|Rotel RSX-1550 AV Receiver|
|Home Theater AV Receivers AV Receivers|
|Written by Robert Mead|
|Wednesday, 11 March 2009|
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This kind of authoritative dedication allowed Rotel to gain serious credibility with home theater stores worldwide and found their products being sought after. The Rotel RSX-1550 5-channel receiver is an excellent example of Rotel’s attention to advancing audio design with their patented Symmetrical Signal Trace design. This new technology keeps each audio channel’s signal path identical to the other audio channels, which increases the imaging of the audio to deliver a more precise and clean sound to a speaker system connected to this Rotel A/V receiver.
Beyond paying attention to the circuitry of an audio component’s inner workings, Rotel also makes sure that every receiver they produce is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Their receivers have a sleekly designed silver metal casing accompanied by rows of silver buttons allowing the consumer easy access to a variety of sound modes. The 1550 also comes in two colors, polished silver and slate black.
The RSX-1550 5-Channel receiver powers 75 watts per channel with a digital input ratio of 92dBs. This A/V receiver also comes with the ability to decode Dolby Digital, Dolby EX, Dolby Pro Logic IIX, DTS ES, Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio. If you require the latest surround modes from DTS and Dolby to enjoy your Blu-Ray discs more fully, the Rotel RSX-1550 is quite capable. The cost of this component is around $1,999 retail, something of a deal for audiophiles. It also comes with on-board seven channel processing, but requires an extra stereo amplifier for full 7.1 channel operation.
If you have four components that are equipped with HDMI (version 1.3) outputs and your current receiver cannot handle that many, the RSX-1550 provides four HDMI inputs located at the back of this unit. It also comes equipped with four optical digital inputs as well, in case you have more audio components. If you do have a SACD player, the RSX-1550 features a multi-input for 7.1 channel analog signal for DVD-A players as well as SACD players. Alternatively, if you desire the purity of 2-channel stereo and want to listen to analog sound as it was back in the 1970’s, this receiver includes an analog bypass mode with no digital processing. You can enjoy listening to any old-school rock band of your choice the way the sound engineer originally mixed it back in 1972.