|Outlaw Audio Model 970 AV Preamplifier/Processor|
|Home Theater Preamplifiers AV Preamps|
|Written by Andrew Robinson|
|Sunday, 01 January 2006|
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While I more than enjoyed my time with the Outlaw 970/7075 combo, I did find a few things objectionable. First, I would have liked to have seen one more DVI input. I can understand Outlaw’s reasoning on why not to include full video switching or up-sampling via the 970’s DVI output, but in today’s growing digital marketplace, I felt a third DVI input would be incredibly useful.
Also, with separate components, you’ll want to make sure you have adequate real estate on your rack to accommodate both the 970 and the 7075. Given the 7075’s slimmer profile, you might try to squeeze it into a tighter space and while it never became too hot to touch, proper ventilation is a must to ensure its longevity. You’ll also want to make sure you can accommodate the additional cables comfortably, especially if you’re using bulky “higher-end” interconnects. However, this is a consideration for every system of separate components.
I recently went on record as saying that, in this day and age, with receivers being as good as they are, who needs separates. While I stand by my remarks and believe that receivers may be the way to go for those tight on space and/or money, the truth of the matter is that the Outlaw 970/7075 combo makes a very compelling argument to the contrary. Retailing at $699 apiece ($1,298 if purchased together) and featuring all of the latest 7.1 decoding software, as well as digital video connections, the 970/7075 combo might just be the greatest buy in all of home theater today. Combine that with the ability to upgrade your amplifier to one with more power should you want, or if you have less efficient speakers at present, tack on Outlaw’s bulletproof reputation and customer service and it’s no contest. What more can I say except buy ‘em and enjoy home entertainment like no other in this price class.