Immersive audio is a hot topic these days, but 2-channel audio is still going strong after many decades. More than one of those decades ago, Outlaw Audio introduced its 2-channel RR2150 Retro Receiver with an emphasis on analog signal purity. Now, the company has replaced the RR2150 with the Outlaw RR2160, which updates the previous design with networking and high-resolution audio (HRA) capabilities as well as HD Radio and streaming radio, a more-powerful amp, and an updated phono input.
“Since it was launched in 2005, the 2150 Retro Receiver has been one of our most popular products,” says Outlaw’s Peter Tribeman. “Its pure analog signal path had some digital options. However, given today’s advances in high resolution audio and DLNA home-connectivity technology, we felt it was time to update and improve features, while preserving the best of the 2150’s stereo simplicity and pure musicality.”
The Outlaw RR2160 uses a high-end Burr Brown 24-bit/192 kHz DAC for playing HRA files. DNLA-capable servers can connect to the RR2160 over a home network, while front- and rear-panel USB-A jacks let you connect flash drives. A rear-panel USB-B jack supports music stored on computers.
As you might expect from a device with the name “Retro,” the RR2160 has a low-noise switchable MC/MM phono input, and the high-quality AM/FM tuner also supports digital HD-Radio technology. In addition, the RR2160 offers Internet radio capabilities via the network connection.
The Retro Receiver has four analog line-level inputs, a record output, an external-processor loop, and removable preamp-out/amp-in jumpers that let you use an external power amplifier. A front-panel 3.5mm analog input accommodates the output of a phone or tablet.
The amplifier section of the Outlaw RR2160 is all new, with power conservatively FTC rated at 2×110 watts into 8 ohms, and 2×165 watts into 4 ohms, both channels driven. There are separate A and B speaker terminals for main and second-room options. In addition, there’s a front-panel quarter-inch headphone jack with level control.
The original RR2150 was the first stereo receiver to offer true bass management with a built-in electronic crossover for use with an optional subwoofer output. The new RR2160 retains that feature with a three-position control for optimal integration between your speakers and up to two subwoofers. In addition, there is also a front-panel bass EQ switch that provides smaller bookshelf speakers with a boost of 6 dB across a half-octave of bass.
Other useful features include two rear-panel 5-volt USB-A charging ports, two 12V triggers, and IR input and output connections. Operating firmware is upgradable via the rear USB-A jack. The aluminum bodied remote control is illuminated and provides full access to all functions.
The Outlaw RR2160 will be available from the company’s website at the beginning of June with a price of $799.