Originally Posted by Mauro
Going by the pdf download, the 972 weighs in at 46lbs while the 965 if memory serves, came in at 51.8, what's been shed here. I would like to know what's happened to those 5.8 lbs.
I currently own a 2 year old Yamaha and while the build is fairly good, the use of quality materials has weakened over time(owned Yamaha models in the past), cheaper plastics and thinner metal has been used. How is the build quality on the current models regards finish and materials?
One thing to keep in mind as Toroidal transformers begin to replace E-Laminate is they cost more to build than standard laminate, have less heat, quieter, more efficient, plus other features and can weigh up to 50% less than the E-Laminate. I have been reading up on the Toroidal to understand the change and there are some good research papers on the subject. I think if the lighter weights can be attributed to using Toroidal then that is a good thing and could account for your 5.8 pounds! NAD uses the Twin Holmgren Toroidal and there are a lot of products. I cannot tell from the Sherwood site what they are using but all should be revealed to us soon!
I have been noodling the Integra 9.9, NAD T785, Yamaha Z7, and now the Sherwood R972 as possible AVR upgrades from my Denon 3803. I have been using the DVDO VP20 for 1080P video processing and looking at upgrading that unit to the VP50 and adding separates but at the moment am really trying to learn all I can as I feel it is up to us as end consumers to whittle through all the hype. Also waiting for the OPPO Blu-Ray coming out any time now! Sometimes I think I still need to wait another year but I have not been buying std DVD for over a year and am chomping to get into Blu-Ray. There are so many differences in these units all with a little plus and minus. The NAD seems awesome with the Modular construction where you can pull the HDMI module out and replace with new ones giving some peace of mind on future. The forums show other problems with all of these units and I would not pull the trigger on the Sherwood either until the production release gets into some pioneering hands and give us some feedback!!!!
Here is a nice link that discusses the two but there are many sources on the subjecthttp://www.tabtronics.com/TECHNOLOGY...2/Default.aspx