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Sep 19, 2002
Well, I can no longer justify having a high end 2 channel set of electronics. I don't use it and in the new house I want to have a HT in the basement. Right now my 2 channel rig is as follows...

B&W Matrix 803sII
Audio Electronics AE-1 tube preamp
Meridian 506 cd player
Pass Aleph 3 amp.

The HT as it stands now is a hodgpodge of stuff added on to the 2 channel.

For simplicity I would like to get a Pre/Pro and multichanl amp. 2 channel music is still a concern: it needs to be reasonably good.

After a little research I have found a few combos that fit my budget. Two of them being the Rotel 1066/1075 and the Outlaw combo. Is either one of them going to be satisfactory for music listening? How are the Outlaw amps? Haven't heard too much about them. For those who own the Outlaw does it look as cheesy in real life as it does on the website?

Also, how does the 1055 reciever differ form the 1066 prepro besides the obvious amps in the 1055?

What is everyones opinion?


Jed M

Senior HTF Member
Oct 2, 2001
Also, how does the 1055 receiver differ form the 1066 prepro besides the obvious amps in the 1055?
Very little from what I am told. The 1055 looks like one of the best buys for receivers out there. I would still go with separate amplification though, its never going to hurt and you will have an amp for the long run. Or you could just use your 2 channel amp with your front speakers and use the 1055's amps for just ht duty. You could also add a mono block for the center channel if you like.

In the end I chose the 950/770 combo and I am not disappointed. I have owned it for a little over a year and I think I have easily gotten my money back on my purchase. With your particular taste in music, it would be hard to say if it would please you, or the 1066 for that matter. I would say try the outlaw, if not its only about 30 bucks in shipping back. You could do the same with the Rotel if you have a good dealer around you who lets you take home equipment.

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