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CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD - PFC Sinewave UPS Systems – Pure Sine Wave | 100% Active PFC compatible
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD is an excellent uninterruptible power supply. I am using these units to protect my PC, server, and home theater. Pure sine wave output, voltage regulation, and the ability to safely power down equipment. The info on the LCD display is extremely useful. Well designed and built UPS, I highly recommend this product to others that wish to protect their equipment.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Maybe it's just wishful thinking, but I thought that the audio from my AVR improved after installing this UPS.

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Sony STR-DN1050 7.2 Hi-RES Wi-Fi Network AV Receiver with Bluetooth
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Solid successor to the STR-DN1040 09/03/2014

This review is from: Sony STR-DN1050 7.2 Hi-RES Wi-Fi Network AV Receiver with Bluetooth

Pros: The STR-DN1050 is a solid successor to the previous model (STR-DN1040), but the changes are mostly evolutionary. It offers reasonable, clean power output for its class, with a multitude of sound field options, producing an excellent and accurate natural tonal sound quality overall. Sony added an on-screen volume display, customizable preset options for each input. This unit also supports numerous external/mobile source connections including WiFi, Bluetooth, Airplay, MHL, and can be controlled with a smartphone running Sony's TV Sideview app. The on-screen menus are nice, and the unit itself is visually appealing. There really is no better AVR in this price range. Below are the simultaneous bench output numbers into 8 ohm loads according to S&V:

Channels Driven / THD / Power
2 0.1% 103.8w
2 1.0% 129.9w
5 0.1% 69.0w
5 1.0% 86.2w
7 0.1% 68.1w
7 1.0% 77.1w

Cons: There are still no pre-outs for primary zone audio channels to combine with an external amplifier (which I'd prefer over Zone 2 outputs), and the total power output is basically unchanged from the STR-DN1040. Sony cut the number of HDMI inputs and (like many A/V manufacturers) may be playing loose with the HDMI 2.0 specs, as I'm not certain that this AVR will ever support all of the upcoming HDMI 2.0 features.

Other Thoughts: My modest home theater setup:

Sony Bravia KDL-60W610B 60" LED-LCD HDTV
Sony PS3 (excellent for DVD/BluRay playback)
Sony STR-DN1050 AVR
Polk New Monitor speakers (awesome budget speakers when on sale):

2x 75T front L/R main channels
1x 25C center channel
2x 65T rear L/R channels
2x 45B surround L/R channels

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iStarUSA D-400-6-Black Black Steel 4U Rackmount Compact Stylish Server Chassis 6 External 5.25
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This is a very nice compact 4U rackmount chassis. Solid construction, few sharp edges, and it looks good to boot. Compatible with standard ATX boards and power supplies. This is definitely my server chassis of choice for future builds.

Cons: I'm really nitpicking here: 1) since the chassis is only 20" deep, there isn't much room between the motherboard and the iStarUSA SATA drive bay (purchased separately), which is a pain because my motherboard (Supermicro X10SAT) has angled SATA connectors and it is really a tight fit. 2) Front USB connectors are USB2...I would have preferred USB3 headers on the front of the case for removable USB flash drives & external drivers, as I'm not using optical drives in any of my builds now. 3) Rails not included.

Other Thoughts: My home NAS+web server specs:

iStarUSA D-400-6 Black Chassis
Rosewill Tachyon 550w ATX/EPS Power Supply
Supermicro X10SAT Motherboard
Intel E3-1276 v3 Xeon 3.6/4.0 GHz CPU
2x iStarUSA BPU-340 SATA3 Hot-Swap Cages
Syba PCIe 4 port RAID controller card
Crucial m4 SSD 128 GB boot drive
4x WD RE 2 TB drives in RAID-10
2x WD 10k Raptors
2x WD Red 4TB drives

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Andrew G.'s Profile

Display Name: Andrew G.

Date Joined: 08/11/04

  • Reviews: 56
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  • First Review: 12/30/06
  • Last Review: 09/03/14
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