Rotel introduces home cinema products with Dirac Live room correction

Rotel has added the RSP-1576MKII Surround Processor and the RAP-1580MKII Amplified Surround Processor to its longstanding range of home cinema components.

The new products bring with them Dirac Live room correction technology to accurately calibrate the room and system configuration for installations of any size. 


Using Texas Instrument’s latest quad-core DSP, the RSP-1576MKII Surround Processor supports theatres of up to 7.1.4 channels for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X audio formats.

It has an array of six audiophile grade Wolfson DACs, a measurement microphone and featuring Dirac Live Full room correction, it enables 20Hz to 20kHz automatic frequency and time domain adjustments to ensure optimal performance in any size theatre room.

The audio performance engineering utilises Rotel’s proprietary Balanced Design Concept built on a bespoke in-house manufactured toroidal transformer, low distortion, noise rejection circuit layout and acoustic tuning of all critical audio circuits. 

The RSP-1576MKII is designed as a multichannel preamplifier and features seven HDMI 4K HDR video inputs and two HDMI 4K HDR video outputs. An array of outputs complement the video processing, including XLR, PC-USB (24 bit/192k), three optical, three coaxial, three RCA analogue, iPod USB, apt-X Bluetooth, 7.1 multichannel input, as well as a Moving Magnet Phono Stage input for classic vinyl lovers. 

Setup functions can be accessed on the VFD front display as well as on the HDMI OSD for easy system configuration even when the unit is installed in an equipment rack in a remote location. 

The RAP-1580MKII Amplified Surround Processor includes seven channels of Class AB amplification utilising an oversized Rotel factory built toroidal transformer and high efficiency slit foil capacitors. 

Power delivery is 100 Watts per channel into 8 ohm loads with all channels driven and 200 Watts of power into 4 ohm loads with two channels driven. 

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Again, this Amplified Surround Processor also uses the latest Texas Instruments quad-core DSP and array of six Wolfson 24 bit/192kHz audiophile grade DACs. The DSP and DACs are supported with critically tuned sonic components delivering clean, accurate and precise audio to the array of amplifier output devices, ensuring effortless energy and tremendous depth to the sound stage. 

The RAP-1580MKII includes support and a license for Dirac Live LE room correction, delivering adjustments in the most difficult frequency region from 10Hz to 500Hz. Utilising the included calibration microphone, the Dirac software measures and calculates the DSP coefficients for a unique listening experience.

Various source inputs are available, including optical, coaxial, analogue, XLR, iPod USB, PC-USB (24/192), apt-X Bluetooth, and a Moving Magnet Phono Stage for classic vinyl fans. 

There are seven HDMI inputs on the back and one on the front, with three HDMI’s supporting 4K/HDR pass-through and both HDMI outputs supporting 4K/HDR. 

The RAP-1580MKII has multiple amplifier configuration options, allowing redirection of the internal amplifiers to the overhead and surround channels while allowing external amplification for the main channels for larger theatre installations. This ensures all seven channels of internal amplification can be utilised regardless of the theatre and speaker sizes. 

A front panel graphic display can be used for easy to read status and simple configuration of all setup options. 

Both the RSP-1576MKII and RAP-1580MKII can integrate with a control system using RS232 and IP Ethernet controls including software updates, three assignable independent 12V trigger outputs, wired IR input and output and an available custom rack mount kit. 

Both models are available in silver and black colourways. The RSP-1576MKII is available this month with the RAP-1580MKII following in October. 

Suggested retail pricing are as follows:
RSP-1576MKII - £2,600 / €3,000 / $3,499
RAP-1580MKII - £3,800 / €4,300 / $4,999

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