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Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great and inexpensive 04/12/2015

This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes

Pros: It is _extremely_ hard to justify any other cooling solution unless space is a factor or the user is looking for an extreme overclock.
This is quiet and a great performer.
This thing is nearly as good as solutions which cost 2-4x as much, and those weigh much more (stress motherboard) and are often less quiet.

Cons: Stock fan is not particularly quiet. I recommend Noctua or Scythe. Do some reading regarding PWM vs voltage regulation, and whether your mobo will support variable speeds on a 3-pin fan.
Throw out the provided thermal paste and buy some new stuff. "Less is more" for thermal paste -- if you used more than a grain of rice worth you are hurting your rate of transfer.

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YAMAHA YBA-11 Bluetooth Wireless Audio Receiver
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs I use it -- didn't think I would. 04/12/2015

This review is from: YAMAHA YBA-11 Bluetooth Wireless Audio Receiver

Pros: This came free with my receiver and I assumed I wouldn't use it. I actually connect my phone to it fairly often.
A very flexible device -- as long as you can connect it to your amp somehow, all it needs is USB power and you are set.

Cons: No way to set the bluetooth pairing code. My neighbor's TV pairs with anything it can find, so if I don't connect first I get terrible cable news blasting out of my speakers. This is a much bigger problem than I anticipated. There is no way to discriminate between legitimate and illegitimate pairings.

It uses a strange coax (orange RCA-type connector) connector that I'm not familiar with. Maybe I'm just not hardcore enough. My receiver had the input, so meh.

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Yamaha RX-V377 5.1 Channel AV Receiver
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Nice. 04/12/2015

This review is from: Yamaha RX-V377 5.1 Channel AV Receiver

Pros: Lots of features at a reasonably low price.
Comes with a mic for automatic adjustment of speaker phase/amp.
Programmable presets are useful.
It came with a free bluetooth accessory (part of a promotion?). I use it more than I expected.
Android app "irplus" has a remote preset with every button from the remote. If your device has an IR blaster, I highly recommend trying this.
Sound quality is great to my untrained ears.

Cons: You can't create two presets with the same video source and different audio sources. I realize this is slightly unusual, but I want to play the radio while browsing the web... Very sad.
Missing some features of more expensive units, like zone 2, more outputs, more inputs, etc. Personally, 4 HDMI is more than I need. I'm mostly using this for the amps.
No bluetooth or internet.
Cannot do full setup without the remote.

Other Thoughts: I manually adjusted my sub to +10dB to get the automatic on/off to work better. I found that it did not react to small input signals without this hack. (This required hand-tuning the sub amp dial a bit. The easiest way I found to do this was to keep changing the reciever crossover frequency and comparing the same clip of music until the results were indistinguishable.)

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Andrew M.'s Profile

Display Name: Andrew M.

Date Joined: 06/29/07

  • Reviews: 56
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  • First Review: 08/28/08
  • Last Review: 08/26/15
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