you can't go wrong with the focal if you like their sound....also think about b & w speakers, also vandersteen, totem
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if you read my first response, i mentioned the b & w which work very well, why, because they are basically married to each other in england....rotel and b & w ....so yes they should work very well, but other speakers will do well, especially focal...which by the way, for whatever reason, are being sold on audiogon at reasonable money..
Yup if you see Rotel being played at a store or at a show its almost always with BW speakers but there has been no bad ideas here yet.........add Vandersteen to the list if you want time, phase accurate speakers with 1st order crossovers and real world high level price to performance ratio. I own Rotel amps and Processor, like BW with them.
vandersteen is a passive speaker than is not out front, but very neutral in it presentation, most rock people don't like them because they aren't dynamic or loud enough in it's presentation..but jazz lover's love them because they are neutral and passive and have great balance in the sound. they are rather large in the room ,so you must take that to notice, they need power ,but when set up, WHOW, that is why they always make the best buy speaker selection in the audio magazine every year...i have owned them with solid state equipment and tubes and they work well with both., although i believe they are alittle more aggressive with solid state...if you audition them , listen to the 1b or the smaller ,then go to the 2ce, small difference in sound big difference in price and looks in a room...most women do not like vandersteen in their house because they look like a speaker and not a piece of furniture, and richard vandersteen will discuss that with you if you call him, although i know you won't...he hates looks over performance.good luck in your venture...dwhitt
Vandersteen needs to be looked into...its a grown ups speaker for music lovers and not audiphile tail chaser's.
First order, minimal baffle, time and phase accurate...they will sound most likely more musical than most any speaker listed here, BW will have more sizzle which can mean fatigue to some, trust your own ears!
I have two all-Rotel systems
Digital: RC-1090 (replaced RC-1070), RB-1092 (replace RB-1070), RCC-1055, RLC-1040, B&W N804. B&W ASW800 sub
Analogue: RC-1082, RB-1092, RC-1072, RLC-900, Dynaudio Audience 52SE, Dynaudio Audience Sub 20A
Both B&W and Dynaudios sound wonderful, lively and warm. There are many Rotel bashers here but performance/$$ is tough to beat. Your RB-1080 is a nice amp and has an exceptional damping factor of 1000.
i have a buddy who is a rotel dealer, been around the business 30 years and loves equipment and music and is not just a business man, he really loves the equipment and the fun of working the equipment to match up. He sells rotel with the b & w, vandersteen. He says they are matches made for each other....dwhitt