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Philips Bluetooth Stereo On-Ear White Headphone SHB4000WT/28 with microphone
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: They work. They sound pretty good. Lightweight. Pairs with little effort. On iPhone, supports next, previous, play, pause for music and hang up, ignore, redial for phone.

No wires!

Cons: The microUSB cable that it comes with says "charge only" (it's not a data cable). Well guess what? It didn't even do that! It wouldn't charge with that little cable, so I threw the cable out. (It did charge fine with a standard microUSB cable that I had on my desk).

They don't fold up, and no carrying case so they could get damaged in a backpack pretty easily. (that's a design flaw, not a con, but non-folding headphones tend to have a shorter half-life than folding headphones in my extensive experience with headphones).

Other Thoughts: The volume up/down is for the headphones only and doesn't adjust the volume on the phone itself.

The other reviewer correctly identified that the pads are toed-in to fit on your head, and I find that works well to make them fit. But that does make it so you have to put left on left, right on right. But that's their design decision.

Got this on a shell shocker so it was a good deal. I used them to make a few test calls on my iPhone and the mic works fine but you do have to speak up since the mic is on the ear piece. (this can make you sound like a crazy homeless person, so keep that in mind when talking on the phone while walking down the street).

The plastic seems cheap like they could break pretty easily especially when tossed into a backback, and they don't fold or otherwise offer a way to be protected.

For now, they have replaced my wired Sennheisser PX 100-IIi although I keep those in my backpack in case the battery is dead or they decide to break (the PX 100 fold and come with a thick carrying bag).

I'd say they compare in sound, weight and comfort to the PX 100-IIi folding headphones, although the Sennheissers have that fake muffled bass that I don't like. The Philips are "crisper" sounding, actually.

Conclusion: As long as they keep working (and don't break) I'm happy with a real, working, bluetooth headphone and mic combination, and these are my daily "listen at work" headphones.

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SONY STRDH540 5.2-Channel 4K AV Receiver
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs so far so good 12/05/2013

This review is from: SONY STRDH540 5.2-Channel 4K AV Receiver

Pros: Day 1: so far so good. It's working, its a refurbed unit with a refurb sticker, refurb 30 day warranty card. The remainder of this review concerns the amp in particular, not the refurb part.

The On screen display is an improvement over the STRDH700 that this replaced. It's easier to go through the settings on a tv rather than the 1 line display on the amp.

Feature rich. Clean display without the typical icons of an amp (speakers in particular).

Cons: There is no way to disable the OSD when you adjust volume, so during a movie a little number shows up on the screen as you adjust volume, I hate that.

Set the HDMI audio output to AMP only (instead of AMP+TV), or the amp will force audio to 2.0 no matter the source (5.1 or 7.1 or whatevs). (see other thoughts).

Other Thoughts: I had a scare, the amp would shut down after 2 seconds. Turns out it was a 1 foot long HDMI cable that I was using to go to a HDMI splitter that sends the signal to 2 devices simulaneously (TV and Projector). I never had that happen, but the amp did NOT like the 1 foot HDMI cable. Replacing it with a 6 foot cable that came with the PS4 and everything works.

I set my PS4 to DTS (instead of Linear PCM) so the amp does 5.1. Otherwise, the PS4 sends 7.1 to the amp. But since this amp is only 5.1, Linear PCM would probably work and the amp will blend the 4 surround channels into 2. I'll have to test that.

Same with the PS3, I unchecked Linear PCM 7.1 output to prevent all the channels from going over to the receiver but that might not be necessary.

I tested 3d passthrough and it works (that was the reason for purchase). Also tested HDMI standby passthrough (PS4, PS3 and Apple TV to TV, with amp off). That works also, which is neat to use because it sends sound to the TV. This is a better alternative than the AMP+TV setting that messes with sound. They should remove the AMP+TV option (which causes audio to be 2.0) and if you want to use your TV speakers just turn the amp off, then passthrough sends audio to the TV. When you turn the amp on, no more sound to TV as the AMP only setting sends audio to the speakers.

PS4 forums are filling up with complaints about Sony amps only outputting 2.0 sound, and it's always because the HDMI Audio is set to AMP+TV.

The only thing I don't like is the little volume number that lingers on the screen when I change volume during a movie. There should be a way to turn that off but I looked at every menu option and can't find it.

The auto sound level adjustment is amazing, it is able to detect the distance to each speaker to the inch. Really neat to see and hear it in action.

As this is a refurb, I only have 30 days to make sure everything works, but so far so good. I'll write again if it dies prematurely. I tested every input including ipod USB support. Time will tell, but the thing arrived with no fingerprints or any visual wear and tear at all, and it came with all the peripherals (fm and am antenna, mic for auto adjustment, manua, remote (but no batteries).

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CORSAIR ValueSelect 16GB (2 x 8G) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory Model CMSO16GX3M2A1600C11
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Works in Mac Mini Late 2012 model. Specifically, model MD387LL/A, which is the 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz) with 3MB L3 cache. Came with 4GB originally (2x2GB).

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Saves a few bucks from memory that specially mentions Apple in the description.

In casual use, I don't see a huge difference between the 4GB and the 16GB on my mac Mini. But now I'm maxed out so one less thing to perseverate over.

I don't use photoshop or Lightbox, which would probably benefit the most from 16GB.

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Eric R.'s Profile

Display Name: Eric R.

Date Joined: 04/06/01

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