Friday, February 8, 2013
Review: Rotel RA-840BX3 integrated amplifier
When it comes to solid-state gear, I seem to be cursed. Whatever used piece I buy somehow ends up having a problem. Now I love my Audio Analogue Puccini amplifier for its smooth and warm sound, but the selector switch eventually became dodgy, often dropping the right channel of the phono, which is the one I use the most. With that in mind, I decided to have it repaired but needed a short-term replacement since this stereo sees almost constant use. I hunted around until I found a Rotel RA-840BX3 (what a mouthful of gobbedlygook) on Ebay.
This is a budget amplifier from the early 90s that still features a phono preamplifier, and the normal CD, Tuner, and even video inputs. Power output is an unremarkable 50Ws, plenty for your average speaker and small to midsized room. Build quality is pretty good with an actual metal case and a mix of metal and plastic knobs. It runs a tad warm and is a popular spot for my cat to hang out on the colder nights.