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SONY STRDN1040 7.2-Channel AV Receiver
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs VAST Improvements Over Previous AVR's 08/24/2014

This review is from: SONY STRDN1040 7.2-Channel AV Receiver

Pros: Lots of capabilities, especially connecting to other Sony equipment.
Plenty of connection interfaces/ports.
On-screen graphics for system configuration/setup.
Good, clean crisp high quality sound.

Cons: The Wi-Fi connection on this AVR seems to be weak and lacking when it comes to connecting to wireless routers as I've had nothing but problems with it using Wi-Fi; plugged in an Ethernet cable, updated the firmware and used some of the Wi-Fi features and I absolutely love it, but what stinks is that now I have to run an Ethernet cable about 60 feet underneath the carpet in an apartment all because it appears to me Sony went "cheap" on whomever they outsourced the NIC chipset to!

The ONLY time I can get on-screen graphics like the volume graphic to show up on the TV is when I am in the Sony GUI, otherwise you have to squint to see the LCD display on the front of the receiver to see the volume settings. I've tried EVERYTHIING but haven't found a solution, the only thing I could think of is was to program my DVR/Cable Box remote code into the Sony remote control; unfortunately my DVR/Cable Box is a Cisco which isn't listed in the Sony STRDN1040 users' guide so there are NO codes available. I tried the codes for Scientific Atlanta and none of them worked so I don't know what this is working the way it is as I would certainly think Sony would want their AVR to have on-screen graphics for volume, channel etc.??

Other Thoughts: I got this receiver for $499.99 as it's a 2013 model and that seems to be the going rate across the net. I've always purchased Sony products fully knowing I am paying a bit more for the name, however in return I would always receive a certain level of quality as well as familiarity with functionality, even with the knock off of 1 egg due to my "Cons"; once again Sony delivers a great product and not a bad price either!

Polk Audio New Monitor 15C Two-Way Center Channel Loudspeaker (Black) Single
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Absolutely FANTASTIC! 08/24/2014

This review is from: Polk Audio New Monitor 15C Two-Way Center Channel Loudspeaker (Black) Single

Pros: Great sound quality - PERIOD!
I had read that the center channel speaker accounts for more than 50% of your audible home theatre output. I replaced a small Sony center channel speaker that was easily accommodated in the front of the TV, however with this bad boy I actually had to purchase a new home theatre stand just to have a place to put it. BUT; well worth my efforts as my home theatre experience is now MUCH better.
I added this Polk 15C to four brand new Polk 35C monitor series speakers for a total home theater surround sound environment and at the same time I added a new Sony STRDN1040 7.2 channel AV receiver, all purchased from Newegg of course!

Cons: It is rather LARGE for a center speaker, but if you do decide to make accommodations to house it, you'll be glad you did!

Other Thoughts: Overall, I am totally please with the Polk Monitor Series of speakers. The four 35C's and this one 15C makes for a very nice, crisp high quality sounding audio/video listening system.
In addition, you can NEVER go wrong with making your purchases at NEWEGG!

Sceptre E325WD-HDR White 32” 720p 60Hz LED HD TV/DVD Combo
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great TV - Great Price 08/24/2014

This review is from: Sceptre E325WD-HDR White 32” 720p 60Hz LED HD TV/DVD Combo

Pros: Nice Picture.
Descent Features.
Descent Sound Quality.
Swivel Base.

Cons: Haven't found any yet.


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Display Name: Bryan W.

Date Joined: 08/01/07

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  • Last Review: 08/24/14
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