Yes it was I who reviewed the Rotel duo, and yeah you’re correct about the column inches available. ‘500 words’ to write a review including discussing the inputs/outputs, on-board decoders, build quality etc etc. Didn’t leave much room to write about the sound quality lol!
But I was certainly impressed with the Rotels, they had good grip in the bottom end and a noticeable lack of transistor ‘glare’ through the midband extending into the higher frequencies.
The power amp used Rotel’s own class-D amplification and not ICEpower, perhaps explaining the improvement in SQ (earlier Rotel class-D 2 channel power amps used the B&O modules) - in musical terms the 1565 could be termed as slightly ‘laid back’ when playing music, a far cry from the usual HT Receiver tizz and wallop.
Definitely worth a look
Audiophilia 101: Nerdy twits sitting in sweaty lounges listening intently to their stereos with their eyes closed whilst forming a perfect equilateral triangle between seating position and loudspeakers in the pursuit of the ultimate musical truth.