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Outlaw Audio Model 7125 Seven Channel Amplifier Reviewed

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Performance
4 Stars
Value
5 Stars
Overall
4.5 Stars

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Outlaw-7125-multichannel-amp-review-rear.jpgHigh Points
The Model 7125 is attractive but not flashy and is simple and easy to use. It has more in common with a wood-burning stove in terms of reliability than many other affordable, Internet-direct sold suitors.
The Model 7125 is designed and assembled right here in the USA.
For those with lower powered AV receivers, the Model 7125 is a wonderful upgrade and addition towards the creation of a higher end sounding and performing system. Even if your AV receiver is rated to or around the Model 7125's reported power output, you'd be surprised how different your system will sound with a separate power amplifier.
The Model 7125's sonic traits are in line with the rest of the Outlaw lineup of amps including its costlier siblings such as the 7500 and even the 7900.
The Model 7125's sound works well for movies (obviously) though it's surprisingly musical and even manages to take some of the edge off lower resolution recordings making them not only listenable but also enjoyable.

Low Points
The Model 7125's binding posts aren't impressive though they more than get the job done, though those with spade terminated cables may come to loathe their grooved plastic surrounds.
For those with less sensitive loudspeakers, their larger rooms may be underserved by the Model 7125's power output. Thankfully, Outlaw has you covered for the logical next stepup would be their 7200, which retails for $1,849 and churns out 200-Watts per channel into eight Ohms and 300-Watts per into four.

Competition and Comparison
One cannot mention Outlaw Audio or anything Internet-direct without mentioning Emotiva, which is arguably Outlaw's number one competitor. Currently on Emotiva's site there is no 125-Watt multi-channel amp solution though historically that responsibility has fallen to the UPA-7. The UPA-7 boasts largely the same power output as the Model 7125, though it doesn't quite pack the same punch, employing a smaller transformer, fewer output devices - not to mention greater total harmonic distortion. At the time of this review Emotiva no longer offers the UPA-7, though when they did it sold for $699.

Other possible contenders include Parasound's Halo A52 as well as NAD's T-975, both of which cost considerably more than the Model 7125 - a testament to the 7125's performance and value.

For more on these multi-channel amplifiers as well as others please visit Home Theater Review's Multi-channel Amplifier page.

Conclusion
Outlaw Audio has managed to pack quite a bit of amplifier into their Model 7125 seven channel amplifier for its modest, sub $1,000 price. While there are numerous 125-Watt multi-channel amps available today, some costing as little or close to the Model 7125's asking price, the simple fact remains that if you're looking to break into the separates game, there are few better options than taking the first step with Outlaw Audio's Model 7125. The 7125's mix of power, finesse and musicality coupled with its modest asking price make it a no-brainer in terms of getting my recommendation.

Additional Resources
Read more multi-channel amp reviews by HomeTheaterReview.com's staff.
Find an AV preamp to pair with the Model 7125.
Explore Bookshelf Speakers and Floorstanding Speakers for the Model 7125 to drive.
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