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Pros: Bluetooth wireless easy to pair.
Voice prompts to tell you when it's on and when it's paired.
Feels heavy sturdy overall.
Sound quality is very decent for small 5" woofers.
Very inexpensive for what you get.
Cons: Ball joint on mount seems a bit weak.
Upon closer inspection, paint finish is already cracking a little.
Other Thoughts: I wanted to mount some speakers on our pergola but wasn't sure to get powered speakers or passive ones and run long speaker wires from my receiver inside my house. Since these are self powered and have Bluetooth built in to boot, it was a no brainer when I saw them on sale for $50.
I played with them a lot indoors before finally mounting them outside. They sounded very good for the smallish 5" woofer and 3/4" tweeters, the highs were especially crisp. considering I only used a Bluetooth connection, which probably compromised the sound quality a little. Good thing is, these also take RCA line inputs (The Bluetooth connection take precedence if both inputs are connected). I did have to turn the BASS knob to about 3/4 max to get the desired lows, which still weren't great, but again, considering the size, more than passable. Volume was plenty loud for my yard. The loudest I would personally play them was about 3/4 max volume. Anything beyond that, I'd be afraid of disturbing the neighbors if they had their windows open. Bluetooth was a breeze to pair, and I could pair with more than one device. However that meant, each time you power on the speakers, it's a race between which device connects. To get around this, I open the Bluetooth menu on the device I want to use and start a connection to the speakers before actually turning on the speakers. This typically causes said device to win the race. And it's really nice that the speaker has voice announcements when a device connects. It also is nice it announces when you turn on the speakers, especially since I have them mounted up high and turn it on with a switched outlet instead of using the on/off switch on the back of the speaker, which I just leave in the on position.
After mounting them outside is when I started noticing a few of the flaws of this set. First of all the ball joint connecting the speakers to the mount, is great for positioning the speakers, but felt a little on the flimsy side. It's completely plastic which makes me worry it will get loose over time. You can tighten the ball joint with a hex wrench, but still, the plastic didn't give me much confidence seeing how these are meant for outdoor use. Second, after getting up close and personal with them during the mounting process, I saw several fine cracks in the paint finish. Again, since these are meant for outdoor use, I can only imagine the cracks getting progressively worse, especially in the dry heat in our area (Northern California). During summer, it's typically between 80-90F, and maybe about half a dozen times each summer it can reach over 100F, so we'll see how these hold up over the years. Good thing is the rear covers protect the connectors and knobs on the back of the speakers very well.
Overall, I'm very pleased with the speakers, especially at only $50 for the pair. The Bluetooth connectivity is what really sold me since I mounted them out of reach. I just hope they last at least 3-5 years.
This review is from: Pioneer SW-8-K 100W Powered Subwoofer Single
Pros: For the price and size, it sounded great... when it worked
Cons: It only worked for slightly less than 2 years
Other Thoughts: Came back from a 2 week business trip put on some music and realized something was wrong, there was no bass at all. At first I thought it was completely dead, but then I put my ear up to it and you could hear muffled low frequencies coming out of the sub. Turning up the gain knob all the way helped, but it still wasn't nearly as loud as it used to be at half the gain. Searching on the internet, I realized I wasn't the first to have this happen. Apparently the amplifier is busted. After writing my previous review, I did notice a humming sound when the sub was in standby mode. I wonder if this contributed to the early failure. Too bad the warranty was only for a year, but then again, I probably would have paid shipping up the wazoo to get it serviced. Since it was so cheap ($70), I guess I shouldn't complain too much, it would probably cost almost as much to get it fixed. But still, less than 2 years before failure is very disappointing, even for a budget sub. I've had subs/amps that were used and abused in heat and cold in my car that lasted over 10 years, and they weren't anything really high end. Anyway, I'm off to find a replacement now... but I probably won't buy another low end Pioneer this time around though. The budget Dayton subs look promising!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: RCA 5.1 CH Home Theater System with Blu-ray Player and Netflix And Vudu- RTB10223
Pros: Cheap! And considering the price, lots of features, especially network streaming apps! Optical and analog audio inputs. Decent sound for the price. Bluray video quality is also more than decent.
Cons: Again, for the price, you really can't complain, but if I had to say anything, it would be the perceived lag of remote button presses. I personally believe it's just a poorly designed remote which only responds to really hard button presses, and it's not the player itself. But since I didn't break the remote open to debug, take what I say with a grain of salt.
Without the remote, the unit would be more or less non-functional as most of the controls are only accessible via remote.
The Netflix app does not support subtitles :(
One of the speakers had wires that were obviously cut short. No big deal, because I could have easily spliced in more wire if needed. Plus, this was a refurb.
Other Thoughts: All I really wanted was a cheap receiver with speakers so I could use my iPhone/iPod to play music. So for the price for a cheapo clock radio that would have done this task, I got a cheapo bluray player, receiver, and network streaming box.. with 5.1 surround to boot. But for the third time, you really can't complain about the quality.
So as a receiver to play music, it's fine. Quality is about on par with a nice boombox (ghetto blaster) from the 80s. And the reason it's fine, is because that's all I expected. Please note, I have only connected the left and right speakers as well as the subwoofer, so I'm only running it in 2.1 stereo mode, but I'm sure 5.1 will work just fine. I connected a Bluetooth A2DP receiver via the analog aux input to wirelessly stream music. And the cool thing is the USB port on this thing powers the Bluetooth receiver so the A2DP receiver turns on and off with the unit. I'm sure the optical audio input would sound even better.
As for the Bluray player, it seems decent. I haven't gotten any of the tray open issues or sound issues mentioned in other reviews, but then again, I haven't switched between AUX and Bluray modes without powering down the system first. Video quality is absolutely fine (I use it as 1080i, but it supports 1080p, even 1080p24), but I do notice the colors are a bit more washed out compared to PS3. But that's not really a fair comparison anyway. Loading the disc contents doesn't take an abnormally long time either.
Finally the online apps. I've only used Netflix, but it seems to work pretty well and was easy to setup. As mentioned earlier, no subtitle support though. A small part of my hopes a firmware update will give me the subtitle feature, but I highly doubt we'll see any firmware updates for it.
Overall, this thing rocks for $30 AR (plus tax if applicable). For the price of a dinner for 2, I got exactly what I wanted, only because my expectations were aligned with the price. I just hope it lasts at least a few years because the build quality does worry me a little bit.
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