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From a quick glance at its specifications, Rotel’s new RSX-1057 surround sound receiver might seem like just another entry in this very crowded component category. Yet, the RSX-1057 distinguishes itself from the competition during actual use with an overbuilt power supply that delivers the extreme voltage and current required during those explosive soundtracks so prevalent in today’s movies.
The high current amplifier section puts a full 75 watts RMS per channel at your sonic disposal (that’s with all five channels driven simultaneously from 20 Hz to 20 kHz with no more than 0.05% THD!). In the real world, this is far more power than you’ll find in other products that provide only two-channel ratings. Of course, superb power supply design helps here as does careful parts evaluation and selection. But, that’s simply part of Rotel’s Balanced Design heritage.
Are you concerned about future audio/video needs? The RSX-1057 is HDMI ready now with two HDMI inputs and one HDMI output (version 1.1) to connect your A/V components to the latest generation video displays with 1080p capability.
Will you be moving your system to a larger environment, or considering an eventual move to full 7.1 surround capability? The RSX-1057 features an option that provides for the simple addition of a two-channel amplifier to expand your home theater options to full 7.1 should you desire it.
Rotel hasn’t forgotten convenience either. The RSX-1057 provides analog and digital connections for up to seven additional components. The RSX-1057 even allows you to re-label inputs, assign inputs, perform advanced bass management and equalize channels.
Advanced microprocessors from Crystal Semiconductor handle Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, DTS, DTS ES Discrete and Matrix, DTS 24/96, DTS Neo:6 and Dolby Pro Logic II X decoding and provide several music modes for your enjoyment, too. Three component inputs and internal video transcoding let you see the best picture possible regardless of your source.
The RSX-1057 is also for custom installations. There’s an RS-232 interface, multi-room, multi-source with composite video, three assignable 12-volt trigger outputs, discrete on/off remote control command codes, rear panel IR inputs, and a detachable AC power cord. A fully programmable remote control is standard.