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This review is from: 6.5mm Key Port Data Cable USB for Radio Station Reliable Performance
Pros: Good physical build. High quality chrome quarter inch jack. Unit is based on a CH340 chipset and yes, IT DOES USE A OPTO-ISOLATOR for the keying interface. No shared/unified grounds in this device. Resistance between grounds exceeds 80 Megaohms, the limit of my test equipment. Works great with my Icom IC-7600 and IC-7000 with Ham Radio Deluxe. When properly configured, I don't even need to start HRD, just start DM780 in CW mode and using the COM port configuration menu, set your radio to STRAIGHT KEY and I am able to use the CW modes the way the manufacturer intended, in CW mode!
It does come with a software disc, but not needed with Windows 7 as driver is automatically installed upon insertion. Just look up which com port number was assigned by your PC and point DM780 to that numbered port and VIola! It works perfectly! Bye bye Signalink and their MCW modes, you will not regret this inexpensive purchase! I even bought two.
Cons: strain relief in quarter inch jack could be more robust.
Other Thoughts: One may be able to use an adaptor on this device to convert to an acessory jack and use this interface also to act as a RTTY keyer. I have not tried yet, but it should work.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SONY - DASH - Personal Internet Viewer
Pros: I have only begun to explore the possibilities of this device. I plugged in my Carver M400t amp into the headphone jack and my Allison Four speakers just came alive! So much better sounding than my PC's sound card! My main use of this device is to display weather and play streaming music and so far it has surpassed my expectations!!! I am still looking into getting this thing to show local weather radar.
Cons: Slow to boot, internal speakers stink, confusing interface until you get to know your way around it. So far I don't see an option to use it as a media extender to play MP3's from a PC on the same network.
Other Thoughts: I got this to replace a Foxconn nettop as the sound quality was totally mediocre coming out of the nettop. Obviously the screen on this Sony Dash is smaller than a 22 inch LCD I was using on the nettop, but the sound quality is far superior coming out of the headphone jack! I now have a soundstage, cymbals crash and cow bells sound like cow bells! I no longer feel like I am listening to my music under water!! It is very pleasant to listen to and I have yet to personalize it, but for so much in such a little footprint, I cannot praise it enough! Now if it could only act as a media extender on my home network this thing would be the cat's meow! Note: It does have a USB port for plugging in USB drives to play music and that works after a firmware update. I even tried it with a 32GB Patriot usb drive and it worked great, but the 120GB HD was a no go.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Great battery life and range. DO NOT USE RECHARGEABLE batteries. They don not provide enough voltage.
My customers all want one!
Cons: 2.4GHZ gets interference from my WRT160N during sustained streaming or file transfer and BLOCKS keyboard transmissions. Fixed it by purchasing a long USB cord and placed receiver far away from router and closer to keyboard. Also can get interference from any PC that has ddr400 PC3200 data bus. I switched to a DDR3 system and now works good!
Other Thoughts: Funky character NUMLOCK enabled by default. Gotta start buying more of these for my Home theater customers :o)READ FULL REVIEW