Sherwood is busy at the CEDIA Expo in Atlanta showing off its latest lineup of receivers. At the head of the class is the new $499 RD-705i, an fully networked receiver that supports UPnP and DLNA over either wired or Wireless N connections, and provides 100 watts to all 7-channels, as well as full support for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Add to that built in Pandora, Aupeo, Reciva, and Shoutcast access, along with Windows 7 Media Center support for MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV formats at up to 192khz/24-bit resolutions. Three 3D-ready HDMI 1.4 ports are standard across the board, along with 7.1 analog ins, two optical inputs, and a coaxial digital input. Dual zone is supported by sacrificing 7.1 for 5.1, and an optional iPod dock and Bluetooth adapter complete the total suite of music sources that can go into this puppy. For people who don’t need home networking, the RD-7505 shares all of the above without the networking, and comes in quite a bit cheaper at $399.
Sherwood has always made some really sexy looking equipment, and these receivers come in at the sweet spot for the customers looking for a step up from what’s on the shelf at Best Buy without the second mortgage that can come attached to the really high end. Either of these receivers should have plenty of features and pep to do the job. The automated setup features and streaming options are just right to be the home entertainment hub in the house for the plug and play crew that still cares about quality.