Rotel RB-1090 amplifier opinions.

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

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  • mantis
    mantis Posts: 16,227
    The RB1090 is one killer amp. You trying to buy one or talk about yours?
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  • bassfann
    bassfann Posts: 151
    mantis wrote: »
    The RB1090 is one killer amp. You trying to buy one or talk about yours?
    Want to buy one.
  • 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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  • Emlyn
    Emlyn Posts: 3,021
    It has built in wheels!
    1. Polk LSiM-707, LSiM-704C, LSiM-702FX; Dual SVS SB2000 subwoofers; Marantz SR7011 receiver; Parasound A31 and A23 amps; Oppo 205; Sony 65" 4K TV; FIOS; PS Audio Power Plant Premier; MIT S2 cables
    2. JM Labs Electra 920.1; Parasound JC2 and JC5; Sony HAP-Z1ES; Marantz SA8004 SACD; Music Hall MMF7 and Acoustech phono pre; PS Audio P1000; MIT S1 Cables
    3. Polk LSiM703; Anthem Pre-2L SE; Parasound A21; Sony 48" 4K TV; Wyred4Sound DAC 2; Oppo 203; Squeezebox Touch; PS Audio Power Director 4.7; MIT S3 cables
  • SCompRacer
    SCompRacer Posts: 7,170
    edited October 2018
    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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  • Emlyn
    Emlyn Posts: 3,021
    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 LSiM-707, LSiM-704C, LSiM-702FX; Dual SVS SB2000 subwoofers; Marantz SR7011 receiver; Parasound A31 and A23 amps; Oppo 205; Sony 65" 4K TV; FIOS; PS Audio Power Plant Premier; MIT S2 cables
    2. JM Labs Electra 920.1; Parasound JC2 and JC5; Sony HAP-Z1ES; Marantz SA8004 SACD; Music Hall MMF7 and Acoustech phono pre; PS Audio P1000; MIT S1 Cables
    3. Polk LSiM703; Anthem Pre-2L SE; Parasound A21; Sony 48" 4K TV; Wyred4Sound DAC 2; Oppo 203; Squeezebox Touch; PS Audio Power Director 4.7; MIT S3 cables
  • SCompRacer
    SCompRacer Posts: 7,170
    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.
    Make yourself necessary to someone. Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Salk SoundScape 8's * Audio Research Reference 3 * Bottlehead Eros Phono * Park's Audio Budgie SUT * Krell KSA-250 * Harmonic Technology Pro 9+ & Pro 11+ * Signature Series Sonore Music Server w/Deux PS* Twisted Pear Buffalo III Dual Mono ESS Sabre32 DAC * Heavy Plinth Lenco L75 Idler Drive * AA MG-1 Linear Air Bearing Arm * AT33PTG/II & Denon 103R * Richard Gray 600S * NHT B-12d subs * GIK Acoustic Treatments * Sennheiser HD650 *

  • Tony M
    Tony M Posts: 9,677
    edited October 2018
    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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  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 18,564
    It doubles as an arc welder by day
  • halo
    halo Posts: 5,612
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    It doubles as an arc welder by day

    And a space heater / furnace!
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 18,564
    I bet it would give an apartment hot plate a run for its money :p:p
  • Joey_V
    Joey_V Posts: 7,649
    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.

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    IIRC, I almost bought Emlyn’s years ago.

    I had a 1090, it was good until I got the Plinius SA102.
    Joey's Gear:
    Current Gear:
    Primary:
    Digital: Torus RM15 -> Emm Labs TSDx/Bluesound Node 2 -> Emm Labs DAC2x
    Analog: VPI Avenger Reference w/ Rim Drive w/ ADS + 12" Fatboy Dual Pivot + Lyra Etna
    + Audio Research Reference 40th Anniversary -> Boulder 2060 stereo amp (w/ Audioquest WEL Signature) -> new speakers + JL Audio F113v2 x2
    Secondary:
    Rotel RA1592 Super Integrated -> Sonus Faber Olympica 3
    Tertiary:
    Oppo 105D -> Rotel RC1570 preamp -> Rotel RB1582 amp -> Focal Kanta 2


    Main speakers system evolution over the years:
    Klipsch Promedia 4.1 -> Axiom M22ti -> Sonus Faber Concertino -> Sonus Faber Concerto -> Polk LSi7 -> Polk LSi9 -> Martin Logan Mosaic -> AV123 Onix Ref 1 -> Martin Logan Vantage -> AV123 Strata Mini -> Martin Logan Summit -> Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor -> BW 802D2 -> Sonus Faber Stradivari -> Rockport Avior -> BW 802D3 -> BW 800D3 -> ???

    Old Gear:
    Speakers:
    BW PM1 (3.5/5), CM10s2 (3.75/5), BW800D3 (5/5), Rockport Aviors (5/5), Sonus Faber Stradivari (5/5), BW 802D2 (4.5/5), Martin Logan Summits (4.25/5), Martin Logan Vantage (4/5), Sonus Faber Cremona Auditor (3.75/5), AV123 Strata Mini (3.5/5), ML Mosaic (3.25/5), Onix Ref1 (3/5), Sonus Faber Concerto (2.75/5), SF Concertino (2.5/5), Axiom M22ti (2/5), Polk LSi9 (3/5), LSi7 (2.9/5)
    Source:
    Squeezebox 3 -> PS Audio Digital Link III -> Cary 306/200 CDP -> Cary 306 SACD -> EMM LABS DAC2X/TSDX
    Preamplification:
    Rotel RC1070 -> Rogue Perseus -> Cary SLP98 -> Cary SLP98F1 -> Cary SLP05 (sold and then repurchased) -> ARC 5se -> ARC Ref 40th Anniversary
    Amplification:
    HK AVR330 -> Rotel RB1070 -> Rotel RB1090 -> Plinius SA102 -> Cary 211FE -> Classe M600 -> Boulder 2060
    Subwoofer:
    Infinity Entra2 -> SVS 25-31PCi -> SVS 25-31PC+ -> Dual JL Audio F113v2
  • nhhiep
    nhhiep Posts: 877
    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
  • gp4jesus
    gp4jesus Posts: 1,659
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    8 ga Powerline - LR woofers, inside* & out
    *soldered

    LR: tri-amped RTi A7 w/Rotels. Woofers - 980BX; M&T - 981
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  • erniejade
    erniejade Posts: 5,558
    That amp shouldn’t have had an issue driving 707’s
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  • mantis
    mantis Posts: 16,227
    erniejade wrote: »
    That amp shouldn’t have had an issue driving 707’s
    NONE!

    Dan
    My personal quest is to save to world of bad audio, one thread at a time.
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