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Old March 28th 05, 05:39 AM
Jon Yaeger
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Default Sherwood S-5000 II Integrated Amplifier

When I was a kid, my Dad bought a Sherwood S7700 or S8000 integrated amp
with FM stereo tuner. It was my original frame of reference for how music
was "supposed" to sound . . . with tubes, of course. My friends used to
like to come over and audition the system and some said it was the best one
they had heard.

The Sherwood was a very low profile unit for its day, and had an unusual
white faceplate. It was a very unassuming circuit using 12AX7s all of the
way through to the output. The output iron looked small compared to Fisher
and others. Yet the bass response was good, as were the specs. Sherwood had
a reputation for being conservative about their specs.

I recently fixed up a Sherwood S5500 integrated amplifier (no tuner).
Tonite I spent an hour or so matching the US made 7868 output tubes. I
hooked it up to my McIntosh MR-67 tuner (recently aligned) and the sound was
a lot better than I expected.

An amp like this with 12AX7s, small output iron, and tone controls isn't
'supposed" to sound good, according to the dogma of the day.

Anyone else have experience . . . pro or con . . . with Sherwood gear?

Jon

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Old March 28th 05, 06:20 AM
Chris Hornbeck
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On Sun, 27 Mar 2005 23:39:47 -0500, Jon Yaeger >
wrote:

>I hooked it up to my McIntosh MR-67 tuner (recently aligned) and the sound was
>a lot better than I expected.
>
>An amp like this with 12AX7s, small output iron, and tone controls isn't
>'supposed" to sound good, according to the dogma of the day.
>
>Anyone else have experience . . . pro or con . . . with Sherwood gear?


Why should my, or anyone else's, experience, be more
important than yours? Is audio reproduction just a fashion
statement?

But back on track: you might enjoy trying a triode output
tube connection in your 5500; it's a simple rewire from pentode IIRC.

Just as an experiment. This makes an audible change in the
"sound" and generally innocuously and reversibly.



FWIW, 12AX7's are probably the most linear amplifying device
yet made, small output iron has advantages at lower signals
levels, and dogma is ..... what comes out of the back of dogs.

Good fortune and great fun with your new toy,

Chris Hornbeck
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