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Rotel RB-1582 review

This powerful, well-built unit gets on with the job without drawing attention to itself Tested at £1095.00

Our Verdict

A likeable, fully featured performer that delivers much for the money


  • Unobtrusive character
  • powerful sound
  • build and finish


  • Slight shortfalls in transparency and agility

In the UK, Rotel is best known for its long-running success with budget amplifiers. But the Japanese company is no slouch at higher price points. There's a feeling of real quality about this product, and the strong impression is that it's seriously built to last.

Our only real complaint is that the supplied handset doesn't match the quality of the main unit in either feel or ergonomics.

With its 200 Watt per channel power rating, the RB-1582 power amplifier (pictured beneath the RC-1580 preamp, above) is capable of high volumes without a struggle.

It's a real workhorse that just gets on with the job of driving a speaker without complaint or hardening up when pushed. There's a fair bit of speed on offer, too, not always a given with high-power amps.

Understated, yet enjoyable listen
In combination with the RC-1580, the power amp delivers an understated yet enjoyable sound. There's not quite the transparency or timing precision of similarly priced alternatives from the likes of Cyrus, but there remains enough of both to keep us listening.

As you would expect, there's no trouble delivering the massive dynamics swings of The Dark Knight OST. Low frequencies are thumped out with control and venom, and scale and authority are both top class, too.

Given something smaller-scale and challenging, such as Nina Simone's Feeling Good, this pair pleases with its delicacy and drive. The midrange is expressive, while the highs are a neat combination of bite, insight and refinement.

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Address
Brand NameRotel
Product TypeAmplifier
ManufacturerB&W Group
Manufacturer Part NumberRB-1582
Product NameRotel RB-1582
Product ModelRB-1582

Technical Information

Minimum Frequency Response20 Hz
Impedance8 Ohm
Maximum Frequency Response20 kHz


RMS Output Power400 W
Audio Channels2

Physical Characteristics

Width431 mm
Depth406 mm
Weight Approximate17.10 kg
Height140 mm
Dimensions140 mm (H): 431 mm (W): 406 mm (D)

Power Description

Operating Power Consumption550 W