March 02, 2009 by Arlen Schweiger
If your audio interests range in style from Blu-ray to Bluetooth, the new A/V receiver from Sherwood has you covered throughout the spectrum.
The company’s RD-7503 A/V receiver will handle lossless audio decoding from Blu-ray sources so your movie and music soundtracks rock in Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, with full effect of the 7.1, 100-watts per channel system.
On the other hand, if you want to hear those MP3 tunes you just downloaded to your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone, just plug in the optional BT-R7 Bluetooth receiver into the front panel and you’re good to go.
Then, there’s always legacy sources like the tried-and-true CD player that you can connect for even more audio options. The RD-7503 employs 24 bit/192 KHz D/A converters, and all PCM signals are upsampled to 24 bit/96KHz, Sherwood says.
You’ll really be able to adjust and tweak your receiver to take full advantage of that sweet speaker system of yours too. The RD-7503 comes witha calibration microphone and automated setup procedure for you to try out the advanced room tuning and equalization through Sherwood’s SNAP (Sherwood Newcastle Automatic Parametric) 12-band room EQ. There’s also a 5-band user adjustable parametric EQ if you want to get extra tweaky.
More specs include:
- Two component video inputs
- A component video output
- Audio inputs of three coaxial digital, two Toslink, and eight analog
- A/V Synch Delay for each input
- For pure two-channel stereo listening, “Tone Direct” bypasses all signal processing and tone controls
- A Cinema EQ setting is available, as well as eight DSP surround modes
- Multi-stage Dynamic Range control for nighttime listening and playback at low volume levels.
The RD-7503 also carries another solid spec, its SRP of $439.
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