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YAMAHA RX-A800 7.2-Channel AVENTAGE Series A/V Receiver
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: +Sound quality
+3 year warranty
+high end yamaha line
+steeply discounted
+7.2 preout

Cons: -No networking
-No usb

Other Thoughts: This unit doesn't have all of the bells and whistles of RX-Vx71 line. What it does have is an extra years worth of warranty.

Aventage, is the current high end line of yamaha receivers. While I am not certain of all component upgrades from the RX-VXXX series, based on the extended warranty, I am confident that the quality of this unit is higher.

Quality is important to me because my previous receiver's power supply failed after 2 years of use(it was a pioneer).

If you're like me, in the market for a receiver around $500, and value reliability over the new features of current generation of yamaha's RX-VXXX line, then this unit is an absolute steal.

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Pioneer VSX-519V-K 5.1-Channel A/V Receiver
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs It lasted two years 08/26/2011

This review is from: Pioneer VSX-519V-K 5.1-Channel A/V Receiver

Pros: I got this receiver at the same time as my speakers and it made them sound perfect. I am not an audiophile but this receiver combined with my energy speakers produced the best sound I've ever heard out of a home theater system.

Cons: Reliability. This unit was a 5 star for me until it died. I believe the power supply failed. Now I am very disappointed with it as it caused me an unexpected expense.

I guess "you get what you pay for" applies well in this case. I don't know if my unit is a lemon or you can expect the same thing to happen to you in 2 years with this receiver.

Other Thoughts: I am going to spend more money on a receiver this time around as I do not want to replace another. Receivers at this price must be skimping on something. This thing was too good to be true, unfortunately.

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ENCORE ENLWI-G(2) Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g TPCI Standard Universal Add-in card Compliant with PCI 2.0 Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It's cheap and it works.

Cons: It's cheap and it doesn't work that well. Severe Lag.

Other Thoughts: I am having severe lag problems with my network connection using this wireless adapter.

I've pinged my gateway, which is about 25 ft. away, and lost 17% of the packets I sent over a 20 minute time frame with this adapter.

I tested with a different wireless card at the same distance and lost 3% of the packets.

At that distance, I don't think packets should be lost at all and I do put a substantial amount of blame on my cheap Westell wireless router but using the encore card compounded the problem for me.

I've been troubleshooting my network for days now and I am still not 100% sure what the problem is but I'm willing to make an educated guess that the combination of a cheap wireless router and a cheap wireless network card are severely impairing my internet connectivity.

I am going to hardwire the connection now.

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Display Name: Paul C.

Date Joined: 04/27/07

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 10/30/09
  • Last Review: 08/27/11
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