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Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5
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3 out of 5 eggs Very hard to develop any enthusiasm for this drive or company 07/20/2016

This review is from: Silicon Power Slim S55 2.5" 240GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SP240GBSS3S55S25FR

Pros: Price

Cons: 1 year warranty? Terrible. This is the SP240GBSS3S55S25FR and not the SP240GBSS3S55S25
which had and has severe issues according to Newegg reviews so why not give it a three year if the problem(s) is fixed?

NO SOFTWARE FOR CLONING! With this drive SP offers NO cloning software
No frame thickening disk, no dedicated software for monitoring.
Live Chat? I have yet to find it open online
Phone Support? I did get through but they seem to pick up on a lark as opposed to anytime during stated phone support hours.
When I did get through I asked about cloning software and was directed to a third party application and the girl said..."It's the one I use."
Having been in retail and having heard this from many salesmen...I wasn't impressed.
TLC...The lowest

Other Thoughts: What does the end user do with a budget SSD?
Put it in their "power gaming rig" ? I don't think so. Their hot new laptop? No.
Use a 240 GB as a storage drive? Nope.
The only thing that makes sense to me is as a boot drive in an older computer that you want to extend the life of.
That is what I did and how I will review and evaluate the S55.

I have an Acer Aspire 5732 Z circa 2009 that I took in trade for computer services. I keep it in the living room and do little more then surf the net, e-mail and create text files
It has 4 GB of 12800 DDR3 with an Intel Pentium Dual Core T4400 CPU and WD Scorpio Blue HD. It is no speedburner.
I also wanted to try Win 10. I thought to just clone the WD to the S55 but that was a bugger because at this price point there is no included software. I found a third party cloning solution (not the one suggested by SP though) cloned my Win 7 64 install to the S55 then did the upgarde. It didn't take long. The computer boots a tad faster and the few actual programs I use seem faster. I ran CrystalDiskMark here is the data:

Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 284.891 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 275.734 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 129.324 MB/s [ 31573.2 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 64.447 MB/s [ 15734.1 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 265.695 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 257.958 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 16.524 MB/s [ 4034.2 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 36.808 MB/s [ 8986.3 IOPS]

The important fact here is these tests were run from a Serial ATA-150 interface so IMO the data is good.


Ultimately I find nothing to get excited about here. SP gives the end user NO value added extras eg. cloning or management software. Their support is spotty and the drive is run of the mill vanilla. In the future when shopping for my 1TB SSD I doubt I will look to SP.
Their is a reason that SP is a second tier vendor. I have outlined what those reasons are.

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YAMAHA HTR-3067 AV receiver 5.1ch / 4K Ultra HD corresponding black
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5 out of 5 eggs Does what I want at a great price 06/27/2016

This review is from: YAMAHA HTR-3067 AV receiver 5.1ch / 4K Ultra HD corresponding black

Pros: Price
Free 4-9 day shipping (arrived in four days)
Rebate (It's a Newegg rebate, so it'll show)
There are no scratches or marks of any type on my refurb HTR-3067
Yamaha...long to the game.

Cons: It is really, really BIG
No phono inputs (I knew that)
Darn thing CLICKS when powered on or off...goofy

Other Thoughts: It has been 10 years since I sold all my gear at the auction site. Times had changed and I was no longer listening to
the radio (really vanilla stations), music ( I was not going to keep spending money for overpriced CD's ) and though I had my TV
hooked up to my gear there was no remote (pretty lazy, eh?)

Since that time I have been looking to replace everything with an AV receiver but never did for two reasons. The change in my listening habits and I didn't want to spend the money just for the limited use the receiver would get.

Then in e-mail a couple weeks back the HTR-3067 showed up at a price I did not want pass on. My only question was could I listen to TV without turning the unit on. I asked here at Newegg, was told yes, so I flashed the plastic. If you read the questions and answers here on the HTR-3067 you will find how I did that.

Yamaha has been a very helpful vendor for me. I called and they answered my question. I e-mailed and heard back within 24. The manual is thorough and understandable. The quick setup guide is in only two languages. They even have an HTR-3067 specific app that does an excellent job of taking the user through setup, step by step. All companies say they want the user to succeed, Yamaha goes to lengths to ensure they do.

If you are an audiophile ( I call them audiowrenches...ha ha ha) I am sure you could find plenty to disrespect with the HTR-3067.
If you want great sound, a gazillion settings to play with and YPAO then I recommend the HTR-3067 which BTW is identical to the RX-V377.

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SteelSeries Siberia 800 Wireless Gaming Headset
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4 out of 5 eggs Wonderfully Comfortable Sound 05/29/2016

This review is from: SteelSeries Siberia 800 Wireless Gaming Headset

Pros: Versatile -- compatible with PC, MAC, Xbox one, PlayStation 4 and smartphones.
They sound really, really good
Transmitter allows for equalization. There are some presets and allows for user to define their own
Dolby Headphone (digital signal processing technology to create the sensation of multiple loudspeakers)
Dolby Digital (every DVD worldwide and all HD broadcasts in the United States use Dolby Digital)
Dolby Pro Logic IIx (expands stereo or 5.1-channel audio to 6.1- or 7.1-channel sound)
Comfortable - for a one size fits all headphone, it works for me
Friendly, Prompt, Clear and Concise E-mail Support
Required cables included, individually wrapped and labeled, Six, Optical, USB, Power, Analog, Mobile, Chat
Three options for PC input/output. 2 x 3.5mm(.125") jack (in and out), 2 x optical (in and out), 1 x USB (in OR out).
Effective Range: 30 ft but didn't make that distance at my place in any direction. Range is much closer to 15 ft. for me.
Battery charger is in the transmitter.
Extra, easy snap on, plugs which allow it to be used around the globe.

