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DIAMOND XtremeSound XS51 5.1 Channels 16-bit 48KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs Doesn't work on Windows 7 12/19/2013

This review is from: DIAMOND XtremeSound XS51 5.1 Channels 16-bit 48KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

Pros: None.

Cons: It doesn't work on Windows 7. At all. Somehow I got the sound going (once), but the quality was awful. The rest of the time, silence.

Thinking myself well prepared by the other reviews that mentioned driver issues on Windows 7, I tried the CD drivers, the Diamond website drivers, and the CMI8738/C3DX drivers. Nothing. Also, included for free, the odd behavior of sound files refusing to play, and Youtube videos hitching/freezing/crashing.

I tried emailing Diamond support. After 4 days, they just pointed to the Diamond website drivers. Thanks. Because my original query didn't mention that the Diamond website drivers are faulty or anything.

Other Thoughts: I know it's hard to find a good sound card at this price point. Keep looking.

(I admit, you may have a different experience if you're not running Windows 7, but I can't test that.)

ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Full featured for bargain price 11/17/2013

This review is from: ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Well, look, it's a motherboard. The first thing you need to do is make sure it will support all the stuff you want to attach. That being said, the Z75 should cover most of your bases unless you absolutely need 3 standard PCI ports.

I've not had any problems whatsoever working with the board. The BIOS is full-featured for overclocking and tweaking, and it's got all the modern (as of this writing) fixings with USB 3.0 and PCI-E 3.0.

Cons: The PCI and PCI-E slots can get a little crowded depending on exactly what you're putting in there. If you don't plan to use two video cards, but want to fill all the PCI slots with other stuff, you might be putting cards directly adjacent to each other, which could be bad for heat and airflow. A different board might have the slots more spaced out.

Other Thoughts: It's like a $200 board at a sub-$100 price.

SuperSonic SC-602 HDTV and Digital TV Indoor Antenna
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs Works under best case conditions 09/30/2013

This review is from: SuperSonic SC-602 HDTV and Digital TV Indoor Antenna

Pros: - Cheap.
- Gets all local channels and then some.
- Quality for the main channels are either very good, or just a little fuzzy.
- Easy assembly.
- Able to reposition a bit; not extensively.

Cons: - The antenna doesn't snap totally securely to its platform. It's sufficient if you leave it alone, but can easily slide back out while adjusting.
- As the others are saying, the co-ax cable is attached, and is only 3 feet. Factor it in, and get a female-to-male extension if you need to.
- Co-ax cable is a smidge wide and took some muscle to get it into the TV port. Don't be afraid to put some arm into it.

Other Thoughts: I live on a third-floor apartment and 30 miles away from signal towers. Your antenna's performance may differ if you live underground, surrounded by a metal box.

The FCC has a site where you can type in your ZIP code and see what towers are in range of you. USE IT. Who said the Government never gave us anything?


Adam L.'s Profile

Display Name: Adam L.

Date Joined: 09/30/07

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  • Last Review: 12/19/13
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