Rotel announced new Reference Stereo Preamplifier and Power Amplifier.


Rotel has been widely acknowledged for 50 years as a leader in affordable high-end electronics designed for serious audiophiles and home-theatre fans. "Our new reference RC-1590 stereo preamplifier and RB-1590 power amplifier advance Rotel to the forefront of high performance audio available today, yet are priced thousands of dollars lower than cost-no-object components,” says Doug Henderson, president of B&W Group North America.


Stereo Preamplifier

  • Twin toroidal transformers to maximize analogue/digital circuit isolation
  • TI precision volume control IC
  • MM Phono input
  • Three line-level analogue input stages (CD, Tuner and Aux),
  • Six digital input stages (three coax; three optical)
  • 32bit 768kHz Asahi Kasei Digital to Analogue Converter
  • Internal Bluetooth module supports both APTX and standard SBC
  • Front facing USB input for iPod/iPad connections with 2.1A charging capability
  • Rear panel PC-USB 24bit 192KHz input supports Windows, MAC and DoP (DSD over PCM).
  • Tone control cut/boost up to 10dB
  • Balanced (XLR) input stages
  • Twin balanced (XLR) and single-ended (phono) output stages
  • Twin sub-woofer outputs
  • Front panel status display
The intention behind the RC-1590 was to create a reference quality stereo preamplifier to perfectly partner with the new RB-1590 stereo power amplifier. It has been engineered to the highest audio performance levels and also provides an incredible level of control and flexibility.

The circuit design starts with a high performance power supply consisting of two Rotel custom designed and built toroidal transformers to provide isolation between the analogue and digital signals. They are part of a reference-grade power supply consisting of individual analogue and digital regulator circuits with custom-made slit-foil capacitors. Slit-foil capacitors have very quick charge/discharge times and low signal loss ensuring tight bass performance.

Other features include a remote control handset, 2 x 12-volt trigger outputs, a dimmable display, an automatic power off function (configurable 1 hour, 2 hour, 5 hour, 12 hour, or disabled), RS232 and IP control for automation system integration, Internet based software updates, Rotel Link connection, an external IR remote input, and a front mounted 3.5mm headphone output jack.

For music enthusiasts who will not accept compromise, the RC-1590 preamplifier is in a class by itself, at a price that belies its superb performance.

Stereo Power Amplifier

  • Output power 350W per channel, both channels driven, 20Hz-20kHz
  • Twin mono-block construction
  • Slit-foil reservoir capacitors, total 80,000mFd
  • Twin speaker terminals for each channel
  • Balanced (XLR) input stages 
  • Two stage power-on circuit
  • 12-volt trigger control
  • Thermal, over-current and over-voltage protection circuits
  • 5U chassis
Rotel's new Class A/B stereo power amplifier is a powerhouse rated at 350 watts per channel into 8 ohms, both channels driven. Ideal for larger listening rooms and less sensitive loudspeaker designs that require more power to bring out the best possible performance and attain realistic audio dynamics.

The RB-1590’s impressive capabilities begin with a solid foundation consisting of massive twin toroidal transformers custom designed and built by Rotel. These transformers are just part of a rock-solid power supply that includes eight special British made BHC capacitors, known for their low loss and quick response times, thereby improving high-energy signal transients and dynamic bass performance. These components will continue to supply all of the voltage and current requirements needed, even under the most difficult load conditions.

The RB-1590 is not based on just raw power alone.  Every aspect of its circuit design has been carefully considered and each component has been selected after extensive and rigorously listening sessions. Circuit topography has been laid out in a true mono-block design ensuring maximum signal separation and better stereo imaging.

The RB-1590 is for the discerning audio enthusiast and provides the highest levels of performance.

Both the preamplifier and the power amp are available in black and silver finishes. Give us a call or visit us at either branch to audition the new Rotel additions for yourself.

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