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Arcam or Rotel

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by umboppa, Jun 8, 2005.

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  1. umboppa

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    Has anyone done a critical comparison between any of the following for
    2-channel music:

    1) Rotel RSX-1056 vs. Arcam AVR-250 or 300,
    2) Rotel RSX-1056/RB-1050 (using the 1050 power amp for the front
    speakers) vs. Arcam AVR-300,
    3) Rotel RSX-1056/RB-1050 vs. Arcam AVR-300, in this case with front speakers biamped.

    I am running Quad 21L speakers

    I will be comparing these myself soon, but I am interested in a
    cross-section of opinions from those who have aready gone through this
    exercise. In particular, is there any really noticeable difference in sound quality between the 3 options?
    (I can live with either Arcam or Rotel for HT so that's not an issue
    for me).
     
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    I was at a dealer who had Rotel and Arcam today. Did a quick demo of the RSX-1067 and AVR300 with B&W store speakers. Pretty much a wash, with the Rotel a bit more punchy. The RSX-1056 in another room running Paradigm Studio 60's was also very impressive.
    Anyway, here's my question. I always thought that the black circle on the front panel of the Rotel was a headphone socket. It turns out to be the IR sensor. Since I use headphones a lot, I asked the dealer how to connect 'phones to the Rotel. He didn't know!!! I can't believe I am the only person who has asked this question. It could be the deciding issue between choosing the Rotel or Arcam. Can anybody out there help?.
     
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    I cannot remember if it has a headphone socket or not... From what you say probably not.

    So you would need to buy a seperate headphone amp, and plumb that into it.

    There is a headphones / headphones amp section. Maybe ask in there?

    Steph
     

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