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    Older Rotel amp

    Hi all -
    I have an older 2ch amp 100wpc Rotel RB-870BX. Would I benefit sound wise if I went to a newer 100wpc amp? I guess what I'm saying, do amps loos their oomph?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dharris
    Hi all -
    I have an older 2ch amp 100wpc Rotel RB-870BX. Would I benefit sound wise if I went to a newer 100wpc amp? I guess what I'm saying, do amps loos their oomph?

    Thanks,
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    This is a tough question to answer. I would say if your Rotel is still operating within it's original specs it has not lost it's oomph. Are you displeased with the sound of the Rotel? If you purchase another 100wpc amp will you be buying a more expensive state of the art amp or one comparable to the Rotel? If the amp still sounds good to you I would say stick with it. I have a 9 year old Rotel int amp that still sounds good and works well. I find bigger differences in sound in source and speakers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnMichael
    This is a tough question to answer. I would say if your Rotel is still operating within it's original specs it has not lost it's oomph. Are you displeased with the sound of the Rotel? If you purchase another 100wpc amp will you be buying a more expensive state of the art amp or one comparable to the Rotel? If the amp still sounds good to you I would say stick with it. I have a 9 year old Rotel int amp that still sounds good and works well. I find bigger differences in sound in source and speakers.
    Actually love the Rotel. If I did buy another amp it would be another Rotel or NAD.
    Thanks for the RE...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dharris
    Hi all -
    I have an older 2ch amp 100wpc Rotel RB-870BX. Would I benefit sound wise if I went to a newer 100wpc amp? I guess what I'm saying, do amps loos their oomph?

    Thanks,
    Don
    Stay with your equipments unless you are absoultely unsatisfied with your amp. Try moving your speakers to different postions. Sometimes moving 3-6 inches can impact greatly to your sound.

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    I have a 7-10 year old Rotel power amp and some 24 year old NAD integrated amps. They sound as good as they ever did. I can't say newer amps I've heard sound any better. They seem to have more power now and maybe run a bit cooler (which is good) and more efficient, but sound wise, the differences are pretty small. I think pre-amps are sounding a bit better these days, just my opinion.

    But for the same amount of money (or actually more to cover inflation), you're probably not going to get much (if any) performance increases just uprading the amp to something comparable. You're probably good with what you have.

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    The new ones probably won't be as reliable as your old one. I would stay put.

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