Rotel RAP-1580 Combines Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Amplification in Single Chassis

Rotel’s RAP-1580 Home Theater Surround Amplified Porcessor conserves rack space in tight environments without sacrificing object-based surround sound.


Equipment space is always a concern for consumers trying to balance their technology needs and room design concerns. Helping to ease those concerns is Rotel Electronics and its new RAP-1580 Home Theater Surround Amplified Processor

Rotel says the RAP-1580 is engineered as a solution for homeowners with space concerns for the placement of their electronics. 

“It is an ultra-high performance, multichannel integrated amplifier with surround processing that brings music and movies to life in a startlingly vivid way,” says Doug Henderson, U.S. president of the B&W Group. “This is our finest home theater product yet—while it resembles a receiver—it really is in a class all by itself.”

At the heart of the RAP-1580 is its inclusion of the HDMI 2.0a format, and a choice of surround sound processing options that include the object-based Dolby Atmos and DTS:X formats. 

Rotel explains the RAP-1580's seven channels of amplification produces 100 watts per channel, and Wolfson 24-bit/192kHZ digital-to-analog converters (DACs) for all channels to facilitate the Home Theater Surround Amplified Processor's audio performance.

Elaborating on the RAP-1580's HDMI options, Rotel says the product features eight inputs and two outputs. All of the HDMI connections support 4K Ultra HD video, and both outputs and three of the inputs support HDCP 2.2. Other options include a front-panel iPod USB input with 2.1A charging, and built-in Bluetooth. 

In addition, Rotel says a PC-USB input that supports 24-bit/192kHz audio, along with analog connectivity options such as a moving magnet (MM) phono input, a CD input, an XLR (balanced) input, a tuner input, three auxiliary inputs, and a multichannel input. 

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Robert Archer
Robert Archer:

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob has also served as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In his personal time beyond his family, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Binda Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.