Sherbourn Technologies' PT-7010A Processor and 7/2100A Amp Beltsville MD
Annapolis Junction, MD
Sherbourn Technologies' PT-7010A Processor and 7/2100A Amp
January 1, 2006 By Brent Butterworth
Anyone who has ever hired a contractor knows that attempting to improve your lifestyle can be a frightening experience. Will your new kitchen capture the grandeur of your original idea, or will the renovation be as disastrous as Michael Jackson’s cosmetic surgery? Unless you have used the firm before, you cannot be certain of the final result.
Upgrading a home theater system can be just as frightening. The audio and video equipment that you have grown comfortable with disappears, replaced with unfamiliar, indistinguishable black boxes. Although your old gear worked and worked and worked for you all those years, who knows if your new acquisitions will be as trustworthy?
Extensive front-panel controls help make the PT-7010A (right) easier to operate. The 7/2100A (below) features a full set of professional-style XLR balanced inputs to match the PT-7010A’s XLR balanced outputs. (Click images to enlarge)
If you choose the latest electronics from Sherbourn Technologies, you need not fear your new black boxes. The PT-7010A surround processor and 7/2100A seven-channel amplifier both spring from proven designs—so they both work great and are refreshingly free of annoying bugs.
Few high-end audio companies design their surround processors in entirety; most rely on outside firms to design the control and digital processing sections. (When I find out that a high-end company has designed its own processor, I usually cringe—few of them have the digital engineering talent to create a reliable, user-friendly product.) In the case of the PT-7010A, Sherbourn had the wisdom to employ the same basic control and digital circuitry as found in Sunfire’s Theater Grand IV—which I consider the easiest surround processor to use. And actually, the PT-7010A is even easier to use than the TGIV, because you can select sources (such as DVD, CD, and satellite) directly from buttons on the front panel.
Speaking of sources, one thing I love about the PT-7010A is that unlike most surround processors, which sit there mute until your installer configures all of its inputs, it needs no configuration to begin producing sound. With the PT-7010A, your installer simply plugs, say, the DVD player into the component video input and the coaxial digital audio output, and the PT-7010A automatically figures out which video and audio inputs to use. And there are plenty of inputs and outputs, including professional-style XLR balanced outputs for all channels, and Zone 2 outputs that let you pipe the sound from any source device connected to the PT-7010A into another room, regardless of which device is playing in the main room. I do wish the processor had HDMI or DVI digital video switching, but that’s still quite a rare feature among high-end surround processors.What configuration your installer does have to do can be done in mere minutes, all from either the front-panel display or the on-screen display. During my time ...