Rotel RSX-1067 7.1 Surround Sound Receiver
In the world of surround receivers, Rotel has been a long time player.
Receivers from Rotel are usually highly regarded and considered to be of
excellent value. I personally never owned or had an experience with a Rotel
receiver before, so I welcomed the opportunity to review one.
I was immediately impressed by the look of the receiver once I opened its
box. The combination of silver and black front panel in a unique design is
very eye-catching. Your taste might vary, but to me the RSX-1067ís
appearance is elegant. It possesses the kind of look that gives you an
increased appreciation of your home theater, and also is a nice eyeful for
your friends and guests.
audio/video inputs are provided, not even a headphone jack. To me, the lack
of front panel connectors is not a big deal, since I rarely find the need
for them, but some users might be put off by such an omission.
Video switching is provided for 5 composite, 5 S-Video, and 3 component video inputs. Video outputs consist of 5 composite (includes outputs for monitor and second zone), 4 S-Video (includes monitor output), and 1 component video. The component video switching has sufficient bandwidth to accommodate progressive scan and HDTV signals.
On the rear panel, one can also find AM/FM antenna connectors, three 12 V triggers, infrared outputs, RS-232 serial connector, and the main power switch. The power cord of this receiver is detachable. Although it may sound like a lot of connectors, the rear panel of the RSX-1067 doesnít look too crowded. The reason is the receiver has a relatively wide area to house these connectors. The layout and spacing of the speaker terminals are especially nice.
If the outside features as I described above sound excellent, the inside features are even more impressive. First of all, it packs seven channels of 100 W/channel amplification. The power output is specified with all channels driven. If you donít need to use all seven channels in your main setup, you can redirect the front left and right amplifier channels to power second zone speakers.
In terms of surround processing, the RSX-1067 is capable of decoding most 5.1, 6.1, and 7.1 surround formats available today (DD, DTS, DD-EX, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DPL II, DPL IIx, DTS Neo:6, MPEG), and also includes some additional surround logics. It also features Rotel XS (eXtra Surround) processing for extended surround performance in a 6.1 or 7.1 system. Rotel XS can work at all times with all multi-channel digital signals and its advantage is to add extended surround effects to rear-surround speaker(s).
The receiver is not THX certified, but it does have processing
THX equalization called Cinema EQ, which can be used to tame
overly bright soundtracks. Completing the RSX-1067 list of extensive
features is an AM/FM tuner with Radio Data System (RDS) and HDCD decoding
The button layout is quite nice, but could use
some improvements. For example, one-handed operation of the remote could be
easier if the volume and channel rockers, which are used often in
many situations, were placed lower in the button-layout, perhaps near
the sliding cover. This is because of the tendency to use our
thumbs to operate these rockers. With the current layout, an index finger often
has to be used for changing volume or channel, which is less convenient.
The RSX-1067 can be quite warm during operation, so putting it in well-ventilated location is recommended. There are two fans on the bottom of its chassis (see picture) to help with the cooling, and hence it is wise not to put this receiver on top of another heat-generating component. The fans run relatively quiet, and I did not notice it during normal operation.
setup procedure is explained in the manual very well. As always, the key to
get the most out of a surround receiver is to go through the setup
parameters and adjust them appropriately. The RSX-1067 does have enough
customizable setup features to play around with to arrive with the sound
that will suit oneís taste. Usually with such flexibility comes complexity.
But, I found that setting up and customizing the RSX-1067 was relatively easy
and quite intuitive. This is mainly a result of the receiverís on-screen
display menu system, which is arranged quite logically and relatively easy
to navigate around. I was able to perform most of the setup and
customization without the help of the manual, except maybe to understand
what some of the features actually do.
receiver has a good responsiveness to the commands from its remote control.
And, I liked the fact that I could adjust how rapidly (three settings: slow,
mid, fast) the volume control responded to the input command.
For my evaluation, I used the RSX-1067 receiver in 7.1 channel
configuration, driving a combination of Onix Rocket RS series speakers
(RS-750, RSC-200, and RS-250) and JM Labs Cache 200 in-walls. Although
several crossover settings were tried, most of the evaluation was done with
an 80 Hz crossover all around between the satellites and the subwoofer. In
stereo applications, I also ran the receiver in bypass mode, so that it drove
the front speakers full range.
Image and soundstage presentation of this receiver were
sufficiently realistic. Overall image presentation was neutral to slightly
forward towards the listener. The bass was well defined and had sufficient
impact. The RSX-1067 possessed a musical quality that was quite satisfying
for stereo applications.
The top of the line RSX-1067 receiver is a solid performer that
lives up to Rotel's reputation. Not only does this receiver deliver a high level of
performance, but it is also an excellent value. It doesnít pack all the bells
and whistles that most high-end receivers are equipped with today, but
for the thing that matters most, which is producing high-quality surround
sound for music and movies, this receiver passes with flying colors. For
those of you who are still considering whether to go with a high-end
receiver or a separate-component system, let me tell you this: the Rotel RSX-1067
is a receiver that can make you forget about separates. Thatís how good it
is. Highly recommended!
- Yongki Go -