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Sherwood Expands Networking, Adds $219 AVR With HD Radio

1/04/2010 09:57:32 AM Eastern
Las Vegas - Sherwood is coming to International CES with its first tabletop Internet radio, second A/V receiver equipped to stream Internet- and PC-based media, and an A/V receiver with embedded HD Radio at a suggested retail of only $219.

SherwoodThe company also plans to show its first two AVRs with HDMI 1.4 input and output.

The tabletop radio is an iPod/iPhone-docking iNet-20, due in March at a suggested $249. It streams Rhapsody and Napster music services, doubles as an 8-inch digital photo frame, and features alarm clock functions. Amplification is rated at 2x10 watts. Additional det (AVR) with embedded HD Radio is the 7x50-watt RD-7405HDR, whose suggested retail of $219 is far below the current $999 opening price point of an HD Radio-embedded AVR. It's Sherwood's lowest priced 7.1-channel receiver and first with HD Radio. It features digital AM and FM, display of broadcast artist and song names, and ability to receive multicast HD2 and HD3 FM stations. Other features include 30 tuner presets, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Pro Logic IIx decoding, multisource two-zone capability, five DSP sound fields, 192kHz/24-bit DACs on all channels, two HDMI inputs and one HDMI output, and 50-watt-per channel output with no more than 0.1 percent THD from 40Hz-20kHz into 6 ohms.

The company's second networked AVR is the $499-suggested 5.1-channel RD-7605N, joining the recently shipped $649-suggested 7.1-channel NetBoxx. The latter's cosmetics look less like a traditional A/V receiver and more like a slimline Blu-ray player. Both models feature universal plug and play and DLNA certification to simplify streaming of music, video and photos from a networked PC or network-attached storage (NAS) device via wired Ethernet or optional USB/Wi-Fi adapter. The device also reproduces media stored on a USB drive.

To stream audio and video directly from the Internet via a networked broadband modem, the 7605N and NetBoxx incorporate Verismo Networks's VuNow technology, which streams video up to 720p. Accessible Internet-based content includes Internet radio stations via the ShoutCast Internet radio service; movies, TV programs and music videos from CinemaNow; NetFlix movies; Hulu videos, YouTube videos and flash-format videos from popular Web sites searched through a built-in search engine. Content also includes live streamed TV channels from around the world and international news sites.

The 7x100-watt RD-7605N and $349.95-suggested 7x100-watt RD-7605 AV receiver will be the company's first receivers with HDMI 1.4 support, which adds an Ethernet channel, audio return channel, and the bandwidth to support the 4Kx2K/24 display format with four times the resolution of 1080p. It could potentially support future 3D standards.

The $349.99 RD-7605 AVR offers the same features as the $499 RD-7605N but lacks its networking and Internet streaming capabilities.

A third new AVR is the company's lowest priced AVR with HDMI. The $149-suggested 5x75-watt RD-5505HS features Dolby Digital and Dolby pro Logic II decoding, two HDMI inputs and one output, 192kHz/24-bit DACs on all channels, and five DSP soundfield modes. Single-channel-driven output is rated at 5x75 watts with no more than 0.7 percent THD at 1kHz into 6 ohms.
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