ROTEL RC-03 Preamplifiers

4.33/5 (3 Reviews)


Product Description

  • 3 independant oscillators
  • Envelope control
  • 2 LFOs
  • 4 events controlers
  • 16 notes polyphony
  • Glide (portamento)
  • LP filter with envelope control
  • Arpeggiator
  • Processor optimisations


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Henkes5 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 27, 2010

Bottom Line:   
I use the Rotel RC03 with 2 mono-switched Sony TA-N55ES power amplifiers. The Rotel sounds very natural and the lack off tone-control is not a prolem at all. I don't even think about controlling the tone. The mid-range of the amp is very strong. The higher frequenties can get a bit penetrant when power is turned up. Never the less, this is a brilliant pre-amp for it's price. Negative point: when controlling the volume with the remote control, it moves in steps. So it is hard to get the volume setting to a specific level, especially with very low volumes.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by joegas a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2005

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the Rotel RC-03 as combined with the Rotel RB-03 to form a working amplifier. I am comparing it with all the integrated amplifiers (Denon, Marantz, Akai, Yamaha) that I've known.

My own experience has been that this Rotel combination easily beats some of the best integrated amplifiers out there in terms of "musical power", which I would describe as an ability to handle with ease and grace the peaks and troughs of loudness in musical passages. When you hear the Rotel play, you just know that it would never "miss a beat" -- the musical notes coming from it are just so sure-footed, they fill one's heart with joy.

Even though it is only rated at 50 watts rms, the Rotel combination sounds cleaner and more assured at normal listening volumes than even the respectable Yamaha AX-596, which rated at 100 watts rms.

The other thing about this Rotel combination is the very affordable price ($1000 AUS for both), considering the potential enjoyment that it can provide in comparison to the very best integrated amplifiers in the market today.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2004



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by robinliebrechts a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 14, 2004

Bottom Line:   
The Rotel RC-03 is a simple and straight preamp with a dynamic en lovely soundquality. The only drawback is that is just has one tape in/out connection. For the money this is a very good one. I compared it with the good NAD C160 and I found the Rotel much more natural sounding with more space, dynamics and less sterile sound. I use the RC-03 with the Rotel RB-03 power amplifier.

Robin

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Hifi Studio Zwaard




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