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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.READ FULL REVIEW
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. Unit now produces no sound from any source whatsoever. Not even the FM tuner. Too expensive to replace something like this every 3 years. Apparently of much poorer quality than I was lead to believe. Unit is also fairly heavy and produces a great amount of heat.
Other Thoughts: This product had great reviews, but in my opinion they are based on initial impression and Onkyo's quality history. Having had no prior experience with Onkyo, I am left highly disappointed that an item I paid $650 for only lasted 3 years.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SAMSUNG SyncMaster 305T Black 30" 6ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor 400 cd/m2 1,000:1
Pros: Three year warranty. Used it twice and only paid $50 each time. Monitor is huge.
Cons: Failure rate. This is the third failure. Price.
Other Thoughts: I mean, what am I going to do with a twelve-hundred-dollar monitor other than go ahead and pay the fee and ship it off and get it fixed? Now that it's failed for the third time, and it's out of warranty, I'm at a point where I either get something ALMOST as large (27") new for around the same cost that I'd pay for diagnostics and repairs, or risk the repair and have it go out again in another 1 or 2 years.
By contrast, I have a 22" acer monitor I bought back in 2006 that has taken the beating I would never dream of putting the syncmaster through and it still works perfectly.
I regret this purchase at the price I paid in 2008. I should have known better. I could have gotten three monitors and a new video video card for less.