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Yes, I remember owning and loving a Rotel RP1500 also in the late 1970's - fabulous hi-fi times then!

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I've had my rcd 991 for yonks, a great cd player which I now use as a transport. The drawer mechanism is at times hilarious in operation!

just got my RC 2000 and RB 2000 out of climate controled storeage. any upgrades for these over the last 20 years.

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Spent a bit of time on the 840 this morning, trying to make the MC stage work.  Lashings off switch cleaner and some technical wiggling did the job - suspect it has only over seen MM until now, so the switch needed some attention.

Also had to track down a terrible hum on the MM phono input, which oddly seemed to be caused by my Fiio dac.  No problems with any other sources though.

Now set up with a pair of Minstrels, sounding rather good :-) 

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Ah vintage Rotel.

They don't make them like this any more, sadly missing a couple of buttons but still lovely.

A classic RA-1412.  Now sold on.  The preamp section had a vintage 'golden glow' to the sound, while the power amp section was neutral and powerful.  Some here may recall I demmed it one year at the Wam's Scalford show.

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and a RP-3000 direct drive turntable in pretty much as new condition.  This sounded very good with the mounted Goldring Eroica LX mc cart.

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2 hours ago, JANDL100 said:

and a RP-3000 direct drive turntable in pretty much as new condition.  This sounded very good with the mounted Goldring Eroica LX mc cart.

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Loving the clean, quality lines of this.

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On 08/12/2019 at 12:29, macvisual said:

Yes, I remember owning and loving a Rotel RP1500 also in the late 1970's - fabulous hi-fi times then!

Almost certainly built by CEC. There was also a short-lived Leak version, the 3001, which had a textured plinth with an aluminium top plate and better quality lid. Maybe sounded a bit better than the Rotel, perhaps because of the extra weight in the plinth.

It was certainly prettier than the RP1500, but about 20% more expensive. http://www.retrotechaudio.co.uk/leak-3001---sept-17.html

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i have a rotel RCD1572 , it takes ages to load a cd , but then it sounds wonderful , i have had in the pas the rcd991 ae version , the rb1090 a beast of an amp that ate my kef 207 with out a whim , the rc1090 , lovely bits of kit , which a friend has the rc 1070 and 991 power , all worth every penny , now the new michi gear is here i must try that ,

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I managed to squeeze in a couple of working days in my Kendal man-cave... stuck on laptop so could have been anywhere, but it did give me the opportunity to spend an hour or two shuffling the hifi.

In my mainly Rotel second system, I had an excellent Pioneer A300R Precision (Tom Evans tuned) integrated amp. Beneath it was Rotel RB-991 waiting for a suitable pre to arrive. I removed the Pioneer and installed my RC-1570, an impressively specced and well-connected pre-amplifier, feeding the RB-991. To my surprise, the combo did not wipe the floor with the Pioneer integrated... punchier and more dynamic in the mids and highs and I suspect most audiophiles would prefer it but if you stand back it's probably different rather than unequivocally better. I do like it and it's staying a while (I do tend to chop and change this system) though it also shows what extraordinary value the Pioneer represents.

  • ProAc Studio 125 speakers
  • Systemdek IIx900 turntable
  • Rotel RCD-991 CD player
  • Rotel RC-1570 pre-amp
  • Rotel RT-930 tuner
  • Yamaha KX-580 SE cassette player
  • Rotel RB-991 power amp

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Unfortunately the RA-840 had a few more niggles, so was sent back.  The RA-930 is back in situ and sounding very pleasant, although the older model was better when working properly.

How do the slightly newer RA-01 / RA-02 models compare?

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On 09/12/2019 at 17:23, JANDL100 said:

and a RP-3000 direct drive turntable in pretty much as new condition.  This sounded very good with the mounted Goldring Eroica LX mc cart.

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Have you had other Rotel turntables? If so, how does this compare?

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On 29/12/2019 at 22:07, TheFlash said:

Have you had other Rotel turntables? If so, how does this compare?

Nope, just that one.

I bought it for a 2nd system mainly on the basis of its looks :$ happily, it sounded more than decent as well, although the speed did have a tendency to shift around a little - it needed readjusting every few days; very easy to do.

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Clean the pots and switches with deoxit or servisol, replace or upgrade the caps, fit better RCA and speaker sockets, upgrade the internal cables from the sockets.

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Love the porn on here.:D

Does anyone have experience with an RB870 in mono? 

I'm using one now and the difference going pre/power has made makes me wonder about running two 870's bridged. I have heard whispers about 'grain' and 'edge' to 870's run in mono.

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My very first proper amp was a Rotel bought back in 1996 from Swift HIFi in Wilmslow, I cant remember the model, a RA930BX I think.  Lovely little thing, had it for over 10 years.

I've recently been mightily impressed by a RCD-02 cd player, and as a result have treated myself to a modern player, an ex demo CD14 which hopefully exhibits the same strengths and more of what pleased me about the RCD-02. 

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