Rotel 981 ????

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  1. Mark Nguyen

    Mark Nguyen Stunt Coordinator

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    Hi guys,
    Do you think it would make a difference by getting the RB-981 for my fronts (BP2000) leaving my current Denon 5600 driving the center and surrounds? I use it for both music/movie.
    My (old system [​IMG]) setup:
    Denon 5600
    BP2000
    CLR2000
    BPX
    Thanks,
    Mark
     
  2. Guy Usher

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    The Rotel is one of the finest sounding amps for music at any price. If it does so well with music you can bet it will do fine for HT. I have a 985THX mk2 Rotel and a 981 Rotel that I used to use bridged for a sub, but since changed it so I run my two fronts with it now. I am talking Rotel 981 vs Rotel 985 5 channel, the 981 blows it away as far as sound goes. If I could find 2 more 981s I would give up the 5 channel Rotel. What other 600 dollar amp still pulls 400 dollars 5 years old. The Rotel 981 is a keeper!!!
     
  3. Mark Nguyen

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    Guy,

    That sounds good. I currently have the Denon 5600 THX and not sure how it would compares to the RB-985. The BP2000 comes with its own powered amp for the built in sub so I don't think it's driving that much power from the amp anyways. No doubt that the RB-981 is a good amp with the result you're getting but I just want to find out if it would make any difference (audible that is) if I purchase the RB-981 amp to drive the 2 fronts.

    Btw, what's the spec on the RB-985 and what kind of speakers are you using with the RB-981?


    Thanks,

    Mark
     
  4. Yogi

    Yogi Screenwriter

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    Yes you would be able to hear a difference. Plus it would free up your receiver's power supply to handle the center and surrounds much better. go for it!
     
  5. Mark Nguyen

    Mark Nguyen Stunt Coordinator

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    Sounds like I am gonna get one. [​IMG]
    Guy, what difference did you hear when you switched the fronts to the Rb-981? Where did you notice the difference? (bass/mid/high/etc.)
    Thanks a lot.
     
  6. Gianni

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    Did you see the RB-981 for sale at Audiogon?
     
  7. Mark Nguyen

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    yeah, but i think it's pending a sale though.
     
  8. Guy Usher

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    The 985THX Mk2 is a great HT amp that does well on music, but the 981 IMO does even better on my NHT super Ones it is "faster', more "musical" higher damping may let it keep the drivers a little more controled, 110x5 for the 985 and 130x2 for the 981. In my mind soundstage is bigger and the NHT needs the marginal power increase. Pre-Pro I use is Marantz AV9000, 2 subs with 2 tens each built by a SB friend, I like the tight bass you get from ten inch woofers (in general)
     
  9. Mark Nguyen

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    Thanks guys. I will be searching for one now. [​IMG]
    Mark
     

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