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This review is from: Pioneer VSX-1023-K 7.1-Channel 4K Ready AV Receiver
Pros: plenty of HDMI inputs
great sound with cheap speakers (better ones on the way now, using my old Aiwa speakers paired with a 12" Klipsch sub, 2 F-20 floor speakers on the way)
Airplay is great now that my network issues are resolved
zone 2 will be a nice feature once I add some outdoor speakers to my patio
the control app works pretty well, Would be nice to be able to select what zone to play audio through.
Cons: only 1 optical and digital coax in
HDMI control doesn't seem to work terribly well, though maybe better if I was connecting everything via HDMI
GUI isn't very nice to look at, including the internet radio/pandora/airplay screens
preset EQs don't sound very good so far (advanced game, rock/pop etc) most seems to have too much echo and treble.
Other Thoughts: Right now only have a 2.1 hooked up to this system but it does quite a nice job. I had a hard time getting it to actually play bass through the sub, finally figured out I had to change the front speakers to "small" instead of "large".
As mentioned HDMI control doesn't seem to do very well, but I'm running HDMI from my devices (blu-ray and DVR) straight to the TV then optical and digital coax to the reciever.
This review is from: Fractal Design Core 1000 Micro ATX Computer Case w/ 1 x 120mm fan
Pros: First impressions are very high with this case. To have all of the features it does at this price point and still seem to have decent quality materials is amazing. I love the white painted * replaceable* PCI covers. The solution for the drive bays looks interesting. I have yet to build the computer yet so I'm not sure how well it will work yet.
Cons: I do wish there was some room behind the right side. again, I have not built with this case yet so I'm not sure how the cable management will go.
Other Thoughts: Fractal cases look quite nice. I may look to them when I build my LAN rig.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Huge case, lots of room for awesome cable management. High quality materials and I haven't run across any sharp edges. All black inside and out which is very nice.
Plenty of room to build a water cooled machine, pass throughs in the back of the case if you like that sort of thing (mine is all internal, don't like the look of big tubes coming out of my case personally) Fill port on top that can be a little difficult to use depending on what res you are using. Stock fans are very quite at full speed and do a great job keeping everything cool.
Cons: Heavy! Don't get this as a case to lug back and forth from a LAN party/friends house. I've done that a few times and it's not fun. Eventually I plan to build a LAN rig, probably with another HAF series case.
Huge, only a few inches shorter than my desk. If space is a minimum, probably not the case for you
I do wish there was some more plexi on the side. I have seen some custom sides with a bigger/full plexi side. Not sure I'd want to give up that fan though.
Other Thoughts: Lots of room for extras. Running a water cooling loop and 2 sets of cold cathode lamps. Plenty of room behind the right side to hide all of the wires.
I'm more or less using all of my drive bays (1 DVD burner, 1 Fan controller, 2 for reservoir, and 2 blocked by the fill tube).
Lots of customization options. I added a few switches to the front trim that look like they were built with the case.
I don't think I'll ever buy another brand/series of case for my own computer. Cooler Master has done an amazing job putting this case together
Display Name: Matthew K.
Date Joined: 02/04/08
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