Outlaw Audio Model 970 Preamplifier/Processor and Model 7075 Power Amplifier
Outlaw Audio helped pioneer the direct web-to-consumer channel for audio/video electronics and is among the most successful in that small but growing arena. Its latest introductions include an aggressively priced preamp/processor and compact 7-channel power amp that ask the question: Is an A/V receiver your only sensible choice with less than a couple grand in hand?
What We Think
|Simplicity, power, and value in a combo that's tough to beat if you demand separates on a receiver budget.|
The 970 and Model 7075 power amp (7 x 75 watts) are simply but solidly made and finished in no-nonsense basic black. I found the 970 very attractive and intelligently laid out, although its blue-on-black LED display is effectively low-contrast and thus impossible to read from any distance. Fortunately, there are clear, simple, text-based onscreen menus conveying the same info; unfortunately, these aren't carried by the preamp's DVI output and can't be viewed on its component-video output when it's feeding a video source signal above 480i - which in my system (and probably yours) is all the time.
SETUP I dropped the Outlaw pairing into my system, using DVI-HDMI cabling to connect my upscaling DVD player to the Outlaw preamp and the pre/pro to the HDMI input on my 50-inch Samsung DLP. The amp features multi-way binding posts and an RCA input jack for each of its seven channels. The only other item is a mini-jack for a trigger input. I routed this to its twin on the Model 970, and voilà! - the two components powered and standby'd in tandem.