Originally Posted by kkpro
Since most threads have a tendency to only be for problems, I thought I would mention some positives. The biggest one being this receiver lets me enjoy the movie without wondering about tweaking this or getting this to sound better. I just watch and am amazed. I hope this lasts very long because I can't imagine being without it unless something else amazing comes along. Jack the Giant Slayer sounded amazing on this. The gunshots from Snitch felt like they could cut right through you, just to name a few.
I used to be in the "all receivers sound similar" camp and upgraded my receivers based on more modern connectivity inputs. In my primary home theater went from a Denon 3300 to a Onkyo 805 (which I still own) on to the Sherwood 972. Yes it has some quirks but I completely agree with the sound improvements. I am not a reviewer but I can hear a cleaner and fuller sound stage, subtle but noticeable improvement in surround sound elements as well as much cleaner dialog in movie soundtracks.
I use the 972 as a preamp to my dual Acurus 200X3 amps feeding my Def Tech BP 30's in front , CLR 2000 with Klipsch surrounds. Having been addicted to all things audio and video since the early 70's, yeah I am getting old, to my ears the 972 just sounds better than my Onkyo.
If you have a chance to hear one for yourself, go for it. If you can buy one at the liquidated prices it is a no brainer!