The Outlaw 1050 receiver was actually the first piece of home theater equipment that I bought. My friend who got me into home theater is the one who told me about Outlaw Audio. Outlaw Audio is an Internet-only company, meaning you can only buy their products online; they aren’t available in stores. This has some benefits and some disadvantages. It is great because, since you are dealing directly with the manufacturer, there is no middle man so their prices are lower. This also translates to higher end products that you may not have been able to afford if you were dealing with a regular manufacturer. The bad part of this situation is you don’t get to try the products before you buy. This is offset somewhat by their 30-day money back guarantee; the only problem there is you need to cover shipping if you want to return something.
Now I am going to go completely off topic and talk about my friend who got me into home theater because it is a funny story and it has to do with a receiver. His name is Scott and one day while he was at a garage sale he saw an old McIntosh receiver. At the time he had no idea what a McIntosh was, but the receiver was really heavy and felt impressive. While he was holding it another guy who was shopping at the garage sale asked him if it was a McIntosh, Scott told him yes, and the guy got really excited and asked him if he was going to buy it. Scott, seeing the man’s excitement, figured he had something special in his hands so he told the guy yes, he was going to buy it; the guy sulked off and went home to cry in his pillow. Scott paid a hundred bucks for the McIntosh which was bought purely out of spite and then went home and started researching what he bought. That day started his, and in a way my, home theater obsession. He later had the McIntosh appraised and at the time it was worth about $1,100.
Ok, back on topic. While the Outlaw has been great for me, I have been itching to replace it with some higher end equipment. I would like to eventually get Outlaw’s separates – an Outlaw Audio 950 Preamp/Processor and either Outlaw 7100 amp or their 770 amp. It isn’t really high on my list yet; I’d like to get some new surrounds first and a better room to put all this stuff in.
It had been a while since I’ve gone to Outlaw’s web site but I just checked it out to get some specs and stuff for this page. Turns out that Outlaw has stopped making the 1050 which is kind of sad.
Outlaw Audio 1050 Specs
- Proprietary 6.1 channel processing for Dolby Digital
- Dolby Digital, DTS and Dolby Pro Logic
- 6 X 65 Watts “discrete” amplifier section
- Line inputs and outputs for all channels
- Gold-plated, 5-way binding posts
- Adjustable frequency crossover with 6 settings (60, 80, 100, 120, 150 and 200Hz)
- Center, surround and subwoofer trim controls
- Three digital audio inputs
- 5.1-channel direct input