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YAMAHA RX-V773WABL 7-Channel AV Receiver with WiFi Adapter
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Overall a nice unit 12/31/2013

This review is from: YAMAHA RX-V773WABL 7-Channel AV Receiver with WiFi Adapter

Pros: * Total control can be done through the iOS App (no idea about Android) - I can turn on internet radio from anywhere - zone2 is hooked up to the whole-house sound system) and I don't have to go hunting for the remote :)
* It plays MP3 from my file server without an issue ...
* It built in support for Pandora / SiriusXM Online and probably others
* It Airplays from my iPhone ... but Audio only.

Cons: * It doesn't airplay video, only audio ... (the photos are slightly misleading show an image on the iPad - although I realise that's probably an album cover)
* I can't "fix" the input resolution of the HDMI source ... and it's not playing nice with my Wii HDMI adapter ... Yes I could use the upscaler in the Yamaha, but that would require using RCA cables, and that's so 1990...
* It took a little effort to get the Internet Radio feature and the bookmarks working with my preferred local radio station. (It uses a third party service http://yradio.vtuner.com to configure the bookmarks and add URL's for new streams ... )
* It can be awkward to make fine adjustments to how you want the sound played (the GUI isn't as intuitive as Yamaha thinks) ...

Other Thoughts: My unit is situated out of site, so the IR remote can not connect directly. I use a basic IR repeater (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2C516M4574) pluged directly into the back of the Yamaha to control it.

The wifi adapter is basically a bridge device, although it has two ethernet ports on it ... one is for the stereo, the other is available for any other device. As mine is hardwired into my network, I didn't use it, but it may be able to connect a small switch to it for multiple devices... The wifi adapter (YWA-10) is packaged in a retail box - someone at Yamaha obviously thought "we need to add wifi to this device ... let's just throw a YWA-10 in the box".

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Encore ENCA-CC 1000 ft. / 305 m Cat 5E Network Cable with Easy Pull Box
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs 26 gauge is too thin 06/08/2012

This review is from: Encore ENCA-CC 1000 ft. / 305 m Cat 5E Network Cable with Easy Pull Box

Pros: I'm not sure what to put for the pros. It's cable. It pulled from the box fairly easily (not the best, not the worst).

Cons: 26 gauge single strand of wire. Unfortunately, I didn't read that BEFORE I ran 30+ drops ... the Keystone jacks I usually use didn't like the 26 gauge. (Fortunately, the Home Depot variety worked)

Other Thoughts: 26 gauge wire may not work with the intended IPC/punch down connectors.

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Western Digital WD Green WD20EARS 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Not designed for Win2k/XP/RAID/NAS/AV useage. 09/20/2010

This review is from: Western Digital WD Green WD20EARS 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Large capacity, Low price. Fast enough performance for most uses.

Cons: WD failed to warn potential buyers of limitations in the drives ...

These are NOT designed for XP/RAID/NAS/HTPC usage. There are three different settings that can cause problems ...


1) Advanced Formating - Not suited for Win2k/XP.
2) Time-Limited Error Recovery - Causes RAID controllers to erroneously mark drive as bad.
3) Idle timeout too low - causing drive to wear out too quickly.

For more information on resolving these issues:

Other Thoughts: more information:
Advanced Formating: Uses 4K sectors (rather than 512b) Drives offer 512byte emulation, however causes degraded NTFS performance under XP/NTFS.
Solution: Don't use Win2k/XP or use WD's Align utility http://www.wdc.com/en/products/advancedformat/

Time-Limited Error Recovery: Amount of time a disk will spend recovering a bad sector. Raid Controller erroneously marks drive as bad due to the poor response time.
Solution: Use WDTLER to disable. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time-Limited_Error_Recovery

IDLE: amount of time the drive is idle before it parks the heads. Default idle too low resulting in excessive head parking.
Solution: Use WDIDLE to disable Idle timeout http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=609&sid=113

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Display Name: Ashley B.

Date Joined: 09/07/05

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  • First Review: 09/20/10
  • Last Review: 12/31/13
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