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This review is from: ONKYO TX-NR626 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver
Pros: - Sound quality; Once I was able to find what I was looking for in the fairly confusing setup/configuration menu it turns out to be very nice sound. It simply took me awhile to get to the speaker level calibration window. It’s simply good and with more than enough power to push my Energy 5.1+Bose 301s to shaking the walls while maintain very well defined frequencies throughout the spectrum.
- Bluetooth; Very simple to connect my android phone. Press the BT button on the front panel, initiate scan on the phone, the Onkyo initially pops up as a new mac address, hit connect on the phone and that was it. Sound was good. Connection was solid even as I traveled around the house. I know my droid has a very good BT range, but some of the headsets/radios I’ve connected to in the past have been pretty pathetic. I was well over 40’ and on the other side of a drywall and the connection never faltered.
- Plenty of HDMI ins for all of your sources. Configuration of each input’s video and audio sources was easy enough. I was surprised that there are two HDMI outs. I doubt that I’ll ever find a use for the 2nd output but you never know. Nice to have.
- ARC; I was glad to see this especially after finding that there is only one optical audio input on this receiver compared to the two on the rear my old Onkyo. See CONs.
- Remote; Ok. This is under PROs but if I’d written this when I first started doing the installation of the receiver, it would be firmly ensconced in the living room wall. It’s busy. Man, is it busy! Lots of buttons and options. And this actually becomes a PRO after coding in the TV, Sat dish and Blu Ray player. One of the things I found lacking in the Harmony 300 was that there were simply a couple of functions that it would not pick up. As far as I can tell so far, the remote transfers all functionality for the other devices onto this remote and so far, so far….it seems to be complete across the board. Now I haven’t had a chance to go over everything and I may edit this review later.
- $299 and free shipping from Newegg. What more needs to be said.
- I ordered it on standard free shipping and it got here in two days. Newegg. Gotta give them their due.
Cons: - Bluetooth: I got you. How can BT be a PRO AND a CON? Easy. While it’s nice to be able to connect the phone to it, it is not a transmitter, only a receiver. This means that I can’t connect my trusty, much loved Sennheiser MM400s so I can listen to my sports or whatever at 2am Saturday morning while the wife is sleeping. And 2, it doesn’t stream video to the receiver, just audio. Caveat….maybe that’s a good thing at this stage of development. The music videos I was streaming lagged by almost 2 full seconds compared to what was on my phone. Does that mean that the audio and video channels would have necessarily been out of synch by the time they reached the receiver and got pumped to speakers and tv respectively? I can’t make that claim because it’s not a feature that exists. Seriously though, Onkyo. Look, I understand it’s a bargain price 7.2 with solid sound and a lot of features, but if you’re going to add BT then add the whole tamale and not just one of at least three possible features. I would sure love to see an update that addresses those issues.
- Optical Audio In: My RC260 had two optical audio ins which was great because I could hook my sat box as well as my Blu Ray player to the A/V using optics. As it now stands I either go out and buy a coaxial audio cord, or I hang with the ARC feature. I just wish I had a place to install the 2nd of my two optics cables.
- At first I thought the remote was damaged because while I could change sources and adjust the volume, I couldn’t get it to go to any menus to include Home and Setup. Seems you have to press “Receiver”, “Setup” “Enter”. Why? I was already in receiver mode. And that’s not the only unintuitive, multi-button combination that they have encoded into the remote. Just think there has to be an easier way (like, I don’t know, push a button and the A/V responds).
- Audessey Auto Calibration was ok, but plugged the volume levels way too low. I had to go in and calibrate the levels myself based on my ears. The menus are hard to navigate, so pulling down the ops manual from the Onkyo site and printing the nav map out was necessary for me to get to where I wanted to go.
- Heat: Finally, this thing is a furnace! It gets very hot very fast. I have a usb powered computer fan en route and may update, but I have read that a good one will keep temps down significantly.
Other Thoughts: Overall, at the very initial stages of ownership, I am satisfied. For the price it’s hard to beat the sound combined with all of the features provided. That said, it definitely has areas where Onkyo probably could have tightened up their build standards just a tad in order to have made this a no kidding great buy.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Cheap. Lots of inputs including USB 3.0 which is still working for now
Cons: Bought this because I need to transfer video files from an SD card onto my computer to be processed. Didn't take more than a month before the SD slot began to just stop in the middle of a transfer. It doesn't pick up where it stopped, it completely reset. It has progressed to the point that I cannot even get it to recognize the card any more. I now have to transfer to my laptop, then to a thumb drive, then to the desktop.
Other Thoughts: JunkREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill RV350-2 350W ATX 12V v2.2 Power Supply
Pros: Plugged this into an old Dell case that I had lying around. For the money, it's a great little PS. My needs are truly minimal...used as a stand alone server to livestream church services from a video camera. MB is ASROCK FM2A78M with as AMD A8-6600K, 4gb of 1600 memory and a dvd/cd burner. Very generic, built with a single purpose in mind and this PS is working very well so far. In fact, for the price, I'm truly surprised by how quiet it is.
Cons: Not enough SATA connectors to power anything more than an one optical and one hard drive. The reason I take an egg for that is because it limits my ability to install an optional optical drive or some other SATA component if I so choose.
Other Thoughts: For my purposes and budget, this is a great PS. If you need more SATA connectors, you'll need to go elsewhere or find another work around. Rosewill is turning out to be a pretty good maker of components.READ FULL REVIEW