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    Default Rotel RMB-1090

    I mucked up the title.. Should be RMB-1090

    I have ran across this amp NIB, for 1300, and wanted to get your input and thoughts on whether this would be a good deal, steal, or dud? MSRP is/was 2000. I have read some very good reviews on the amp, but hey, you guys are great at given it straight, so I thought I'd ask.

    This would be for another 2 channel system, and not sure the speakers yet.

    Here is a link to mfg. products page: http://rotel.com/products/specs/rb1090.htm
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    Man that's a sweet amp! I'm really beginning to dig Rotel's stuff. Do their amps have a 'warm' or 'bright' sound? (Sorry I couldn't help.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by audiobliss
    Man that's a sweet amp! I'm really beginning to dig Rotel's stuff. Do their amps have a 'warm' or 'bright' sound? (Sorry I couldn't help.)

    I haven't picked it up yet, and don't have any experience with Rotel products. So I can't judge the sound for myself. Been contemplating this amp for like two weeks now, just wasn't sure how good a deal it is. Been to the store twice asking about it.... then backing out, lol.

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    Rotel makes outstanding equipment! Snatch it up & don't look back! I'm an owner of their stuff 15 yrs & counting!
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    Default Buy It!!

    The price is right. The amp is great. I use mine to run SRS SDAs. :o
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    Bag it and don't even look back. Killer amp, darn good price for NIB.

    Rotel is generally neutral sounding.

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    You mean RB-1090 ...(or RMB-1095 5 ch amp). Be warned, 1090 is almost 100 lbs. It will be difficult to move and you must have a sturdy shelf....it is a beauty.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2+2
    You mean RB-1090 ...(or RMB-1095 5 ch amp). Be warned, 1090 is almost 100 lbs. It will be difficult to move and you must have a sturdy shelf....it is a beauty.....
    Watch out for those heat sink fins on the front too, they'll shred forearms if the amp is lifted the wrong way. Also, the amp is 9 inches in height and best placed on a dedicated amplifier stand, although it runs very cool and doesn't need more than a couple of inches of clearance space above it.
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    Hi Mark, you ever sell yours? Maybe you should do a bump in the Flee Market. If it wasnt for the weight, I would have liked to add it to my collection of your stuff....he he....
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2+2
    Hi Mark, you ever sell yours? Maybe you should do a bump in the Flee Market. If it wasnt for the weight, I would have liked to add it to my collection of your stuff....he he....
    Yes, mine is sold, replaced by the Anthem amp for now. I thought seriously about keeping the Rotel for future use with hard to drive speakers like older Martin Logans, but decided to move on to something else instead.
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    Thanks for all the great replys. I thought it seemed like a good price, just wasn't sure if the price might in the more normal range now. Cool, thanks again. :D

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    The 1090 has been discontinued, to be replaced by Rotel's new digital amps this fall. Rotel will continue to offer service and support. Some folks are tripping over each other to pick up this analog amp before they're all gone. At this price, run, don't walk.

    I would describe the sound as on the warm side of neutral. True dual mono design. Very nice piece of equipment (but I'm biased). ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2+2
    Hi Mark, you ever sell yours? Maybe you should do a bump in the Flee Market. If it wasnt for the weight, I would have liked to add it to my collection of your stuff....he he....
    I spoke too soon, it is still available. Unfortunately the prospective buyer had some unexpected financial things come up. Price for a Club Polk member would be $1050 plus shipping (which ain't cheap). Bump in the Flea Market. It's also on Audiogon, with one semi-serious offer close to the higher asking price there, but who knows how those turn out.
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    I own the rmb1095 and it's a killer amp. It's very heavy but with the wheels on it , it makes for easier install. Mine sits on the bottom shelf but my shelves can hold up to 100lbs anyway. Salamander is what I own.
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    I dig Rotel stuff..
    Parasound is my other choice

    both are different from the other , but both are excellent choices..IMHO

    is you 1090 still up for grabs..?
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    1090 or 1095, they're both big mothers. The 1090 for a little over a grand, great deal. 380 watts into 8 ohms. Does it come with wheels like the 1095?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beardog03
    I dig Rotel stuff..
    Parasound is my other choice

    both are different from the other , but both are excellent choices..IMHO

    is you 1090 still up for grabs..?
    Mine sold through the Club Polk Flea Market to a forum member a couple of days ago.

    The RB-1090 also has wheels on the bottom rear to aid in sliding it into a rack. Like the RMB-1095 it weighs about 85 lbs by itself. Both are built on the same chassis, similar power supply, different output devices though.
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    I considered a rb1090 or a rb1080 to run my front speakers and use the rmb1095 for center and surrounds. If I go back to 7.1 , I believe thats exactly what I'm gonna do.

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    You got room in that rack for a 1090? :D

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    Whao, Rotel's moving to digital amplification?! Isn't that a kind of rash move? To completely abandon the analog world (especially seeing how they made such great equipment), and move to the digital side of things?



    That just doesn't make much sense to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by del44
    You got room in that rack for a 1090? :D
    The shelves move exactly where you want them so I can fit it in. Not to mention there is 6 shelves worth of space.

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