Rotel RSP-1572 Preamplifier and Surround Sound Processor

March 15, 2012

Kal Rubinson has posted a review of the Rotel RSP-1572 preamplifier and surround sound processor ($2199) at Stereophile. His conclusions:

“So how did the Rotel RSP-1572 stack up against its competition in the busy $2000 class? It sounded as good as any, and was completely devoid of operational idiosyncrasies or switching noises. It distinguished itself with the delightful simplicity of its operation, which doesn’t try to entice the user into meddling with processing controls but still provides all the facilities the user needs. What it lacks is any Internet access or streaming facilities, although the USB port accepts iPods, MP3 players, flash drives, and a conveniently provided Bluetooth dongle. It also lacks automatic room EQ, and some users will have to hire a professional installer to set up its capable parametric EQ. All that suggests to me that the Rotel is a more formidable competitor in the custom-installation sector than in the audiophile/home-theater hobbyist market. On the other hand, those of us who don’t mind getting our hands dirty with some measurement tools can have it all with the RSP-1572: great sound and great looks. ”

You can read the full review here.