Rotel Introduces Reference Home Theater Surround Amplified Processor with Dolby ATMOS and DTS:X

March 30 2017, 04:00
Rotel Electronics, widely acknowledged for 50 years in affordable high-end electronics designed for serious audiophiles and home-theater fans has introduced the RAP-1580 Home Theater Surround Amplified Processor. This new system is truly a state-of-the-art single chassis audio/video component that outperforms most separates, with outstanding features such as 8 HDMI 2.0a inputs, 4K/UHD passthrough support, Wolfson premium DACs, Bluetooth with aptX and DTS:X and Dolby Atmos support.

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 HDMI 2.0a 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 24bit/192kHz 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 set-ups when the equipment rack is located separately from the video display. A full suite or custom integration features is on-board.

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/192kHz 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.” 
The RAP-1580 is available from April 2017 at a suggested retail price of $3800.00. |
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