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Denon AVR-S500BT 5.2-Channel AV Receiver with Bluetooth and Ultra-HD Pass-Through
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Decent sound for an inexpensive receiver. Denon has included the setup assistant which adjusts levels to account for the room size and shape. This is a really nice feature considering the price. The setup assistant gives the sound an almost 3D quality when listening to a surround stream.

Cons: The Amp is as weak as a kitten. Forget about using this receiver in a large room, or if you like to play your music loud. In a small room, I need to turn the volume up to at least 55% for a comfortable listening level for TV. If you want it loud, you're looking at 70% plus volume. Pushing the amp this hard is going to make it run really hot which could lead to overheating issues.

Other Thoughts: If you want to put it in a small room and you don't like to have your sound particularly loud, this may be a good choice. Avoid if you want to put it in a larger space.

NETGEAR FS205 5-Port Fast Ethernet Desktop Switch in Plastic Case - Essentials Edition
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This unit is very inexpensive. It appears to be very good quality considering what you pay for it. Throughput may be fast enough for your applications, especially if your networking consists mainly of surfing the Internet and not much local file transfer or multi-media traffic. As with any unmanaged switch, setup is just plug and play. This switch is very energy efficient, consuming little power. It will auto-detect crossover cables.

Cons: The obvious con is that it is only fast Ethernet, meaning the speed is capped at 100 Mbps. Many ISPs are now offering speeds over 100 Mbps which would make this switch a bottleneck. It doesn’t come with an Ethernet cable, so make sure you have a spare cable ready to go. From what I can tell, this unit seems to come in white only which may be a problem for those really concerned with aesthetics.

Other Thoughts: The switch is small and light, making it easy to hide under or behind a desk, even if it is just dangling in mid-air with a short cable. Throughput is about what you would expect for a fast Ethernet switch. In my benchmarking I was able to push the switch to about 85 Mbps.
This unit would be perfect for a network segment that supports slower devices like printers, scanners, dumb terminals, thin clients, etc. I've had it driving my main printer now for several weeks with no problems whatsoever.
Gigabit switches have been expensive historically, but that is starting to change, sometimes on sale now for $20 or so. That makes the price difference minimal considering gigabit switches offer speeds up to 10x faster.
If all you need is fast Ethernet, this is a good switch at a good price.

1ct tw Created Pink Sapphire Heart Necklace in Sterling Silver
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Wife Loves it 03/27/2015

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Pros: Looks great. Nice quality

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Wife's happy, so I'm happy.


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Display Name: Kevin D.

Date Joined: 08/07/05


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  • First Review: 09/02/05
  • Last Review: 04/07/15
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