ROTEL RC-971 Preamplifiers

RC-971

Preamp, 2 output, THD 0.004%, tone defeat, line only

User Reviews (8)

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corky newman   Audio Enthusiast [Feb 05, 2007]
Strength:

Very wide soundstage and very musical. I listen to guitar heavy music and the mids are very important. This pre has the smooth buttery mids I like. The bass is also very smooth with out being thumpy. The hi's can get alittle harsh if you push them but I back them off to almost flat, and its very natural.

Weakness:

Its not a very hi end tube pre, I had a Demeter tube pre a few years ago, and the detail was unreal..but I could not play any older Cd's on it as it really shoed the poor quailty recordings...But for under say..$300 its a great little bargin preamp.

After buying a great hi end rotel CD player, I wanted to mate it to a Rotel pre amp. found this on ebay for very lttle money and quite happy with the sounds from this little puppy.

Customer Service

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Similar Products Used: Demeter, Sony, Onkyo, Kenwood.
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4
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5
rickc   AudioPhile [Dec 04, 2004]
Weakness:

none so far except np remote. You need to step up to the Rc 972 for the remote

This preamp was a excellent step up for me. I got it cheap of ebay and I was very surprised by the detail and sound of this product. I am using Paradigm speakers conected to a rotel Rb 960 amp. I think Paragigm is a good match for Rotel. well worth the 125.00 paid. I would highly recomend it. there are far better preamp out there but I don't think in this price range. I hope this helps.

Similar Products Used: Rotel, Adcom, Onkyo
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4
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john   AudioPhile [Jan 02, 2004]
Strength:

wide sound stage

Weakness:

the pre amp

right the rotel pre amp is realy poor andlests the power amps down as they sound wide open clean and jump out there price bracket buy a good pre amp and bridge the amps and you will be well happy with the sound

Similar Products Used: cyrus xpa
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5
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5
Francisco salgado   Audio Enthusiast [Dec 24, 2001]
Strength:

Cristal sound, excellent control ergonomy

Weakness:

No remote control.

This is, really, a very good pre-amp for those of us who decided not to play records any more (no phono pre-amp included, just CD, AUX, Tape 1, Tape2 and Receiver inputs).

It sounds superbly clean and sharp. I drive my B&W DM-12 using a pair of NAD 2150 power amps in bridge mode. My B&W sub-buffer is auto-amplified.

Using this incredible pre-amp the cleanness of the sound is razor sharp. the sound is perfect and each instrument is positioned in a well defined place. I hear some different kind of musical styles from electronics (Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, RMI, FSOL..) to jazz( Dave Grussin, Pat Metheny, Wheather Repport, Miles Davis... ), Celtic music( Night Noise, Hedningarna, Carlos Nuñez...) rock ( Pink Floyd, ELP, Genesis,...) and classics ( Bach, Vivaldi, Chopin, Beethoven...).

All this music sounds terrific in my system. And much better since I upgraded my pre-amp to this small and inexpensive

Some people here mentioned they can actually hear the background nose of this pre-amp. Well I can't. I can hear the tiny sounds of the background in my listening room, but not any hiss or hum perception.( By the way, if what you hear is hum, then try a better grounding for your sound equipment.

Overall, this is your choice for audiophile entry level pre-amp. If you want a remote control then go for the RC-972, which is the same as this one but with a motor-driven remote.

P.S.: Go and see the reviews on the RC-972. Why are the ratings of this pre-amp so high and it's small brother, the RC-971, has some poor reviews if sonically are the same ?

Don't fool yourself, the only difference between them is the remote control, not anything else. If you don't need a remote, buy this one at half the price and get top class sound.


Francisco

Similar Products Used: NAD2150, Rotel RCD991 AE, B&W DM-12, B&W SW500
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5
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5
Hoi   an Audio Enthusiast [Jan 09, 1999]

I won't expect more with the price I paid. The sound is open, and the imaging is excellent. I like it more than two other preamps (both cost almost 2 times as much) that I audited before buying. I particularly like the 2 outputs -- I hook one to the poweramp (of course) and the other to the active crossover of a Duntech subwoolfer. With MIT2 interconnect and Kimber Kable 4TC, the system sounds natural to the boot. For 1/5 of the price, it is 4/5 as good as YBA and Bryston, which is good compromise with my limited budget.
Recordings used for the review:

Shostakovich: From Jewish Folk Poetry (London 417 581-2)
Mozart: Violin Sonata in E minor, KV 304 (Philips 462 185-2)
Jeanie Bryson: Tonight I Need You So (Telarc Jazz CD 83348)

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5
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kean   an Audio Enthusiast [Feb 13, 1999]

holy cow, what great value, bought 2 971 poweramps and 971 pre.very quiet and sure kicks butt in a lot of other powre amps.
have both of power amp bridged for more power. actually i don't listen to it
loud, but when loud passages come in from orchestral pieces, tubes just
don't seem to cut it for me. just can't beat the price.
and boy is the setup quiet....

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5
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Andy Lim   an Audiophile [Apr 26, 1999]

Excellent value for the money.High points -- simple design/dual line output/defeat tone controls
Sounds clean and has very little noise compared to other low price pre-amps.

Low points -- adds bit of hiss at high volume but its not that noticable.

In audiophile lingo. average tansparency and detail warm and maybe bit dark
and laid back sound..
For $300 I got one for my self in a heart beat.


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Juha   Casual Listener [Jan 19, 2001]
Strength:

Nothing extra in the design.

Weakness:

The cheapest components used at the signal path, meaning swiches and potentiometers. Little stuff for 300$ price, enough for 50$, as the box can be used for a DIY project.

Bang for the buck?

I opened the lid and WOW, it is all empty inside there!
The quality of signal path components was surprising. They were the cheapest available, I guess.
The electrical design is done with three OpAmp pairs. The OP 275 is, of course, a respectable device. It takes care of all the amplification if tone controls are defeated. It costs something like 1$. So High End? Nope. Good enough? Most probably yes. Still, buying a 300$ box to get that and a couple of switches seems (and feels) like a waste of money.

The best part of this preamp is the filtering of the power supply. Lots of Electrolytic capacitors have been used to ensure stable voltage. Good.

Having seen this product I believe the whole consept of having preamp and power amp in a different package is questionable. With 300$ you certainly can get both and loose nothing in sound quality. All the differencies in sound quality found between this (over-priced) and even more expensive products are interesting as this is really low-tech, as maybe most of the preamps.

I'm not going to even turn on the power before I have changed the potentiometers to better quality ones. The switches I'll change later.

Check AD web pages to see what you purchased. As mentioned, OP 275 is the core of this preamp.




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4
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