Outlaw's 990 is OEM'd by Sherwood, and it is very similar to the P-965 pre-pro by Sherwood-Newcastle (a pretty nice sounding pre-pro, IMHO). The remote Sherwood uses is a rebranded Universal Remote. Although the 990 comes with a less expensive remote, I think it is also a Universal OEM. AFAIK, Anthem and Outlaw have no connections. I have not heard Anthem and Outlaw pre-pros side-by-side, but I have heard them, and they were both pretty good sounding. I think the AVM2 is much older than the 990. With the rapid improvement in both DAC chips and op-amps in the last few years, I'd say, at least in this case, newer is better. Just my $0.02.