|Rotel RMB-1077 Multi-channel Power Amplifier|
|Home Theater Power Amplifiers Multi-Channel Amplifiers|
|Written by Matthew Evert|
|Saturday, 01 April 2006|
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The small footprint of the RMB-1077 is truly amazing. With the small size of the amp comes a smaller back panel. That means less room for various input choices that most amps in this price range offer, such as balanced (XLR) inputs. The seven RCA inputs are placed directly above the seven sets of speaker cable binding posts, making the back panel area cramped. If you have six-year-old-boy-sized hands, maybe this will not be an issue for you, but my Shaquille O’Neal-sized hands were getting nowhere fast trying to screw in cables. I found that I needed another two to three inches above and below the amp to practically connect my thick spaded Audioquest speaker cables without kinking them. The positive/negative pairing of the speaker terminals was difficult and unintuitive. Instead of going from left to right red/black, red/black in the speaker terminal pairs, they organized the layout to be red/black, black/red for each pair from left to right. The result was that, unless you memorized the pattern, you would reverse the polarity of half the speakers the first time if you went by normal amplifier speaker terminal layouts.
I must admit that I was skeptical of whether the RMB-1077 could keep up with traditional amps that weigh more than a boat anchor. Big size used to always mean big power to me before I met the RMB-1077. The radical new design of this amp offers up a lot of power and performance in a small package. With great imaging and excellent definition at all ranges of the audio spectrum, the RMB-1077 does not shy away from performance. At 7 x 100 watts per channel into eight ohms, it is a solid choice for all but the very largest home theater systems. For those of you with medium to large speakers, this amp will be able to make your system sing, and not sting you with a sore back or wallet. The RMB-1077 is a great little amp.