Newcastle R-963T

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  1. Eric Arens

    Eric Arens Auditioning

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    I was at CES in Indianapolis, and a friend reps this line. As a courtesy to him, I stopped by Sherwood's booth, which they were sharing with Gallo (Roundsound). I began talking with Jeff, Sherwood NA pres about the Newcastle line, and ordered the 963, and went on my way. Forgot all abaout it. Last month this puppy shows up and I have to tell you that as far as Receivers go, this bad boy is the MACK-DADDY. When listening to PLII, it needs to be turned up alittle, but utilizing all 7 speakers whwen listening in a digital format is a truly beautiful experience. SW EP-I filled the room and had us all laughing with joy and excitment. Just wondering if anyone else has had any experience witht his piece, and what your thoughts are. Eric Arens
     
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    Eric,

    I've been very interested in this receiver ever since I first read about it. There is SOOOO little info out there about it and I have been waiting with baited breath for the promised review to be posted at hometheaterhifi.com but this hasn't happened yet. The gentleman who is review the receiver mentioned on avs that as audio quality goes the 963 is top notch but he had some issues with the user interface, unfortunatly he wouldn't get into specifics and told me to wait for the review (which I'm try oh so hard to do). Anyway, I was wondering if you had any issues with setup or ease of use in day to day operation of the unit? Also, if there is anything that you would change on the 963, what would it be? Thanks

    Evan
     
  3. John Kotches

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    Evan,
    Patience.
    I'm moving the 963T into the main system this weekend (I have some serious rack reorganizing to do [​IMG]
    Regards,
     
  4. John Morris

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    Questions:

    What is the best price you've found on the 963?

    Does it use the same user interface as the 956? If so, then it does suck.

    When did Jeff H get promoted? Last I knew, he was VP of marketing.

    John K: If possible, please let us know how this unit operates as both a receiver and as a preamp/processor.
     
  5. Jeff Hipps

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    Merc:

    Last time I looked at my business card I was Sr. VP for Marketing and Product Planning. Until today I thought that just meant I was the oldest guy who applied for the job.

    Jeff
     
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  7. John Kotches

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    Merc,

    The front panel has a scrolling list, probably to minimize clutter. The included remote allows you to select an input discretely.

    Regards,
     
  8. John Morris

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    John K: the remote on the 956 is the HTM RNC-30 and although you can access CD, tuner, phono, tape mon directly, you still have to use the "VID SEL" button to scroll through the Video sources with this unit. I have a VCR on Vid 1, a PS2 on Vid 2, and a DVD player on Vid 3. Although the remote has both Vid 2, Vid 3 and Vid 4 buttons, they don't seem to do anything with regard to picking a video source. Is the 963 like this also?
     
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    John K.- Can we expect a Secrets review shortly? [​IMG]
     
  10. Jeff Hipps

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    The R-963 ships with our proprietary version of the Theatermaster MX-500. So, we finally have enough buttons to support direct access of all the video inputs.

    Jeff Hipps
     
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    Kevin,
    I'm moving it into "System A" over the weekend. I am in working on a review, but it will (likely) be late March before I submit it, as I have some pretty intense deadlines with the job that pays the bills [​IMG]
    Oh to be independently wealthy!
    Regards,
     
  12. Will

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    Jeff Hipps,

    Can you say anything about the upcoming Sherwood pre/pro? Is it still expected to be first demo'd in the fall? Do you know when it is expected to be available for sale? Do you have any idea if it will have about the same features as the pre/pro section of the R-963 receiver?
     
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    I seen a 963 brand new on ebay for 1599.00 from galaxy something or other. I dont know if there authorized {probably not}
     
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  16. Jeff Hipps

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    Will:

    The Sherwood Newcastle P-958 (tuner/preamp/processor) will have the functionality of the R-963 plus fully configurable DPL II Music mode and Dolby Headphone. This will be a CEDIA Expo introduction in September. Availability is expected shortly thereafter. Tentative SRP is $1500.

    Jeff
     
  17. Will

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    Jeff:

    Thanks for the update. The upcoming P-958 with Dolby Headphone sounds nice! Thanks for providing it's tentative SRP too!

    Does the R-963 receiver support just one DPL II Music configuration, or does it support some adjustments but not as extensive as is supported by the upcoming P-958?
     
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    Will:

    On the R-963, both DPL II music and cinema modes are fixed and are not user adjustable.

    Jeff
     
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    John do you still have the SN pre you bought? I am looking for one for my system if you are going to get rid of it.
     
  20. Han

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    A Sherwood-ized version of the MX-500 remote... sounds interesting. I really like my MX-500 remote, as it's my favorite remote thus far (and I've owned a Pronto).

    There are only three gripes I've had with it. The "M1", "M2", "M3" macro buttons (which I've scratched out the labels, and wrote in with a paint pen "TV" and "DVD" for two of them). The "Info", "Menu", "Guide", "Exit", text labels which only served to confuse things, so I marked them out with a dark blue marker. And, the macro procedure for the 10 device buttons up top, in which you have to hold them down for 1 second or else it'd go into that device's menu instead. Useless for anyone else in my house except for me. I would have preferred a way to select whether each of those 10 buttons would activate a device menu, or activate a macro that immediately works instead of by holding downing for a second.

    Anyway, I'm kinda interested in how Sherwood has changed the MX-500 for the 963 receiver, and if the 958 Pre/Pro will also have that remote.
     

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