The Rotel RDV-1080’s RISC (reduced instruction set computer) IC is capable of 100 million instructions per second (MIPS) and controls a 10-bit video D/A converter operating at 54MHz. When «they» say that this assures the best picture quality, it’s true. Page 1 | Page 2 Upon first learning that I would be reviewing a Rotel DVD player for this issue, I had difficulty believing it. You betcha – except this player isn’t obsolete; it’s a player that not only makes your current DVD’s look and sound great, it lets you take your DVD library with you into the fabulous world of high definition television. Using my reference Definitive Technology speakers and some fine Klipschs I’m testing (fed by our reference Rotel RSP-1098 preamp/processor and RMB-1095 power amp), I could hear nuance I never heard before, even from albums I’ve been listening to for 30 years!
The RDV-1080 easily handles stereo PCM, Dolby Digital, DTS, and MPEG audio. The Rotel 1092 had one cord to draw power for both of its channels (although each circuit is a 20 amp circuit). It’s fair to say that the Rotel 1092 was 85% of the Nemos and the M-2000s. Each audiophile quality was well-represented. For one thing, it doesn’t handle SACD discs, which is a shame – though it isn’t surprising since Rotel hasn’t offered SACD capability before anyway.
Plus, you’ll find optical and coaxial digital audio outputs for easy connection to any system. But as much as I love this player, all is not perfect. Even at 480p the RDV-1092 outputs a picture of such quality and apparent depth that it almost looks 3D, something I haven’t experienced since I saw Star Wars Episode II in Imax.