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Rotel RSP-1066 In Great Condition, excellent for Audio and Video applications. Stereophile recommended. $1500 MSRP. Purchased from original meticulous owner who used it very little.
One of the key characteristics of an AV pre/processor to look out for, other than sound quality, is ease of use. And this Rotel is a breeze to use. There is almost nothing to fault on its sound quality. Movie soundtracks was delivered fault free with good scale and clarity. Bass was punchy and deep and adds volume to the overall movie experience. At this price this is a no-brainer AV processor/ preamp that sounds way above its price tag. It works very good as a stereo only preamp too.
The RSP-1066 Surround Sound Processor/Preamplifier combines – flexibility, superior performance, and easy operation.
The RSP-1066’s extraordinary flexibility begins with inputs and outputs to easily accommodate the most demanding system configurations. You can connect up to eight sources, five of them video-based, plus a CD player, external tuner, and an analog tape recorder. In addition, there are five assignable digital audio inputs, 3 coaxial and 2 optical. And a seven channel “Multi” input keeps the RSP-1066 ahead of the “future-format” curve.
To increase your viewing pleasure, the RSP-1066 includes inputs and switching for composite, S-video, and component video sources. Custom ID capability lets users program the front panel display so that all A/V input selections display the name of the selected component. Advanced microprocessors from Crystal Semiconductor handle Dolby Digital (complete with dynamic range adjustments), dts, and Dolby Pro Logic II decoding. The RSP-1066 also automatically detects and decodes dts ES, dts ES Discrete, HDCD, and MP3-encoded audio. There’s also dts Neo:6 mode for cinema sound and music. Six other DSP modes (Music 1-5 CH Stereo, and 7 CH Stereo) complement traditional two-channel stereo operation to make the RSP-1066 more than suitable for any source.
An adjustable subwoofer crossover (40 to 120Hz in 20Hz increments and Off) lets you tune the RSP-1066 to perfectly match your speakers. And “on the fly” center, surround and subwoofer level adjustments mean you can adjust the RSP-1066’s response to perfectly match your preferences, too.
The RSP-1066 boasts two additional preamplifier outputs to feed, through appropriate amplification, an additional pair of speakers. This gives home theater enthusiasts, particularly those with larger rooms, the spatial benefits of the newest surround formats. To fully protect your investment, this advanced processor benefits from upgradeable software, too. To keep potential confusion at bay, you can link a processing mode to a particular input so that, for example, selecting “CD” automatically invokes two channel operation while “DVD” calls up Dolby Digital as the default setting.
The RSP-1066 easily integrates into the most advanced custom-designed systems. There’s an RS232 computer interface, 12 volt “trigger” outputs, and discrete on/off remote control command codes. Multi-source/multi-zone operation even allows volume adjustment of the remote zone from the RSP-1066’s front panel. A fully programmable universal remote control makes operation of the RSP-1066 and up to nine other components fingertip-easy.
We’ve left for last what some regard as Rotel’s most salient point – sound quality. If any one thing distinguishes the RSP-1066 from its erstwhile competition, it is the exacting care in parts selection, circuit design with particular attention to the power supply, and extensive listening tests. The result is clear audible superiority.
Typically flexible. Typically convenient. Typically Rotel.
RSP-1066 surround preamp-processor
Surround modes: Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby 3-, 5-, & 7-channel stereo, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, DTS, DTS-ES
Matrix, DTS-ES Discrete, DTS Neo:6, Music DSP
Analog inputs: 8 RCA line-level (2-channel), RCA (7-channel)
Digital inputs: 3 coaxial, 2 TosLink
Analog outputs: RCA L/R Front, Center 1,Center 2, L/R Rear, Center Back 1, Center Back 2, Sub 1, Sub 2, Zone 2 L/R, Tape, Video 1,2,3
Digital outputs: 1 coaxial, 1 TosLink
Other connectors: COM I/O, Zone 2 remote, External remote, Dual12V trigger, Dual IR out
Frequency response: 10Hz-95kHz, ±1dB, line level; 10Hz-20kHz, ±0.3dB, digital
Signal/noise: 95dB (stereo analog), 92dB (Dolby Digital, DTS), both IHF A-weighted
IM distortion: <0.05%
Input sensitivity/impedance: 200mV/47k?, line level
Inputs: 5 composite, 5 S-video, 2 component
Outputs: 4 composite, 4 S-video, 1 component
Frequency response: 3Hz-10MHz, ±3dB
Dimensions: 17.01" x 4.76" x 13.43" (WxHxD)
Weight: 16.7 lbs