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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by David*Ryu, Jan 29, 2003.
Will adding a Rotel Amp to a Yamaha clean up the harsh sound that can sometimes be output?
It may or may not. What kind of speakers are you using? Some combos of receivers/amps and speakers can produce Bright, warm, neutral, etc sound. Currently I use a Rotel RMB-1066 with Paradigm Mini Monitors and fine the sound to be awesome. When I had my old Yamaha RX-V495 a couple of years ago I did find the sound harsh at increased volume. Your best bet is to ask the dealer if you can take the amp home for a couple of days to test it with your setup to see if you like the sound.
It did in my case. About a year ago I added a Rotel 1075 to my Yamaha 995, and the sound improved dramatically. One improvement was a mellowing of the edge on the Yamaha.
Hope this helps.
Could this be more of a problem with the recording (DVD/CD) then the Yamaha? I find many CD's recorded extremley Bright. The Yam may be showing you exactly what is on the recording. Bob
I did the exact same thing a few years back, it was the rxv795(piece of crap) and I had B&W 302's...the combination was horribly bright, so I borrowed a Rotel amp from my store and tried it...low and behold it remained bright!! Yamaha pre-amps and decoders combine for a very bright sound...I immediately got rid of it and bought a HK and was quite pleased with the results. Keep in mind that the Rotel amp that I used was older...perhaps an RB985 would be nice for you...whatever you do, try it first!!
I have the rx-z1 & I dont find it "harsh". In fact, I have it hooked up to Klipsch speakers & it sounds beautiful.
I think that this is one of the more interesting topics on this board. Pieces may have the same specs but sound different. I tried a yamaha with my Kef speakers and found it to be too bright as well. I currently have Integra. I also found the sonys too bright for my taste. Rotel seems to be comparable to Integra as far as sound characteristics. I will be demoing a cd player hopefully in the next few weeks and let you know how it sounds.
Thanks for all the information... I don't know if my local dealer Home Theater Store will allow testing it out then returning it, but that is a good idea.
Which Yamaha do you have?
I added the Rotel 1075 (5-channel) amp to an RXV-1300. (to B&W 600 series speakers) Sounds much "warmer", almost TOO warm. Will be upgrading fronts to CDM-9NT's to get more High freq. "clarity"...?
Also, I found that I needed to give it some burn-in time for it to "smooth" out.
Please excuse this newbie - but what the hell does "bright" mean? It seems totally subjective to me; does it mean over-emphasis of certain (higher) frequency ranges. If so, could this not be measured on some kind of frequency analysis test.? Or is this sort of testing not done on receivers/amps?