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Wolfgang Amadeus
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Yamaha vs Rotel

Hi Everyone,

I am torn between Yamaha AS-2200 VS Rotel RA1592 (or RA1572 +RB1590 Separates) for my DALI Speakers. Could you shed some light on their characteristic differences in terms of sonic performance? Thanks in advance.

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Full disclosure: I've not heard any of the specific components you mention here but have owned a Yamaha 80 watt receiver and listened a lot to a friend's 100 watt vintage Yamaha integrated and another friend's Rotel integrated. Similarly, I've not heard any Dali speakers but have done some reading and research about them when I was shopping for a speaker upgrade recently. The best advice anyone can give you, of course, is to do some critical listening to the components you have in mind under controlled conditions, if possible. What your ears will like may not necessarily be what anyone else's ears might like.

The Yamaha A-S2200, which sells for approximately $4,000.00 in the USA, has a rated output of approximately 90 watts (RMS) into 8 ohms and 150 into 4 ohms. Its rated SN (Signal to Noise ratio) is approximately 110 dB, at best, with a THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) of approximately .07%.

The Rotel RA-1592, which sells for approximately $3,000.00 in the USA, has a rated output of approximately 200 watts into 8 ohms. I couldn't find a specific 4 ohm rating for it. Its SN is rated at approximately 103 dB with a THD of less than .03%.

The Rotel RA-1572 is another integrated with considerably less power than the RA-1592 and a little more than the Yamaha. It's not an amplifier. If you are considering separates, as opposed to an integrated amplifier, then I assume your choice would be the Rotel RB-1582 amplifier paired with the Rotel RC-1590 pre-amplifier. This would be a combination going for approximately $3,800.00 in the USA. The SN rating for the RB-1582 is better, given as 116 dB.

Not sure which Dali speakers you have but, if I recall correctly, most, if not all, of their floor-standers are 4 and 5 ohm nominal load designs. As such, if your Dali are less than an 8 ohm nominal design, they would likely sound best with a power plant that has the best power supply you can afford (i.e. current delivery, as opposed to watts). Keep in mind that although an amplifier or integrated amplifier may have enough power to drive a pair of 4 and 5 ohm speakers, it may not have enough current delivery to get everything out of them they are designed to deliver. Assuming your budget is around four or five thousand dollars (US), I would encourage you to read about and make arrangements to do some critical listening to a Simaudio Moon Neo IX, which has an outstanding power supply for its class. I've heard that one and it was/is fantastic with 8 ohm speakers. How it would do with less than 8 ohm speakers, I can only guess. It would also make sense to seek guidance from Dali and/or from a local reputable audiophile shop. If possible, find a local shop that carries Dali speakers like yours and do some critical listening with the components you've mentioned and others, like the Simaudio Moon I've mentioned. Good Luck and may your ears be your guide!

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Wolfgang Amadeus wrote:

Hi Everyone,

I am torn between Yamaha AS-2200 VS Rotel RA1592 (or RA1572 +RB1590 Separates) for my DALI Speakers. Could you shed some light on their characteristic differences in terms of sonic performance? https://bestdoorbellcamera2021.com/best-wireless-doorbell-camera/ Thanks in advance.

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