ROTEL RA-1520 Integrated Amplifiers

4.56/5 (9 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:4
Submitted by Thompson a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2015

Bottom Line:   
The Rotel ra-1520, this is an interesting amp - it improves with time, alot of time. You'll need to be patient though very patient.
Out the box it looks lovely. I have the black model - its heavy and the fit is solid. All buttons/speaker terminals feel high quality, they feel built to last.

Out the box the amp sounds 'good'. The top end is clean with excellent edges to instruments, well separated and defined. The bass goes deep and kicks too for its power rating.
But it's the mid range which initially causes concern. Voices 'lacked' something, the upper and lower frequencies. It's odd because the amp excels with uptempo music but struggles with more nuanced, ambient tracks to deliver 'emotion'

As someone else said the amp lacked timbre with vocals male and female, harmonies, mid-range detail and bass texture (the ability to differentiate between say bongos and a foot drum)

But after many months in and out of my set the amp started to click. It actually starts to surprise with its performance. Causing me to just look over at it.
The midrange fills out complimenting the detailed top end and the bass. That missing detail in the midrange starts coming through the soundstage widens and deepens.

Vocals do gain timbre, backing vocals, harmonies and instruments do separate and become defined and gain 'weight'- but it takes ages for all this to come through. A surreal experience.

It does evolve from a good sounding amp into a sweet sounding one. But you do have to persevere with it.

Not an amp to be judged when new but judged over time imo. But it's a 5star amp for sound quality and will drive comparible speakers well.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2010



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




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