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This review is from: Harman Kardon AVR 1710 7.2-Channel Receiver
Pros: Excellent system at a lower price range. This is my 7th receiver and 4th Harman Kardon receiver. I'm very discerning when it come to audio (been into audio for last 30 years and I'm very techie too :-))
Has DLNA and has Airplay - play directly from your iDevice!
Cons: Kind of expensive at MSRP!
Other Thoughts: I started with a Sony receiver long time ago but dumped it within a month after comparing with a Harman Kardon. Recently I bought 2 very high end Denon receivers but even after keeping them for 2 weeks and adjusting every possible setting, I could not get impressive sound out of either of them - they just sounded muffled. Then bought 1710 not sure how it'll sound because it was a lot cheaper than other units I have bought in the past. The Denons had an MSRP of $1,200 and $900. All my previous HK receivers had an MSRP of over $700. On top of that HK website has conflicting specs on it - at one place it says THD of 0.07% but at another place it say 10% (which is unacceptable).
But once hooked, out of the box, highly impressive sound – clear highs and powerful lows. What a relief – Denons were nowhere as impressive. Proceeded to do EzSet/EQ calibration (highly recommended – a must in my opinion) and even better performance!
Downloaded the apps on my iPhone and wow – I can turn on my receiver from iPhone, control volume and stream from my iPhone to the receiver using BT!
Couple of thing to note, HK did away with a lot of things in this range of receivers that a lot of people didn’t use anyways –
- No 6/8-channel input (mostly used in the past for Super Audio CD) – most of the things are HDMI now.
- No 6/8-channel output – who used it
- Fewer analog audio and video inputs (most of them were unused anyways).
And lastly, it uses modern swithing power supply - it uses almost no power when off (older units would still consume around 80W) and is more efficient - I was also apprehensive about how powerful will it be - will it be as powerful as my older receivers with traditional power supply - I have to tell you that it is. I could not crank it full (like my previous receivers) without rattling evey window and door and even the walls and floor.
Pros: I bought it as a storage locations for my HD home videos. I didn't expect this to be fast. However, when copying files from SSD to this disk, I noticed sustained write speed of around 200 MB/s. That is close to the performance of as SSD on SATA 3.
Cons: Haven't seen or experienced anything yet.
Other Thoughts: Using this on a newly built PC with AMD FX-8350 CPU and a new motherboard with SATA 6 - these things help get the best out of the drive.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: BYTECC Bracket-252B 2.5" Dual HDD/SSD Screwless Bracket For 3.5" Drive Bay - Blue
Pros: Tightly holds 2.5" drive without any screws.
Cons: Goes into 3.5" slot with plastic knobs which tend to falls out! Shows lack for proper design and testing!
Other Thoughts: Thinking of trying screws instead of the cheap plastic knobsREAD FULL REVIEW