A question for those of you with the Outlaw 950 already

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  1. Andrew_Ballew

    Andrew_Ballew Second Unit

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    I am sure I could skim through all the posts on the 950 to answer my question, but there are so many it would takes much more time than I am willing to commit. So- here is my question, and forgive me if it has been answered already repeatedly--

    I am interested in the noise level of this unit. How quiet is it, with both digital and analog sources? Are there any perceptible (as in, from more than a foot away from your speakers) hums, hisses or shrill high frequency noises at any volume level? (I am not talking about electrical hums, ground loop, etc.- It has been my recent experience that pre-pros I have owned in this price range typically have some kind of hiss or hum that I do not want.) Also, does it "pop" and "crackle" when you change inputs, or skip chapters or use other functions of a DVD player?

    Thank you- looking for the holy grail of home theater- hoping this Outlaw is it. If the noise floor is low, then I am jumping all over it when its available.

    Thanks

    Andrew Ballew
     
  2. Michael Yung

    Michael Yung Stunt Coordinator

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    The noise floor of the 950 is very low. According to Outlaw's spec on its website, the S/N ratio for both analog and digital is 102 dB. As far as I can tell, it does not hum, crack or pop at any sound level and besides the cut out hicup, which has been addressed, the 950 is a very good preamp.

    I wouldn't call the 950 the holy grail of preamps but it's pretty darn close. For me, coming from having only receivers in the past, this is a huge step up and I bet the 950 pre/pro with 770 amp combo would give any flag ship receiver a serious run for its money. Just wait a while longer for more early adapters to get their 950 and I am sure you'll see more praises for the 950.
     

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