New England is the home of several high-end audio companies and when I heard that Outlaw Audio was releasing an updated version of their lauded stereo receiver, the RR2150, I contacted Peter Tribeman to see if I could get my hands on one for a review.

He invited me to come down to “the shop”…so I brought pizza and he provided the entertainment.

Outlaw Audio RR2160 Stereo Receiver

The Outlaw Audio RR2160 is a refreshed version of the RR2150. It carries the same analog pedigree as its 12-year-old brother, but now sports two coaxial and two optical inputs that feed into a Burr-Brown 192/24-bit DAC. The analog inputs are still there; six stereo RCAs, a 3.5mm front panel jack, and an external processor loop (which can be used as an additional input if you need it). For vinyl-philes, the MM/MC phono inputs have been upgraded as well. The amplifier section is brand new too, with power conservatively rated at 2x110WPC at 8 ohms and 2x165WPC at 4 ohms with both channels driven (20Hz-20kHz, <0.05%THD).

Outlaw Audio RR2160 Stereo Receiver

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But wait…there’s more! The AM/FM tuner now includes HD radio. There are three USB ports (one in front, one in back, and one for a PC input). Internet radio is also included as is UPnP streaming. New also are the dual sub outs and an EQ boost (80, 65, 55 Hz) to help integrate your bookshelf speakers with a subwoofer. A selectable crossover in the back helps blend in your subs. Pre-outs/pre-ins, a headphone jack, and an aluminum backlit remote complete the package.

Outlaw Audio RR2160 Stereo Receiver

All of this and the unique Art Deco front panel design make the Outlaw Audio RR2160 a two-channel enthusiast dream come true, all for $799. Read more about this receiver in my upcoming review.

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