Rotel RB-1090 amplifier opinions.

Looking for any current Rotel amp owners who have had the 1090.

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  • mantismantis Posts: 15,032
    The RB1090 is one killer amp. You trying to buy one or talk about yours?
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  • bassfannbassfann Posts: 151
    mantis wrote: »
    The RB1090 is one killer amp. You trying to buy one or talk about yours?
    Want to buy one.
  • BackertLabsBackertLabs Posts: 117
    We had that amp for years. It’s big, warm and dynamic. It sounded more “right” than a few expensive audiophile amps we tried to upgrade it with. In the end, a pair of Odyssey monoblocks (at greater cost) provided more audiophile goodies in the transparency department. But we still fondly remember the 1090.
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  • EmlynEmlyn Posts: 2,151
    It has built in wheels!
    1. Polk LSiM707, 704C, 703; Dual SVS SB2000 subwoofers; Marantz SR7011 receiver; Parasound A23 amp; Oppo 205; Toshiba HD-DVD Player; Sony 65" 4K TV; FIOS; PS Audio Power Plant Premier; MIT S2 cables
    2. JM Labs Electra 920.1; Parasound JC2 Preamp; Sonic Frontiers Power 2 amp; Sony HAP-Z1ES; Oppo 105D; Music Hall MMF7 and Acoustech phono pre; PS Audio P1000; MIT S1 Cables
    3. Polk LSiM703; Pioneer Elite SC97 receiver; Oppo 203; Squeezebox Touch; MIT S3 cables
  • SCompRacerSCompRacer Posts: 6,931
    edited October 2
    Not current, but I had one paired with some SDA SRS 2's. Great amp. Matter of fact I think I got it from Emlyn. The wheels on the back help sliding it in the rack.

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  • EmlynEmlyn Posts: 2,151
    Interesting and telling fact is that Rotel dumped Class AB amps for a few years in favor of their Class D experiment, but then went back to their traditional thing. The current RB-1590 is pretty much the same as the old RB-1090 design with updated cosmetics.
    1. Polk LSiM707, 704C, 703; Dual SVS SB2000 subwoofers; Marantz SR7011 receiver; Parasound A23 amp; Oppo 205; Toshiba HD-DVD Player; Sony 65" 4K TV; FIOS; PS Audio Power Plant Premier; MIT S2 cables
    2. JM Labs Electra 920.1; Parasound JC2 Preamp; Sonic Frontiers Power 2 amp; Sony HAP-Z1ES; Oppo 105D; Music Hall MMF7 and Acoustech phono pre; PS Audio P1000; MIT S1 Cables
    3. Polk LSiM703; Pioneer Elite SC97 receiver; Oppo 203; Squeezebox Touch; MIT S3 cables
  • SCompRacerSCompRacer Posts: 6,931
    I tried some Class D mono blocks, then Ed Savinon the SRT king brought over the Krell KSA-250, Class A. No contest, the Krell stayed.
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 6,275
    edited October 2
    SCompRacer wrote: »
    I tried some Class D mono blocks, then Ed Savinon the SRT king brought over the Krell KSA-250, Class A. No contest, the Krell stayed.
    Dayum… :o
    That Krell is a Monster too. Pic. from the web of its guts;
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 11,114
    It doubles as an arc welder by day
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 11,114
    I bet it would give an apartment hot plate a run for its money :p :p
  • Joey_VJoey_V Posts: 6,634
    SCompRacer wrote: »
    Not current, but I had one paired with some SDA SRS 2's. Great amp. Matter of fact I think I got it from Emlyn. The wheels on the back help sliding it in the rack.

    1mvtqw31oou6.jpg

    IIRC, I almost bought Emlyn’s years ago.

    I had a 1090, it was good until I got the Plinius SA102.
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    Amplification: HK AVR330 -> Rotel RB1070 -> Rotel RB1090 -> Plinius SA102 -> Cary 211FE -> Classe M600 -> Boulder 2060
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  • nhhiepnhhiep Posts: 874
    my last RB1090 shutdown after driving the polk 707s full range for a few hrs and it was hot too. the denon avr 3808 didn't have the issue. Sold it for around $1k
  • gp4jesusgp4jesus Posts: 1,181
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  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,249
    That amp shouldn’t have had an issue driving 707’s
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  • mantismantis Posts: 15,032
    erniejade wrote: »
    That amp shouldn’t have had an issue driving 707’s
    NONE!

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