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This review is from: Onkyo HT-RC560 7.2-Channel Network AV Receiver
Pros: Great WRAT Amp and Great Watts, Great Audio and Audyssey Multi-EQ works for my room, with 12 by 9 dimensions. I use 4 custom speakers in Front and Rear left and right, and 2 surround speakers left and right that are from Micca bookshelf speakers I changed out the tweeter in, from parts from Parts-Express. The 4 custom speakers are Peerless 6.5" woofers (60 dollars apiece) and Beston Ribbon tweeters (40 dollars apiece)...with audio grade crossovers. The center channel is a Di' Apolitano configuration with custom woofers and tweeters in a diminutive package to not distract from the monitor (40" 1080p). My single sub is a 400 watt custom built with a 10" Peerless driver Extra Long Stroke and the sub is plenty by itself to match the rest of the speaker compliment. The system I think would work in a larger room, sound pressure at 50% throttle is deafening, and the windows rattle.
Now...the 3 months of solid use is in, and the WIFI connection is developing an issue. It seems to be getting booted off my router, a DLink Cloud Router N300 on 2.4GHz band. All and I say ALL my other devices have NEVER been dropped from this router! I have 2 pc's, a WD Media Player, and 2 tablets. Guest Laptops are never dropped. The problem surfaced when the Bluetooth was engaged to run audio from my tablet pc. The issue may disappear, I have to explore the Bluetooth settings which seem to be limited, since there is no OFF to the Bluetooth. The USB port handles my 128 GB jump-drive, a PNY USB 3.0 Class 10. The drive is about 36meg write speed and 60 meg or so read. I was surprised to see that the Receiver would actually handle that size drive. I think it will handle portable hard disks too, but I have not used one yet. I would give 5 eggs if it were not for the Bluetooth not having a manual shutoff. Zone 2 pre-outs are cool too. Even if I have a digital audio source it will output analog to the second amplifier in the other room. I use send and return legs between rooms so each receiver could be master or slave. The HDMI scaling from my PC is compatible, yet my monitor needs resizing for the PC and when I switch it through the Receiver, it's undersize, since the output is slightly smaller from the PC's video card. It's just a matter of my Seiki monitor being fussy with formats.
Cons: Bluetooth issue, and WIFI drops.
Other Thoughts: Setup with the mike and the beeping is LOUD.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ENCORE ENMVG-3 USB Audio/Video Grabber III
Pros: Works nicely with Win 8, plug and ply in fact. My Win 8 (online upgraded to 8.1) 64 bit likes the unit.
However, no device configuration of any kind, any drivers, will work on my Win7 pro x64 hardware platform. I.E.
i7 Sandybridge 2600K
8GB DDR3 1333
128GB OCZ SSD
Win 7 Pro x64
Works on the hardware platform of
4GB DDR3 1333
Win 8 x64
Cons: Went "Round the Driver Loop" installing drivers on Win 7.
Try installing from disc provided first, REMEMBER DO NOT Plug the device, because Win 7 will automatically and obstinately install it's own driver.
Reverting to...Video only, no audio driver and the software Will Not Record.
However the Win 8 driver works for both Video and Audio....
Other Thoughts: VHS tape is low resolution with static and don't expect much from it...records in 720 wide by 480 highREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-Z77-DS3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: SATA III USB 3.0 Supports Gen 3 Processors. PCI x16 3.0
64 bit M/B
Cons: Tried loading AHCI drivers slip, Blue Screens on unrecognized boot device( 7B ) , so using XP Pro with this board is restricted to running the drives in IDE mode.
No Function in the BIOS to force USB floppy
No Coax or Optical Digital Audio Out only available through an add-on, the header is on the board, but not rear panel.
Other Thoughts: Intel Core i3 2100
Seagate 2 TB 7200 rpm SATA III
CORSAIR XMS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Ultra Stable Desktop Memory
Stock Intel CPU cooler
Windows XP Pro SP3 32 bit
The client wanted XP Pro, but at the time of this writing, has agreed to buy Win 7 Pro 64 bit. The motherboard seems like it was built for that! The board did not Blue screen when Win 7 was trial started, so I'm upgrading the clients system to Win 7.
The drives in the PC are a 500GB Seagate SATA II, 2 TB Seagate SATA III, and 180 GB Maxtor. Integration was difficult with only 2 SATA III headers, and the Z77 chipset will support 4. The Z77 supports up to 6 total SATA...
The client needs data transfer and video multi-tasking. Running it with IDE mode there is stutter and freeze, so Talking to the client about Win 7 was the answer
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