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Rotel - 120W 2.0-Ch. Amplifier - Black

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Enhance the output quality of your digital music files with this Rotel RA-12 amplifier. Its Bluetooth connectivity lets you stream music directly from your mobile device with deeper bass and midrange clarity for your discerning ears. This Rotel RA-12 amplifier also has a dedicated moving magnet phono input for a convenient turntable connection when playing your prized vinyl records.
$899.98
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Color:
Black

Overview

What's Included


  • Rotel 120W 2.0-Ch. Amplifier

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
86% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (12 out of 14)

Features


120W total power

RMS rating of 60W x 2 @ 8 ohms, 20 - 20 kHz, 0.03% THD, 2 channels driven for robust audio.

8 ohms impedance

Efficiently conducts power.

Class AB design

Combines efficiency with fidelity for high-powered operation.


Customer rating

4.6
86%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Sounds Like Broken Glass...

    Posted
    skaroots
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I have heard the higher-end models by Rotel (15 Series) and liked the warm sonic signature these models provided. Unfortunately, Rotel missed the mark with this series! They look great—especially in silver, and have a lot of nice features. The phono stage is decent, but a dedicated (outboard) phono stage will always sound better, especially a tube preamp like mine. But a reasonably decent phono stage can be accessed internally in this Rotel. The Bluetooth works every time, and it is nice and quick. But one of the most important things in an integrated amp with digital inputs is the DAC (digital-to-analog conversion) section. This DAC does not sound good; it is NOT musical at all! The biggest issue I have with this Rotel amp is that it saps the emotionality out of the music! Some "Hi-Fi" companies get hung up on reproducing 'information' as 'purely' as possible. In this process, sometimes, the music gets lost. This is not a warm sounding amplifier at all. It is cold, clinical and has a thin sounding treble. The midrange is barely there...this is the presence region where vocals convey the natural, human essence of music. When this is done right, one can feel the emotions of the vocals and even get goosebumps. I wanted to love this amp because it looks great, is fully featured, and Rotel is known to synergize nicely with B&W speakers (I have 683 S2). The truth is, my little Marantz integrated amp sounded much better than this Rotel. When I did the A-B comparisons (no EQ on either one), the Marantz had a more lush, musical sound and imparted a better sense of emotion. Music people will understand what I mean when I state that this amp lacks timbre or fatness. I loved the way that it looked, but I had to return it...it is a music killer...made me want to stop listening. Only experienced music lovers who have heard 'musical' electronics will appreciate this review. My guess for the high ratings you see, is that it looks good, is built well, functions properly and plays music. I hate it when 'Hi-Fi' manufacturers state that their equipment is 'true' and will only produce music the way the artist recorded it. They claim that their gear will not 'color' the music. The problem is, music needs color. Vacuum tubes sound fantastic and musical because they color the sound in a pleasing way. It is possible for manufacturers to go the other way...in an attempt to provide uncolored 'information'...they manage to remove musicality and emotion from the the equation. This is the situation with this amp. For the record, I owned this amp for more than 30 days and it was sufficiently broken in, so I am speaking from my experience with this product. I have a huge music collection and played every genre through this amplifier. I wanted to like this amplifier because of its form factor and great functionality, but I just couldn't force it...this amp stole the enjoyment from my musical experience. If you want your listening experience to be touching, involving or emotional—this is NOT the amp to get. A Marantz integrated, or even one of their receivers will sound much better. Or, if your budget permits, buy a Rotel model from the 15 Series instead. If you just want something that looks great and plays sound...this Rotel might satisfy you.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Want high quality audio, pay the extra dollar

    Posted
    AVmakeover
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I took my time making this purchase. I compared the unit to Yamaha, Marantz, Denon, Onkyo, Nad, Anthem and other noted integrated amplifiers. The Rotel packed the up-to-date features I wanted most. Another reviewer proclaimed the Rotel as sounding like broken glass. That is absolute nonsense. In fact, the Rotel inspired me for its intrinsically warm sound, despite digital source. The DAC is impressive and so is the signal to noise ratio. The USB port on front of the unit is convenient to use when "hard wiring" to my iPhone music library. Even bluetooth connection is gratifying. This slim compact profile fits nicely in my living room, disguising the awesome performance of this device. I have this unit matched with the new B&W 705 S2s. They are simply made for each other! The level of musical detail allows you to hear individual instruments never heard before. My long search is finally over.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Purchase

    Posted
    70andretired
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I wanted something to wirelessly send music from my laptop to a receiver in my garage where I spend a lot of time. Steve Habhab at Best Buy at the Southfield store recommended the Rotel Ra-12 amplifier and I couldn't be happier. I also needed a pair of bookshelf speakers. Steve also recommended Bowers & Wilkins. I have B&W column speakers in my living and B&W center channel too. All from Best Buy! Thank you Steve! .... I

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Excellent sound quality, but lacks enough power

    Posted
    vvvv
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    This amp provides clean power, but was a poor recommendation by Best Buy consultant to power KEF speakers. While costing almost as much as the speakers, it does not have enough power to drive them. A lower cost receiver would be a better choice.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Silver rotel ra-12

    Posted
    JMartir
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This is excellent. It has enough inputs to connect anything you would want. The sound is excellent also. You can control the treble and bass right on the remote as well as on the unit itself. I like that it has pre outs to connect power amps if you want more power. Im very happy the salesperson showed me it and I placed an order for it asap.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Crisp sound, perfect value for money

    Posted
    Frans
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Bought this amplifier to match my Spendor A6 speakers. Could not have been a better match. Transparent, crisp sound, still all setails when playing low and hardly any disturbance when full power needed. Was advised by a Best-buy employee and he hit the nail on the head.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Rotel A-12

    Posted
    Heyu
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This integrated amp (no am/fm tuner) does what it's supposed to. Reproduce music the way the artist recorded it without distortion. I expect Rotel will exceed their reputation for high end quality and longevity at an affordable price for many.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great match for B&W Speakers

    Posted
    HiFi
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    The Rotel quality is exactly what I was looking for to pair with my B&W speakers. I like the idea of separate components for a music only systems. Should I choose to add on components, such as amps, CD players, etc. I'm confident I can build onto the A12 with any Rotel product.

    I would recommend this to a friend





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