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Description:2 x 30 Watts (8 ohms)
Dimensions:440 x 90 x 260mm (Width x Height x Depth)

Added: 10 July 2009
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"An old friend"
3 out of 5 Reviewed 14th February 2015
Two years ago I replaced my 820AX with an Exposure 1010 as the Rotel was playing up with one channel not working occasionally. I have kept the Rotel and today I decided to have a play with it, and miraculously it worked perfectly. The sound that's coming out of this beauty caught me by surprise as being quite good compared to the Exposure. There's lots more bass and sounds relatively warmer than the Exposure, although it has slightly less detail.
So now I'm going to permanently hook up the Rotel to my system and use it whenever I feel like having a change from the Exposure.
A little beauty she is, now around 20 years old, I think!
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"A perfect friend"
5 out of 5 Reviewed 29th November 2014
I started out with this amp as the heart of my system. Times changed, and I needed to upgrade to surround, because I love watching movies. It turned out to be a NAD T753, which still works great. But I kept the Rotel RA-820AX as my PC amp, in combination with a Terratec Aureon USB sound card. I listen to it with my AKG K172 HD headphones or Behringer B2030P speakers, and in both cases it sounds amazing. The sound stage is still completely satisfying, with rich deep base, sparkling highs, a strong presence of voices, and a huge dynamic range. I will never need anything new to get this kind of sound on my head. I should probably get it revised soon though, because the switches are very dirty and they cause some problems. If you ever get the chance to buy one of these second hand, don´t hesitate, this is perfectly reliable amp with a great sound.
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"Rotel RA-820AX"
4 out of 5 Reviewed 14th January 2014
I too have owned one of these beauties since 1989 (a replacement for my first ever amp, a Yamaha AX300) when I was 19 years old. I vaguely remember paying the good folks at Billy Vee in London £150 (approx) for it a few weeks before returning to purchase my Rega Planar 3 (which was initially fitted with a Linn K5 cartridge) which I still use as my primary source to this day! I cannot overstate the joy I have had listening to my vinyl collection through this high-class, budget performer over the past two decades.

I recently took the fairly emotional step of deciding a newer amplifier was the order of the day due to the failings of the input selector that others appear to have had a similar experience with. Initially I was tempted by the Rotel RA-10 for obvious reasons but plumped for the Marantz PM6005. I was immediately impressed by the way the Marantz was able to 'open up' my Mordaunt Short MS35Ti Mk II speakers as I've always felt that perhaps the RA820AX was a little restrained at the extreme high and low ends. A few weeks on and I'm starting to miss the 'hi-fi' quality of the Rotel albeit that I am far from missing the aforementioned 'juggling' with the input selector that drove my decision to make the change in the first place. But for this, I would certainly be using my Rotel RA820AX still. Sadly, it is now confined to a box in a cupboard.

However, unless there was a significant (perhaps technical) reason to do so, I would suggest saving your money and admiring the Rotel until flood waters, burglars or some other unforeseeable circumstance (or substantial upgrade to a Naim, for instance) prevented you from doing just that.
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"The old RA-820AX still lives"
5 out of 5 Reviewed 1st May 2011
This amp has been superb for me also. I bought it from Richer Sounds when it was first released. I still use it now. The overall sound quality is superb. It delivers nice punchy bass and a good clear defined range with my Tannoy AC2000s. Yes, I agree. The only thing that is starting to fail is the tone knob and the selector. You can still get all channels after a bit of juggling though. Am sure a squirt with electrical spray on the contacts would have it back to as good as new though.
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"one of the best buy group"
4 out of 5 Reviewed 8th January 2011
I bought this amp in 1989 and still using it. It has good sound stage and good from bass to treble. The speakers I use is the Musical Fidelity MC4. They sound very good. The only little drawback is the selector become not good, you may need to turn it a few times to make good contact.
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