Rotel Electronics has just launched what it’s calling a “reference” surround processor: the RSP-1582. Rotel says the DACs in the RSP-1582 preamp/processor consist of six 24-bit/192kHz Wolfson WM8740 chips, four dedicated DACs for the front left, front right, center and subwoofer channels and shared stereo DACs for the rear and surround channels. Also included is a Texas Instruments PCM1804 audio-performance analog-to-digital converter (ADC). The processor is 7.1.
Multi-channel soundtracks are decoded by a Texas Instruments Aureus TMS320DA808 DSP chip with a 10-channel Parametric Equalization (PEQ). Digital inputs include: three optical, three coaxial, PC-USB input supporting 24bit/192kHz audio and an embedded aptX Bluetooth receiver for CD quality wireless connectivity.
The RSP-1582 has an analog Bypass function for relevant input signals, which circumvents the DSP section to obtain the purest analog signal path. The analog inputs include phono stage, four auxiliary, XLR balanced input, 7.1 channel input and six conventional stereo analogue inputs. The analog pre-outputs are presented on fully balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA connectors, both with twin subwoofer connections. The volume control allows for fine adjustments of level in increments of 0.5 dB.
The RSP-1582’s eight HDMI 4K video pass-through inputs utilize a Silicon Image Sil9573 2K/4K HDMI transceiver. There are also two HDMI 4K video pass-through outputs (one ARC/CEC enabled). And front-panel HDMI input with 4K video pass-through.
Other features include:
- 7” TFT display on the front panel
- Front-panel USB input for Apple devices with 2.1 amp charging capability
- RS232 and IP network interface for control
- Two IR output connectors for IR pass-through and wired IR remote input
- Three source independent trigger outputs.
It’s available in either black or silver finishes and will ship in April at a list price of $3,499. Detailed specs are here.