Cons: Documentation...There is NONE beyond the meager pamphlet included, I realize manuals have gone they way of the Dodo. They have been replaced by contextual help but since there is NO software, even that is not possible. Some sound cards will notify the user when an input is connected/disconnected I think Steelseries should consider something along that line at a minimum and proceed from there. The 800's FAQ page (still termed H Series) has information explaining the advantages and limitations of the various inputs and some illustrations directing use of the receiver. Helpful but inadequate.

The Battery Compartment: Bad design. The cover comes off rather easily when it ultimately releases, learning the procedure was not. My father once told me: "Don't force it". The illustration indicates which direction the piece needs to be turned. It does not need a lot of pressure. Sounds easy? It was not. The earpiece is shiny, slippery and fingerprint loving plastic that is near impossible to grip. It's obvious a downward pressure is needed. I have had it on and off three times. Each time it was a fiddle affair. Putting the earpiece back on was easier. Inside there are indicators used to line up the groove system that holds the piece on. The earpiece should have a matte finish and a grippable indent. I ameliorated the problem by wearing latex gloves. Nitrile gloves were also effective. The cover also comes off the right side revealing a mini-USB port for FW update.

European customers...Watch OUT! If your batteries fail or reach end of life you will have to send the entire headset to get replacements. Shipping regulations prevent anyone from shipping Li-Ion batteries in the mail unless they are packaged with a device already. Not Steelseries fault but still...

OLED display is difficult to see beyond 3 feet in normal light.

Odd volume gain

Outside world leaks in ! Steelseries could do a better job at isolation

No Steelseries supported forums. The website community link takes the user to a page where Steelseries product owner can join "Team SteelSeries" and you can look at a bunch of pictures of nerds acting goofy in branded T-Shirts. Don't forget to click LOAD MORE if you feel the need to look at more nerd pictures.

The SteelSeries logo looks like Target's

Other Thoughts: The Siberia 800's are the most full featured and best sounding set of headphones I have owned and I have owned the MTX StreetAudio iX1 and the SteelSeries Siberia v2 among many others. I tested the Siberia 800's using PC via USB and optical connections. The signal sources I used included: Games (Doom, GTA5 and Far Cry 3), Music (MP3's, FLAC, DVD's and CD's) and Movies (Blu-Ray and DVD's). I tested the 800's using optical with my TV's and DTV HR44-200 Genie as output and listened to broadcast TV (movies,voice and music), Blu-Ray and DVD's.


The very first thing I think most headphone users do is turn them up which is what I did. I was disappointed in the volume level.
At low volume, say halfway or less, the sound is quite quiet. When cranking them from half to full things improve but I was still disappointed though only initially. Many people mistake loud and bass for good. What I appreciate now...is when the signal source calls for loud or bass does the speaker provide it? The Siberia 800's do provide loud and bass just fine when the source calls for it. That's a mark of quality.

The optical input on the 800 wireless transmitter box provides the best sound quality as well as Dolby Digital surround sound. You should use the optical connection for all consoles and computers that have an optical audio output.

As good as the 800's are for gaming I found my favorite signal source to be television. Using optical output from my DTV HR44-200 Genie, Toshiba 24L4200U and Toshiba 37HL67S I found listening pleasurable for voice, there was no lag and the sound did a great job putting me in the scene. Surfing through DTV's Sonic music channels is an excellent way to determine
how well the 800's reproduce music. First a word on MP3's. There are a bazillion BAD sounding MP3's out there. Their low quality usually can't be determined without critical listening. I have digitized my entire 400+ LP collection and for the way I usually listen to music these days they are fine but through the 800's I can easily tell they are no sonic marvels and not a good way to determine the 800's musicality which is why I chose Sonic. I listen to white boy blues (Peter Green), New Age, some light classical, occaasionally 50 and 60's rock and standards from the likes of Bing Crosby. The 800's are wonderful with a quality signal source and provide plenty of volume. If the music asks for bass the 800's deliver. If you want to bleed your ears with AC/DC or Megadeath...well, I can't help you. I tested the 800's with what I feel is as good a movie source for headphone evaluation that exists. At the end of "Bridge on the River Kwai" there are jungle sounds, flowing water, voice and of course the train and it's subsequent explosion(s). In a word...Marvelous! If you, your father or father-in-law have to turn the television volume up too high for others comfort.....get the 800's. Everyone will love you

Listener Fatigue: Many years ago I saw a cartoon. A guy in a lab coat had on headphones and his ears were being sucked into the ear pieces, his tongue was hanging and his eyes bulged. A scientist behind him calls out. "Burns, Geiger...I think we're getting some data on listener fatigue". My head is ~15in over the top from ear to ear and ~22in circumference. My ear measures 1 3/4 by 2 1/2 in. They fit comfortably inside the 800's 2 in. round ear hole I never wear headphones for more then an hour at a time. I never felt like I had to rip the 800's off and escape cause my head was being squeezed to death. In other words I found them a great fit and very comfortable. If I was to listen with any headphone for several hours at excessive volume I would have fatigue/comfort complaints.

The microphone: I do no online gaming so there is no need for me to talk with my chums while doing battle. I did though record my voice as I sang along with Dee Clark. I sound fine he sounds better.

In conclusion: If you need wireless, are well heeled and want exquisite sound put these on your list. Recommended.

Thanks to Newegg and Steelseries for the assignment

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