rdd1580 DAC

The Rotel RDD-1580 is available in Silver or Black at $799.00

Here are a few of the highlights from the review;

“Unlike many DACs built to a lower price point, the RDD-1580 doesn’t look or sound cheap. I was impressed by the RDD-1580’s dynamic acumen on all sources. Whether playing a large orchestral composition or a solo recording, the RDD-1580 retained the dynamic differences on both macro and micro levels.”

“The RDD-1580 produces a large, three-dimensional soundstage with pinpoint lateral focus. On the 24/44.1 version of Lorde’s “Royals” from HDTracks, each chorus member’s voice has its own unique location in the mix. Through the Rotel, the varying reverb tails for the percussion and vocal parts are also quite obvious. On the new high-resolution 24/192 version of the Grateful Dead’s “Box of Rain” from HDTrack’s Complete Studio Album Collection, the RDD-1580 reveals the added sparkle and quack from Jerry Garcia’s Fender Stratocaster, along with the greater decipherability of the background vocals. Like other better DACs that I’ve heard, the RDD-1580 makes it easy to listen deep into the mix.”

“Choose any cut from the HDTracks’ 24/88 download version of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, and the RDD-1580 will reward you with rollicking, powerful, yet well-defined bass. On Fred Redekop & Jay Taylor’s As Julia Ponders…, the RDD-1580 does a superlative job of retaining all the detail on both the leading and trailing edges of Taylor’s electric bass.”

“If your current or former state-of-the-art DAC is getting long of tooth, rather than knee-jerk replacing it with another megabuck DAC, you might want to give the Rotel RDD-1580 DAC a try. It will surprise you.”

To read the full Home Theater Review please click here.


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