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RX-4105 2-Channel Remote-Controlled Stereo Receiver
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214 of 217 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2005
This Sherwood (noted brand years ago, now mysterious) might be a decent bargain for twice the money. It's stripped down by present standards -- two channels only, no phonograph input. It's dead quiet and extremely clean sounding. I can't hear any emphases or dead spots in the frequencies. The tuner is exceptionally good; I am surprised at the success I'm having with it in a poor reception area, with only the antennas that are supplied. Appearance and quality are fine: nice black steel case, solid buttons, one big old volume knob. It was all I needed, so I'm very pleased. Going to get another for a computer amp.
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142 of 144 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2005
Sherwood was a manufacture of mid quality, tube type audio devices during my childhood- a long time ago. A typical two channel, tube type AM/FM stereo receiver made 30 RMS watts per channel and cost around $200. By those standards, today's Sherwood RX- 4103 making more than three times the power at half the cost is an outstanding value.

This is an attractive, cool running, although quite large and heavy, receiver. The display is functional and easy to read. The controls are well marked and easy to understand and use. The remote control buttons are readable by my ancient eyes and offer a number of desirable functions. My only complaint with the packaging of this unit is the size and weight. For some reason, Sherwood used a massive power supply transformer which requires a large enclosure and makes the unit heavy. Why didn't they employ a switching power supply and cut the size and weight by 2/3?

I purchased this receiver because I needed an amplifier for my bedroom, and I was unable to find a discrete amplifier at a reasonable price. The amplifier section in this receiver is excellent. The first thing that struck me was that it is quiet. With the volume at mid-high level, silence reigns between CD tracks. Further, the output is clean even at high levels. I have two amplifier related complaints. The bass tone control curve is not well designed. Increasing the bass causes the middle frequencies to become muddy. The speaker wire connectors are too small to accommodate #16 wire. This is a powerful amplifier, and it should have been given binding posts capable of accepting wire large enough to deliver the power to the speakers.

The tuner sections lack sensitivity, and the AM tuner has poor noise rejection in my experience. The lack of sensitivity will likely not be a problem for those living near the stations they want to tune.

The Sherwood RX- 4103 offers a lot of performance for the price. Yes, I wish it were smaller, had better tuners and binding posts for the speaker wires, but I don't think you can find a better stereo receiver within $75 of this one.
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91 of 98 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2005
If you want a straight forward stereo receiver costing the least amount of dollars, then Sherwood Rx-4105 receiver fits the bill pretty well.

It has AM/FM, and 30 station presets. External connection wise it supports Tape, VCR, CD, and TV. (no phono support)

Its construction is sturdy and heavy. Sound quality appears very clean sounding. FM reception is average. Weak stations need the use of a good antenna to pull in the signal.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
I've been through 2 of these since early December - each has quit working without notice. I returned the first, believing that it was just that particular receiver, but after the 2nd I will never buy another one. Back to the store this one goes...
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2009
I am a test engineer and I did extensive research before selecting this unit. My ratings are as follows:
Audio quality = GREAT!
Ease of Use = Simple!
Best price and best value in a mid-range audio price but a high end audio result.
The electrical ratings and specifications are excellent and the real test - the audio quality really shines on this unit.

I paired this unit with a Sherwood 5 carousel CD player and Boston Acoustics stereo speakers - The music quality surpasses my old and broken down Sony high end gold series system.

This unit is not designed for and does not do surround sound but with the right speakers and CD player you will feel like the performer is in the room. This is a stereo system and a fantastic one at that.
This is a great buy and a great value.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2006
A good buy for the price. I live in a very rural area so the unit required an external self-powered FM antenna and a wire AM antenna, both of which I already had installed. Any radio used here requires external antennas. Reception by this unit is very good. Sound quality is excellent for attached CD and tape players. Simultaneously drives two big old Bic Studio Monitor speakers, and two utility speakers in another room, with fine quality distorion free sound. No problems.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2005
I'm very pleased with this receiver except for one thing. You cannot see any of the buttons or knobs in low light. The print is very faint and there are no LEDs or any other lights to help you find anything except on the power button. But the receiver sounds great and is a great value.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2011
Just want to save anyone else the headaches that I've been through with this unit. I purchased my unit in early 2009 and it was defective out of the box. It would come on for a few seconds, then shut itself off and no amount of tinkering helped. I called customer service but they were not able to help me so I packed it up and sent it back. They sent me a replacement about 10 days later and it worked great for a while, but just AFTER the warranty expired, the replacement is also shutting itself off, just as the first one did. I believe there is a flaw in the power supply that causes this but what ever the reason, it should not do this so wanted to warn anyone considering this item about this defect. If it had been only one, I would just think it was a defective unit, but when 2 of them do the exact same thing, it seems that it is a design flaw.

I recommend that you purchase a different stereo unless you like replacing them frequently. Happy shopping!
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2006
Hooked up the speakers and plugged it in. Standby lite came on. Turned the power on, unit played for 15-20 seconds then reverted to standby. Disconnected speakers, same thing happened. Called Sherwood

(it was not easy to reach them). Was told I should be using 16 ohm speakers. Nothing about that in the specs. Two service repair centers listed on their website. Called both, neither knew anything about Sherwood. Returning it to Amazon in exchange for another brand.
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45 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2005
The receiver worked fine for about 3 month. Now I can't get it out of standby mode, no matter what I try. I can't even turn it OFF, it just stays in standby mode. What a waste of money, even if it was only 90 bucks.
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