Free Shipping on All Orders 1-866-764-1801

Vist our Online Store
+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Rotel opinions

  1. #1

    Member Sales Rating: (3)

    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    746

    Default Rotel opinions

    I currently have a Rotel RC-1070 pre and RB-1070 amp (130 w/ch). I am considering upgrading the amp to the RB-1080 (200 w/ch). At only 70 w/ch difference will I see much sonic improvement? Damping factor on RB-1070 is 500 and on the RB-1080 its 1000. I have been told bass extension will be better. My speakers are B&W 804N and sub is B&W ASW800. I was looking to upgrade the pre to the Rotel RC-1090 but it is no longer available in the US. I missed out on the recent RC-1090/RB-1090 sale here or we would not be having this conversation. BTW, I handed my RT-20p down to my son and he is so happy (now he can get rid of the Blose 301s and Infinity bookshelfs).

  2. #2

    Member Sales Rating: (1)

    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Quincy, MA
    Posts
    11,747

    Default

    Go for it. More power is always a good thing!
    Sunfire TGP III PrePro, Sunfire Cinema Grand Signature 405wpc 5 ch. Amp, Rotel RCD-1072 CDP, Onkyo TA2600 Tape Deck, Pioneer Elite 47-A DVD, Sony 32" XBR TV, Polk RTA-8T Main Speakers, Boston VR-920 Center Channel, Boston PV-600 Subwoofer, Polk DSW 400 Subwoofer, Polk FXi-3 Surround Speakers

  3. #3

    Member Sales Rating: (2)

    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Yellowknife, NT
    Posts
    6,113

    Default

    Love the 1080 I have. I would like to have 200w all round in my HT.
    Michael ;)
    In the beginning, all knowledge was new!

    NORTH of 60

  4. #4

    Member Sales Rating: (14)

    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    Pa
    Posts
    13,546

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by miner
    I currently have a Rotel RC-1070 pre and RB-1070 amp (130 w/ch). I am considering upgrading the amp to the RB-1080 (200 w/ch). At only 70 w/ch difference will I see much sonic improvement? Damping factor on RB-1070 is 500 and on the RB-1080 its 1000. I have been told bass extension will be better. My speakers are B&W 804N and sub is B&W ASW800. I was looking to upgrade the pre to the Rotel RC-1090 but it is no longer available in the US. I missed out on the recent RC-1090/RB-1090 sale here or we would not be having this conversation. BTW, I handed my RT-20p down to my son and he is so happy (now he can get rid of the Blose 301s and Infinity bookshelfs).
    Owning the 804's is Impressive all by itself. nice man nice. The sonic change is slight. The rb1080 is slighty warmer and more musical . With your speakers you will notice a difference. I 2 own Rotel in the RSP1068 and RMB1095. When I go back to using 7 channel, I plan on adding a RB1080 to run my mains.

    If you can get one in your house and demo them side my side, you may or may not need it. You may or may not like it. You have to really decide that.

    The comment more power is a good thing, well thats pretty true, it's better to have more and not need it then need it and not have it. So with that being said....

    Dan
    Dan
    My personal quest is to save to world of bad audio, one thread at a time.

  5. #5

    Member Sales Rating: (9)

    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Posts
    2,493

    Default

    Hi miner,
    You absolutly need a better amp for the 804's. The FST midrange in the 804's alone will consume most of what your current amp will give. The Rotel 1080 will also be not enough for your 804's. The only Rotel amp that can mate with a B&W 800 series speaker is the RB-1090. Most 800 owners will not use Rotel, 800's require higher end amps.

    See if you can find a used Bryston, Classe, Earthquake, Krell...You will not believe the difference your 804's will sound. Check out htguide.com-B&W forum for some pointers. Good luck.
    Venom
    Let me tell you something about life, around every corner monsters await. I know, I am one.

    If I owned hell and this place, I would rent this place out and live in hell.

    Mains: Anthony Gallo Reference 3.1
    Preamp: Modwright SWL9.0SE
    Amps: Butler TBD2250, PS Audio Trio
    PrePro: Cary Cinema 6, Outlaw 990
    DAC: Benchmark DAC1
    Universal Player: Denon 2900
    Cables: StraightWire Encore II, Kimber Hero, Audioquest Type 4, CV-8, Columbia DBS
    Power Conditioner: Belkin PF60

  6. #6

    Member Sales Rating: (58)

    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    6 Underground
    Posts
    25,306

    Default

    Damping factor is a marketing number and means very little as far as a specification.

  7. #7

    Member Sales Rating: (20)

    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    California Bay Area
    Posts
    5,572

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by miner
    BTW, I handed my RT-20p down to my son and he is so happy (now he can get rid of the Blose 301s and Infinity bookshelfs).
    you are a good father..!
    great speaks for the boy to cut his teeth on..!

  8. #8

    Member Sales Rating: (2)

    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Pasadena Maryland
    Posts
    878

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by miner
    I currently have a Rotel RC-1070 pre and RB-1070 amp (130 w/ch). I am considering upgrading the amp to the RB-1080 (200 w/ch). At only 70 w/ch difference will I see much sonic improvement? Damping factor on RB-1070 is 500 and on the RB-1080 its 1000. I have been told bass extension will be better. My speakers are B&W 804N and sub is B&W ASW800. I was looking to upgrade the pre to the Rotel RC-1090 but it is no longer available in the US. I missed out on the recent RC-1090/RB-1090 sale here or we would not be having this conversation. BTW, I handed my RT-20p down to my son and he is so happy (now he can get rid of the Blose 301s and Infinity bookshelfs).
    i owned a Rotel RB1080 and felt it sounded a bit compressed and you had to push it pretty hard for it to sound decent.it never sounded good to me at low listening levels.in my opinion there are better amplifiers in the same price range. audio is subjective by nature so your results may vary greatly.thanks....WCW III
    JAS Audio Bravo 2.3 SE Single ended Class A Tube Integrated Amplifier Svetlana 6C33-B triodes @ 18 wpc-Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC W-LME49990 op amps w Siemens 12AU7 -Black Cat Morpheus cables -Silverline Audio Sonata III

  9. #9

    Member Sales Rating: (1)

    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    N. VA.
    Posts
    540

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by dorokusai
    Damping factor is a marketing number and means very little as far as a specification.
    I presume this is probably true but I would think that when comparing amps of the same brand where more than likely, measurement techniques will be the same, it probably does provide a good information regarding relative performance of the different amps in their line up.

    I had the 1075 before and it really could not handle the LSi 15s woofer at all. 1080 does it alot better. I would think your B&Ws would appreciate the power and current jump (the 1080 can muster a lot more current than the 1075 or the 1070)....but yea, if you have the deep pockets, go even higher....
    System 1: Onix Rockets 750 Sig. Ed., Rotel RC 1070, Rotel RB 1080, Music Hall MMF CD25 w/627opamps

    System 2: LSi15, Marantz SR8400, Rotel 1080, RM6800 (C&S), Yamaha: 2300 Univ. DVD, CDC-625RS.

    System 3: LSi7, Yamaha SW215, HK 230, Elite DV-45A; Sony C445.

    System 4: RTi100, Onkyo TXSV717Pro, Monarchy/Sonic Impact Hybrid, Yamaha CD.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

     

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts