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Rotel Power / Denon Intergrated

rscott4563

Standard Member
I've currently got a Denon 3803 and am driving 3 Kef Q's up front and a couple of Eggs at the back (as sig), and at the moment I'm well happy with the results, however as always something has caught my eye, a Rotel 1066 in the classifieds, now this is a 6 channel power amp rated at 60W into 8Ohms whereas my Denon is rated at 110W into 8Ohms. But I know specs aren't really much to go on especially the manufacturers specs on intergrateds...

So question is, will the Rotel be an improvement and if so how much, are my speakers good enough to benefit?

I'm thinking it would give me a good start down the pro/power seperates route...

Also if I did go for it would I be best using the 1066 to power all my five channels and just leave the denon to pre/pro duties, or should I use the 1066 for the front 3 and let the denon take care of the eggs, that way I could either have the rotel bi-amping the Kef's or use the bridged setting on the rotel and have it at 3x150W??

Cheers

Ryan
 

MarkE19

Moderator
In my experiance a Denon receiver is very good at processing, but the power supply is well underrated for driving all the amps. If you take the load off by powering the front 3 with external amps then the rears should have far more headroom to compete with the sepatrated fronts. I also think you will get better results by bi-amping the front 3 rather than running all 5 channels off the Rotel, as long as your speakers have the 2 sets of binding posts for bi-amping that is.

Mark.
 

Parmenion

Active Member
Couldn't agree more. I had a Denon 3802 being driven by a Rotel power amp and just for a laugh every now and then I would switch the Rotel off and listen to the Denon driving the speakers and then after about five minutes switch the Rotel back on.

Me and Mrs Parmenion would laugh till the tears rolled down our fat little cheeks.....................the difference is that funny.

regards

Parmenion
 

hemp3

Novice Member
Has anyone got any advice on whether I should get a 1075 to drive five speakers or use the cheaper 1066 for the front three and let the av amp handle the back three. What would sound better?
 

CrispyXUK

Well-known Member
I am also interested in this
 

micb3rd

Novice Member
Thas is exactly what I do.

I have a Denon 1802 which is wired to my center and rears.

Then out of the left and right preouts I have a Rotel RB960BX Power Amplifier.

The Power amp runs the left and right floorstanding spakers.

I find this is great as stereo music is much improved, the Denon is not strained in movies as it is just runing the center and rears.

The overall level of clean output is higher.
 

ridd

Standard Member
I would just buy a 1075 if you could afford it. And i erm did :)
Mark
 

inzaman

Moderator
Mark, how do you find it in particular with your 1066 as i have a Rotel 1055 and am thinking of getting a 1075 to drive five speakers then possibly using two channels on the 1055 to drive two more for a 7.1 set up.
 

ridd

Standard Member
The rsp-1066 is ONLY a processor.
I have used the 1075 as a straight 5 channel amp and it does sound excellent to my ears. I have also used it bi-amped on the front left/right and normal on the centre. Then used a pair of rotel rb890's for the 4 surrounds. Bi-Amping the front speakers was an inprovement but it wasnt massive and you could live without it.
I have just bought (pending delivery) a RB-1080 for the front stereo pair and the 1075 for the rest.
anyway you cant go far wrong buying a 1075 whatever you do. They also Run ALOT cooler than the earlier all black models.
Mark
 

rscott4563

Standard Member
ridd said:
The rsp-1066 is ONLY a processor.
Mark
Yeah but the RMB-1066 is a 6 channel amp, and who mentioned the rsp-1066? :rolleyes:
 

ridd

Standard Member
Inzaman did :)
guess he miss read my sig.
 

rscott4563

Standard Member
ridd said:
Inzaman did :)
guess he miss read my sig.
No I think he mentioned the 1066... and the thread was about a 1066 amp, not processor... :rolleyes:
 

inzaman

Moderator
Apologies for taking this thread sort of off course, i mentioned the 1066 as in terms of processor and how this sounded with the 1075 (as i saw that Mark has this set up from his sig) as i have a similar conundrum to rscott, except i was torn between the 1066 amp and the 1075 amp.

As i have a 1055 receiver which is basically a 1066 processor with amplification, for me i think that the 1075 would give more flexibility as i can use the 1075 to drive 5 speakers and the 1055 switched to drive two more rears giving me the option of 7.1.
 

ridd

Standard Member
The two amps are designed for different things. one is a pure 5 channel cinema amp. the other is a flexible "multi room" amp.
In Inzaman's case he is better off buy the 1075.
Which was who my reply was to.
I didnt mean any offence by answering inzaman's question and not that of the original posters.
:(
 

rscott4563

Standard Member
No offense taken at all.. ;)

I just didn't realise that Inzaman was refering to the rsp-1066.. :zonked:

Ryan :thumbsup:
 

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