|Outlaw Audio Model 1070 Receiver|
|Home Theater AV Receivers AV Receivers|
|Written by Yoshi Carroll|
|Sunday, 01 October 2006|
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If I haven’t complained much so far, it’s because there isn’t much to complain about. My biggest gripes are not about the 1070’s performance, but its build. I found the display rather hard to read from my listening position, but this is minor, considering its display is still better than most found on receivers costing five times as much.
Second, the power button on the remote turns the 1070 off, but it does not turn it on. Turning on the 1070 from the remote requires pressing any of the Source Selector buttons (ex. Video 1, Video2). This action will turns on the 1070 and switch it to the respective source. Since none of my other components work like this, I first assumed that the 1070 simply could not be turned on via the remote. The manual does describe this function, but since I felt I was familiar with the workings of a Power button, I initially skipped that section. The lesson here is that it's always good to read the manual. But if the Power button was instead named Power Off, and the Source Selector buttons were also labeled Power On, it would make this operation more intuitive.
Adding another DVI input would’ve been very helpful. I think it’s kind of presumptuous to assume that users will only need two, with seemingly everything going digital these days. Lastly, I really miss the extra power outlet I’ve seen on the backs of other receivers, but a power strip can solve that problem for me pretty easily and cost-effectively.
Costing $899, the 1070 easily earns the award of most bang for the buck as a value-conscious home theater receiver. Astonishing performance with music and movies, rich and meaningful features like digital video switching and advanced bass management, excellent build quality, stylish design and a little bit of attitude all combine to inflate that bang to sonic boom levels. Whether you’re an audiophile looking for a deal on a multi-channel set-up, a home theater enthusiast looking for a receiver that simply sounds great or even a novice just looking for an easy decision, I highly recommend you give the Outlaw 1070 a test drive. This little beast changed my mind about what’s possible at this price range, and I’m betting it’ll change your mind too.