Rotel RB-1080 Power Amp, Power from the Rising Sun
Rotel was formed by the Tachikawa family in Japan in 1957 and rolled its first products out of the factory in 1961. The company initially started as an OEM manufacturer for other Japanese brands (Panasonic, Sony, etc.) and eventually launched its own product line in the early 1970s. By the late 1980s and 1990s, Rotel had become synonymous with very high end audio, especially solid state amplifiers and control preamps. Their main focus was power supply design, noting that with cleaner power supply components, other downstream assemblies would perform quiter, resulting in better output and overall dynamics.
The RB-1080 power amp is one example of Rotel's philosophy, molded into a powerhouse, 200 watt per channel hifi amplifier. And the specs tell the whole story. BIG power, a damping factory of 1,000, a S/N ratio of 116dB, and less than 0.03% total harmonic distortion at full power across the entire frequency spectrum.
The amp's unique look compliments its performance claims; with the signature Rotel heat sink positioned at the front of the unit for improved cooling. The amp looks like it's ready to work hard, and for many many years. This piece in particular is nearly flawless. It sounds amazingly clean, and has gobs of headroom for even the most demanding speaker. This amp, combined with the Aerial Acoustics 7(A) speakers we have available is a wining formula.
Demos are encouraged in Lawrence, MA
$799 (plus applicable sales tax and/or shipping)