|Outlaw Audio Model 7200 Multi-channel Power Amplifier|
|Home Theater Power Amplifiers Multi-Channel Amplifiers|
|Written by Andrew Robinson|
|Friday, 01 December 2006|
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You might think we can just skip this part. However, as much as I liked the 7200, it isn’t perfect. For starters, it’s big and heavy, which means that placing it in your system is going to be a two-person job. Also, it gets rather warm, so proper ventilation is essential. Adhere to the manual at all costs when it comes to integrating the 7200 into your system.
Next is the issue of the 7200’s sound. While I think it’s tremendous, it is ever so slightly forward-sounding in the midrange and has a tendency to let the highest frequencies roll off when played at greater volumes. Even so, it never becomes fatiguing or harsh at any volume. As for the forwardness of the midrange, I found it engaging, but ultimately you’ll have to let your own ears be the judge.
At a retail price of $1,849, the Outlaw 7200 multi-channel amplifier is a killer deal – possibly the best deal I know of in the market today. Its understated looks only ensure that you remained focused on its sonic gifts, of which it has many. I could gush on ad nauseum about the 7200’s seemingly endless list of attributes, but instead I’ll end with something rather shocking.
Halfway through my review period with the 7200, I received another fine amplifier, the Mark Levinson 433. Now I consider a product like the 433 to be, well, borderline perfect. However, that being said, I’m more impressed by the 7200, with the same enthusiasm one gets when one finds an $11 Monterey Country Chardonnay that competes favorably with a bottle of Kistler for many times more money per bottle. For at the 433’s price point, I expect perfection, but at the 7200’s price point, I have no right to expect what Outlaw gives you. It is, without a doubt, a feat of engineering and a marvelous amplifier, one that you need to hear to believe.