- Oct 21, 2001
The gods have awakened
The gods have awaken
The sleeper has awakened. Could the Outlaw 950 truly be the Kwisatz Haderach?
Like Dzung, I still think the 80Hz switch might have been designed differently. However, the fact that the LFE channel apparently receives a full-range passthrough makes quite a lot of difference to me -- particularly since Merc has me looking for that chorale recording with the full-range .1 channel.
Perhaps my Outlaw 950 will actually be here by Wednesday and I will be able to hear "The Voice" myself.
1. The Model 950’s “5.1 direct” inputs are a 100% analog, “straight wire with gain” type design with a permanent bass summing and filtering system.
I cannot reconcile this "fact" of Outlaw's with what they're stating about the summed bass being sent to the sub out channel even when the rear switch is off. Unless there's a 3rd setting for the switch in addition to On and Off ( ), there is no "straight wire with gain" mode for the 5.1 inputs. As stated in the previous paragraph, a separate trim level for the summed bass, if present, may get you "virtual" straight wire. I am puzzled by their decision in this area.
Edit: As I read item #1 again, I guess they augment the "straight wire with gain" clause by adding the "permanent bass summing..." clause. Thus, they can be interpreted as not conflicting with item 3. I still am puzzled that it appears the 950 does not have an "unadulterated" direct mode for the 5.1 inputs. Does the ICBM also do bass summing when the crossover is not active (assuming the ICBM has the ability to disengage the crossover)?
When the ICBM was released there were some purists who suggested that complex time delay issues would theoretically render the ICBM inaccurate and provide poor performance. However, our experience, backed by real world tests and opinions from knowledgeable industry experts and consultants told us otherwise.
we now find ourselves confronted with reports of theoretical double bass mistakes when the Model 950's 5.1 inputs are used. To some extent we could classify them in the same vein as the theoretical issues raised prior to the ICBM?s release, which as noted above, proved to be without merit.
I don't recall anybody saying the ICBM has non-defeatable double bass. The ICBM does not incorporate time delays but that's a different issue. Regarding the time delay issue, the ICBM manual says as I recall, that putting the ICBM between your pre/pro and amplifier, can cause time delay problems.