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Category: Hardware Published on Monday, 08 March 2010

Immerse Yourself into the Beautiful World of Sound 

OK, I admit it! I'm a sound/movie/home theater addict - - - and proud of it!

I just finished playing with the new Sherwood R-904N Netboxx ($650) and have fallen in love. In fact, I was seriously considering scrapping my huge, hernia-inducing $1,800 Yamaha receiver and replacing it with this 700-watt beauty when I was subtly reminded by others in my household that the purchase would severely crimp my style - - - and deflate my bank account.

The Netboxx can handle up to three video devices using HDMI, component or composite cables; digital or component audio for a CD player and has connections on the front panel for an auxiliary audio device, such as an iPod. There are also USB slots on the front and rear of the unit enabling you to display your favorite audio or video files or digital photographs.

You can also download content fron the Internet by attaching it to your home network using an Ethernet cable or plugging in a wireless USB adapter so it can hitch a ride on your Wi-Fi network. Setting it up was extremely easy, using on-screen prompts that test your connection as you proceed.

But the real jewel in its crown was the raw, pure sound it delivered, rivaling my larger, higher-priced model. Of course it doesn't offer all of the features my $1,800 receiver does (including the capability to connect to twice as many audio and video devices) or as many Dolby effects. But, what it does deliver is superior audio and interference-free video.

Also, by adapting VuNow technology from Verismo Networks, you can tap into the vast resouces of the Internet without a computer. This gives you access to an endless library of movies through CinemaNow and Amazon, music from SHOUTCast and access to many of your favorite web sites.

Additional features include:

--- Ability to receive and decode Dolby HD-FM signals.
--- Compatibility with Blu-Ray Dolby audio, which delivers a much more defined 7.1 audio than receivers not able to handle the technology.
--- Thirty station presets.
--- It's small and only weighs about 10 pounds, making it easy to maneuver when connecting speakers or components.

For more information check out the company's web site at

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