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Upgrade to rotel rc 1550 from 04se, worth it?

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My current system:

rotel ra04se as preamp

rotel rb1080 as power amp

denon dcd 1650 cd player

b&w 684

monitor audio br6

 

i intend to buy a rotel rc 1550 preamp. Is it worth upgrading from 04se as preamp or the difference would be minimal.

any input mates?

 

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RE: Upgrade to rotel rc 1550 from 04se, worth it?

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You have a good power amp I don't think that changing your pre will improve the sound much . Why do you want to to upgrade the pre ?

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RE: Upgrade to rotel rc 1550 from 04se, worth it?

I thought upgrading to rc1550 would benefit me as i expect the sound quality will be better.

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RE: Upgrade to rotel rc 1550 from 04se, worth it?

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I thought upgrading to rc1550 would benefit me as i expect the sound quality will be better.

 

I don't think that you will notice any difference but if you want to be sure It is better to make a demo .

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RE: Upgrade to rotel rc 1550 from 04se, worth it?

Changing from using in integrated amp to a pre should give some improvement in sound, but as said a demo is a must as only you will know if it's worth the cost.  of course the adition of a remote may make the cost worth it?

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RE: Upgrade to rotel rc 1550 from 04se, worth it?

The upgrade would cost me roughly £160. Well it must improve the sound. I am really confused.

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RE: Upgrade to rotel rc 1550 from 04se, worth it?

Bebeboy wrote:

My current system:

rotel ra04se as preamp

rotel rb1080 as power amp

denon dcd 1650 cd player

b&w 684

monitor audio br6

 

i intend to buy a rotel rc 1550 preamp. Is it worth upgrading from 04se as preamp or the difference would be minimal.

any input mates?

 

 

i believe a dedicated preamp is better than an integrated being used as a preamp.

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RE: Upgrade to rotel rc 1550 from 04se, worth it?

The power amp has much more influence than the pre on the sound unless you are buying an expensive  high end pre I realy  don't think that

the sound will be improve but you will benefit a remote control , it is frustrating to operate Hi Fi system without it .

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RE: Upgrade to rotel rc 1550 from 04se, worth it?

ISAC69 wrote:

The power amp has much more influence than the pre on the sound unless you are buying an expensive  high end pre I realy  don't think that

the sound will be improve but you will benefit a remote control , it is frustrating to operate Hi Fi system without it .

Thanks mate, i think i would have to consider getting the rc1550

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RE: Upgrade to rotel rc 1550 from 04se, worth it?

Somebody told me that the rc1550 sounds forward. Is this true?

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Hi Bebeboy

The RB-1080 is an excellent power amplifier. If you are willing to look at used/ discontinued pre amplifiers then a NAD C160 or a Rotel RC-995 are also worth bearing in mind as the C160 and the RC-995 pair well an RB-1080.

All the best

Rick @ Musicraft

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RE: Upgrade to rotel rc 1550 from 04se, worth it?

Thanks rick, bought the rcd 06SE and rc 1550 already. What a great sounding preamp. Perfectly matches my rb1080. Smile

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RE: Upgrade to rotel rc 1550 from 04se, worth it?

An excellent choice . Enjoy !

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Bebeboy wrote:

Thanks rick, bought the rcd 06SE and rc 1550 already.

Hi Bebrboy

Your welcome.

All the best

Rick @ Musicraft

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RE: Upgrade to rotel rc 1550 from 04se, worth it?

ISAC69 wrote:

An excellent choice . Enjoy !

Thanks mate. On the contrary my all rotel set up, (cdp, pre, power) matches perfectly with Monitor Audio BR6 than B&W684. Smile