In April, Rotel will launch a new multichannel AV product, the RAP-1580. The company refrains from using the phrase "AV receiver" and instead uses "amplified processor" to describe the RAP-1580, which includes seven channels of Class AB amplification, rated at 100 watts per channel. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X 7.1.4 processing, and it supports HDMI 2.0a with HDCP 2.2. There's a total of eight HDMI inputs and two outputs, and the front panel features a seven-inch TFT display. The RAP-1580 will carry an MSRP of $3,800.
Rotel Electronics has introduced the RAP-1580 Home Theater Surround Amplified Processor.
The RAP-1580 is the ideal home theater solution for those who don't have space for separate components, yet still desire uncompromising performance. "It is an ultra-high-performance multichannel, integrated amplifier with surround processing that brings music and movies to life in a startlingly vivid way, says Doug Henderson, U.S. President of The B&W Group. "This is our finest home theater product yet--while it resembles a 'receiver,' it really is in a class by itself."
Sporting the latest HDMI2.0a hardware and Dolby Atmos and DTS-X 7.1.4 processing, its amplifier section is built upon a powerful class A/B design with 7 x 100 watts per channel, all channels driven into 8 ohms, anchored by a massive Rotel-made toroidal transformer.
The RAP-1580 utilizes high performance Wolfson 24-bit/192-kHz Digital-to-Analog Converters for all channels. These low noise, audiophile quality DACs are supported with premium-grade audio parts in circuits tuned by Rotel's acoustic engineering team in the U.K.
Inputs include 8 x HDMI video inputs with 2 x HDMI video outputs all supporting 4K video with 3 of these inputs and both outputs enabled with HDCP 2.2. There is a seven-inch TFT display on the front panel to provide easy adjustments to all audio and video parameters without the need to turn on the television or video projection system. This makes it ideal for setups when the equipment rack is located separately from the video display. A full suite or custom integration features is onboard.
Other features include a front panel HDMI input with 4K video pass-through, front panel iPod USB input with 2.1A charging and integrated aptX enabled Bluetooth technology for higher fidelity. The RAP-1580 also includes a PC-USB input supporting 24-bit/192-kHz audio, a quality MM phono stage input, CD input, XLR balanced input, Tuner input, 3 AUX analog inputs and multichannel input.
Henderson concludes, "Rotel's RAP-1580 is simple to operate, powerful, flexible and refined. It is a state-of-the-art single chassis audio/video component that outperforms most separates. In stereo or surround sound, it is a serious audio component."
Available: April 2017
Suggested Retail Price: $3,800