- May 24, 2001
Am about to purchase my first home theater processor and am considering either the Rotel receiver or their Pre-Amp with an outboard power amp. As far as I can tell, the processors, features, etc. in the two units are nearly identical with the difference that the RSX-972 receiver(list $1300)gives you a 5x75WPC power amp vs. the RSP-976 preamp (list $1100). My home theater system will be using very small monitors in the front due to space limitations, so a higher power amp is probably not necessary. I will also be using the unit to feed a second zone and power amp with Dynaudio speakers in my living room. The RSP 976 would allow for more flexibility in the future, albeit at a higher cost. Any thoughts from people familiar with these models? Am I gaining anything besides flexibility in spending the extra 800 bucks for the pre/power combo? Thanks.