As I have a Pioneer Elite VSX-49TX receiver in my system, I needed an amplifier to accompany the 990, and for this Outlaw provided their new 7125. The 7125 is also a second generation product, replacing the 7100 in Outlaw's lineup. While the 7125 may be at the lower end of Outlaw's amplifier range, it is no slouch by anyone's standards, producing a very reasonable 125 watts into each of its seven channels.
the 7125 is an ideal companion for the 990, and Outlaw has even sweetened the
deal by offering the pair for $1,898, which is $200 less than the price for
each, added together. As
with all Outlaw components, the 990 and 7125 are sold only through the
Internet and can be auditioned for 30 days risk free.
On the analog side of audio, the 990 features both a radio tuner with 30 station presets and a moving-magnet phono input. A unique feature at this price, the 990 has both balanced and single-ended preamplifier outputs, which is very impressive. For its video signals, the 990 can transcode from either its composite or its S-Video input to a component video output, making connections to your display simpler. The 990 also has two DVI inputs and a DVI monitor output, making it very well equipped from the video input side. Finally, the Outlaw 990 is software upgradeable through either its USB or RS-232 interface.
The 990 has a handsome front panel that is relatively austere, given its large area. A narrow stretch down the middle holds the display and all of the main controls. The controls consist of four cursor control buttons flanking a center enter button and eight other smaller buttons for controlling the tuner and radio presets (3), on screen menu, mute, input, surround mode, and tone control. The input and surround mode selections are accomplished by first pushing their respective button and then using the cursor up and down buttons to get what you want. I prefer to have direct selection for both of these, even on the front panel, but this is a minor inconvenience. The front panel is rounded out by a solid-feeling volume knob, a full featured set of front inputs (composite video, S-Video, stereo and optical digital) and input for the set-up microphone. These front panel inputs are nicely hidden under removable covers.