"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 Audio RR2160 uses a high-end Burr Brown 24-bit, 192 kHz DAC for playing high-resolution music files. DNLA-capable servers can connect over a home network when the RR2160 is wired via Ethernet or a wireless bridge, while front- and rear-panel USB-A jacks support flash drives, and a rear-panel USB-B jack supports music stored on computers.
As might be expected from a device with the name "Retro," the RR2160 has a low-noise switchable MC/MM phono input, and the quality FM Stereo/AM tuner also supports digital HD-Radio technology. In addition, the RR2160 also 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 to allow use with an external power amplifier. A front-panel 3.5mm analog input accommodates the outputs of phones and tablets.
The Outlaw Audio RR2160's amplifier section is all new, with power conservatively FTC rated at 2 x 110 watts at 8 ohms, and 2 x 165 watts at 4 ohms, both channels driven. There are separate A and B speaker terminals for main and second-room options. There is a front-panel 1/4-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 continues that feature with a three-position control for optimal integration between speakers and (and up to two) subwoofers. In addition, there is also a front-panel bass EQ switch which, when activated, provides smaller bookshelf speakers a boost of 6dB 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 back-lighted and provides full access to all functions.
Outlaw Audio was founded in 1999 as one of the first direct-to-consumer online audio component retailers via its website. The Outlaw Audio RR2160 will be available from outlawaudio.com at the beginning of June 2017 with a price of USD $799.