The shootout of all shootouts........B&K VS Rotel....Finally!!!!
Rotel Rc-971 preamp
Rotel RB960BX amp
Transparent music link interconnects
Monstercable M1.4s bi wire speaker cables
Monstercable HTS5000 Line/surge
Pioneer Elite DV47a DVD player/cd player/SACD player
Polk Audio Lsi15's.
Steely Dan"2 Against Nature...cd
Alice N Chains"unpluged"........DVD
Train "Drops Of Jupiter"...........SACD
Al Di Meola "Winter Nights"......Telarc cd
Lorenna Mckennitt "Sample CD".cd
The B&K is owned by liv4fam.I finally got some time together to conduct this well waited shootout.Man what a shootout it was.
The B&K was up first and man was it sounding good.This receiver is fantastic,dynamic and powerfull.at 185 watts into a 4 ohm load,it showed it allday.It handled the lsi15's like a Manador at a Bull fight.Man I like it.The high's where slightly rolled off and relaxed,Mid range was alittle forward and punchy,Bass.........well Thunder comes to mind.Sacd was awesome.....I was enjoying the music more then listening to the peice.Man the mid range was warm and clean.I will have to say this is one fine sounding receiver.Better then just about all I have ever listened 2.Including the Sunfire receiver.I think the B&K might have it's way with it.If your getting the Idea I love this thing...well your right.I can't ask anymore out of one box.........hell you would sware it sounds like a nice seperate system........actually it is an intergraded.
Next up was the Rotel seperates........man simply put awesome......mighty and proud to run the lsi15's.Super detailed and clear highs relaxed mid range and super tight and punchy bass.I like it.The amp has a hell of alot of power for being rated at 110watts at a 4ohm load( I believe that was what Rotel told me when I asked them)It's 60 into a 8 ohm load dual mono design.Killer little amp.The preamp was smooth on volume ramping.Rotel and Lsi go together perfectly.
Now to compare the 2............
B&K held it's own against the Rotel seperates,better then I expected.It hung right in there on every last detail and finesse.I was shocked how good both of them are even in a shootout.I have heard Rotel alot on alot of different setups.B&K as well.
Ok Highs go to the Rotel....slightly cleaner and airy.B&K rolled off a bit,but just slighty.
Midrange......pick what you like better,laidback or full of warmth.I couldn't deside whch one I liked better, they where different but I liked them the same, kinda like what mood you are in......funny.
Lows........again Pick em......the Rotel is very punchy and tight,powerfull bass when needed,so was the B&K I would say it's slighty mellow.....but not alot in compare.Both Rotel and B&K are very musical.I think it would come down to what you need in features,and how much money you have to spend.B&K is more expensive,Rotel can't be touched for the Money.I would have loved to have the Rsx1065 here for a receiver to receiver shootout.The rsx1065 sounds just like my 2 channel system does.They don't change.Just add power.I like that about Rotel.B&K is basically the same way The avr307 sounds almost exactly like the ref30 and ref 7270, the seperates just have more power,same sound quality.
I think if your going to spend megabucks on Japanese receivers,I'd look into B&K and Rotel first then last.Your not going to get this kind of sound quality out of Denon,Yamaha,Integra/Onkyo,Sony,Pioneer Elite,Kenwood,etc.The Sunfire receiver would also be a nice pick,again on the pricey side but well worth it, that thing sounds real good as well.
I'm gonna cut this one short......I like em both alot.If I owned one or the other I would be totally happy and not wanting the other.
This puts me sorta where I was before I did the shootout, but now I got B&K in my sole again........**** I don't know what the hell 2 buy.I gotta weigh out alot of things.