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ONKYO TX-NR709 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Updated Review 04/21/2015

This review is from: ONKYO TX-NR709 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver

Pros: Numerous inputs including HDMI, Component, and Composite video; analog audio inputs, coaxial, optical, or HDMI for audio. Up to 7.1 surround. Great features such as a default volume upon startup.

Cons: Failed after 3 years. After research, it seems that this and a few other Onkyo models are plagued by inadequate heat dissipation similar to what caused older XBox 360s to fail (red-ring). Basically, how I understand it is, the board is fastened down, but expands when it gets hot. Having nowhere to go, it warps. When it's turned off and cools down, it goes back to the original shape. After doing this many times, the unit eventually becomes unstable, and then produces no sound at all. From what I've read, I'm not the first this happened to.

Other Thoughts: Customer service was nice enough to make a "one-time-only" courtesy repair. I had to pay shipping, but after getting it back, it has worked flawlessly. I would advise against placing any other equipment on top of this unit, placing this unit in a cabinet or on a shelf, or placing it anywhere that the heat dissipation from the top (very large) vent is obstructed. I wish the manufacturers had invested in some heat sinks and a small fan to help with heat dissipation.

COOLEAD-Light Up Luminescent Visible flowing light lightning usb Smart Charge and Sync data Cable for iphone 4 4S(black-blue)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Looks very cool. Fairly well made. Works fine over stronger USB chargers: 1 amp, etc.

Cons: Does not seem to charge over Hundai Sonata's USB port.

Other Thoughts: I bought this because I have a similar cable for my Android phone that I use in the car. It looks really cool at night, but isn't too bright as to be a distraction. I use mine with a standalone charger, as the Sonata I drive can not access music files directly VIA USB on Android Phones. Mine charges fine over a 2.1 amp charger, however my wife's iPhone 4 will not charge with this cable via the standard USB port in the car (though it will with a standard iPhone cable). I assume this is because the cable uses up just enough power that the phone no longer recognizes port. Data works fine, but power depletes slowly while phone is plugged in.

Razer Surround Personalized 7.1 Gaming Audio Software - Download
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs inconclusive 11/15/2014

This review is from: Razer Surround Personalized 7.1 Gaming Audio Software - Download

Pros: This is basically an alternate location to download Razer's free surround sound software. This is the same as the free version that's available on their website. This software is a nice idea, and I can tell it does SOMETHING. It sounds like it applies an EQ to emphasize certain frequencies. The demo built into the program does seem to have accurate representation of positional audio.

Cons: The price being "reduced" to free is misleading. No "pro version" code was provided, as I had previously hoped. I've been playing Borderlands 2 for hours. Playing with Razer Surround seems to do nothing that plain stereo won't do.

Unfortunately, while gaming, I can't hear any difference between this and stereo as far as positional audio is concerned. I am starting to believe that this doesn't truly decode 5.1 data, but makes up its own using stereo data instead.

Other Thoughts: With over-the-ear headphones plugged straight into my computer, I can hear a difference with these. Certain sounds seem to "pop". After I bought a USB DAC, I don't hear very much difference at all. It basically sounds like an EQ. When I play games--Borderlands 2, for example---I can't hear any positional sounds. Just left and right, same as without this program. I may read some more reviews to see if this only works on certain games, or if it uses real 5.1 data at all.


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Date Joined: 09/28/02


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