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Acer B236HLymdr Dark Gray 23
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The image quality is superb (IPS). The price was terrific (sub-$150). The flexibility and sturdiness of the base was a huge plus at this price. I bought two for home to remote desktop to my dual monitor workstation at work. For that task, I side-by-side the monitors in a 'portrait' configuration. I also use the same computer for a home music studio where I separate the monitors and use them in a 'landscape' config. Switching the monitors back and forth for these purposes is easy and convenient.

Yes, I would have liked an HDMI connection, but similar IPS monitors with an HDMI connect were ~$70 to $120 more. And none had the adjustable base (as another person commented, the base alone is worth the monitor itself). An inexpensive adapter or cord is all you need for a workaround.

I spent a ridiculous amount of time and patience deciding what monitor to buy and what price I would allow myself. I am very happy with my decision. I appreciate the flexibility this monitor offers for any kind of use. FYI, it has VESA mounts in case you want to mount it to the wall or on a swivel arm.

Cons: The only drawback in my opinion is the lack of HDMI, but as I mentioned, it proves not to be an issue. There are easy workarounds if this is a concern to you.

Other Thoughts: Some might complain about the 6ms refresh rate, but I don't have any problems with it. I game on an Xbox, not a home computer so a super fast refresh isn't a big deal to me. I have watched streaming video (i.e. Netflix) and the quality was fine. Again, it's all about application. For use as a home workstation monitor, you can't beat the price and quality. Steaming video looked as good or better than my Macbook Pro laptop (pre-Retina display).

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Pioneer SC-1222-K 7.2-Channel Network Ready AV Receiver
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Love this receiver! 04/19/2013

This review is from: Pioneer SC-1222-K 7.2-Channel Network Ready AV Receiver

Pros: Fantastic sound! Crisp, clear and clean. Flexible zone capability (powered Zone 2, line-level signal to Zone 3). Love the "front height" speaker setup where L/R mains are augmented by L/R Height speakers. I like the customizable EQ and sound setting features that are allowed after running the MCACC auto-tuning configuration tool. Once I got the Android app setup and recognizing the receiver, I have totally love using it. I found the app, though a little finicky, much better than how many people reviewed it. The Internet radio and Pandora features are great.

Cons: The remote is cumbersome to say the least. There are so many features that it is sometimes difficult to figure out how to control specific tasks, even what would seem are easy ones like adjusting the radio stations.

Other Thoughts: I bought this receiver to serve as the centerpiece of my home's main floor, where I have a large living room and where I have my nicest speakers. I chose the SC-1222k primarily because of the Class D amplifiers. I really wanted the highest quality sound that I could afford to get.

I seriously considered other receivers with two HDMI outs and/or built-in wireless, but ultimately I decided this Pioneer receiver had more than enough add-on features to do the job. In the end, I'm extremely happy with this receiver and the sound it's putting out. It's true what others have said..."I've never heard my speakers sound like this!"

We already have two other Yamaha receivers, so I really wanted a different brand to get a different "flavor" of sound. This receiver generates a very clean and clear sound. Whether you're listening to a Sting song or a jazz quartet or a symphony, there is wonderful separation between instruments and timbre. It's just wonderful!

I printed the entire manual and would recommend that to everyone. I refer to it often. I've generally been able to solve everything I've had difficulty with, however there have been moments of frustration trying to figure out how to get everything to work.

Getting the Android app to work was a little tricky at first, as was getting the Internet connection established (I had to update the system software to the latest version). However, once everything was working, it has been great. I love being able to start/stop/operate everything from my phone from anywhere in my house.

I got this from newegg at a fantastic price (55% off list) and believe it was worth every penny. I'm a musician, computer geek and sound engineer. I'm picky about getting great sounding music. This receiver delivers! My recommendation...buy it!

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Bryan H.'s Profile

Display Name: Bryan H.

Date Joined: 12/18/09

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 04/19/13
  • Last Review: 01/23/14
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