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This review is from: BIC America F12 12" 475-Watt Front Firing Powered Subwoofer
Pros: I've had one of these for about a year and a half and its great with no problems. The bass is fairly tight down to its lower limit and I have it set at about 4.5 on a dial that goes up to 10. Set up my crossover at 80 and its been going fine since. The speaker was very tight when I first got it and took a while to break in but that's often to be expected from a new speaker.
The amp is based on a BASH design and it rated at 150 watts continuous which is more than enough to make things rock. Unless you want to shake your neighbor's house down the road this has enough power for most anyone.
For 200 bucks it represents a great combination of price and performance. If you want a sub that sounds like a thousand bucks then go out and spend it, but I am satisfied that this was a good purchase especially with free shipping as its big and heavy.
Cons: None, is a great performer for the money
Other Thoughts: If you're looking for a large sub capable of producing some good low bass without breaking the bank then this one fits the bill very well. No problems with it and still enjoying this. Performs better than what you might expect for the money.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Infinity Primus P363BK Three-way Floorstanding Loudspeaker Single
Pros: Got a pair of these on sale for 199 to replace the fronts in my Home Theater and really like the way they image and provide a clarity and presence that you normally wouldn't expect. They provide decent bass, though I do have a subwoofer to handle that end of the spectrum, but where they shine most is in the mid and upper mid range. These matched up well with the rest of my components and are powered by a Yamaha with 95 watts and sound very good without needing to be cranked up.
There was a detailed review of this speaker at Audioholics when they came out a couple of years ago and they measured them at 4 ohms rather than the stated 8, though that was at higher frequencies and appears to be an engineering trick to eek out a bit more from the mid/upper range of those speakers. I don't know if they still are building them this way now as manufacturers often make updates to equipment during their life-cycle without mentioning it.
In reality it you have a decent amp/receiver then it shouldn't have any problems with 4 ohms or cause overheating. There is the potential for clipping at very high volume levels, but you should already be aware of that. This isn't necessarily a defect of the speakers, especially considering these are aimed at budget minded customers. My Yamaha has had no problems whatsoever with these and it doesn't run any warmer.
Not a State secret that these aren't perfect, but the compromises that have been made were not so great as to diminish their overall good sound, wide dispersion, and terrific value. Some might feel they are bit on the bright side, though I didn't find them overly harsh, rather they were surprisingly crisp and clean.
Detractors may have their say, but often they are comparing much more expensive speakers, Keeping everything in perspective, especially the pricing, these represent an excellent speaker that provide a lot of value. As long as they don't die an early death then I would recommend these to anyone looking for some tower speakers that sound pretty good and don't cost a lot.
Cons: None, but probably should have at least a mid-level amp/receiver to handle the 4 ohms.
Other Thoughts: Auditioning speakers in a store is always difficult as you'll never know how they are really going to sound until you try them out at home with your equipment and room acoustics. Just give them 25 - 50 hours to break in (at moderate levels) before passing final judgement. Noticed that they were made in Malaysia rather than China which I consider a plus.
Overall they're very nice sounding, fairly large and hefty at almost 50 lbs each, and look like your basic black tower -- neither great not bad, but don't be expecting a furniture grade polished wood exterior in this price range.
This review is from: Toshiba TransMemory 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model PFU016U-1BCK
Pros: Got this to use on my router for storage and sharing. It has a USB 3.0 interface but its speed is really like a USB 2.0 flash drive which is to be expected as this is their "Value Line" and it uses slower, a.k.a., cheaper memory to achieve the low price point. Cheaper doesn't necessarily mean it isn't any good or is likely to fail, it simply is slower memory and doesn't command higher pricing. It works fine for the application that I got it for. No complaints about the speed as I was aware of it going in and it works well for the application, and was on sale for eight bucks shipped.
Cons: None, works as expected.
Other Thoughts: Because this has a USB 3.0 interface some folks may be expecting this to be lightning fast and if they are they'll be disappointed. Frankly if this same memory was on a USB 2.0 stick you wouldn't notice the difference since the actual nand chips control the overall speed. This isn't a problem if you understand that the USB 3.0 interface is more of marketing thing than anything else. For what it is this works fine, but if you are looking for something with blazing speed then this isn't the flash drive for that purpose.
Given the use that I have for this drive it works fine, and as long as it holds up then its a real good buy. Might as well throw away the cap as soon as you get this so you won't be wasting a lot of time looking for it when you eventually lose it.