NEW YORK (4/28/05) – Outlaw Audio, the leading internet-only
consumer electronics brand, unveiled its newest home theater processor,
the Model 990, at the Home Entertainment Show here today. The
Outlaw Audio Model 990 is a 7.1-channel audiophile grade A/V preamplifier/processor
that delivers outstanding features and performance at the remarkably
low price of $1099. Among the highlights of this unit are balanced
audio outputs, DVI switching, automatic speaker setup and calibration
with an included microphone, and upgradeable firmware and software.
"Bang for the buck is what Outlaw Audio is all about, and
the 990 is outstanding example of that," commented the chief
Outlaw. "We've been working on this in secret for three years,
and we are now ready to unleash it on the public. Never before
have so many performance and interface capabilities been offered
at such a reasonable price."
The Outlaw Audio 990 includes a broad array of connectivity
and integration features, making it not only one of the most powerful
processors available today, but also one of the easiest to set
up and operate. The unit features two DVI inputs and one output,
allowing for transparent switching between two digital video source
components. There are also three component video inputs with high
bandwidth, 100 Mhz switching to prevent any signal degradation.
Additionally, there is complete transcoding between all composite,
S-Video, and component video signals, including the onscreen display,
greatly simplifying video connections with a wide variety of source
components and video displays.
For setup and configuration of speaker systems, the Outlaw 990
is capable of automatically detecting speaker configuration, and
setting proper level and time delay for each channel using the
included microphone. Integration of satellite and subwoofer channels
is adjustable for any speaker arrangement thanks to a quadruple
crossover bass management system, which allows for individual
crossover settings for the front L/R, center, surround, and rear
surround speaker channels. There are even two subwoofer pre-out
channels for convenience when employing two subwoofers. Additional
features, such as lip-synch delay, subwoofer offset for stereo
sources, and renamable video inputs are included for increased
flexibility and convenience.
For Audio processing, the Model 990 employs a powerful 24-bit
Cirrus Logic CS-49400 Crystal processor, and sophisticated 192
kHz/24-bit Analog Devices digital-to-analog converters for each
individual channel. The unit features decoding and processing
of every major surround sound format in existence today, including
Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, DTS-96/24, DTS Neo:6, and even a fully
adjustable version of Dolby ProLogic IIx processing. A pair of
Analog Devices Asynchronous Sample Rate converters are used to
remaster PCM sources to 192 kHz/24-bit audio for improved reproduction
of CDs, particularly in the upper frequency range. There are both
Pure Analog and Pure Digital modes to prevent any deterioration
of sound due to unwanted conversion between the analog and digital
The Model 990 is designed to be both firmware and software upgradeable,
allowing for inclusion of future surround processing schemes and
additional features. There are both USB and RS-232 ports on the
unit's rear panel, allowing for a convenient and simple means
of connecting a personal computer for future upgrades. The USB
port can also be used as an audio source connection, allowing
the processor to play PCM audio files streamed from a computer.
For integration with automation and control equipment, the Model
990 includes a pair of IR input jacks, one IR output, and an RS-232
port. There are also two 12-volt trigger outputs, one of which
is user assignable, for use with devices such as an amplifier
or motorized display device.
Outlaw's Model 990 also features a powerful set of features for
use with a second audio/video zone. The rear panel features a
Room 2 A/V output with composite and S-Video outputs, fixed/variable
analog audio outputs, and even a pair of digital audio outputs.
It even includes a dedicated Room 2 IR remote, providing complete
control of all second zone functions.
The Outlaw Model 990 features six audio only inputs, including
a high quality phono input for those wishing to integrate a high-end
turntable with their home entertainment system. There are also
six A/V inputs, including one on the front panel for easy connection
of a portable music player or camcorder. There are five optical
and two coaxial digital audio inputs to accommodate a wide variety
of source components, each of which is fully assignable. Additionally,
there is a 7.1-channel direct analog input, which can be used
with digital bass management, or can be run in pure analog bypass
mode to eliminate unwanted conversion between the digital and
The Model 990 also includes a high performance AM/FM tuner with
30 station presets, and direct access tuning via the included
backlit programmable remote control. It features an attractive
and sturdy aluminum faceplate and black finish, and includes removable
dustcovers for front-mounted calibration microphone and A/V input
The Outlaw Audio Model 990 will be available in May exclusively
through the company's website at www.outlawaudio.com, and will
carry a special introductory price of just $1099.
Privately owned, Outlaw Audio designs their own line of high-performance,
high-value consumer electronics products and markets them exclusively
via the Internet from their www.outlawaudio.com website. The recipient
of numerous major awards and "Recommended Component"
ratings from major publications, Outlaw's products are widely
regarded by audiophiles around the world.
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Model 990 Features
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