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Rotel Adds Surround Processor

North Reading, Mass. – A new $3,499-suggested 7.1-channel preamplifier/surround processor from Rotel features a 7-inch front-panel TFT color display for navigation, HDMI 2.0 inputs and outputs, and an embedded aptX Bluetooth receiver.

The RSP-1582 ships in March or April to join the entry-level RSP-1572 at $2,199.

The new model features eight HDMI HDMI 2.0 4K video pass-through inputs and two HDMI 2.0 4K outputs, one with audio return channel. It’s the company’s first preamp/surround processor with HDMI 2.0. The current model features HDMI 1.4. The new model also features a front-panel HDMI 4K input.

The RSP-1582 features Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio surround but not the object-based Dolby Atmos or DTS:X surround codecs. The company, however, said it plans an upgrade path to Atmos. The component also does not include HDCP 2.2 copy protection on the HDMI ports to pass through authorized copy-protected 4K content.

Other features include six 24-bit/192kHz Wolfson DACs. They consist of four separate DACs for the front-left, front-right, center and subwoofer channels and two stereo DACs for the four surround channels.

A USB input supports 24-bit/192kHz audio USB audio from a PC. It’s accompanied by three optical and three coaxial digital inputs and embedded Bluetooth with aptX.

Analog inputs include phono input, four auxiliary inputs, an XLR balanced input, a 7.1-channel input, and six stereo inputs. Analog pre-outs come with fully balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA connectors.

A front-panel Apple USB input features 5-volt 2.1-amp charging capability.

Other features include updatable OS via USB port or network connection, RS-232 and IP network interface for integration with home-control systems, three source-independent trigger outputs, and two IR-output connectors for IR pass-through and wired IR remote input.