Sherwood's incredibly affordable RX-4105 offers integrated preamplification and amplification, inputs for numerous audio source components, and advanced radio tuning and station access. The receiver delivers 100 watts RMS per channel x 2 for strong, clear sound across the audible spectrum-even at low listening levels. The company has lowered the amplifier's distortion relative to the previous model (the RX-4105), to less than 0.08 percent, while also giving the receiver a new layout borrowed from its higher-end components. The RX-4105 uses totally discrete amplifiers for all channels (TDAS) to maintain its high power and low distortion. Use the receiver's A and B clip-type speaker outputs to power 2 different rooms, or to biwire a pair of speakers for more efficient amplification (with A outputs driving the woofers, for instance, and the B outputs driving the tweeters-make sure your speakers are compatible if this is a key feature for you). The receiver also offers a handy 25-key remote control and switching for 2 pair of loudspeakers. Audio inputs switch between and amplify up to 4 additional components, including 2 requiring both inputs and outputs (such as a cassette deck and a VCR). The built-in AM/FM tuner features 30 station presets and auto station setup. Other features include bass and treble tone controls, a dimmable fluorescent display, and a .25-inch headphone jack for private listening. What's in the Box - Sherwood RX-4105 receiver, remote control, AC power supply cord, FM indoor antenna, AM loop antenna set, and owner's manual.
Sherwood's incredibly affordable RX-4105 offers integrated preamplification and amplification, inputs for numerous audio source components, and advanced radio tuning and station access. The receiver delivers 100 watts RMS per channel x 2 for strong, clear sound across the audible spectrum--even at low listening levels. The company has lowered the amplifier's distortion relative to the previous model (the RX-4105), to less than 0.08 percent, while also giving the receiver a new layout borrowed from its higher-end components.
The RX-4105 uses totally discrete amplifiers for all channels (TDAS) to maintain its high power and low distortion. Use the receiver's A and B clip-type speaker outputs to power 2 different rooms, or to biwire a pair of speakers for more efficient amplification (with A outputs driving the woofers, for instance, and the B outputs driving the tweeters--make sure your speakers are compatible if this is a key feature for you).
The receiver also offers a handy 25-key remote control and switching for 2 pair of loudspeakers. Audio inputs switch between and amplify up to 4 additional components, including 2 requiring both inputs and outputs (such as a cassette deck and a VCR). The built-in AM/FM tuner features 30 station presets and auto station setup.
Other features include bass and treble tone controls, a dimmable fluorescent display, and a .25-inch headphone jack for private listening.
What's in the Box
Sherwood RX-4105 receiver, remote control, AC power supply cord, FM indoor antenna, AM loop antenna set, and owner's manual.
- 100 Watts per Channel x 2 in Stereo Mode with less than 0.08% THD, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 8 Ohms
- Switching for two pairs of loudspeakers
- 5 Audio Inputs including Tuner
- Quartz PLL Synthesized Digital Tuning
- 30 Station Presets (Random)
Get ready for home-theater sound. HDTV puts 2-channel stereo on the back burner because many TV shows are produced with 5-channel surround sound. The Sherwood RD-6105 is a quality component receiver that offers 5.1 channel surround capabilities as the heart of the audio part of your home-theater system. The RD-6105 is a perfect receiver for the surround sound enthusiast on a budget. Their thoroughly modern design offers built-in decoders for Dolby Digital, fully adjustable Dolby Pro Logic II, discrete wide-band amplifiers and enough power to achieve reference levels in a typical home environment. The 5.1 channel RD-6105 receiver also decodes DTS. You will be rewarded with full rich sound, wide dynamic range and quiet operation even from the surround channels. Audition one of these great models in your home and you'll see why Sherwood has been in the forefront of receiver design and manufacture since receivers began. Dolby Pro Logic II (Movie, Music, Custom and Matrix) 2 Coaxial and 1 Optical Digital Inputs Unified Remote Control 3 DSP Modes Subwoofer Preamp Output 3 A/V Inputs 4 Audio Inputs 6-Channel Direct Input Front Panel A/V Input Tone Direct Cinema EQ Source/Feature Memory Dynamic Range Control Totally Discrete Amplifier Stage (TDAS) Quartz PLL Tuning Preset Scan 30 Station Presets Digi-Link III System Illumination Sleep Timer Unit Dimensions - 17 3/8 W x 5 1/2 H x 14 D 5.1 channel surround sound output requires 5 surround speakers and 1 subwoofer - Not included with purchase of receiver
An ideal receiver for movie enthusiasts on a budget, the Sherwood RD-6105 model supports all the major surround sound formats while spreading 100 watts of power into each of its discrete channels. The receiver is outfitted with built-in Dolby Digital, DTS, and Pro Logic II decoders, each of which plays the latest 5.1-channel DVD soundtracks. Pro Logic II adds an extra bonus by converting two-channel audio sources such as CDs and VHS tapes into full multichannel splendor to create a surround-like effect. Combine the surround decoders with the receiver's three DSP modes, which are designed to simulate the acoustics of the most common live venues, and you'll have access to rich, dynamic, full-bodied sound whether watching the latest big-budget action spectacle or listening to a quiet folk concert.
