Sherwood Newcastle RVD-6090R A/V Receivers

4.41/5 (17 Reviews) MSRP : $449.95


Product Description

Dolby® Digital/Dolby® Pro Logic - 60 Watts x 5 Channels


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jetrich a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 16, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Bought it in December 2001.

Great receiver for the limited in budget. Would loved to have bought a Denon, but couldn't afford the AVR-1802 at the time of purchase.

Aside from the lack of DTS processing and S-Video inputs this a great A/V receiver with which to start the AudioPhile journey.

The unit does get heated quite often (every day) but I have never had it overheat. This unit has been as reliable as I would expect a Denon to be. Very impressive effort by Sherwood. The remote sucks, but hey $119, come on. What the remote lacks I feel that the unit makes up for.

With my limited experience with A/V equipment (2 years or so) I don't know if the following statement has validity or not. The unit makes a very annoying sound (pop) when switching audio formats and layers on DVDs.

I am only running 4 speakers with the 5.1 split to them foregoing the Center and Sub channels. Like I said before limited budget. Here's the setup

Fronts: JBL HLS-620
Rears: JBL N-26

I find that this unit has no trouble pushing these speakers, without distortion in almost all cases, to the units volume limit.

Overall a great unit. Not my first choice for a receiver, but by far destroys all receivers in this price range. Have my eyes set on the Denon AVR-1803, hopefully it won't be long before I can upgrade and finish up the speakers.

I highly recommend this receiver or one of the other Sherwood line to anyone who wants to get a receiver and doesn't have enough cash to get their dream receiver. Far exceeded my expectations of any $120 receiver.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $119.00

Purchased At:   A-V Street.com



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by gregmg a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 14, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Great product at this price. Great audio quality in Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby 5.1, and stereo modes. They say you get what you pay for; in this case I'd argue you get just a little more. This receiver is excellent for a den or other secondary application. If you are a true home theater enthusiast, you'll definitely want to consider another receiver.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $119.00

Purchased At:   buy.com



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rick a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 13, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I'm very happy with this receiver except for the silly design weaknesses. The power output is fine for me. My Pioneer does 100Wx2 so I figured if the 65W of the Sherwood for the front channels wouldn't be loud enough, I could use the Sherwood's wonderful preouts and let the Pioneer take over the fronts. The price is the main reason I bought this receiver. If I had paid much more, I would have returned it due to it's less than perfect signal routing behaviors. But maybe most Dolby Digital receivers are similar in behavior.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $139.00

Purchased At:   Circuit City



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John Voland a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: April 8, 2001

Bottom Line:   
There is no question the olde audio cliche about one getting what one pays for is generally true - 20-plus years of audio addiction has proven that to me time and again.
But then again, sometimes you run into a product like the 6090 A/V receiver. It is that rare avian, a real bargain. For less than $200, you get more than enough power for most listening needs and environments (65 per in 5.1 mode), crystalline Dolby Digital decoding, a very respectable pre-amp section and (even rarer for A/V gear) quite easy to set up and enjoy.
Playing through Infinity fronts and center speakers, Klipsch rears and a Paradigm sub (all of which are, admittedly, quite efficient units), the 6090R does the home theater obstacle course (Gladiator, Terminator 2, Jurassic Park and Amadeus) with minimal fuss and considerable grunt. Clarity is the primary virtue, even when clipping approaches. This thing can't be used in huge spaces (mine is about 12' by 15'), but in your average den or family room, the 6090R more than fills the space.
Just as importantly (for this reviewer anyway), the 6090R handles music-only demands with finesse and real musicality - whether in 5.1 mode or in regular olde stereo (remember stereo, kiddies?). Hard rock (Metallica, Pantera, Iron Maiden et al) crunches satisfyingly; be-bop (Monk, Miles, Ornette, Coltrane) has real immediacy and warmth; and classical has shape, focus and a very tangible sweetness.
Okay, there are compromises: The tuner is barely adequate, with hissy stereo locks the norm. The remote control spends 80% of its real estate on other Sherwood components you probably don't have, rather than allowing buttons for a number of important A/V functions. And this unit, I discovered after taking it home and hooking it up, WILL NOT play DTS-encoded DVDs without hooking up the 6-channel inputs from a DTS-capable DVD player with those outputs (check around, there aren't many for less than $400), despite promises to the contrary from the 6090's face and controls, the owner's manual AND Sherwood's own Website. (For your info, the Sherwood 6095R, for about $50 more, DOES accept optical/coaxial digital inputs for DTS and Dolby Digital. You live, you learn, right?)
In sum, though, this unit is quite the bargain, and an ideal starting point for that all-important First Decent Home Theater Setup. By all means seek it out.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $179.00

Purchased At:   Fry's



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 26, 2001

Bottom Line:   
For the price this reciever can't be beat. Perfect for a bedroom setup where you don't need high volumes. I don't think I can replace my Sony with it in the living room, but for the bedroom it sounds just as good.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   Circuit City




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