So the new updated models for the budget range has been released, and there are obvious new features but also some details so I thought to share them so people can make a better decision.
Updated R1280T, analog input only model.
New features: Subwoofer output, Sound Spacializer, new remote.
This model is missing Bluetooth, but could be a cheaper / better option to get pure analog signal for who have their own DAC they would like to use.
Updated R1280DB, analog & digital inputs (optical / coaxial) + Bluetooth.
New features: BT 5.0 (with aptX), Subwoofer output, Sound Spacializer, new remote.
This model would be ideal for PC / TV use with optical input, and has Bluetooth for wireless music from your smart-phone.
Updated R1700BT, analog input only + Bluetooth.
New features: BT 5.0 (with aptX), Subwoofer output, Sound Spacilizer, new remote.
This model has Bluetooth but is missing digital inputs.
Some extras which I was able to gather online.
- The indicator light is now on the front where it is easier to see, previously was on the side (where the bass / treble knobs are) which was hard to see.
- Bluetooth now has audible indications + now requires remote input to allow pairing a new device (previously the BT was just ‘open’ meaning from the moment you switched on the speakers anyone could connect).
(Read this was particularly frustrating on the old model for a ozb user who randomly got music blasted at them from someone mistakenly connecting via BT to their speakers)
- “Soundfield Spacializer” is a mode when turned on has an effect of wider soundstage.
(this feature can affect the balance of the sound, so you may need to retune the sound using the bass / treble knobs)
- A person who compared the R1280DB (old) to the R1280DBs (new) side-by-side said the default tuning on the new models is slightly different from the old models (just good to know for those who have owned the old models).