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BIC America Formula FH6-LCR Dual 6.5-Inch 175-Watt LCR Speaker Single
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Makes a Great Center Channel Speaker 12/17/2014

This review is from: BIC America Formula FH6-LCR Dual 6.5-Inch 175-Watt LCR Speaker Single

Pros: I have had this for over a year and it has been a wonderful addition to a 7.1 home theater. This really projects the dialogue out from a movie well enough to be heard despite various explosions coming out of the other speakers and the sub woofer rumbling out the low end. I am a big fan of the horn tweeter and the overall sensitivity and clarity of this speaker. Hard to believe it sounds as good as it does for the price.

Cons: None, but do be aware that it isn't small

Other Thoughts: This speaker is designed so that it can also be used as front speakers and has both horizontal and vertical mounting clips on the back. From an appearance standpoint with the cover on this is rather spartan, though that doesn't bother me as I got for its performance and not for its looks. Taking off the grille does give it an aggressive look with the horn surrounded by two large speakers.

There are better looking speakers that cost considerably more, but this speaker delivers where it counts with its clean sound along with the ability to project through all of the cacophony that movies tend to blend in today passing it off as "special effects". At this price its in a class by itself and I would buy it again if I needed one.

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Seagate 2TB USB 3.0 Expansion Portable Hard Drive STBX2000401
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Good Reliable Portable Drive 11/24/2014

This review is from: Seagate 2TB USB 3.0 Expansion Portable Hard Drive STBX2000401

Pros: Had one of these for over a year and it has worked fine without and problems. I had been a bit shy with buying Seagate again as I had been burned on a couple of their drive and found their "customer service" to be less than stellar. This drive works well and its speed is about average for a USB 2 drive. The cable is short, but none of them come with a long cable.

Cons: None to report.

Other Thoughts: I just wanted to clarify something that a previous reviewer said about the "click of death" and the drive being power hungry. This drive isn't any more power hungry than my Passport terabyte drive and both with do the "click of death" when connected to unpowered hub, but this has to do with the actual power available along with the drive requirements.

The USB 2.0 spec says that it should supply "up to" 500ma and the USB 3.0 spec says "up to" 900ma. Most but not all modern USB controllers will provide this amount. The manufacturers are hard pressed to provide a mechanical hard drive that can operate with so little power and that's why the cord is always short to cut down on loss as they're so close to the limit that doubling the cord length can be enough to prevent it from working.

Unless you are going to buy a powered USB hub, adding a longer cable usually will drop the power threshold down to "click of death" level. There are external drives that come with a power supply, but the tradeoff is the extra bulk of carrying that around. I like the convenience of a physically small drive and can live with the short cord.

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Antec NEW SOLUTION SERIES VSK-4000 Black SGCC steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent Budget Mid-Tower Case 11/08/2014

This review is from: Antec NEW SOLUTION SERIES VSK-4000 Black SGCC steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: A very practical and well made case for this price range. There is plenty of room for several drives, and my full ATX motherboard dropped right in without any problems. The front panel wiring easily reached everything. There isn't any provision for cable management, but it isn't anything that a couple of tie wraps can't fix. The front panel USB is 2.0 rather than 3.0, though that's not unusual for a budget case.

Some have complained about the metal being too thin, though it isn't as hefty as some it is certainly adequate for the task of mounting the hardware and I don't intend to sit or stand on it so it should be fine. One thing that they did do was to provide quality Power and Reset switches that have a nice firm feel and a distinctive click when pushed leaving the impression that they will be long lived. This is a no frills case that simply does all of the basics without the fancy colors and blinking lights. The rear fan is large and quiet.

Cons: None, represents a very good value

Other Thoughts: At 35 bucks this is a good case that will provide good service and should be fine for most builds, it just does it without any flashy lights or color schemes which is fine for me as it sits under my desk. I like the top mounting for the PSU, as I already had a couple of them and don't see the point of buying a new one that can be mounted at the bottom. I've never knocked one over because of it supposedly being top heavy, but then again its on the floor under the desk.

Just a good basic black Mid-Tower case that should be sufficient for most situations as long as you don't care about it being fancy.

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Display Name: David E.

Date Joined: 04/11/07

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  • First Review: 04/21/07
  • Last Review: 12/17/14
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