Rotel RSX 1067 Receiver & RDV-1050 DVD Player Clearfield UT
Rotel RSX 1067 Receiver & RDV-1050 DVD Player
May 3, 2004 By Brent Butterworth
“That’s it,” art director Tony Fox insists when I call up Rotel’s website. He and I are scouring the Internet for audio components that will complement the look of the interior on this issue’s cover. Tony is relieved to find products that rise above the basic-black Model T look. I am relieved that he has chosen Rotel.
Slim, silvery lifestyle products now fill the shelves of electronics stores, from discount outlets to exclusive Bang & Olufsen boutiques. Those attractive skins often camouflage loss-leader
electronics. It’s like putting a Ferrari body on the chassis of a Dodge Neon.
I doubt, however, that this will be the case with the RSX-1067 receiver and RDV-1050 DVD player to which Tony is so attracted. For years, audio enthusiasts have looked to Rotel when the choos to upgrade from mass-market electronics.
Back in the day when audiophiles were thrilled to find any decent-sounding home theater components at all, Rotel products sufficed with drab black exteriors. Recently, though, Rotel has revamped its look. Matte-finish aluminum faceplates with discreet control buttons replace the predictable dark façades. Will your interior designer stop complaining if you swap your unlovely black audio gear for Rotel components? Probably not. But he or she just might
find some more serious violation to focus on— perhaps that hideous flatware that you inherited from your grandmother, or the tacky orange toolbox that completely ruins the look of your garage.
As you browse the audio aisles of a big electronics retailer, you will see that most $2,000 receivers offer about 100 watts per channel, all use the same Dolby and DTS technologies to produce surround sound, and all are visually indistinguishable. So what sets the RSX-1067 apart?
For starters, you will not find it at a big electronics retailer. Rotel products are sold exclusively through specialty audio stores and custom installers. A Rotel receiver in your living room marks you as a cognoscente, a person who considers an audio component to be more than a mere appliance. You can take as much pride in owning the RSX-1067 as you would in wearing a Girard-Perregaux watch.
What do all those numeric buttons do? We forgot to mention that the RSX-1067 has an AM/FM tuner with Radio Data Service capability and 30 presets. The buttons tune the radio or select the desired preset. (Click image to enlarge)
You will also enjoy Rotel’s philosophy of product design. Like most British audio companies, Rotel does not seek to pack every last doodad and every possible watt of power into its receivers. Instead, it forgoes many of the marketing gimmicks and pursues a more balanced approach. The company’s engineers value basic sound quality at least as highly as they regard the latest technological wonders. The focus is on functionality.
Indeed, the RSX-1067 produces a sweet, satisfying sound. I particularly enjoy hearing my favorite jazz CDs played thr...