Outlaw 1050 review: Outlaw 1050

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The Good Bargain price; 6.1-channel surround sound; superb quality.

The Bad Not THX certified; no component-video switching; imperfect remote.

The Bottom Line Outlaw strips away unnecessary features to deliver a high-quality home-theater receiver at an incredible price.

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You've never seen Outlaw Audio's home theater gear on the shelves of your local electronics store because this little company sells its wares directly over the Internet. By cutting out the middleman, Outlaw is able to offer its products for hundreds of dollars less than better-known brands. If you're looking for a superb receiver made for folks with huge expectations but normal-sized wallets, the Model 1050 6.1-channel home-theater receiver is worth checking out. You've never seen Outlaw Audio's home theater gear on the shelves of your local electronics store because this little company sells its wares directly over the Internet. By cutting out the middleman, Outlaw is able to offer its products for hundreds of dollars less than better-known brands. If you're looking for a superb receiver made for folks with huge expectations but normal-sized wallets, the Model 1050 6.1-channel home-theater receiver is worth checking out.

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The 1050 is pretty plain to look at in the front, although the layout of the display, buttons, and knobs is eminently usable. On the back are all the jacks you really need, including four audio/video inputs (with three S-Video inputs), three audio-only inputs, and three assignable digital-audio inputs (one coaxial and two optical). If you want component-video switching from your receiver, you'll need to buy a more expensive receiver, however. But it does have a 5.1-channel input for a DVD-Audio player or other processor.

The receiver itself is very well built. Its heft will give you confidence that this is no toy. The six amplifier channels put out a modest 65 watts each; if you have big, inefficient speakers or intend to play your movies really loud, the 6.1-channel preamp outputs on the 1050 with a dedicated power amp might be a better choice. Using efficient bookshelf speakers, the 1050 sounded clean and unstrained, even at high volumes. The unit's bass management is superb, offering a five crossover settings, from 60Hz (for large speakers) to 200Hz (for microsatellites). Our only disappointment was the preprogrammed universal remote control, which can't learn new commands and emits an annoying buzzing sound when the backlight is turned on.

Outlaw designed its own proprietary algorithm for 6.1-channel surround-sound processing. As a result, the 1050 is not a certified THX Surround EX receiver. Outlaw instead describes it as "Surround EX compatible." We found the surround sound decoding to be just as convincing as other 6.1-channel receivers we've listened to, such as Onkyo's TX-DS787.

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Outlaw 1050

Part Number: 1050

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  • Output Power / Total 390 Watt
  • Response Bandwidth 8 - 75000 Hz
  • Color black
  • Functions AV receiver
  • Sound Output Mode Surround Sound
  • Type AV receiver