#1 best amplifier spot - Rotel RA-1592 - CNET

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 |

CNET Audiophiliac Steve Guttenberg picks the best receivers and amplifiers with the Rotel RA-1592 Integrated Amplifier claiming the #1 spot. The list of Outstanding Receivers and Amplifiers for Audiophiles showcases the RA-1592 in top position.  This Rotel flagship integrated amplifier includes 200 watts per channel of Class AB amplification, a 768KHz 32 Bit DAC and full array of analog and digital source inputs including a photo stage for vinyl enthusiasts.

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Rotel claims the RA-1592 “leverages the strengths of [its] award winning RC-1590 preamplifier and RB-1582 Mk II power amplifier in a sleek single chassis design.” With a powerful 200 watt per channel Class AB amplifier using performance audio grade components, the RA-1592 can effortlessly drive large speaker systems. The impressive Rotel manufactured toroidal transformer is a key element in the power supply design which also includes custom slit-foil storage capacitors and a dual-monoblock topology. All of this helps to ensure the amplifier performance stands up to even the most complex music and real world playback conditions.

To complement the amplifier section, the RA-1592’s preamplifier incorporates the superb 32-bit/768kHz AKM digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and analog stages of the highest quality. The DAC and surrounding circuitry supports a vast array of source inputs including DSD capable PC-USB (24-bit/192kHz), 3 coaxial, 3 optical, integrated aptX® Bluetooth and front mounted USB iPod input. In recognition of the faithful analog music lovers, there is a phono stage input (MM), XLR balanced input and 3 analog RCA source inputs.

User selectable A-B speaker outputs with 5-way binding posts, RCA pre-output and dual subwoofer outputs provide the ultimate flexibility in installation. The amplifier protection circuits monitor DC offset, overcurrent, short circuit and temperature to protect both the electronics and attached speakers.

Custom integration features include RS232 and Ethernet IP control, 2 trigger outputs, remote IR input and automated digital signal sense power control for easy integration with streaming sources and control systems.

The RA-1592 is the finest integrated amplifier yet in Rotel’s 55 year history of producing performance audio components. Well deserving of the award.