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Rotel RMB-1575 Five Channel Amplifier Reviewed

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rotel-rmb1575.gifRotel is one of the most established leaders in value-oriented audiophile gear. As part of the group that also owns Classe Audio electronics and Bowers and Wilkins (B&W) loudspeakers, Rotel is the Volkswagen of its lofty AV brand lineup, giving home theater enthusiasts and audiophiles meaningful performance without a staggering price tag. One of the categories that Rotel has succeeded in most recently is in their digital multi-channel amps. With real power ratings (not the trumped-up BS you will find with other brands currently in the market) you can get five channels of clean, quiet and bountiful power in an absolutely stunning chassis that borders on the levels of the uber-amps out there. The sound of the Rotel RMB-1575 ($2,799) is noticeably void of noise, a quality desirable to audiophiles in Class-A, Class-B designs. Class-D "digital" amps put the other designs to shame in terms of their quiet operation. Rotel's RMB-1575 also provides a very immediate sound, as it has so much more real power than even the top of the line AV receivers. This is valuable to home theater users pumping the latest HD audio codecs like Dolby TrueHD and or DTS Master Audio via HDMI from Blu-ray, who will now have the amplifier power to keep up with the increased dynamics of the new formats.

Additional Resources
• Read more multi-channel amplifier reviews from HomeTheaterReview.com.
• Find a preamp to integrate into a system with the RMB-1575.

High Points
Dollar for dollar, the power you get with the Rotel RBM-1575 makes it a killer value. It cannot be compared with even the best AV receivers as it has so much more power. It is clearly a step above.
The "quiet" or low distortion sound of the amp is truly alluring for music lovers and movie enthusiasts alike, especially with the new HD audio codecs from Blu-ray.
The casework on the Rotel RMB-1575 is gorgeous, comparing with the best in the business.
The Rotel RMB-1575 runs cool as a cucumber compared to traditional amps.

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