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#86992 - 05/26/11 04:46 PM How old is your amplifier?
mgdurand Offline
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Registered: 11/21/03
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Loc: Lafayette, LA, USA
Been trying to convince myself for a year that I need to upgrade my 770, but every time I get to the brink I listen to it and it sounds just fantastic! Looked at the 7900, the Sunfire, a Krell and a few others and just can't part with the good old 770. It's like an old friend. I checked back and found that I have had this beast since December 2003. It is quiet, powerful and handles everything I throw at it. Decided to do a few other upgrades instead (Rega turntable for one). Just wondering - how old are your Outlaw amps? Are you still happy with them?
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#86995 - 05/27/11 03:06 AM Re: How old is your amplifier? [Re: mgdurand]
gonk Offline
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Registered: 03/21/01
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Loc: Memphis, TN USA
Still happy here. My Model 200's are from the fall of 2004, and the Model 7500 is from the summer of 2006 (which replaced a Model 750 from 2001). No plans to change any of my amplification...
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#86997 - 05/27/11 08:29 AM Re: How old is your amplifier? [Re: gonk]
KOYAAN Offline
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My 770 is from 2006 and I wouldn't trade it.
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#87000 - 05/27/11 02:34 PM Re: How old is your amplifier? [Re: gonk]
mgdurand Offline
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Registered: 11/21/03
Posts: 146
Loc: Lafayette, LA, USA
gonk, just thought I'd mention that I found this post on Wikipedia:

"The rotund and simple-to-manufacture gonk fell out of fashion."

Personally, I'd sue.
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#87003 - 05/28/11 04:00 AM Re: How old is your amplifier? [Re: mgdurand]
gonk Offline
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Loc: Memphis, TN USA
That's OK - I'm relatively thin and generally difficult, so clearly I'm a different (and more fashionable) gonk...
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#87005 - 05/28/11 07:03 AM Re: How old is your amplifier? [Re: gonk]
XenonMan Offline
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Registered: 04/08/08
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I know this is a little off target ,but in my experience as long as you take care of the amp and don't routinely flog it, it will last a very long time with very little degradation. The beauty of amps is that they are always analog in and out so they just don't go obsolete. Unless damaged in some way they will last forever. I have several solid state amps that I purchased back in the 70s which still sound great today. The only difference is that the older amps outweigh the newer models in the pounds per watt category.
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#87018 - 05/29/11 09:03 AM Re: How old is your amplifier? [Re: XenonMan]
mgdurand Offline
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Registered: 11/21/03
Posts: 146
Loc: Lafayette, LA, USA
Not off target at all. Heck, I have "flogged" my 770 a number of times (it goes to 11!) and it still sounds better every time I listen to it!
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Outlaw Audio Model 7900 Power Amp w/Dual Emotiva CMX-2
AudioControl BijouTM THX� Equalizer
Rega RP1 Turntable
Dual Panamax M5300-PM Power Conditioners
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Clearplay Blu-ray Player
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#87084 - 06/07/11 12:52 PM Re: How old is your amplifier? [Re: mgdurand]
Jimna Offline
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Registered: 10/07/09
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Loc: Denver, CO
I have a Adcom amp I have had since 1996, and it was 10yrs old then. Its still makes my back porch sound soundy.
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#87096 - 06/09/11 06:39 AM Re: How old is your amplifier? [Re: Jimna]
73Bruin Offline
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Registered: 01/01/03
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Loc: Torrance, CA USA
I have had my Parasound HCA-1200 II since the early 1990's (I am guessing around 1993). The Parasound replaced a Quatre amp from the early 1970's.

I recently added an Outlaw 750 for my surround channels. If you don't need balanced connectors, its hard to beat the price/performance ration of an older power amp (assuming it wasn't abused somehow).


Edited by 73Bruin (06/09/11 06:40 AM)
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#87348 - 07/08/11 01:40 PM Re: How old is your amplifier? [Re: 73Bruin]
NRBQLou Offline
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Registered: 02/22/03
Posts: 122
Loc: Denver, CO USA
I've been abusing my 755 and two 200's since around 2003 - I think. Never a hiccup, just pure torroidal madness, whatever that is. Might replace them when the 978 comes out (wink wink nudge nudge...;-)
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#88344 - 11/16/11 06:18 AM Re: How old is your amplifier? [Re: Jimna]
Syndil Offline
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Registered: 10/31/11
Posts: 9
Loc: Louisville, KY
Originally Posted By: Jimna
I have a Adcom amp I have had since 1996, and it was 10yrs old then. Its still makes my back porch sound soundy.


Still running an Adcom GFA-545II and an Adcom GFA-6000. Absolutely no reason to get rid of them that I can see. Adcom at least gets amps right. Can't say the same for the rest of their stuff though, not from my experience anyway.

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#90388 - 05/20/12 09:06 PM Re: How old is your amplifier? [Re: Syndil]
beyond 1000 Offline
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Registered: 06/08/11
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Loc: Vancouver, Canada
Outlaw 7500 for a year now and it's staying. Great amp.
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#90403 - 05/21/12 02:27 PM Re: How old is your amplifier? [Re: beyond 1000]
XenonMan Offline
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Still have a 1976 model Yamaha CA-800 which I used two weeks ago in the basement of my other house. It is a beast even at 45 watts. Needs a good switch cleaning though.
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#90428 - 05/26/12 08:09 PM Re: How old is your amplifier? [Re: XenonMan]
beyond 1000 Offline
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Loc: Vancouver, Canada
Originally Posted By: XenonMan
Still have a 1976 model Yamaha CA-800 which I used two weeks ago in the basement of my other house. It is a beast even at 45 watts. Needs a good switch cleaning though.


