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This review is from: Energy Take 5 Pack 5 CH Home Theater Speaker System
Pros: I honestly don't know a whole lot about highs or lows, etc, but for $130, these speakers are outstanding. Easily comparable to a $300-400 set of speakers. The next step up from these would be a good set of 4 bookshelf speakers and a larger center, which would run you around a grand.
Cons: Nothing worth complaining about considering the pricetag.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Pioneer VSX-821-K 5.1-Channel 3D Ready A/V Receiver
Pros: Great sound quality. Ton of features/hookups.
Cons: Died after 5 months.
Other Thoughts: Purchased 03/2012 .. just died on me with light usage after 5 months. I use it for maybe an hour or two a day when I work out.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: It's Supermicro.. enough said. Cheap and relatively high quality products all around. Take note that you need a server processor (X3400 series) to run ECC ram. (I only buy server grade hardware so this wasn't an issue for me.)
Cons: It states that you need Registered RAM to support 32GB of ram.. but apparently you can't even use the last two RAM slots without registered ram. I had 6 sticks of 2GB KVM ram and I could only use 4 of them. If I put ram in the last two slots, the board won't boot.
Other Thoughts: I constantly get random beeps from the board. I'm running temp monitors on Ubuntu and my temps look fine, so I have no idea what's causing it. Someone mentioned on another SM board review that IPMI causes these beeps.. but this board doesn't have IPMI, so I'm not sure what the deal is. (I really haven't looked into the issue that deeply yet.)READ FULL REVIEW