Sherwood S-7100 and S-7100A

 

Sherwood S-7100 Front

 

This is one of Sherwood's upper end models the Sherwood S-7100. The Sherwood company was founded in 1953 by Ed Miller and John snow. Their primary products were amplifiers, tuners and receivers though they also had a speaker line. In 1961 Sherwood participated in the world's first stereo radio broadcast which utilized Sherwood equipment. The S-7100 is one of Sherwood's later solid state models though it is said to have a warm tube like sound to it.

 

Sherwood S-7100 Left

 

The S-7100 puts out roughly 18 watts per channel though I have seen other specs show anywhere from 14 to 22 watts per channel. Sherwood was known for their exceptional FM tuners and the S-7100 is no exception.

 

Sherwood S-7100 Right

 

The Sherwood company produced the first completely solid state receiver in 1967 so they were at the forefront of the new technology of the time.  While most of their line was originally manufactured in the U.S. they moved production to Korea in 1978.

 

Sherwood S-7100 Back

 

The build quality of the early Sherwood receivers was exceptional and their performance matched that of the more well known brands of the time.

 

Sherwood S-7100 Inside

 

The S-7100 utilizes a plastic switch inside the power / volume knob that can decay quickly if solvent is used to clean it. So, if you do intend to clean the switch be sure to use a cleaner that does not have solvents in it.

 

Sherwood S-7100 Inside

 

Sherwood also sold the S-7100A which was slightly different than the S-7100 though you wouldn't really notice it from the outside of the unit. As you can see the S-7100A below is essentially exactly the same on the front as the S-7100 with the exception of the knobs. The knobs on the S-7100 have a black cover around most of the knobs with the exception of the Tuning and Loudness (power/volume) knobs.  The S-7100 knobs are all silver with the exception of the Tuning and Loudness knobs. So, they basically reversed the knob design from the S-7100 to the S-7100A.

 

Sherwood S-7100A Front

 

The S-7100A has a few more watts per channel at around 25 and the interior circuitry as well as the back panel differ from the S-7100. Both units have very nice walnut veneer wood cases which is unusual for non top of the line receivers.

 

Sherwood S-7100A Back

 

While the Sherwood receivers were well built and performed as well as the other major brands they do not have the notoriety the others do. Because of this, prices are not as high as say a similar Pioneer or Marantz receiver. Of course, this also means that you can usually find a very good deal on these receivers. In fact, a nice, fully functional S-7100 or S-7100A can be had for just over $100.00. If you're not too fussy about cosmetic condition you can get one for around $60.00.

 

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9 thoughts on “Sherwood S-7100 and S-7100A

  1. I have a mint condition Sherwood s7100a for sale
    Would u b interested in purchasing!

  2. I have a Sherwood S-7125A. Granted its appearance is almost identical to the S-7200 but without power button issues. The sound it gives is bright and deep with lots of floating mids. The tuner is great. Overall I only have positive remarks for Sherwood products – receivers at least. The C225? tape deck I own has a power switch issue I haven’t fixed yet. Yet before that it just might be the best sounding tape deck I own; better than my Sony 555ES, Dual C830, Concept ELC, and any Pioneer.

  3. I have a Sherwood S7100A that is in excellent condition except the power plug seemed a little shabby. I opened it up with an aim of replacing to a new plus and was alarmed to notice the active wire (RED) was wired on the Left and the neutral wire (Black) was wired on the right. This is the complete opposite to what an electrician recently wired in replacing an old plug for my LP player. Havent plugged it in yet (and wont until electrician views) – yet doesnt this sound odd?

  4. Or actually any late ’70’s equipment available ?
    (receivers, speakers, or turntables?)
    Or any nice stereo component stand?)
    Thanku.

  5. I have a Sherwood S7100 I am willing to sell, James. It works very well and is in great cosmetic shape. I also have two BLC Venturi speakers that sound great connected to it.

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