The receiver also boasts a Cinema EQ function that adjusts the equalization levels depending on your tastes, a quartz PLL-tuned AM/FM tuner with 30 station presets, and a sleep timer for people who covet mid-day catnaps.
The RD-6105 includes a nice array of inputs and outputs, though as an entry-level unit, it's not overrun with them. The receiver offers two coaxial and one optical digital inputs that connect to the digital audio outputs of DVD players, satellite receivers, and compatible game consoles--essential for enjoying the best-quality sound. It also comes with four traditional RCA audio inputs, three AV inputs (including an easy-access front-panel input), and a subwoofer preamp output, in addition to the 6-channel direct audio input. And at 17.38 by 4.88 by 14 inches (W x H x D), the receiver will easily fit into most component cabinets. The RD-6105 also comes with a remote control and carries a two-year warranty against defects.
What's in the Box
RD-6105 receiver, remote control, warranty info, user's manual.
- 100 Watts per channel x 2 in Stereo Mode with less than 0.9% THD,
- 40 Hz-20 kHz, 6 Ohms
- 100 Watts x 5 in Surround Mode
- Dolby Digital
PLAYS DVD DVD-R/RW DVD+R/RW CD-R/RW MP3 VCD SVCD JPEG & KODAK(TM) PICTURE CD(R) DTS(R) DOLBY(R) DIGITAL DOLBY(R) VIRTUAL SPEAKER & DOLBY(R) HEADPHONE 2-WAY SPEAKER WITH 2.5" MIDRANGE & 1" TWEETER 25W X 2 AT 0.5% THD (6?) 100W BUILT-IN SUBWOOFER AMP AT 10% THD (4?) 2 AUDIO INPUTS & 2 AUDIO OUTPUTS 1 SUBWOOFER PRE-OUTPUT OPTICAL DIGITAL OUTPUT AM/FM TUNER INCLUDES UNIFIED REMOTE
The operative words for the Sherwood Hollywood-at-Home Virtual Theater System are economy and simplicity. At a price much lower than what some comparably endowed systems are demanding, Hollywood-at-Home is as affordable as it gets. And with a design that will have you up and running in about ten minutes, it doesn't get much simpler than this.
The Hollywood-at-Home is a sleek-looking, complete home-theater system that offers the full range of features that you'd expect, along with full-room sound, thanks to Dolby's Virtual Speaker technology. As long as you're not in the hunt for a system with wattage that will blow your windows out, then this home-theater set-up may be just what you're looking for.
Simplity in Style and Delivery
The Sherwood Hollywood-at-Home Virtual Theater System melds affordable sound with sleek style.
Plays DVDs, CDs, and CD-MP3s. View larger.
Simple inputs make for an easy set up. View larger.
While full surround sound systems may offer the pinnacle of the home-theater experience, the costs in time, labor and frustration to set them up have sent many home-entertainment rookies packing. Running a gamut of speaker wires up and around the room to optimize a system's sound, in addition to playing the endless game of connect-the-countless-color-coded-wires, is not exactly an ideal way to spend a relaxing evening -- or two, or three -- at home. With this simple system, Sherwood is betting that there are enough of us who don't think tool belts are fine fashion accessories.
