I wanted to equip my home office with a good quality, AM FM 2 channel stereo system and chose the Sherwood RX4109 after reading many web-based reviews combined with the very attractive price seen at a1components. I also intend to route my office TV's audio through the speakers.
My office is 12 x 14 ft with 8 ft ceiling ht. The Sherwood is powering a pair of Insignia IS-SP3WAY speakers which have a frequency response of 90Hz to 20KHz mounted 8' apart and 12" beneath the ceiling on one wall. An area rug covers most of the floor.
I gave the Sherwood the highest rating based on the following criteria:
* Ease of set-up.
* More than ample power.
* Signal Sensitivity.
* Discernible Bass/Treble
response to adjustments.
* Clean, even sound.
* Ability to give the Insignia
speakers a real workout in
hearing the woofer,
midrange, and tweeter
perform the way they were
designed to, w/o distortion.
(This review is not about the speakers but the ability of the tuner's signal and amp to provide continuous clean power at all listening levels.)
A strong signal was achieved with only extending the folded dipole FM Antenna, included. My home is approx. 18 Mi. from NYC with good elevation.
In summary, I trusted the Sherwood brand, and found that this tuner/amp kicks with the best of them, has an awesome amount of reserve power, and is easy to use and adjust. The full function remote is a real plus as well. I would recommend the Sherwood RX4109 for any serious listener anytime and believe it would drive most any high-end speaker. I will be purchasing another one for our bedroom, for playback with our HD LCD widescreen TV.
My only comment: There is no signal strength meter or bar; the word "TUNED" will be displayed when reaching the correct frequency.
I cannot tell if this product has a Phono Input on it or not.There is nothing on the box that states that. Needs E-Mail confirmation.