Unit like new. I purchased two of these units, the second was purchased as a backup after Sherwood stopped making them. However, the unit has proven to be extremely reliable, so I no longer have a need for the back up. The unit was taken out of the box for testing to ensure it was working, and then placed back in the box. These receivers are the only way to get an AVP or AVR with Trinnov at a reasonable price. Trinnov is wonderful room optimizing technology, but units cost thousands to tens of thousands of dollars. Even though the Trinnov optimizer in the R972 is not the latest iteration of Trinnov, it is nonetheless excellent. There is no other Room Optimizing technology available in AVR/AVPs that is able to perform the 3D optimizing Trinnov can.
Further, the amps and DACs in the R-972 are excellent and make it worthy of consideration even without the Trinnov technology. Because of my power needs, I actually use the R-972 as a quasi AVP. I use the internal amps to drive the height channels (yes, this unit can be configured in this manner, for further info see Curt Hoyt's application notes http://www.cahoyt.com/trinnov/r972trinnov.pdf
and R972 Trinnov User Notes
) and surround. There is nothing quite like this AVR/AVP anywhere near its price.
In its review, Home Theater Hifi concluded:
"To say that Trinnov is just another room optimization system would be a gross understatement. In its first implementation as a consumer product in the R-972, the Trinnov Room Optimizer is able to produce some stellar results... the Trinnov setup requires a fair bit of patience and persistence, but the results are worth every bit of that effort. Trinnov is capable of transforming an average room into a very believable theater or musical venue. It is also able to compensate for a variety of room problems with ease."
PRICE: $800 Canadian / US$600, plus shipping and any applicable fees
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