Sherwood RD-7503 Audio/Video Receiver - Perfect for Radeon?

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Sherwood RD-7503 Audio/Video Receiver - Perfect for Radeon?

Postby Apoptosis » Mon Nov 03, 2008 7:12 pm

I get people asking me about how to build a HTPC and setup a system using 7.1 surround sound more and more these days. One would think that adding any Radeon HD 3 or 4 series card into a system and running an HDMI cable to a receiver with HDMI would be enough but it's not. A friend of mine purchased a Sherwood RD-7502 for $199 (MSRP $399.95) and hooked it up to a Radeon HD 4850 and found out the hard way. He has a full 7.1 surround setup, but could only get video to pass through on the HDMI as the audio would pull to the surround sound. The audio went directly to the TV, which wasn't what he wanted.

While helping him with his problem I discovered that Sherwood has an RD-7503 Audio/Video Receiver in the works for the same price (MSRP $399.95) that includes full HDMI Audio Repeater functionality and decodes native lossless audio tracks from Blu Ray discs including Dolby Tru HD and DTS Master Audio HD. That means that it can play Blu-Ray content from a single HDMI input and play it back in surround sound mode. If the street price is like that of the RD-7502 this receiver will be a bargain and bring HTPC's to reality for many on a tight budget.

The Sherwood RD-7503 Audio/Video Receiver is said to be coming out next month, so sometime in December 2008.

Here is the Sherwood Press Release on the RD-7503

Sherwood America Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high performance audio equipment, today introduced the first dual-zone, multi-source receiver in its value-priced Sherwood Home Audio line. Rated at 100 watts RMS for each of its 7 channels, the RD-7503 is an HDMI 1.3 capable receiver with 3 HDMI inputs and one HDMI output. Unlike many of the receivers in its price range, the 7503 has full HDMI Audio Repeater functionality and decodes native lossless audio tracks from Blu Ray discs including Dolby Tru HD and DTS Master Audio HD. In the opinion of Jeffrey Hipps, Sherwood’s Sr. VP for Marketing and Product Planning, “The RD-7503 may be all the receiver most consumers
need. If we imagine a modern system with set-top box, upconverting DVD player and DVR, the 7503 is perfect. The user runs a single HDMI cable from each source to our receiver. The RD-7503 decodes the audio and sends the video on to the display device through a single HDMI cable. It is simplicity incarnate.”

To further insure that RD-7503 users have a top-flight audio experience, the receiver includes Auto-Setup and adds Sherwood’s exclusive SNAPTM Room EQ. “We borrowed SNAPTM directly from our $2000.00 Newcastle R-965 receiver,” adds Hipps. “its 7 bands of parametric EQ per channel with adjustable “Q” and center frequency can improve the sound of any system.”

As expected, the RD-7503 has AM/FM tuner, front panel inputs for convenient playback from portable music players, tape and aux inputs and is Sirius Radio ready. Unexpectedly, the receiver has a front panel receptacle for Sherwood’s optional BT-7 Blue Tooth receiver. When used with the BT-7, users can stream music from a suitably equipped cell phone or music player even with the phone still in their pocket or purse.

MSRP for the RD-7503 is $399.95.



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Re: Sherwood RD-7503 Audio/Video Receiver - Perfect for Radeon?

Postby Apoptosis » Tue Dec 16, 2008 3:08 pm

I just wanted to update this and let everyone know that thy have finally released these players.

The URL on the Sherwood site is - http://www.sherwoodusa.com/prod_rd7503.html

I'm trying to purchase one for my HTPC, so keep an eye out for it in an upcoming HTPC article.

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Re: Sherwood RD-7503 Audio/Video Receiver - Perfect for Radeon?

Postby IRQ Conflict » Wed Dec 17, 2008 2:55 am

Thanks Apoptosis. If I weren't going for an LG "Theater in a box" to match my LG HDTV this is what I'd be after. Onkyo and Denon are good but waayyy over priced imo.
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Re: Sherwood RD-7503 Audio/Video Receiver - Perfect for Radeon?

Postby dicecca112 » Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:51 am

My Sony 5.1 Does Passthrough, although I could never get it to work. Only have two HDMI devices though, and I really don't need surround sound on my video games, the TV does just fine, and the Roku Box I just use Component Audio.

Have you checked out my HTPC Project Nate? Might give you something to aspire to :P

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Re: Sherwood RD-7503 Audio/Video Receiver - Perfect for Radeon?

Postby IRQ Conflict » Wed Dec 17, 2008 7:11 am

dicecca112 wrote:...and I really don't need surround sound on my video games, the TV does just fine..
:shock: You sir, speak blasphemy!
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Re: Sherwood RD-7503 Audio/Video Receiver - Perfect for Radeon?

Postby dicecca112 » Wed Dec 17, 2008 7:33 am

Now it would be nice, but hey I'm fine with old school Mega Mans in Stereo
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Re: Sherwood RD-7503 Audio/Video Receiver - Perfect for Radeon?

Postby vicaphit » Fri Dec 19, 2008 9:11 pm

No, 3D sound is required for all 2D games... You are just not enjoying it the way it was meant to be played.
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Re: Sherwood RD-7503 Audio/Video Receiver - Perfect for Radeon?

Postby Apoptosis » Fri Jan 02, 2009 3:51 pm

Finally got the Sherwood RD-7503 after a two month wait after seeing the original press release.

Here are some picture of how it shipped directly from Sherwood:

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Re: Sherwood RD-7503 Audio/Video Receiver - Perfect for Radeon?

Postby FZ1 » Fri Jan 02, 2009 4:37 pm

So Nate, what are the specs on your HTPC? I was kinda thinking of putting one together.
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