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Pioneer VSX-521-K 5.1-Channel 3D Ready A/V Receiver
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Read this if you care about sound quality! 03/15/2012

This review is from: Pioneer VSX-521-K 5.1-Channel 3D Ready A/V Receiver

Pros: I'm not gona repeat everything the others already said. Let me just say, if you think setting this unit up is difficult or confusing, then there is just no hope for you, and you really should not leave product reviews anywhere.
But yeah, unit looks good, heavy, runs cools, and enough features for 99% of folks. Sound quality can be good IF (read below)

Cons: The only issue I have with the unit is the quality of the amplifier. IT INTRODUCES A LOT OF NOISE! With the gain set to (-3db) and nothing playing, there is audible hiss from the tweeters. The music comes out super flat, dynamic range is almost completely destroyed. You just hear earbleeding highs and no depth in the mids.
However turning the gain all the way down to (-10db) cured both problems. Hissing disapeared from tweeters, and you can now hear a lot of detail from the mids, and the dynamic range is quite alright.

Other Thoughts: So the unit can still make pretty good sound. I am very picky about sound, and I am driving RTi A7 towers with this unit and I do like the sound if the gain is turned down very low. YOU CAN STILL GO PRETTY LOUD! You just have to turn the knob on the volume to like 70. But now the music comes pure and clean and the speakers sound warm and dynamic range is not compromised.

I bought a second one of these recently (for 135) even though I was aware of the limitations on the amp, because for that price you really can't beat it, and you can't expect a high quality amp inside anyway. We are lucky that at least when you keep the gains down the quality is pretty good..

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Klipsch WB-14 Icon – W Series Espresso Bookshelf/Surround Speaker - Pair
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Looks great, sound should be better 02/27/2012

This review is from: Klipsch WB-14 Icon – W Series Espresso Bookshelf/Surround Speaker - Pair

Pros: As everyone said, the cabinet is fantastic. I don't think more needs to be said about this.
Unique Klipsch sound. Soft and buttery, not bright at all. My first horn speaker and it's pleasant.

Cons: I am not going to name the other brands of speakers that I own and I am comparing this against, so people don't think I am a fanboy and promoting some other brand, but these speakers leave a lot to be desired in the are of detail. If you have had a good speaker you will notice right away. In all areas, mids and highs, the sound is a little blurry, muddy, foggy, whatever you wana call it. Just listen to acoustic instrument solo side by side with another speaker. Some of the contrast between the strings of a guitar, or the keys of piano, is lost when listening to these. If the best speakers you have ever owned was a $50 logitec 5.1, then yes, you will think these are clear and sound nice. But if you judge by the retail price of these, they should compete with high end speakers, and they do not. They just smooth out some of the detail that my other speakers have.

Other Thoughts: I am not bashing the speaker, I am going to keep them because they make the room so pretty. I bought the center too. I guess it all depends on where you come from. But if you already have high end speakers and look for something different, beware because these just don't have good detail.

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ZALMAN CNPS7000C-AlCu 2 Ball CPU Cooler
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs works good 01/24/2012

This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS7000C-AlCu 2 Ball CPU Cooler

Pros: Looks and feels nice and expensive. Heavy. Temps are cool, but in all honesty they were cool with the stock fan too.

Cons: That scheisse fan controller is some ugly scheisse, and you HAVE to use it, no choice. Without it the fan is loud as hell. I spend a lot of time in cable management, and taking this outside, and sticking it to my pretty case was horrible. Had to hide it somehow.

They should have used the same 4 pin connector as the original CPU fan, so the mobo can control it. Now its ugly and the mobo cannot control it.

Other Thoughts: Bracket was easy to install too. Taking 1 egg only because you can't use it without the damg ugly controller.

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Display Name: veselin v.

Date Joined: 09/21/05

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