How much of a difference in sound quality to you have since going to separates? Does your new outlaw sound better than you preious receiver?My separates system sounds about the same as my old 5.1 ready receiver with external decoders. And replacing my preamp from the Sherwood Newcastle AV-P9080 to the Outlaw 950 didn't really make a noticable difference for 5.1. They sound about the same.
Except that DPL2 sounds a hell of a lot better for DPL material - which was a HUGE upgrade for me!
When I went from a "receiver" to separates, my "receiver" was a conglomeration of external decoders and an old but excellent 5.1 ready receiver. I was sick of the complicated setup and wanted more convenience. I went with separates because Sherwood Newcastle was blowing out their old inventory on Ubid and I got 5.1 separates brand new with warrantee for less than $800 after shipping. I sold the old receiver and decoders for over $500. For my $300 I got a hell of a lot more ease of use.
The only reason I have the Outlaw is that the Sherwood was making a noise which I am now convinced was because of my new fridge. I tried to reset it, did the procedure incorrectly, and killed it. The Outlaw was the cheapest option that would fit my system. The person to whom I sold the old Sherwood "as is" (at a ridiculously low price), simply replaced a couple fuses and it was good as new. (I'm still not convinced that I could have fixed the interference problem with the fridge).
Anyway, to make a long story short, I don't really notice a difference in sound between the separates and my old Onkyo 919 with good external decoders. But I never did a "head-to-head" and I didn't get into separates looking for "better sound". My separates are entry level and the Onkyo Integra 919 is agruably one of the best sounding flagship receivers ever built
I will tell you this. Though I can't tell you that I notice much of a difference, the separates definitely do not sound worse. At worst they are equivalent. They look damn cool as well. And they make my "upgrade path" for the future very flexible.