|Sherwood VR-670 Hollywood-at-Home Virtual Theater System|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems|
|Written by Andrew Robinson|
|Tuesday, 01 August 2006|
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HDMI is all the rage these days, and with good reason, as we move closer to a completely digital age. Sadly, because of this fact, the VR-670 may already be out of date for some people. However, with a system price just under $400, the VR-670 can’t possibly have everything and remain cost effective. Sherwood is making HDMI switchers for other products that very well may work with the VR-670. If not, there are others from the likes of Dtrovision that will allow you easy switching.
I would have like to see a bit more style when it came to the speakers. The subwoofer really stands out as a well-constructed piece, as does the main receiver/DVD player, but when one gets to the speakers, they look a bit out of sorts and a bit cheap. Likewise for the binding posts, I can’t imagine a modest pair of five-way posts adding too much to the VR-670’s price tag.
I was never able to get a true surround sound effect out of the VR-670. This could be due to my set-up, my room or any number of other factors. I will say that what the VR-670 did do in terms of surround sound was way beyond my expectations and it never robbed me of my overall enjoyment.
Lastly, the remote. It sucks. Sorry. It just does. I would have liked any remote more than the one I had to work with. In a system that is pretty much automatic I don’t think the remote needs to try and be more than it is. Make it smaller, with less buttons and save some money so you can afford some proper back-lighting and labeling. As a solution, you might consider a Harmony remote for your Sherwood and other sources with a total cost of under $300.
The VR-670 is, at its heart, a home theater in a box. But unlike its counterparts, this home theater in a box actually sounds damn good and does it with fewer components. I could find little to complain about when it came to the VR-670’s sonic capabilities, given its very modest price tag. While its video performance may have been a bit average, my level of enjoyment with the VR-670 was anything but. The VR-670 is a giant despite its size and I can’t imagine watching TV or DVDs in my bedroom without it. I recommend giving it a listen. You may find it to be more of what you want in a system vs. what manufacturers tell you that you need.