Rotel RSX-1550 review | What Hi-Fi?

If Pioneer, with its SC-LX81 receiver, has long gone down the path of shiny luxurious, Rotel's opted for subtle minimalism with the RSX-1550.

Sure, there are many buttons on the fascia, however the regimented symmetry of the format means it is very gratifying on the eye.

The spec record is reasonably different to its contemporaries, too – in that it's very quick. There's no auto-calibration or equalisation here. Nor is there a community connection.

What's more, there are just five in-built power amplifier channels, and they're most effective rated at 75W each – frankly measly on this price sector.

Modest spec sheet is no fear

Tackling those ‘gaps' one-by-one, on the other hand, proves that none are terminal.

Firstly, manually adjusting speaker levels and distances is really easy, and in our enjoy typically produces higher effects than auto-calibration.

Secondly, networkability on a receiver is an advantage, now not a must have. The same might be stated for built-in energy amplification.

You can always add a stereo energy amp if you wish to cross down this course. As for the Rotel's ‘loss of power', it's insignificant if you start listening.

A fast and punchy performer

Opt for the joys and frantic car chase at the Eagle Eye Blu-ray and the Rotel unearths itself to be a terrifically rapid and punchy performer.

Each crunch of colliding vehicles is presented with eye-wincing scale and detail, from the sparkly jangle of smashed glass hitting concrete, to the squeal of straining tyres and the punch of metal hitting steel.

All of this is accompanied via the growl of our heroes' Porsche Cayenne, which the Rotel produces with rib-cage rumblingly deep bass.

If this overall excitement doesn't slightly raise over to stereo song, it is not a ways off, and the Rotel remains to be punchy and attacking via multichannel amplifier standards.

Terrific element and texture
It does a excellent activity of mixing much of the Pioneer SC-LX81's force with the Yamaha RX-V3900's intensity and weight, all of the while revealing terrific detail and texture from the easiest treble to the very lowest bass.

If you're still involved concerning the ‘missing' specifications, bear in mind a very powerful ones are all present: four HDMI inputs and one output, with full HD audio deciphering, unusually respectable upscaling to 1080p, upconverting to HDMI, in addition to improve for 3 extra zones.

So we're not going to knock the Rotel down a celeb for its lacking bells-and-whistles. Nevertheless, we do must penalise it in mild of the emergence of the even more impressive Sony STR-DA5400ES.

Still, if a trendy, superb, back-to-basics receiver takes your fancy, this is the one to get.

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