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This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan
Pros: Massive heatsink and the best cooling I've seen on air
Mounting is solid and much better than push pin
Cons: None for me
Other Thoughts: Keeps my Core i7 3770k frosty cold at 4.0Ghz. Mounting kit is solid. Not sure if the cooler master paste is any good I always use Arctic Silver 5. I want to use liquid cooling but I want a modular custom system so I can also liquid cool my GPU. So this is far better than the stock cooler for only 35 bucks until I build a full liquid cooling system. Highly recommended.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Polk Audio TSi100 Loudspeaker Black Pair
Pros: These speakers have very full, rich sound and I couldn't be happier! I have always heard good things about Polk but have never actually owned any. Up until recently I have always used HTIB systems and they sounded good to me until I finally built my new component system. Now some of my parts are not new but the sound is all that matters to me. I am running these as my front mains. Using a Harman Kardon AVR 254 receiver, Polk CS10 center channel, and Polk OWM3's for the rears. Using an Acoustic Audio PSW8 sub. I have never heard thousand dollar speakers so I can't compare the quality of these to something on that level but they are by far the best bookshelf speakers I have ever heard. If you have a chance to buy some, do it. It looks like they are out of stock here but I know you can still get them directly from Polk.
Cons: The only thing that could potentially be a con is the ones I got had dual binding posts. If you don't know a lot about home theater it could be a little confusing. I wasn't sure if I needed to run two wires from each of the receiver outputs to the posts or if they could be run with just one set hooked up and if so, which set or did it matter. Then I thought that meant they could be bi-amped. Apparently, the new ones no longer have the dual binding posts to eliminate confusion but honestly I am still not sure exactly what can be done with them. I just have one set of wire hooked up to the bottom posts and the speakers sound great. Just something I figured would be worth mentioning, but not really a con.
Other Thoughts: This is my first home theater system that wasn't one of those home theaters in a box. So I have done a lot of research and read many articles and reviews about what to do and not do, what numbers to pay attention to like frequency range and db sensitivity and that watts aren't really all that telling when it comes to receivers, etc, etc. I am definitely no expert on home theater but what I am is someone who has always loved great sound. And ultimately, these speakers sound great to me. So if you're not a pro and are trying to figure out what speakers are good, I recommend these for this price range.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Acoustic Audio PSW8 300 Watt Black 8" Powered/Active Home Theater Subwoofer
Pros: Say what?! It doesn't even make sense how awesome this sub is. 80 bucks! The bass is amazing! I've heard 12 and 15 inch subs. Obviously they carry more weight and can deafen you but for what it is this sub is a no brainer. Very highly recommended. No idea how it sounds so good but it makes my music, movies and games on my HK AVR 254 with Polk Tsi100's, C10, and OWM3's sound full with bass.
Cons: None!READ FULL REVIEW