I know Mark has experience with this processor so I would appreciate his reply. Basically, based on the reviews I've read, all say that the fan in the RS20i is too loud to place the processor in-room and it should be located in a dedicated equipment room. However, when I asked how loud it is on the AVS Forum, someone stated that they could barely hear it from 4 feet away at the lowest volume setting at night. As you can see, I am a little confused. Could Mark or anyone else clarify me on this? Does the fan make the RS20i too loud to place in-room?
That's going to greatly depend on the noise floor in your room and what other equipment might be making noise such as a projector. It was relatively quiet, but is intended more for equipment rack install. Some guys think some pro amplifiers are plenty quiet enough while I would say the fans are way too loud IMO. I don't recall exactly how loud the RS20i is, and never had it in a really quiet theater. I'd talk to someone who owns one and ask what other noise sources they have in the room. I do recall it being rather quiet, but I couldn't make a recommendation from what I recall. I'd find a dealer and check it out for yourself.
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