ROTEL RSP-960AX A/V Preamplifier

4.89/5 (9 Reviews) MSRP : $600.00


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pummill a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I bought this unit to use in my 2 channel system while my >$2000 Marsh P2000t hybrid tube preamp was out for repair. I must say I was amazed at the quality of sound this unit yields in the stereo bypass mode. I had read the reviews here and thought that it would work well with my Rotel RB 1090 amp and 3.6 maggie speakers....and I was correct!!

If you are looking for an inexpensive preamp, you can't go wrong here!! It will be fun to do a comparison with my Marsh preamp when it comes back from repair.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1996

Price Paid:    $125.00

Purchased At:   Audiogon



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by glegalb a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2005

Bottom Line:   
I bought this unit based on reviews that I had read at this site as a temporary replacement for my Sony Tae77esd. It's paired with a Bryston 4B, Dahlquist DQ-10's and a pair of Vandersteen subs.It brings a warmth to my 4B that didn't exist before, and has resulted in the elimination of listening fatigue that seemed to plague me with the Sony. My prime use is as a stereo preamp with video switching. The pass through for video isn't as clean as the Sony, but the stereo reproduction is excellent. Without even considering the price I paid, I would buy this unit again.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1997

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Ebay



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Grant VanderMye a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I find this unit to be a great bargain. It was new, and is more so in the used market. It has great sound in stereo for audio buffs, and adds pro-logic for those who like to watch movies as well. The bass boost helps those who like to set their sub level for music and not adjust for movies; just hit the boost and more drama for movies. More than enough inputs for most of us. Eventually would like to have a newer unit with DD etal, hope the new ones are as good in stereo mode.

Setup:
Adcom GCD-600 5 disc CDP
Rotel RSP-960 pre-pro
Adcom GFA-555 200w/ch amp
Adcom ACE-515 line conditioner
Magnepan MGIIIA speakers
Velodyne ULD-15 sub
Sony DVD
Sony 35" TV
Sony SLV-950 VCR
Akai 135w/ch amp for rears
Mission rears

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1996

Price Paid:    $125.00

Purchased At:   E-bay



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Banden a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 29, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I am as keen as a person who's owned a pair of mission 774's plugged into a Kenwood Amp for 3 years and who, one day, gets a Roland RSP-960AX and RB-956AX 6 channel power amp for $50 canadian.

This is by far the best pre-amp ive ever owned. I love it. It sounds so good with all the music I really like to listen to. It made me steal some of my parents cd's just to hear more of some old tunes. (When I say "more" I mean both ways) There are parts on the white album I didnt know were there before...

My speakers were one thing but this piece may be the piece that totally pulls me into the realm of audiophiles. I absolutely love my stuff, but I know I will have better and more some day.

If I could give this a 100 value rating I would but 5 will have to do.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James Caroll a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 13, 2000

Bottom Line:   
I'm continually amazed at the performance of this unit. Without a doubt this is one of the best units available for those of us who want great stereo, and want Pro Logic and video switching as an add-on.

The best quality of this unit is the pass-through for stereo. When you shut the surround modes off this is an outstanding preamp for stereo. I compared the unit head to head with an NAD C160 and found that it imaged better and had a warmer sound than this highly rated class A unit. It's detail is really amazing for what it costs. Yes, I wouldn't compare it to a Krell or Conrad Johnson, but then they don't have video switching or cost 10x as much. It has no tone, or balance controls, which probably has a lot to do with it's clarity in stereo mode.

If you want the best surround modes then this may not be the best unit out there. I don't consider myself able to really comment on the surround modes as I don't really use them much. However I find the ProLogic mode performs an excellent enhancement of midrange that makes TV watching more enjoyable.

If you're like me and love good stereo but need video switching, a remote, and like a little surround once in a while then this is an outstanding unit. It's stereo bypass is the best I've ever heard in an AV preamp, and is better than a lot of high end dedicated preamps I've listened to. Outstanding value.

If you want the best surround than I can't really recomend it as I found the EQ function utterly misguided (boosts midrange...go figure) and can't really comment on the quality of the pro-logic, but do find the other surround modes workable but not the best (I find Yamaha has better surround modes).


Setup:
Martin Logan SL3's
2 NAD 214's in a vertically bi-amped setup
Analysis Plus 9 cables
Rotel RSP-960AX
Toshiba DVD (don't remeber model number but it's the new
carossel with 96bit pass through...waiting for a good
96 bit upsampling DAC...)

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Used




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