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Pioneer VSX-1024-K 7.2 Channel 4K Ready AV Receiver
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Not worth it 12/04/2014

This review is from: Pioneer VSX-1024-K 7.2 Channel 4K Ready AV Receiver

Pros: HDMI 2.0
4k 60p passthrough
iOS app for control
AirPlay
Pandora

Cons: AirPlay - its there but it doesn't work well at all, no details on what is being airplayed
Pandora - its there but its rather useless and provides no details.
The On-Screen display is quite archaic and nearly unusable (displays only in 480p for setup menus).
LCD on the unit lacks detail about the source and output signal.
Unable to rename inputs from their default values

Other Thoughts: RMA in process as I type this.

The features that Pioneer claim this product has are not completely accurate. While it is true that it can do things it claims to but the functionality is quite limited and not something that should be considered a sellable product compared to the competition.

This was a massive step BACKWARDS from my nearly 15 year old Sony (STR-DE685) Receiver for overall usability. Sure it has HDMI and can do Pandora and AirPlay but that is all that it had that was an improvement on that old Sony receiver.

Picked up a Yamaha RX-V675 that is a much better unit in all aspects (it does lack HDMI 2.0 and 4k 60p passthrough but has upscaling to 4k 30p instead - even shows album art from Pandora in AirPlay and using the built in Pandora app)

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LB1 High Performance© Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch MA895J/A Laptop Battery 10.8V
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs Falsely advertised / Mis-represented 11/22/2013

This review is from: LB1 High Performance© Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch MA895J/A Laptop Battery 10.8V

Pros: Arrived quickly and sealed in an anti static bag.
Advertised as 10.8v 5800mAh
5800mAh * 10.8v / 1000 = 62.64wh
Has a _similar_ to OEM 5 LED battery gauge

Cons: Arrived as 10.8v 5200mAh 56wh
5200mAh * 10.8v / 1000 = 56.16wh
This is 10.4% less capacity than advertised.

Other Thoughts: Apple OEM Battery is 60wh @ 10.8v @ 5500mAh

LED battery gauge button is raised above the surface increasing the chance the button would remain depressed and cause additional battery usage while the laptop is on a flat surface.

Would not have purchased if I had known the actual battery capacity of the battery.

Advertised as Li-Ion battery, Marked as a Li-polymer battery

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ZyXEL NSA320 Diskless System 2-Bay Power Media Server
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Really decent for the price 07/25/2013

This review is from: ZyXEL NSA320 Diskless System 2-Bay Power Media Server

Pros: Low power consumption
Hackable to a point, you can gain root access to SSH and Telnet and really own the box like you should be able to.
Able to install other OS to replace the stock setup (requires some extra knowledge)
Decent performance from NFS addon module.

For NFS from Mac Pro Early 2008 model to NAS I see speeds of:

About 35-45MB/s Write RAID0 (striped) - during write I did notice that the CPU was pegged out at 100% so this is the slowdown during write.
About 90-95MB/s Read RAID0 (striped)

Using the iperf utility to test my network speeds (installed 3rd party addon via ssh with slacker utility) reveal I have a good network in place:
Both directions testing show 112MB/s which would match the 1Gb network wire speed (this just shows what your max network speed could ever be, not what you will actually get.)

Cons: Could have a faster processor as this seems to be the bottleneck for faster write speeds when using RAID setup.
Could have more RAM too not sure if it really needs it though.

Other Thoughts: To those that are "Getting about 10-12MB/sec transferring data":
This is a limit of your network, you are likely connected using a 100Mb network (still very common in home office networks even most N speed WiFi routers have 100Mb wired LAN)
To "fix" this you will need to upgrade your network to include 1Gb routers / switches / hubs.

Running 2x 2TB drives (one seagate and one western digital)

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ERIK W.'s Profile

Display Name: ERIK W.

Date Joined: 02/03/05

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 05/09/07
  • Last Review: 12/04/14
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