Originally Posted by Pchey562
Can't decide which system will serve best in the long run. Sherwood 4503 or Sony STRDH-130. I have Yamaha subwoofer bargain unit too, I like to have a sub but only the sherwood supports it however the Sony supplies 35 more watts. I know there cheap but this is for my bedroom. And Im pairing with some off brand theater audio s-w8 speakers. Any advice?
I was pretty much in your shoes a few months back when my 5-year-old Sherwood 2-channel receiver bit the dust. I didn't see the 4503 in my search for a replacement, and instead ended up with a Yamaha RXV-371 AVR that a local dealer close-out put me into for even less than highly competitive prices I see for either of the two receivers you are looking at now. All three receivers are still on the market, and Amazon has the RXV-371 for about $40 more. So, I'll adress all 3.
If you are going to use a powered sub during the life of this purchase, then IMO the Sony instantly bites the dust because it lacks a proper subwoofer output.
Sherwood wisely put a LFE output on their receiver, but according to the user manual
there is no bass management to back it up, which makes it only a little better than nothing.
IMO the extra $40 for the RXV-371 or a similar competitive 5.1 AVR is a good investment. Heck, the extra $70 or so for the newer RXV-373 with YPAO or competitive equivalent may even be a better investment.
(1) Any of these low end AVRs can IME be transformed into highly credible 2-channel receivers by flogging their menus for a few minutes and accurately telling them about the speakers that are actually attached. For example, a center channel speaker can be a plus for a 2-channel system and when or if you obtain one you can wire it up, tell the receiver about it, and enjoy!
(2) Even the bottom end AVRs from major manufacturers have bass management, meaning adjustable crossovers that can optimize the use of all
of your speakers. The Sony doesn't even try and the Sherwood is so limited in this area that I'd call it lip service.
(3) AFAIK all of the low end AVRs from the major manufacturers have a fairly complete set of digital inputs and video switching, which don't hurt if you don't use them, and are invaluable if you need them. For example, if you link a $90 Blu ray player to an AVR digitally, the $90 Blu Ray player's DACs have the same effect on system sound quality as the DACs in a $500 Blu Ray player hooked up the same way, which is optimal for both.
(4) Some or most of the newer low end AVRs from the majors have built in manual equalization and some even have automated system tuning which can help the SQ of your system greatly when you choose to start using it.