ROTEL RA-1520 Integrated Amplifiers

4.5/5 (8 Reviews) MSRP : $1000.00


Product Description

  • Line Level Input: 10Hz-100kHz, +1, -3dB
  • Damping Factor (8 Ohms): 150
  • Line Input Sensitivity: 160mV / 24kOhms
  • Power Consumption: 300 watts


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

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2011

Bottom Line:   


A very good amplifier,
one the best a this price.
Great sound and good presence

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2010



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

Date Reviewed: January 17, 2011

Bottom Line:   
the rotel ra-1520 is a great unit all around. it is for my b&w 683
my rotel ra 1070 for my polk lsi 9.
the rotel ra 1520 is a full 5 stars amp.
thanks bro

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jsplice a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: November 5, 2010

Bottom Line:   
I purchased this amp to match up with my LSA1 monitors. The amp does have a few strengths. The background is very silent, and dynamics are fairly decent. It has a fair amount of power for its size. Also, the unit looks fantastic, and everything feels solid. All the knobs and switches feel like they are of high quality. However, for the most part I find this amp to be very lacking in areas that are extremely important to my own personal tastes. First off, this amp is all about rhythm and drive. It is clear that Rotel made that the highest priority when designing this amp. If your main thing is drums, percussion, rhythm, etc., you will love this amp. However, if you are like me and also value things such as delicacy, timbre, deep harmonic information, and overall fluency, you will not enjoy this amp. It seems to completely suck all the tonality out of instruments, and makes them sound artificial. I understand that at this price point, someone sacrifices must be made. But this amp leans way too far towards rhythm and pace at the cost of everything else. It just wasn't for me.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jwglista a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: November 5, 2010

Bottom Line:   
I purchased this amp to match up with my LSA1 monitors. The amp does have a few strengths. The background is very silent, and dynamics are fairly decent. It has a fair amount of power for its size. Also, the unit looks fantastic, and everything feels solid. All the knobs and switches feel like they are of high quality. However, for the most part I find this amp to be very lacking in areas that are extremely important to my own personal tastes. First off, this amp is all about rhythm and drive. It is clear that Rotel made that the highest priority when designing this amp. If your main thing is drums, percussion, rhythm, etc., you will love this amp. However, if you are like me and also value things such as delicacy, timbre, deep harmonic information, and overall fluency, you will not enjoy this amp. It seems to completely suck all the tonality out of instruments, and makes them sound artificial. I understand that at this price point, someone sacrifices must be made. But this amp leans way too far towards rhythm and pace at the cost of everything else. It just wasn't for me.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by straw_hut a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 12, 2010

Bottom Line:   
was looking for an integrated amp to replace my 1980's luxman integrated. the reason was that my luxman's buttons stopped working so i couldn't switch between sources. also, everytime i wanted to change the volume, i had to walk up to the unit....lol. i was more than happy with luxman's sound and my standards were already quite high from having such a remarkable unit.

i owned a marantz home theatre receiver back in 2006 and wasn't happy with it's musical performance. i was also very displeased with their customer service so i was not going to ever buy a marantz product again (i sold the marantz and my home theatre...it was too messy with wires going everywhere and wasn't the best for music). it was either rotel, nad, or possibly cambridge audio for my next integrated

i demo'd a cambridge audio integrated connected to b&w cm + 685 bookshelf's and found that the sound was distorted at moderate volume levels. i found nad integrated amps to look a little bland. i decided on the rotel. it didn't sound amazing in the listening room and the salesman said the reason was that it was hooked up to the room's switching unit which tainted the signal. i decided to trust my gut instinct...after all, a company like rotel can't be in business for 45 years or so if they made crap products.

i brought it home (it was wrapped and packaged explicitly) and connected it to my monitor audio rs6 towers along with my nad c545 bee. the rs6's have a lot of bass naturally and i found that the amp tamed the bass and made things balanced. overall an improvement in imaging, dynamics and balance. i hooked up my old luxman after a month of listening. i did find that the luxman was more warm sounding and more natural with high notes; whereas the rotel was a bit clinical. i wouldn't say that one is better than the other. it depends on what you like.

overal i am pleased with this amp. it's gorgeous, build quality is top notch, and the sound quality is good. not a lot of people can afford a $1000 two channel amp (especially in these economic times) and my buddies are wondering why i bought that when i could have bought something that has 7 x 150 watts for cheaper. i put on sarah mclachlan's "angel" for them and their jaws drop at how the sound is so precise that you feel that you're listening to her live in a room. also, integrated amps never lose their value like hd receivers with their ever changing hdmi specs + 3d crap.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2010




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