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best way to go rotel 1055or 1066+985mk1 advice

Discussion in 'AV Pre-Amp/Processors & Power Amps' started by mick23, Mar 18, 2003.

  1. mick23

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    was thinking of getting the rotel 1066 processer, and selling denon 3802, (but i will lose the tuner if i sell 3802,and do not want another "box" if possible)

    having noticed there is a rotel reciever rsx 1055 which costs more than 1066 but i (retain tuner option) and would pair either (1066 or 1055) with rotel 985mk1 and could use (the inbuilt amps of 1055 to run (rear back speakers)

    so what i am really asking is if i go for the (1055) option rather than 1066 will (2 channel sterio suffer) to much not so cencered with the av side of things.

    so if any forum members have (rsx-1055) i would like your views on 1055 and what you demoed in comparison, i assume the 1055 has simular features "surround options decoding to 3802 but only 5 channel????

    thank you all
     
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    1066 and 985, then you can upgrade one part at a time mate :)

    Our 1066 with a 985 MK II is a bit good :clap: :clap: :clap:

    Steff:clap:

    Edit: by upgrade I mean to say a 1075/1095 then a RSP1098, I WISH :D

    Edit2: Oh and cope with another box and buy a DAB Tuner
     
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    Is your husband a Rotel poweramp Steff? :D


    Can't fault the Rotel poweramps. Personally I would got the Rotel 991 & 993's, if you can get them. 2 channel & 3 channel respectively. 200W per channel, THX. And since seperate two units, instead of one single powersupply.
     
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    Not sure how much you're gonna pay for the 985MkI ... but another alternative would be use the RSX1055 ... with a 2-channel power amp for the front speakers and the 5 integrated amps for the others. That way you'll make full use of the 1055, but also get the 7ch. Good matching amps would be either the RB1070 or RB1090 - 130w and 200w respectively.

    My vote (like Steff's) would be to go for the RSP1066 and the 985 cause it's better potential for upgrading. Yes the 991 and 993 would give you better power, but will of course take up more space.

    As for the tuner ... are you using Sky or freeview ... you can always just use that for radio.

    Nathan ... is it really relevant to be suggesting to buy 2 power amps, when the poster has already commented that he doesn't want a separate tuner because it's an extra box.
     
  5. mick23

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    thanks all i posted "1055vs1066" on the rotel forum ,one forum member has had the option of being able to compare at home for extended period the,

    1066 vs 1055 and the general opinion is hard to disern between the two in most systems, the software for 1066 and 1055 is the same,

    soundog i already have the 985mk1, and using "just the 985" biamped fronts and found a good improvement, (denon as pre)

    i have sky and have tried using sky radio channels,but the sound is not as "good to me" as internal tuner of denon,the sound is to compressed,

    so what has been suggested on rotel site is (biamp fronts using 985 to power fronts and center channel) this makes sense to me,

    the only reson i was thinking 1055 as against 1066, is that i retain "the tuner" and can use the internal amps of 1055 to drive surround and rears,

    i could go (1066+985) and not biamp fronts,but another "power would be needed for (7.1)

    as i will be using the (985) to power either 3 or 5 speakers, it will mainly be a question off how differantly the (1055 and 1066) compare re pre/processing duties.


    if i had no av or sterio set up at all i would have gone (1066+1075+1070) or simular,

    ps i wont be able to demo the 1055 vs 1066 as i am in watford, no transport and will be buying from (leister hi-fi)

    thanks all
     
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    What's with all the (brackets) mate???

    :confused:
     
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    Nathan ... yes there is a problem with what appears to be a small number of RSP1066 (and possibly RSX1055) units where when changing source, etc a low popping (or as I describe it ticking) sounds is produced.

    This is a problem that has mystified Rotel currently but they ARE working on a solution.

    Whether because of this you don't buy it is your decision ... I believe there have been a lot worse problems with other AV equipment in the past on products people have generally found very good.

    Vikki
     
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    I demoed the arcam av88+ with rotel 1055 and compared these with the Linn Classik Movie system. They were both pretty similar for music to my ears, and the guy at the shop thought much the same

    The sound quality was excellent, though I haven't heard real expensive kit to compare with either of them
     
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    just recieved reply from b&W today 1066 or 1055, they confirmed that the "processing sections" of 1066 and 1055 were identical, the 1055 offers tuner and all in one solution ,

    but the suggested solution in my case already having a 985, was 1066 +1070 powering fronts+985 for other 5 channels,

    this would give better all round results than using 1055 inbuilt poweramps on there own,
     

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