Unless you've plugged in a computer into your HDTV, you might still need a way to connect your internet with your fancy new screen. Some HDTVs are coming with built-in ways of accessing Netflix and other service providers, but how about the rest of you? Sherwood has got a solution and it actually involves no wires, so that's pretty cool.
Of course, when we mean no wires, we mean that this AV receiver doesn't need to be plugged into your router to access your home network. It can use your wireless home network. This receiver easily replaces a bunch of media streamers that already exist on the market. It could also replace that Windows Media PC that you've got in the living room.
The NetBoxx comes with an WiFi adapter that lets you access CinemaNow, YouTube, SHOUTcast audio internet radio streams, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, Rhapsody, various other TV channels through the net like CBS, CNN, and ESPN. Naturally, the device lets you access your own multimedia files that are on your computer as well as playback files from a USB flash drive. It's also a fully functional AVR, supporting HDMI 1.3 and other audio and video formats. It's a 700w 7.1 channel AV. The NetBoxx will sell for 650 sometime later this month.
Even though it acts like an AVR, it doesn't really look the part. It's rounded corners and flashy front make it look quite distinctive and modern. We really like how it looks. The only question is, is it worth the price? We will know once it's released later this month. On paper, it looks pretty good. It's an all-in-one solution for your HDTV.