Rotel Stereo Pre-Amplifier (RC-1590MKII)

RotelSKU: RC1590MKIISliver

Color: Sliver
Sale price $2,599.00

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Reference audio systems deserve reference audio equipment. Rotel’s RC-1590MKII reference preamplifier renders audio with natural expression, an open sound stage and dynamic clarity. Analog, Digital, Bluetooth and Turntable sources are supported by a bespoke acoustic tuning process inviting you to bring your favorite music allowing the RC-1590MKII to immerse you.

RC-1590MKII Stereo Preamplifier

Reference audio systems deserve reference audio equipment. The Rotel RC-1590MKII is exactly that -- a reference preamplifier rendering analog and digital sources with natural expression in a wide and open sound stage in stunning clarity.

The heart of the RC-1590MKII begins with the power supply featuring dual in-house manufacture toroidal transformers. The transformers are physically and electrically isolated supplying dedicated analog and digital supply voltages to all critical circuits through low ESR slit-foil capacitors eliminating unwanted distortion and an extremely low noise floor.

Digital source inputs are processed utilizing an audiophile grade Texas Instruments 32-bit/384kHz Digital to Audio Converter (DAC) with custom engineered, proprietary acoustically tuned external output filter circuits rendering even the finest details with exceptional clarity and exact positing.

Analog signal paths feature DIRECT-PATH bypass modes eliminating unnecessary circuits maintaining signal integrity and further eliminating unwanted noise and distortion drawing you even closer and immersing you in the music.

The RC-1590MKII supports a full array of inputs ensuring connection to your favorite sources including a Moving Magnet Phono input for vinyl lovers, Analog, Digital, XLR Balanced, high quality aptXTM and AAC wireless Bluetooth, and PC-USB (32-bit/384kHz) supporting MQA unfolding and rendering as well as certified Roon Tested.

Dual RCA and XLR output connection provide the ultimate flexibility including bi-amplification installations. A subwoofer output is also included.

The RC-1590MKII proudly continues Rotel’s 60-year legacy and heritage with our ongoing promises of performance, value, and unwavering commitment to quality. Authentic, engaging, and spacious – the RC-1590MKII proudly represents this iconic brand.

  • Certified Roon Tested
  • Supports MQA and MQA Studio
  • Texas Instruments premium 32-bit/384kHz Digital to Analog Converter
  • Moving Magnet Phono input for turntable connection
  • Wireless aptX™ and AAC Bluetooth
  • General Information

    Demensions (W x H x D)
  • 431 x 144 x 348 mm
  • 17 x 5.7 x 13.9 in
  • Front Panel Height 3U / 132.6mm (5.25")
    Power Requirements 120 V, 60 Hz
    Power Consumption 45 W
    Net Weight
  • 22.27 lbs
  • 10.1 kg
  • BTU Rating 78 BTU/h


    Intermodualtion Distortion (60Hz:7kHz, 4:1) <0.002%
    Total Harmonic Distortion (20Hz–20kHz) <0.002%

    Frequency Response

    Line Level Inputs: 10Hz - 100kHz (+0dB, +0.1dB)
    Digital Inputs: 20Hz - 20kHz (0±0.5dB, Max)
    Phono Input (MM) 20Hz - 20kHz (+0.3dB, -0.2dB)

    S/N Ratio (IHF "A" Weighted)

    Line Level Inputs (RCA): 117 dB
    Line Level Inputs (XLR): 115 dB
    Digital Inputs: 108 dB
    Phono Input (MM) 80 dB

    Input Sensitivity

    Line Level Inputs (RCA): 150 mV
    Line Level Inputs (XLR): 250 mV
    Digital Inputs: 0 dBFs
    Phono Input (MM) 2.5 mV

    Input Impedance

    Line Level Inputs (RCA): 100k Ω
    Line Level Inputs (XLR): 100k Ω
    Digital Inputs: 75 Ω
    Phono Input (MM) 47k Ω

    Input Overload

    Line Level Inputs (RCA): 4 V
    Line Level Inputs (XLR): 5.5 V
    Phono Input (MM) 64 mV

    Output Level

    Unbalanced (RCA): 1 V
    Balanced (XLR): 2 V

    Channel Separation

    Line Level Inputs (RCA): >85 dB
    Line Level Inputs (XLR): >75 dB
    Phono Input (MM) >85 dB

    Tone Control

    ±10dB at 100Hz / 10kHz

    Preamplifier Output Level

    1.65 V (at - 20 dB)

    Coax/Optical Digital Inputs Signals LPCM

    (Up to 24-bit/192kHz)


    USB Audio Class 1 up to 24-bits/96kHz
    USB Audio Class 2* up to 32-bits/384kHz
    MQA and MQA Studio up to 24-bits/384kHz

    Roon Tested

    *Driver Installation Required

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