Receivers

Sherwood Newcastle R-972 7.1 A/V Receiver with Trinnov Room Optimizer Technology

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Introduction

The Sherwood Newcastle R-972 A/V Receiver is the latest high-end receiver in the Sherwood product lineup. The Newcastle brand is Sherwood's premier product line. The R-972 A/V receiver boasts some impressive features including 7 channels of amplification at 100 watts per channel, 4 HDMI 1.3 inputs, on-board decoding of DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD high-resolution audio formats, XM satellite, and a Silicon Optix Reon video processor supporting upscaling to 1080p. In addition to all this functionality, the R-972 is the first product to offer a consumer version of the Trinnov Room Optimizer technology. The Trinnov Room Optimizer is a professional grade room optimization technology that is used in mixing studios at companies such as 20th Century Fox and the BBC. The professional version of the Trinnov system costs well over $13K for a single processor. The version of the Trinnov Room Optimizer in the R-972 is the first consumer-accessible version of this technology which is able to apply room corrections in three dimensions. Like a kid in the candy store, I was looking forward to putting the R-972 through its paces.

Specifications

  • Codecs: Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS (ES Discrete/Matrix, Neo:6, 96/24), DTS-HD Master Audio / High Resolution Audio
  • Power Output: 7 x 100 watts RMS/all channels driven @ .05% THD into 8 Ohms
  • Precision: 24-Bit/192kHz A/D
  • 2-Zone Operation; Zone 3 Copies Main
  • XM Satellite Radio Capable
  • Trinnov Room Optimizer with Microphone
  • Dimensions: 7.9" H x 17.4" W x 19.3" D
  • Weight: 40.8 Pounds
  • MSRP: $1,799.95 USA
  • Sherwood