Rotel introduces high-end cinema processor

Rotel RSP-1572

New from Rotel is the £1695 RSP-1572 7.1-channel surround processor/preamp. It's described as "a sophisticated AV control centre", complete with 3D video capability, Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and Parametric EQ.

Rotel claims the RSP-1572 delivers "audiophile sound quality" in both multtichannel and stereo modes, making it ideal for use in music and movie systems.

It provides surround decoding and processing for Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD Master Audio high-definition sound, and is equipped with dual 32-bit DSPs and 24-bit/192k audio DACs.

There's also HDMI 1.4 with 3D capability, six HDMI inputs, two HDMI outputs (one with Audio Return Channel) and a front USB input for connecting iOS devices. The USB connection provides a direct digital connection to ensure the best sound quality from your iPhone/iPod/iPad.

A wireless Bluetooth dongle comes as standard, so you can stream content from your portable device directly to the procesor.

Video signals are handled by the latest generation Faroudja Torina FLI30336 Cortez platform, said to reduce video noise, and there's Faroudja RealColor colour management too, as well as an integrated 3D video decoder.

The RSP-1572 provides three additional zone outputs for composite video and analogue audio. It's available now from Rotel dealers for £1695.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.