Just picked up a Rotel RB-956-AX Six Channel Amp

Mike682 Posts: 2,074
edited May 2017 in Electronics
Hi guys

It's been a long time since I posted. Life has been really busy. Last time I posted my 2nd daughter was born. Well, now I have four beautiful girls and two jobs.

I've been getting the audio itch lately so I took a peek at my Letgo app for some used audio gear. I saw an ad for the Rotel Amp for $100. I chatted with the seller and he let me have it for $85. The guy only lives 10min away which was nice and convenient (He also has an NAD av-711 for sale which I might pick up). Lol. It's perfect looking and fully functional. No issues at all with anything. It sounds really nice. The Amp is not a huge powerful Amp as its only rated at 40w x 6 but can me bridged to 90w x 3. It has plenty of power driving my modest R20's and R30's. Bass is nice and controlled, highs are clear without any fatigue. The Amp sounds just as loud as my Carver Av-405 rated at 100w x 2.

Here are some pics:


Anyone else have this Amp?
Receiver: harmankardon AVR235
Mains: polk R30
Center: polk CSi3
Rear Surrounds: polk R20
Subwoofer: polk PSW404
DVD: Panasonic DVD-S29


  • SCompRacer
    SCompRacer Posts: 8,401
    edited May 2017
    Nice score!

    I don't have that amp, but I do have a Rotel RB-985 MKII five channel amp in the home theatre. It drives Polk LC265i in wall (like LSi9's), Lsi C center, and Polk LC60i ceiling speakers.

    Snagged from web pic....

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  • tonyb
    tonyb Posts: 32,915
    Nice snag for 85 bucks, congrats.
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  • timo1971
    timo1971 Posts: 1
    Hi I've just picked up one of these rotel amps, can't wait to try in bridged stereo mode 100 w stereo intp 8 ohms, use output 1 bridged + and - for left speaker and output 2 bridged + and - right speaker output wiring. So 6 channel but also great stereo power amp plus third out can be used for passive sub if required in 2.1 music set up this is a rotel and as such a very musically capable amp with much heritage.
  • gp4jesus
    gp4jesus Posts: 1,976
    edited July 2022
    Welcome to the Polk/Rotel brotherhood.

    Some good gear. The 956 at an amazing price!
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  • rooftop59
    rooftop59 Posts: 8,025
    butterbean wrote: »
    Looks beefy! Congrats on all fronts ! 4 daughter’s, you are truly blessed!!

    And hasn’t been on the forum since 2017…lol
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