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

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

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

  4. 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.

  5. I have a Sherwood S-7100A that I am ready to sell. It is in flawless condition. There is also a BIC Multiple Play Turntable, and two Electro-Voice 10″ 2 way speaker system speakers. All in working condition.

  6. I just bought a mint 7100A for $60.00. I swear they brought it home and sealed it in a plastic bag. Cosmetically perfect with none of the oxidation issues you typically find in vintage receivers. I live in an apartment, and at 25W I honestly can’t go past 2 without risking making my neighbors very unhappy.

    To say that FM reception is exceptional is an understatement. I’m using it thru a pair of mid- 70’s Sonics (re-badged Akai Pioneer clones-$100) and A/B with a pair of Klipsch bookshelfs. When I get a red light FM lock it truly is breathtaking.

    Yes, there are exceptional values on vintage “non-monster” receivers and turntables . One thing you need to accept with vintage audio is it weighs a TON. Typically dealing with ½ in. or ¼ in. plywood and heavy old school internals so you seem to pay dearly for shipping on E-bay. I hunt locally and in state, but if the right thing showed up on Ebay I wouldn’t hesitate in getting it.

    Trust me, its worth it. It’s all about knowing what to look for.

    [Note: Sonics speakers with an “s”. There are Sonic (singular) speakers out there that, in my opinion, are garbage.]

  7. I have a Sherwood S-7100A that I bought in 1973. I have used it off and on over the years, but recently got it and other equipment out of the boxes and set it up for the first time in years. Everything works fine, including the little KLH-Pro 11 bookshelf speakers. I bought this equipment at Dixie Hi-Fi in Maryland. In the 80’s I bought a Sony PS-LX4 tt and yesterday hooked up a brand new Cambridge Audio CD player to the Sherwood. I’m really enjoying the great sound produced by the combo of old Sherwood and new CA. And I have the KLHs hooked up via 16 gauge wire; will invest in some better wire soon! Anyway, the S-7100A performs very well, whether playing CDs, vinyl or FM radio.

  8. I wanted a simple stereo for the loft in my house, so I purchased a Sherwood 7110 receiver (17 watts/channel). It was $40.00 on ebay. It has a small crack on the faceplate Other then that, it’s a perfect piece of “old school” stereo equipment. It’s currently powering a pair of KEF C35 bookshelf speakers . Nice warm, rich sound!
    I ordered and received a replacement faceplate for it. Still undecided if I’ll replace it though.
    If you have the opportunity to get a 70’s Sherwood receiver dont hesitate. Alot of bang for the buck and a great addition to any home stereo system.

  9. I have a Sherwood S-7100. The volume/power knob just broke. Opened it up. It’s an ALPS F-480 snap switch. I’m sure these are hard to find. Any tips on replacement parts or how to wire a separate power switch and volume potentiometer?

    1. You can find a switch on ebay. They go for about $90.00. If its broken in the “on” position I would use a power cord with a on/off switch. Good luck.

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