Originally Posted by exm
These monoblocks are as 'good' as receiver amps (so great if you need additional amplification). Don't use these for an upgrade and/or for higher end speakers. I recommend Parasound.
I wont fault you for a subjective opinion. Objectively though its just an opinion.
To say night and day is a little hyperbolic. Do these, a $300 200w single channel D class amp sound different then a $3500 250w 5 channel A/AB amp? More then likely yes But its not a fair comparison for a multitude of reasons. The same reason I don't compare TCL television to a LG OLED. Are they both TVs? Yes. Are they in the same class? Not even close. Parasound makes GREAT amps, so do a good handful of other companies. But most people dont have thousands upon thousands to spend on what ultimately may go ignored by "normal folk". Outlaw is by no means the bastion of excellence, but they sure put out a great product for the price. Like TCL with televisions, for the price, you really can't beat it. But if you want to spend a more, of course you can find something better. Especially when you decide to get into the A/B amp game, speakers most definitely sound warmer. You're not wrong for pointing out that Parasound makes a superior amp to Outlaw, youre just arguing an uncontested point.
A more direct comparison with these would probably be Monoprice, MAYBE even Emotiva. All three brands are entry level, but still great buys for the price.
End of the day, Outlaw OR Parasound, your "high end speakers" will get way more benefit from proper room acoustics then anything else. Doing that can make the most entry level of receiver amp driven speakers sound great.