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This review is from: Polk Audio PSW Series PSW10 Black 10-inch Powered Subwoofer Single
Pros: -Cost me less than it would probably cost to ship it back.
-Doesn't look unattractive
-Good consumer reviews might make it easier to sell
Cons: The PORT NOISE. I mean, I thought I knew what I was getting into, having read a few negative reviews, but this is ridiculous considering this product somehow has a 5-egg overall rating. I hate to dismiss the opinions of others, but those reviews are why I bought the PSW10 sound-unheard, and it was a terrible decision.
I'm using the sub's high-level inputs from a N.A.D. receiver that sounds amazing with everything else I've ever hooked up to it, and have tried just listening to the sub on its own as the B speakers to get a feel for what's so wrong with it. On some tracks, the port noise is actually considerably louder than the frequency the sub is trying to reproduce. I didn't even know that was possible, but it is. And we’re not talking THX-reference levels here. Casual, background, having-a-normal-conversation-over-it playback volumes can produce this kind of port turbulence.
For a great demonstration of this, try playing Ludique's "A story of how dangerous love can be" through the PSW 10. Prepared to be blown away -- by port turbulence! Seriously, people who somehow gave this sub 5 eggs, try it.
Add that port noise to the fact that this sub only goes about as low as the 6.5" woofers on the speakers it's paired with, and you've got a "sub" that significantly detracts from the sound quality of a system. That's an experience that's entirely new to me. Usually a sub -- any sub -- is a great way to make a setup sound at least a little better. This does the opposite.
Other Thoughts: I'm not saying every sub should sound amazing on challenging tracks, and this IS a budget sub, but this thing is so flatulent on low notes that it should have its own low-pass filter to prevent it from even trying. As it stands, I could see this being useful in the smallest of rooms at the lowest of volumes for the most tolerant of cloth-eared gits. If that's not you, stay all the way away from this.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Seagate 500GB SATA DVR Expander STAP500403
Pros: -Arrived quickly.
-There may in fact be a 500GB hard drive in there somewhere.
-At least since I'll never be able to use it, I won't lose all my data in a Seagate-trademarked drive failure in 6-10 months.
-Seemed to work well for Carlos, the only positive review on here. Of course, Carlos isn't using it for its intended purpose, and had to crack the case and remove the drive before he could use it, and needed to use some proprietary $20 cable he already happened to have laying around to make it work. Somehow that's a five-egg experience?
Cons: -Like others have said, Newegg really fooled us on this one. Even if I already owned the highly-unusual eSATA -> eSATA+USBPower cable that wasn't included with this piece of garbage, it seems unlikely it would fit anyway. None of my regular eSATA cables could reach far enough into the deep opening in the shoddy plastic case.
-Of course, I COULD just use the USB interface Newegg lists as a feature of this drive instead, if it in fact had a USB interface. And even then, I couldn't use it with my eSATA-only DVR. Just as a only-marginally-less-expensive-than-usual external 500GB.
-The very sight of the drive fills me with rage.
Other Thoughts: I'm going to try to return it, and I'll be really disappointed if Newegg doesn't comp the RMA fees. I'd hate to pay $6 to rid myself of this thing they misrepresented as being an actual piece of useable technology.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GOgroove SonaVERSE BX Portable Stereo Speaker System with Dual Stereo Drivers, Rechargeable Battery and Universal 3.5 mm AUX Port - Use with Smartphones, Laptops, MP3 Players and More
Pros: -Included rechargeable battery / USB charger
-Theoretically plays direct from USB drives and SD card slots
-Fine for making your phone / mp3 player louder.
-Technically kind of a bargain at its sale price; most speakers with these features cost about twice as much.
-Looks kinda Tron-y
Cons: -Really doesn't sound that good. This is important, on account of it's a speaker for listening to sounds on. Minimal bass, pretty muddy highs (shouldn't be hard to get decent highs from 1.75" drivers). It sounds pretty bad with most types of music, except unchallenging acoustic stuff. It's basically clock radio sound, without the clock or the radio.
-Side-firing speakers eliminate any benefit to stereo effect. Just kind of fires sound everywhere BUT at the listener.
-1/3 of the USB drives I tried didn't want to work with it. Those with an LED "ON" indicator seemed to maybe be drawing power that wasn't there, and were never discovered by the device. -NOTE, though, USB / SD sources won't play when the 1/8" mini jack is plugged in, whether or not it's getting a signal.
-The odd shape actually makes it uniquely unwieldy for a device its size. It's highly unpackable.
Other Thoughts: It hardly cost me anything, but I still wish I hadn't bought it. I already have a seven-year-old Tivoli Pal that does what this does and has a tuner and sounds way better. But I thought it'd be fun to have a junky little expendable gadget on hand.
It really doesn't sound as good as the reviews here suggest, and that's my main disappointment. I could see it being a decent way to listen to, say, audiobooks or or something. Or it could be a nice low-cost gift to placate an undeserving cloth-eared child's demands for a mini speaker.
I don't hate this thing. But it's really not very good. There are worse ways to blow $20, and there are better.