ROTEL RA-02 Integrated Amplifiers

5/5 (1 Reviews) MSRP : $499.00

Product Description

40 watts x 2 into 8 ohms, 6 inputs including MM phono and one tape loop, 2 speaker outputs, headphone jack, defeatable tone control, balance control, pre-outs, 12 volt trigger output, detachable IEC power cord, remote control

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

Date Reviewed: January 25, 2013

Bottom Line:   
I put a review in for the RA-01 because I didn't see this one here. My review is as follows.....

I bought mine used from a local stereo store. It looked brand new to me and the sales person said someone traded it in. He asked if I wanted to hear it, so I said sure.

Holy cow it sounded amazing! He played it through a pair of Sonus Faber speakers that I didn't think would be able to be driven by such a small amplifier. At home I was using a Harmon Kardon DPR 2005 receiver with a pair of Paradigm Studio 20s with an older NAD 502 CD player. I couldn't believe the difference between the two amps. The salesperson said that even though the RA-02 was rated at 40 wpc it is generally under-rated and can drive current easily through large speakers. My HK is supposed to be 120 watts per channel but it doesn't sound anywhere near as good as this little Rotel amp with 40 watts! I no longer trust in numbers on sales brochures and will listen with my ears instead from now on!!

The other thing is that I picked this Rotel up for $300 which people might think is high, but I paid over $1200 for my HK when it was new and their sound quality isn't even close!!!!! The store said if I didn't like the Rotel I could take it back, so I didn't have much to lose, but I definitely won't be returning it. I've learned my lesson and am enjoying music the way I should have been all these years!

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004

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