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Seagate Enterprise NAS ST4000VN0001 4TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Quick & Quiet HDD's

Cons: None really except cost, why is a NAS HDD so much more expensive than a standard desktop HDD?

Other Thoughts: Installed two of these in a Seagate STCT100 diskless NAS & it is working fantastic!

Seagate STCT100 Diskless System 2-Bay Network Storage
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Nice NAS for the Price 04/25/2015

This review is from: Seagate STCT100 Diskless System 2-Bay Network Storage

Pros: Easy setup, poorly designed software but still easy. Very quiet running NAS even after adding two 4TB Seagate NAS 7200RMP HDD's.

(I knocked off an egg due to the poorly designed software)

Cons: Setup defaults to the Seagate "SimplyRAID" of which you cannot change, therefore, you've got to set up the unit as SimplyRAID & then change it over to JBOD, RAID 0 or RAID 1 once completed. Pay attention as you don't want to copy all your data to the NAS before it's configured the way you want it!

Other Thoughts: This is a pretty nice dual bay NAS unit & with two Seagate 4TB 7200 RPM HDD's the unit runs very quietly. I purchased the NAS for $99.99 which is a fair price, the MSRP of $169.99 is WAY over priced!
The real expense is, and should be, the cost of the HDD's, my suggestion is don't purchase cheap desktop SATA HDD's if you want your NAS to perform!
On my home LAN this NAS is a faster backup solution than my previous backup method of USB 2.0 attached external HDD's, which did surprise me!

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!


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Display Name: Bryan W.

Date Joined: 08/01/07

  • Reviews: 15
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  • First Review: 12/13/12
  • Last Review: 04/25/15
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