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Advice on what to listen for

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Ninja Wannabe, Jul 24, 2003.

  1. Ninja Wannabe

    Ninja Wannabe

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    After mucking around with my dvd player I managed to rip out the ends of the interconnects when trying to detach them from the 5.1 terminals at the back of the player. I made an effort to get to Richer Sounds and get some new ones (sorry if I offended anyone for using the R/S swear word there)

    Me being me, king of the impulse purchase. I went in there wanting two new analogue interconnects, and left with a new dts receiver and an optical lead :blush:

    Here's the confession: It was a Sherwood RD8108.

    Now I'm not the most knowledgeable about hifi, and I thought I'd see what you lot thought about Sherwood after I'd had a listen. The consensus from doing a search seemed to be that they'd named it Sherwood 'cos it robbed from the gullible and gave to the Rich. Julian Richer to be precise :)

    Anyway, I've decided that it doesn't really sound any better (worse?) than a yamaha amp that a mate sold me a while ago (Hi Bob!) So I'm taking it back and testing a Yamaha RX-V730RDS.

    Now I know that the latter 'should' blow the Sherwood out of the water, but I'd just like to ask what I should be listening for, tests I can do on mine while its still connected at home that I can replicate on the one in their demo room on Saturday.

    Ta muchly
  2. Nobber22


    Jun 6, 2002
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    Be careful of direct comparisons of amps on different days and in different rooms. I 'd take the Sherwood along with you on Saturday and test that and the Yamaha together. When testing I never bother with DVD's and surround sound. Just take along a couple of your favourite CD's that you know well and play them, preferably into speakers you use at home too.

    You'll soon see which amp's sound you perfer.

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