With the Hollywood-at-Home system, all you need to do is connect a few bare-wire-terminated speaker wires, along with a few other clearly marked wires and indoor antennas to their respective inputs on the receiver, plug in a couple of AC power cords into a wall socket, and you're essentially done. If you're an audio-video savant, this will take you all of seven minutes; if you're a newbie, you might need twelve, maybe fifteen minutes, to do the job.
Simplicity extends to the unit's design as well. The receiver is all of four inches high with a 17 x 11-inch (W x D) footprint and features a sleek, silver-plastic curved design that complements the two eight-inch tall silver satellite speakers. The largest component is the subwoofer at 8 x 12 x 12 inches (W x H x D). With a dark, wood-like grain exterior, it will barely be noticed when placed on the floor. When you power the system up, matching subtle accent lights beneath the receiver and on the front of the subwoofer come on. The fluorescent display on the receiver offers just enough light to get the job done in both full-light and darkened conditions. In short, there's nothing about the design that calls out for attention, which means you can focus on the "theater" component of the system, and not on the system's components.
A Full, but Tempered Sound
To cut to the chase, the technical details for the Hollywood-at-Home components are as follows: The 100-watt subwoofer offers phase control and a variable crossover from 50 to 150 hertz, while each of the speakers, featuring a three-inch woofer and one-inch soft dome tweeter, offers a frequency range of 140 hertz to 20 kilohertz and can handle up to 25 watts. The amplifier outputs all of 50 total watts of power over two channels. All told, the system has 150 total watts at its disposal.
In head-to-head spec comparisons with its competition, Hollywood-at-Home clearly suffers in the power department. When we threw in a few of our favorite action DVDs and musicals that screamed at us for more volume, the system was disappointing. Ideally, this unit is designed best for an apartment-like set-up in which excessively high-volumes will land you in the landlord's dog house, or in a small-room situation, such as a bedroom. The bottom line is that if you want to host an unforgettable Super Bowl party, you'll want to look elsewhere for your home-theater needs.
However, despite it's minor-league power output, the sound Hollywood-at-Home offers is surprisingly full, and its surround-sound-like audio gymnastics make it hard to believe that the system is relying on only two-channels. Within the Dolby Virtual Speaker options, the "wide" mode gave the illusion of sound coming at us from beyond the physical reach of the speakers. In fact, voices at times seemed to come from behind us. With the exception of the issue of overall power, we couldn't have been happier with the system's performance.
As for the visuals, with a flick of the remote, Hollywood-at-Home offers progressive scan playback. When compared side-by-side with our more expensive, but non-progressive-scan, DVD player, the colors were crisper and the pictures sharper. We could also zoom in and even change the angle on scenes, two features that added another surprising dimension to our review. Our playback of CD, CD-MP3, and DVD files was flawless. For true video-philes, the system also supports PAL playback.
As for the rest of the story, Hollywood-at-Home includes features we'd expect any home-theater system to have, such as AM/FM tuning (with 30 presets), repeat/random/programmed track playback, easy-to-set-up parental controls, and so on. Our only other complaint, a minor one, concerns the glow-in-the-dark controls on the otherwise excellent, universal, multi-brand remote control. In dark conditions, the touch pad is easy to read, but when a movie scene fills the otherwise dark room with bright light, the "glow" disappears and the controls become invisible. A back-lit touch pad would have been a nice addition.
What's in the Box
DVD receiver, two satellite speakers, active subwoofer, remote control, two AAA batteries, composite video wire, indoor antennas, and user's manual.
- Simple, 10-minute set-up
- Sleek, handsome, unobtrusive design
- System offers full-room virtual sound
- Only 150 watts of total power; cannot handle high volumes
- Remote control lacks back-lit touch pad
- Plays CD, DVD, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-R/RW, MP3, VCD, SVCD, JPEG, Kodak Picture CD
- Progressive Scan DVD reader
- 2-way magnetically shielded, wall mountable speakers (2.5 mid, 1 tweeter)
- Satellites 25 W x 2 @ 0.5% THD, 6 ohms
- 100W built-in subwoofer amp (10% THD, 4 ohms)