ROTEL RA-971 Integrated Amplifiers

4.23/5 (35 Reviews) MSRP : $500.00


Product Description

60 Watt Stereo Integrated Amplifier (1997-1998)


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

Date Reviewed: January 1, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I listened to NAD c350, Denon, Marantz, etc..But this one stood out as the best to my ears.The Nad seemed to have a warmer bottom end, but sounded a bit grainy and tizzy.This amp is very clear and fast and has great dynamic range, plays at high volume without any change in the sound.It is great with rythyms.Pitty the tone controls are so subtle...non the less a great amp.I have it running with Tannoy Mercury M2 speakers wired up with heavy duty sheathed automotive cable with soldered Radiospares banana plugs...cheap but good cables.The CD player is a C.D.C. 540 which was 30$ from an op shop, and I have an anolouge Phillips 191 tuner which was 20$ from a hock shop.The whole setup sounds good.I think the power rating of 60 watts RMS is pretty underated,this setup shake the windows in my place with the vol at 10 o'clock. o

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $699.00

Purchased At:   basement hi-fi , syd



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by John Villanueva a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 31, 2003

Bottom Line:   
After looking for a year to match my B&W 602 S3's, This int. amp is highly recommended for people who look for clear, crisp and wide soundstage. When I first brought it home, I was contented with the clarity of audiophile recordings. However, when I bi-wired the 602's, it produced a deeper soundstage, concert like environment on 24-bit recordings. If used with ordinary recordings, its either heaven or hell. Sounds great for female voices like Eva Cassidy, Jheena Lhodwick, Allison Krauss. I paired it up with RCD-02 and clarity is perfect.

Bass output is dependent on the recording. Clarity and deep soundstage is guaranteed. Although invest in good cables please !!!! It really makes a lot of sense.

My Set-up

ROTEL RA-971 Mk II Int. Amp
ROTEL RCD-02 CD Player
B&W 602 S3
Kimber Interconnects
Eccose 2.3 Speaker Cables (bi-wired)

By the way, I'm looking for a perfect power amp (100-200 Wpc), not expensive, not too cheap that would give me added bass, same clarity and musicality.

If you happen to read this, could you recommend and email me at johnmartin.villanueva@equitablepcib.com

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $280.00

Purchased At:   The Home Theatre



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by John Villanueva a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 31, 2003

Bottom Line:   
After looking for a year to match my B&W 602 S3's, This int. amp is highly recommended for people who look for clear, crisp and wide soundstage. When I first brought it home, I was contented with the clarity of audiophile recordings. However, when I bi-wired the 602's, it produced a deeper soundstage, concert like environment on 24-bit recordings. If used with ordinary recordings, its either heaven or hell. Sounds great for female voices like Eva Cassidy, Jheena Lhodwick, Allison Krauss. I paired it up with RCD-02 and clarity is perfect.

Bass output is dependent on the recording. Clarity and deep soundstage is guaranteed. Although invest in good cables please !!!! It really makes a lot of sense.

My Set-up

ROTEL RA-971 Mk II Int. Amp
ROTEL RCD-02 CD Player
B&W 602 S3
Kimber Interconnects
Eccose 2.3 Speaker Cables (bi-wired)

By the way, I'm looking for a perfect power amp (100-200 Wpc), not expensive, not too cheap that would give me added bass, same clarity and musicality.

If you happen to read this, could you recommend and email me at johnmartin.villanueva@equitablepcib.com

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $280.00

Purchased At:   The Home Theatre



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

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2003

Bottom Line:   
this review is for the 971mkii, i listen 90% to techno/electronic music.

i didn't want to spend an arm and a leg to replace my dying kenwood. could have paid more for one of the newer rotels but wasn't impressed compared to the 971mkii, though the units i tested may have suffered from a lack of burn-in. wanted to check the arcams but got a very dodgy "no we don't have them oh yes we do, just give us a few days to dig one up" kind of response from the local "distributor." closest competitor was the nad350 that I could have gotten direct from a much more professional distributor, nad lost out slightly on the headphone output, the 971mkII seems to suit my sennheiser hd590's to a t, I do a lot of headphone listening. the onix lost off the bat here as the headphone output seemed much inferior. wanted to check the rega creek etc but was already quite happy with what i heard from the rotel and couldn't see spending the extra cash PLUS for a headphone amp. was also happy to get the 60w as that is the minimum rating of my speakers, I have a feeling less would have been ok but was unable to determine that definitively and didn't feel like lugging them around to check.

well after a month or so of listening i am fully pleased with the purchase. have it teamed up in a large bedroom with eleciss speakers (8ohm 60-120w 90db), cambridge d500 with replaced power cord (onix), random but good quality cables and interconnects. bought the speakers randomly several years ago and was never disappointed with them but the rotel has really brought them to life, much more bass response and sound imaging than I imagined i would get from them. the whole set-up sounds very good and powerful to me, I want to listen to them more than the headphones which wasn't always true before!

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Taiwan



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

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I wanted an RA-971mkII for a long time, but never got around to it. Until now. I picked up one for £200 as "ex-dem".

When it arrived, the box was still sealed with rotel tape. This thing had never, ever been opened or used.

So I plugged it in and gave it a few minutes to warm up, before swapping audio connections over from my Marantz PM-66SE amplifier. So the Ra-971mkII was fed by my Marantz CD63 and out to my B&W DM602 speakers.

First impression wasn't great. I was somewhat underwhelmed. I started thinking "was this worth it?".

Half an hour later, any such thoughts were long since forgotten, and the amplifier continued to improve for a couple of days.

I am astounded that the Marantz was in the same price class. The rotel sounds WAY better. Superb clarity, timing, awesome power and control...

This is an amp that punched WAY above its weight, and will likely become a classic to those in the know.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   English Audio




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