Rotel - 160W 2.0-Ch. Amplifier - Silver
- Model: A-14 SILVER
- SKU: 5590420
RMS rating of 80W x 2 @ 8 ohms, 20 - 20 kHz, 0.03% THD, 2 channels driven for robust audio.
Efficiently conducts power.
Combines efficiency with fidelity for high-powered operation.
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Sonically it's superior....August 19, 2017
Warning: 'Sonically' is a word thrown around by people that really have no business saying it. But that's another review topic. First and foremost, the sound is great. The clarity is VERY nice but one could argue it's a bit tweaked towards the treble side. The sound is not as rounded (dare I say as full?) as a Yamaha A-S801 I also had it up against in my home. I STILL think this amp is better for its tightness. Other amps can sometimes get muddled with so many instruments blaring at once. I don't find it clinical, but it does have better separation of all the little harmonies playing that you don't typically hear on non-Hi-Fi setups. Vocals are what sold me on it, not that it can't crank some bass. This little Rotel is feature rich for sure but I was a little annoyed at the lack of Wi-fi or Ethernet port for streaming. They even have a RJ-45... but only for updates. One warning is that it runs HOT and I confirmed this with Rotel. If it's open air above you're fine...I'm sure bc it's said to 'normal' or expected by Rotel. I purchased some cheap 5V USB fans and they are powered by the Rotel 5V USB rear panel...so they turn on/off with the Rotel and it never even gets warm now even with lowest speed setting. Not sure if this affects performance but I'd rather it not be so hot. It is also a fairly small size (still heavy) so it fits in my Ikea small shiat shelving. Of note, the Yammy is basically too large (but never gets hot at all either). Parents liked Yamaha more and found it more easy to listen to.....so I gave it to them. I am only 'some guy who likes music' so I have nothing at stake persay. I am pretty darn happy with this Rotel and I had never owned one before. Hopefully it holds up and I don't need to test their 5 yr warranty. There's worse out there (I know from the cheesy AVRs touted to be just as good) and I am sure there's better but you have to decide what 'good enough' is.
or is it??? PS please don't believe people that say AVRs are 'just as good' or perpetuate this lie masked by listed specs. If you can't tell the difference, maybe you're not too picky about your music, and that's perfectly fine.....but don't claim there isn't a difference. It's NOT true and wasted a lot of my time initially in my search.
I would recommend this to a friend
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