Networking, 3D Blu-ray Get Sherwood Focus

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LAS VEGAS —

Sherwood is expanding its selection of networked A/V receivers down to an expected suggested $349.95, launching its first 3D Blu-ray player, and introducing its first Control 4-certified A/V receiver.

The company is also bringing HDMI 1.4a inputs and outputs with Audio Return Channel (ARC) down to a suggested $249.99 in an A/V receiver from $399.99.

In networked A/V receivers, the company plans April shipments of the Sherwood-series RD-606i at an expected suggested $349.95. The 5.1-channel AVR connects to the on-line Reciva and Shoutcast Internet radio portals to stream thousands of Internet radio stations. Via its Ethernet port, it also streams music and video from a networked PC. Network capabilities include UPnP, DLNA 1.5 certification, and support for the Windows 7 Plays To feature. Other 606i features include 3/1 HDMI 1.4a switching with ARC.

Another AVR with the same features except for networking is the $249.95-suggested RD-6065, also due April.

The company’s first 3D Blu-ray player is the first Blu-ray player in the company’s higher end Newcastle series. The $399.95-suggested BD-876 is a Profile 2.0 model with USB Host and DLNA certification to stream audio and video from a networked PC.

For its first Control 4-certified AVR, Sherwood is launching the Newcastle R-876 at a suggested $1,199.95, shipping in July. The AVR, which can be integrated into a Control 4 home-control system, features included 802.11n USB Wi-Fi adapter, DLNA 1.5 certification, support for the Windows 7 Plays To feature, access to Internet radio via Reciva and Shoutcast, and streaming of the Pandora, Rhapsody, and Aupeo music services. Other R-876 features include six HDMI 1.4a inputs, two simultaneous 1.4a outputs with ARC, phono input, dual USBs, and threezone output of all A/V sources.

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