Excerpt: In A/V receivers, as in so many other things, new technologies start in mid- to high-priced models and work their way down. Once they have fully penetrated all or most of a manufacturer’s line, consumers who are on a budget have the same access to, say, lossless surround that more upscale buyers do.
Excerpt: If you’ve been waiting for the prices of HDMI-equipped A/V receivers to come down to earth, Sherwood’s new RD-7503 should help you pull the trigger. While it doesn’t have every bell and whistle, it does boast a long list of features and can be expanded to include more. And with an online price less than $400, it costs only a little more than a good Blu-ray disc player.
Pros: Three HDMI inputs; decodes Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio bit streams; includes calibration mic for automated setup
Cons: No video or digital audio inputs in the front panel; no "direct" mode; crappy remote control