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Rotel RC-1590MKII Stereo Preamplifier

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Reference audio systems deserve reference audio equipment. The Rotel RC-1590MKII is exactly that, a reference preamplifier rendering analogue 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 analogue 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 utilising 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 positioning.

Analogue 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 favourite sources including a Moving Magnet Phono input for vinyl lovers, Analogue, Digital, XLR Balanced, high quality aptX 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.


Dimensions (W x H x D):

431 × 144 × 348mm

17" × 5.7" × 13.9"

Front Panel Height:

3U / 132.6mm (5.25")

Power Requirements:

120V, 60Hz

Power Consumption:


Standby Power Consumption:


Net Weight:

10.1kg (22.27lbs.)

BTU Rating:

78 BTU/h

Total Harmonic Distortion (THD):

(20Hz–20kHz) <0.002%

Frequency Response:

Line Level Inputs :10Hz - 100kHz (+0dB, +0.1dB)

Digital Inputs:20Hz - 20kHz (0±0.5dB, Max)

Phono Input:20Hz - 20kHz (+0.3dB, -0.2dB)

S/N Ratio (IHF “A” Weighted):

Line Level Inputs (RCA): 117dB

Line Level Inputs (XLR): 115 dB

Digital Inputs: 108dB

Phono Input: 80dB

Intermodulation Distortion (60Hz:7kHz, 4:1):


Input Sensitivity:

Line Level Inputs (RCA): 150mV

Line Level Inputs (XLR): 250mV

Digital Inputs: 0dBFs

Phono Input (MM): 2.5mV

Input Impedance:

Line Level Inputs (RCA): 100kΩ

Line Level Inputs (XLR): 100kΩ

Digital Inputs: 75Ω

Phono Input (MM): 47kΩ

Input Overload:

Line Level Inputs (RCA): 4V

Line Level Inputs (XLR): 5.5V

Phono Input: 64mV

Output Level:

Unbalanced (RCA): 1V

Balanced (XLR): 2V

Channel Separation:

Line Level Inputs (RCA): >85dB

Line Level Inputs (XLR): >75dB

Phono Input: >85dB

Tone Controls:

±10dB at 100Hz / 10kHz

Preamplifier Output Level:

1.65 V (at - 20 dB)

Coax/Optical Digital Input Signals:

LPCM (Up to 24-bit/192kHz)


USB Audio Class 1 (up to 24-bit/96kHz)

USB Audio Class 2 (up to 32-bit/384kHz)

*Driver Installation Required

MQA and MQA Studio (up to 24-bit/384kHz)

Roon Tested