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    • By PKay
      Item Condition: Excellent Shipping Options: Pickup available but audition is not available.,Shipping is available at agreed cost. Suburb or Town: Artarmon or Forestiville State: New South Wales Payment Method: cash or paypal Reason for selling: NLR Further information:  I am selling this amp for my brother - it is in excellent condition with very little use. Postage is available as my brother has the original boxes but local pick up is preferred.  See 3rd picture for little mark which is hardly visible.

       Review from TNT
       
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      SPECS
      AUDIO
      Response Bandwidth 4 - 100000 Hz Signal-To-Noise Ratio 102 dB Total Harmonic Distortion 0.03 % AUDIO SYSTEM
      Type amplifier Subcategory audio components Functions amplifier Sound Output Mode stereo Additional Features A/B/A+B speaker switch Tone Control Yes POWER DEVICE
      Power Consumption Operational 400 Watt HEADER
      Brand Rotel Product Line Rotel Model RA-1070 Packaged Quantity 1 BUILT-IN DISPLAY
      Type fluorescent MISCELLANEOUS
      Color black Color Category black AMPLIFIER
      Input Impedance 33 KOhm Input Sensitivity 1.5 V AMPLIFIER OUTPUT DETAILS
      Output Power / Channel 100 Watt Output Impedance / Channel 8 Ohm Frequency Response 20 - 20000 Hz Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) 0.03 % Channel Type main Channel Qty 2 INPUTS & OUTPUTS
      Headphone Jack Yes REMOTE CONTROL
      Type universal remote control Remote Control Technology infrared ACCESSORIES
      Remote Control Type Universal remote control - infrared Features LCD display, learning AUDIO SPECIFICATIONS
      Type Amplifier Frequency Response 4 - 100000 Hz Signal-To-Noise Ratio 102 dB POWER
      Form Factor internal BATTERY / POWER
      Type power supply CONNECTIONS
      Qty 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 Type audio line-in, audio line-out, headphones, network, phono input, preamplifier out, remote control, speakers output, trigger Connector Type RCA x 2, RJ-45, banana/spade x 2, phone stereo 6.3 mm Connector Location front, rear DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT
      Width 16.9 in Depth 14.2 in Height 4.8 in Weight 22.71 lbs GENERAL
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    • By emulator
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    • By stretch2002
      Item Condition: Excellent, a few small marks on top cover Shipping Options: Pickup available but audition is not available.,Shipping is available at agreed cost. Suburb or Town: Canberra State: Australian Capital Territory Payment Method: Paypal, EFT Reason for selling: No longer required, getting into components. Further information: Price reduced.
       
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    • By Marc
      Item Condition: As new, with all packaging. Shipping Options: Pickup available but audition is not available.,Shipping is included in price. Suburb or Town: Sunbury State: Victoria Payment Method: Paypal (+fees), Cash on Pickup, EFT, Credit Card (+ fees) Reason for selling: Not a great match for JBL L100 Further information:  Selling my MA252 which has only been used for a few months, and then, maybe only half a dozen short times. It's as new, with all packaging and accessories. 
       
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