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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.
This review is from: OtterBox Reflex Vapor None Case For iPhone 5 / 5S 77-22692
Pros: Easy to put on and take off. Feels very sturdy considering it's so easy to take off. Doesn't add too much bulk to the phone. Frosted back so you can still (kind of) see the Apple logo. Comes with screen protector. Since it's so easy to remove, you can easily take off the bottom half if you have lightning accessories or headphones that don't fit through the bottom cutout.
Cons: Buttons are a little stiff (but manageable.). Cutout on bottom is decently sized but might not fit all lightning accessories. A very noticeable ledge where the two halves come together. All sorts of stampings (for manufacturing date etc..) in the frosted plastic area on the back so it looks pretty ugly from the back.
Other Thoughts: It's sturdy and will protect your iPhone 5 from drops, no doubt. But with all the manufacturer stampings in the back on the clear plastic, it looks like crud. They should have stamped it in the opaque areas near the edges. Though I said the buttons are stiff, they're not impossible to use. Also, the silent switch is easily accessible. I used to have a cheap $2 case from feebay with a clear frosted back and plastic (but softer plastic) edges. The edges on that one weren't nearly as sturdy as this Otterbox, it still saved my phone from several drops. I mean, this one will definitely protect it better, but not sure if it would protect it 5x better, seeing how it was 5x the price of my old cheap one. I'll probably keep using it since I got it for a decent sale price, but there is no way in heck I'd pay more than $10 for this thing.READ FULL REVIEW
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