Originally Posted by Bigred7078
They have fantastic amps Jimmy. They are pretty much on equal grounds. The only thing is outlaw is oudated with their prices IMO. With newer companies like Emotiva having low price points like they do Outlaw will lose alot of business especially as Emotiva grows. But Outlaw has been around awhile and its become a proven company where most people dont question it like they do with Emotiva (or at least as much).
IMO Emotiva is a better value. Thats why i went for them when i was choosing what amps to go with. Emotiva just flat out has cheaper prices and better looking gear. Now you were comparing an outlaw 300x7 amp fully balanced to mono blocks. Kinda different things to compare here. Mono-blocks are an audiophiles wet-dream. They are designed to be flat out beasts, but to compare them to a powerful mutlichannel amp is kinda just a different comparsion. I will say if your trying to consolidate space or only have room for one amp then the Outlaw is a good choice. I would personally go for the MPS-2 because of its price, but thats just my opinion. IF your looking for a true reference amp than thats where the XPA-1 steps in.
But to answer your question Outlaw and Emotiva are pretty much equal...just Emotiva has better prices.
Thank you for your assessment. It seems right on with what I was thinking, but last night I really did some research on Outlaw amps, namely the ones that compare equally to the Emotiva's and Outlaw has had some very nice reviews in the past and I don't think their prices are too out of line, except when compared to Emotiva.
I checked out their top 4 amps that seem close to what Emotiva has. I didn't consider their monoblock amp. These are the ones I did check out:
7900 - 7 x 300 wpc - fully balanced/differential - $3500 list.
7700 - 7 x 200 wpc - balanced but not fully differential -$2150
7500 - 5 x 200 wpc - balanced - $1600
7200 - 7 x 200 wpc - single ended - $1850
I read great reviews on all of them actually. Even the 7200 which is single-ended and I'm definitely leaning towards balanced amps.
The Outlaw 7900 looks like a beast. I love the idea of having 300 wpc for my front 3 speakers from a truly balanced amp, but I cannot picture my surround speakers needing 300 wpc. That way overkill.
The 7700 I would assume is probably very close to the UPA-7 at $800
The 7500 is probably very close to the XPA-5 at $800
And I don't want to consider the 7200 because I want balanced connectors.
So, Bigred you seem to be correct in your view of Outlaw. The only Outlaw that really appeals to me is their 7900 and maybe if it was on sale or B stock, I would look more closely. Because that 7900 is fully balanced/differential, then wouldn't I need 3 of the Emotiva's XPA-1 at $1000 each for my front 3 speakers to match that, even if the wattage is less, then I'd need an XPA-5 at $800 for my surrounds, so with Emotiva being cheaper, I'd still need to shell out $3800 in Emotiva gear to match the Outlaw's 7900 at $3500.
I don't mind spending more money for great amps for my front 3 speakers, but I'm not as concerned with the surround speakers.
Is there a difference in having 3 Emotiva XPA-1's for my front 3 speakers instead of having the Outlaw 7900? Besides the wattage of the XPA-1's being higher, the Outlaw is totally differential in all 7 channels where that's not the case with the XPA-5.
Any thoughts on this or am I just looking for a reason to find something that will dethrone the Emotiva's? Thanks