ROTEL RDV-1080 DVD Players

4.57/5 (7 Reviews)


Product Description

· Progressive scan component video · Coax and toslink output · Six RCA analog outputs for DVD-A


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Lars B a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Audio:

After the price drop there’s really only one other player that can compete with the Rotel, and that’s the Toshiba SD-9200 (the US version. The European version SD-900E is too expensive) but you never know if you get a unit with transport problems when you buy the Toshiba.

The DVD-Audio is the main strength of the Rotel and if you get the right disks this player will deliver sound that will give you goose bumps all over. You can get very good results with CD’s as well, but it does seem to be a bit picky when it comes to CD’s though, some sounds amazing, others worse than played on mid-fi player.

Video:

If you find the picture of the Rotel to be shaky then it’s probably because it’s configured to match the wrong system (PAL vs. NTSC). On the back panel there’s a switch, which switches between PAL and NTSC but you have to turn of the power before switching. When playing region 1 movies set it to NTSC, when playing region 2 (and other PAL regions) set it to PAL.
I find the picture to be very good and I can’t wait to try the progressive scan features.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Price Paid:    $1200.00



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

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2002

Bottom Line:   
After an initial output problem was solved, this machine has proved itself a worthy piece for Rotel's first in totally in-house designed effort. After an initial burn in I settled back to watch the newly released Lord of the rings. The first thing I noticed was the video detail this unit offered. On top of the detail, very low video noise and quite believable colors were also readily apparent, even in a color-skewed movie such as this. Next I watched the fast and the furious. Again, color and detail were beautiful. Surround sound audio was also very nice, but the Burr-Brown DAC's in my receiver helped that. However even the main character's deep voice was very credible with the dialog digitaly provided from this source. I had to put in an older DVD ,Patriot Games, so that I could test a movie not so free of artifacts to see what this player would do. As it should, it made all of the cracks and pops more noticable with the not-digitaly cleaned video. I though I had gleened all I could from movies, so then it was time to test the analog capabilities.
Fo starters, I then popped in a bit of Diana Krall to test the CD prowess of this unit. It is near impossible to get a DVD player in this price range to play CDs to as well as a dedicated machine, but this one comes close. Sarah K and Rebecca Pigeon sound warm and rich when considering the source was a DVD player. Only when racous music such as Stevie Ray Vaughn was played did was any fault displayed. Highs tended to be a little bright from this unit but nothing that was not able to be lived with. When compared to a dedicated transport sound will seem flat and lacking in nuances, but not unless it is a good dedicated transport. This Player is more than equipped to pull double duty as DVD and CD player in most systems of this quality. All in all, a much better unit than the previous glorified JVC's rotel had offered. This piece outperformed my expectation, and that is always a pleasant surprise.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Price Paid:    $1012.00

Purchased At:   Audio Concepts



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by ndwalsh a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: May 26, 2002

Bottom Line:   
absolutely fantasic player. Was discouraged originally by the Price - £1500 ($2175 USD).. no need for a DVD Audo player. I was looking originally at the Denon 2800, Rotel 995 and Arcam FMJ players..

This was recommended to me by the store and ive never looked back.

I noticed a huge difference when moving from normal QED connects to transparent conncets.. well worth the extra money.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Acoustic Arts



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

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2002

Bottom Line:   
just wanted to drop a line for those who hesitated because of the price: the price has droped to $1000.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Century Stereo, San



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Claus a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 28, 2002

Bottom Line:   
The picture is crystal clear with no distortion or digital artifacts. I use the component output and with the progressive scan the picture is brilliant. Good solid colors, nice contrast and has a very sharp picture. Compared to the Thule and the Sony, it's a winner, although the price is a bit too much. It can't play CDR(but CDRW) . But what makes it all worth it is that it outputs progressive signals in PAL!! And it's a hell of a CD-player too!!

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $1500.00




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