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Sherwood RX5502 100 Watt RMS Dual-Zone Stereo Receiver - Black
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs Does what its supposed to 01/21/2013

This review is from: Sherwood RX5502 100 Watt RMS Dual-Zone Stereo Receiver - Black

Pros: Decent amount of power, can run multiple large speakers.
Remote
Nice speaker wire terminals
You can run bypassing the tone controls, especially nice on old Advents which are still the standard by which speakers are judged by adding zero color to the sound.
Capable of running multiple zones

Cons: User interface a bit complicated at first, not really intuitive, but the manual does a decent job of explaining most functions.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to power 4 large advent loud speakers I had sitting in my garage for 20 years and just refoamed using the kits from one of the larger speaker rebuilding companies. I'm running the usual old school dual Advent setup, so finding a stereo amp/receiver that is not surround sound is difficult these days. The capability of A+B is even rarer, so I was glad to find this unit. So far hooked up to my vintage Advents, vintage Technics SL-Q2 Quartz Phase Locked turntable and Sony cassette deck it has performed as expected. It is great to hear the old vinyl as it was meant to be heard, I'm a hardcore death/doom metalhead, but dragging out the old vinyl on occasion is something I've been wanting to do for a long time. So far, so good, and unlike reviews I've read on other sites it does not seem to run hot at all.

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Hitachi GST Deskstar HD31000 IDK/7K (0S00163) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Very quiet drive and low price along with a reported low failure rate make this drive a great deal. It so so much quieter than the WD drive that is in the same case. I have 2 Hitachis in the case and a WD, you can't hear either Hitachi, but the WD is always chugging away when in use.

Cons: Can't really think of any right now other than Hitachi's website leaves something to be desired.

Other Thoughts: I'll probably be buying another, have 2 more bays to fill and tons of music.

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BIOSTAR V7602GS21 GeForce 7600GS 256MB 128-Bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This is the least expensive card using this chip, nVidia Geforce 7600GS, that I've seen. I was considering the ATI 1600, but after reading comparison reviews of both I decided on this card, it came out just slightly ahead in the reviews.

So far so good, I bought it to be able to play new games like Elder Scrolls IV--Oblivion with all the settings cranked all the way up. It seems to handle everything with no problem, and it is light years ahead of the ATI X300 it replaced. So far I would highly recommend this card, excellent bang for the buck, good upgrade over a low end card like the X300, and you don't have to spend a bundle of money to get it. Running it in a Dell E510, 3.2 ghz, 2 gigs of dual channel RAM.

Cons: Fan is audible, but the only reason I even notice it is the fact that my Dell E510 was totally silent to begin with.

Only other issue is really a non issue. Oblivion didn't recognize the card (I guess they built it around ATI), so it automatically set most of the options midrange, just had to manually crank them up.

Other Thoughts: It came with some sort of wienie racing game, can't even remember the name, but pretty lame!

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Display Name: Brad U.

Date Joined: 06/02/06

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 06/09/06
  • Last Review: 01/21/13
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