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LG BH9420PW 3D Blu-ray Home Theater System
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Decent home theater system 09/12/2012

This review is from: LG BH9420PW 3D Blu-ray Home Theater System

Pros: This system is a simple and reasonably priced solution to creating a home theater system. Essentially, everything the system was touted to do works. The DLNA and Bluetooth pairing worked perfectly with my Samsung smart phone. All the connections I've tried work with no problem. Having an FM connection and several input options basically mean this system is versatile and eliminates the need of a receiver.

While the sound, won't blow you away, it's pretty good for a HTIB. The system has a nice set of speaker configurations to choose from. I was really looking for something that would push sound out of the rear speakers for more than just surround sound movies, and this works well for that. Some of the other configurations allow you to easily turn off the base ("Night" mode) when you don't want to disturb anyone sleeping.

Cons: The remote is not a universal remote. The Blu Ray player does not have a web browser. The system also uses proprietary speaker wires/connections, although seeing as it's a HTIB, it's not a big problem.

Other Thoughts: I haven't tried the included Nero media server software. I give it four eggs instead of five because
- it lacks a web browser (which many LG TVs have and could have been included)
- The only included A/V cables was an RCA video cable (No HDMI or optical cable was included)
- The system had to be updated (easy to do) before some of the included apps (eg, Netflix) would work
- Since all the speaker use a 4-pin connection, you won't be able to use the speakers on another system without some re-wiring.
- The sound is good but not mind-blowing. It's good for the price, but you could probably piece together an amazing system for a couple hundred bucks more.

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BYTECC BT-280SATA COMBO(B) Aluminum 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Worth buying, but I had some installation issues 09/23/2006

This review is from: BYTECC BT-280SATA COMBO(B) Aluminum 2.5" SATA USB2.0 & eSATA External Enclosure

Pros: A 2.5" SATA disk in this enclosure can be connected via USB without the need for a SATA connection. The enclosure comes
with generous number of accessories including a carrying case, an external SATA bracket adapter, a SATA cable, and a unique USB cable that splits to a second USB A extension connector. The split USB cable is quite useful for drives with high power requirements, and I discovered it was necessary to plug-in both USB connectors when attaching the drive to a Dell laptop. Finally, it's a fairly small and attractive enclosure.

Cons: I experienced trouble installing this drive to a Windows 2000 PC the first time. Perhaps the difficulty was because the disk was not partitioned or formatted (Maybe I previously erased the disk, including the MBR). Regardless, the SATA to USB bridge driver would not install, and the disk didn’t show up in the device manager. I had to manually install the Windows USB mass storage driver for the disk to be recognized. Finally, after partitioning and formatting, I was able to install the SATA to USB bridge driver. Then, I attached the drive to another Win2k PC, and it was automatically detected and installed. However, errors occurred because the drive was disconnecting and reconnecting, but firmly pushing in the USB cable at both ends appeared to help. The "Safely Remove Hardware" feature didn’t work in Win2k. Also, the end covers seem to be plastic, which may be a problem if the screws are overly tightened (I heard a slight ‘pop’) or if the drive is dropped.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I would recommend this enclosure, especially since there are not many options on the market.

I got this enclosure for a Hitachi Travelstar 5K100, which has fairly high power requirements (5W & 1A). When attaching to back USB ports on a PC, no additional power was needed, but when attaching it to a Dell laptop, additional power was required. The additional power was readily provided by connecting the included USB cable's second USB connector to an additional USB port on the laptop. I would give this enclosure the highest rating if not for the installation issues, however the installation troubles may have been due to issues with Windows 2000 or the disk itself.

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