Summary: I bought the Sherwood RD-6105 for my family for Christmas (well, mainly for myself! But they now also enjoy earth-shattering sound with movies!). It is excellent in quality and has premium Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, and DTS 5.1 sound. (Good quality speakers are a prerequisite) It took me a few weeks to get everything to work on this unit, The controls are a bit complicated at first, and one has to make sure that the source devices are putting out the Dolby Digital or DTS...
Summary: I bought this tuner to make the change in my home music system from stereo to 5.1 surround sound because I wanted to play super audio CDs. This model had good ratings by consumers everywhere, was said to be simple to manage, and carried a modest price tag. Having grown into music in the 1960s and never having moved beyond traditional stereo, this transition was not simple for me.
Summary: This is a fine unit at a very affordable price. [..]. It's no-frills. Just 5.1 (not 6 or 7). The remote is very basic, the is no on-screen guide. The video input is only the most basic (so S-Video and certainly no component). But, it does a very nice job just pumping out sound. DTS is included. I have it paired up with the Athena Point 5 speakers, and I'm very happy.
Summary: For a basic surround-sound and home stereo on a tight budget, it'll do the job. I have my cable, VCR and DVD player running through it just fine by using the front inputs for the cable. The biggest drawback is no s-video or composite video input connectors at all. It has a single s-video output for the monitor. It does have 5-channel direct audio input and one digital optical audio input.