ROTEL RA-931 Integrated Amplifiers

4.38/5 (24 Reviews) MSRP : $300.00


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35 Watt Integrated Amplifier - Phono Input


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

Date Reviewed: January 31, 2003

Bottom Line:   
At this price point there's nothing out there to compete with this little wonder.
True, it is a budget amp, so it has its limitations. True: at higher volumes it has a very strained sound. I agree with the other reviewer on this, but at this price range, what do you want?
Bass is punchy fast and articulate (remember the price range we are talking about...).
Voices are natural, just borderline with a hint bright (still ok, not in yer face kind of stuff!), and stereo imaging is ok for the money.

This can really be the Best Base for a cheap HIFI system! Just add a marantz cd player, and some high sensitivity speaker with bags of bass like the Monitor Audio Bronze 2 + some quality interconnects and bi-wire cable to really get those babys singing and you have the Best this kind of money can BUY!! (No, the b+W 601 will not sound better with this amp! The treble will be a bit more laid back, but the sound will be much more boxy and you won't get any of those wall shaking lower bass lines..! It looks like the engineers at Monitor Audio had the 931mkii in mind when they designed the Bronze 2!
Enjoy it

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   1999



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by sotirisp a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: June 24, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Well,

This Rotel is of course one of the best in its kind and in that price range...but that's not enough...

I own this amplifier since 2 years ago and i can't say that it is so impressive as described in other reviews.

It has enough power (maybe more than enough) although its a 2x35 Watt (or so...)amplifier. But that's the end of the happy trip!

This amplifier has a great weakness to reproduce strong and fast bass when the music demands it! It's a very lazy to do that as much as lazy it is to reproduce clearly the fine details at high volumes (i would say that when the volume goes up the Rotel starts "screaming").

And if you pull down the volume to correct the situation, then you begin to miss any strength of the low frequencies (although you hear more easily the fine detail that was lost when playing loud...).

So what would someone do with this amp? 1) Playing loud to hear the bass while confusing the entire musical image?
2) Playing to a low volume to have more clarity but miss details of the low frequencies?

What a mess...
That amplifier is far away to qualify as
natural performer...
The only thing that makes it a best seller or recommended product, is that all the other amplifiers in that price are a lot more bad than this one.

I've recently hear that the Rotel RA-932MKII is a corrected version concerning the low-frequency lazinnes of both it's predeccesors: RA-931 and RA-932.

Didn't have the chance to hear it though...

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   local store



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by charles sarram a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 20, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Amps go in & out but the 931MKII has always been a great amp if you live within its limits.

Drive them with efficient speakers like the Spendors, Missions, Kef, Wharfedale, Tannoys. You are in for a sonic bliss!

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Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $300.00



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bor a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 14, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This one is quite simple:
This is simply the best amp in its price range. It has an overall nice sound - maybe a bit congested on the bass, although it is a very punchy bass-, will drive easily any budget loudspekers, and will give you a sound quality you will never even dream about using a similar priced amp or midi system. Of course the soundstage is flat and there will be no air in the music, but, think about it: what amp will give you this bellow 2000 pounds...
A great buy. Partner them if possible with Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (they are much better than the 3!!) or with 602 s3 from BW (they are also quite good..) and youll have a really good set up for under 300 pounds. It will simply beat any midi system worth 1500 pounds. (With the exception of the Linn Classic system.)

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Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   authorized retailer



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

Date Reviewed: February 15, 2002

Bottom Line:   
ROTEL 931MKII

Nice little amp that surprised me with its warm overall sound. Very good Phonosound at this pricelevel. Used all kind of amps before - I started many years ago with a NAD receiver, upgraded to an Pioneer A-616 and tryed some whack Technics (don't!) and an old JVC Amp (looked cool) and a classic Marantz Receiver. Together with the NAD the Rotel is the so far best and smoothest. Although I have to admit that the Pioneer was not bad, too - not as decent as the Rotel but with grear features and some more power.

use it with a Marantz CD-63SE and a Technics 1210MKII (well, not a audiophile-delight but a great machine that cannot break under the hands of my daughter ;)

Speakers are Missions 733i but the SONAB Speakers I had before sounded really good with the ROTEL 931, too. Almost better but I think I have to work on the right position with the missions a little bit more.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $190.00

Purchased At:   factory sales, 02/02




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