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Rotel RSX-1550 AV Receiver Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
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Rotel RSX-1550 AV Receiver
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ImageA cornerstone of any high-end audio manufacturer has to be the ability to continually research and look for ways of improving their design technology to stay one step ahead of their competition. Rotel, formed more than forty-six years ago, employs engineers that spend countless hours listening to various audio components to discern which companies to purchase their new circuitry from for installation in Rotel’s A/V receivers, DVD players and power amplifiers.

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.

The receiver weighs in at 38 pounds with has a height of over 17 inches and a width of 16 inches.  It really has no real bulk to it at all.  It has a very calm look about it, and with the silver buttons organized neatly around the front panel, this receiver will only invite envy for those obsessed with aesthetics. The signal to noise ratio is rated at 40dB and the input/impedance line level tops out at 200 mV/100k ohms, so there’s very little distortion running through this system at any one time.

Taking a good look at the remote, I found it lightweight and it fit easily into the palm of my hand. The remote is fairly long and the features on it are very well designed and laid out.   There is a light button on the side of the remote control that helps you view the buttons at night without problem. The power on/off switch is at the top of the control panel in the right hand corner, the volume controls and channel change switch are also found there for quick access. The remote also can be programmed to control your own CD player and DVD player.


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