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Pioneer SP-BS21-LR Bookshelf Loudspeakers Pair
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs detailed and transparent as nearfield monitors 08/01/2014

This review is from: Pioneer SP-BS21-LR Bookshelf Loudspeakers Pair

Pros: great value
just about all of the sonic accuracy you need
not fatiguing

Cons: their size and shape make them a bit cumbersome to integrate into an audio/recording station
highest highs and lowest lows are rolled-off
fairly directional which might make a difference for basic home stereo use.

Other Thoughts: paired with a quality (but not necessarily high powered) amp, I'm finding these pretty optimal as monitors for mixing and sound design. Again, some roll-off, so you need to double-check with headphones now and then, but let's face it, any powered monitor setup under $300 and anywhere near this size is going to strain for those frequencies if they even try.

Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Fast! Not a "green" drive
Still quiet after 17 months.
3TB for about $100
stays cool for a 7200 RPM drive

Cons: short warranty

Other Thoughts: I use it as a storage drive in a PC that never moves around. Windows 8 spins down the drive fairly frequently, maybe that lowers the wear and tear a bit. Again, it's a storage drive. But it's really nice to have to the speed for mass file copying and periodic consistency checking.

Manufacturer Recertified OCZ Vertex 2 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Going strong after 5 months
Not the fastest, but no issues either
Had good luck with Vertex 2 when they were current

Cons: Not competitive with current performance levels, but $0.50/GB is nice for machines with lower requirements.
Had to upgrade the firmware out of the box.

Other Thoughts: I don't know what makes SSDs break down or DOA but after 10 (various brands) SSDs over 4 years I have yet to experience a failure. Just the usual review bias I guess.


Marc S.'s Profile

Display Name: Marc S.

Date Joined: 03/21/10

  • Reviews: 8
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  • First Review: 07/05/10
  • Last Review: 08/01/14
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