1976? You need to put collector plates on it. If you do sell it go to an antique store. Must be a good amp to still operate the way you say.

Still like the old stuff.

My first amp was actually a receiver from JVC back in the late 70s. It was the JVC RS-7. I thought it was ultra hi-end.
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#90429 - 05/26/12 08:21 PM Re: How old is your amplifier? [Re: beyond 1000]
XenonMan Offline
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The CA-800 still functions great but the switches need cleaned. I hadn't used it in 15 years and I plugged it in in my basement and plugged my iPod into the aux 1 input and Voila!! it sounded great. Only has a rated capacity of 45 watts but the dealer I bought it from in Virginia tested its output at 84 watts at the THD rated distortion level. It weighs quite a bit and it is a tank. Anyone know of a good electronics shop near Asheville NC?
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Model 990/7500/Magnepan 1.6 QRs/Technics SL1200 MK2/Aperion S-12 Subwoofer/OWA3/Sony NS75H DVD
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TV System
Large Advent Loudspeakers/ Polk center/Monoprice surrounds/Panasonic Viera 42 inch/Onkyo HT-RC260/Sony BDP S590/Directv


Home Theater System
Onkyo PR-SC886/Outlaw 7125 Klipsch RF-82 L/R,RC-62 center, RB-35 SR/SL, BENQ HT1075, Outlaw LFM1-EX/OPPO BDP-83/Directv
Harmony ONE
Blue Jeans and Monoprice interconnects
APC H15 Power Conditioner

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#90493 - 06/04/12 10:03 AM Re: How old is your amplifier? [Re: NRBQLou]
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Registered: 04/03/12
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Loc: Ann Arbor, MI, USA
I have some dB Systems DB-6 power amplifiers (four in all). One of these is circa 1980 and the others are circa 1986 or so. All have been modified (back in 2005 or thereabouts) by David Hadaway of dB Systems; I had three of the DB-6 variants converted to the 6M variant (mono-block) as well as equipped with differential XLR inputs (which work nicely with the 990's balanced outputs). The last DB-6 was left as a two-channel amplifier (but modified to have differential XLR inputs) and those are used for the surrounds.

They have been extremely reliable and are about the quietest amplifiers that I have ever heard (i.e. very low noise floor) and certainly the quietest that I have ever owned. They drive B&W Matrix 805's in the main system.
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#93595 - 10/16/13 09:26 AM Re: How old is your amplifier? [Re: mgdurand]
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Registered: 03/20/13
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Loc: Ohio
I purchased a GFA-555 mkII in 1986 and a GFA-2535 in 1994. Both are still in use, the only time they have been turned off has been when I moved three times - both work flawlessly and sound great.
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#93637 - 10/27/13 10:40 AM Re: How old is your amplifier? [Re: mgdurand]
rubbersoul Offline
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7700...about 9-10 years old and no problem...it's definitely a keeper. Right.
I am considering purchasing a more powerful amp next year for my mains...B&W804S speakers. A neighbor has a pair and they are powered by 600 watts of power and to my surprise there was a difference with the performance of the 804's.

Time to start saving.
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#96504 - 04/13/17 07:44 AM Re: How old is your amplifier? [Re: mgdurand]
HiFiJeff Offline
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Registered: 03/07/17
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Outlaw Audio Model 5000. One month. smile

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#96505 - 04/13/17 08:26 AM Re: How old is your amplifier? [Re: mgdurand]
butchgo Offline
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Registered: 06/22/07
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Loc: Beautiful Eastern Washington
My 7500 is about 8 years old and working like a charm.
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#96506 - 04/13/17 10:44 AM Re: How old is your amplifier? [Re: mgdurand]
Owl's_Warder Offline
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I've got my trusty 7125 that I've been running since, I believe, a couple years before the 975 released? I bought it ahead of time and ran it with the 1050 for a while so it would be a smooth upgrade when the time came. I can't say exactly when it was, though. I know it was sometime after 2004 and before the 975 debuted. So that's specific. smile

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#96507 - 04/13/17 01:57 PM Re: How old is your amplifier? [Re: mgdurand]
candyman Offline
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Registered: 12/09/05
Posts: 76
Loc: Beaverton
My impression was that my Outlaw 7500 was 8 or 9 years old. I was curious though and checked my email receipts and found that it's just over 11 years old. It's still running strong. Once I upgraded from the 7125 to the 7500, I've never needed/wanted additional power.
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#96515 - 04/15/17 07:07 AM Re: How old is your amplifier? [Re: mgdurand]
TL5 Offline
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Registered: 03/25/15
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I have an Outlaw 7100 amp I bought from a forum member last October. I guess it's about 14 years old, looks brand new! I bought it to power my 4 overhead speakers for Dolby Atmos, but as it turns out I won't be installing them till late this year. I have it powered up when the rest of my system is on, even though it's not connected to anything. Do you guys think I can depend on this amp; do they usually last longer than 15 or so years? And am I doing the right thing having it powered up but not connected to anything?

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#96516 - 04/15/17 09:19 AM Re: How old is your amplifier? [Re: mgdurand]
XenonMan Offline
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You could better get a feel for longevity by giving Outlaw service a call and asking them about work they have done on the 7100. It is basically the same design as their other 5 and seven channel amps and I am sure you can depend on it for the future. You at least have three spare channels.
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Model 990/7500/Magnepan 1.6 QRs/Technics SL1200 MK2/Aperion S-12 Subwoofer/OWA3/Sony NS75H DVD
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Home Theater System
Onkyo PR-SC886/Outlaw 7125 Klipsch RF-82 L/R,RC-62 center, RB-35 SR/SL, BENQ HT1075, Outlaw LFM1-EX/OPPO BDP-83/Directv
Harmony ONE
Blue Jeans and Monoprice interconnects
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