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Pros: When it worked it was fast. Sata III made this thing fly.
Cons: The SSD died as it will not register with the motherboard. I tried it on another system and it did not register at all. All that money went POOF. Just submitted an RMA and awaiting a response from Mushkin.. I will update if/when they get back to me. Definitely within the 3 year warranty period. Asking for a replacement...
Other Thoughts: I hope that I can get a replacement. Mushkin is supposed to be good with RMAs....let's see if it works.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: YAMAHA RX-V667BL 7.2-Channel Receiver
Pros: This receiver (and some assorted Polk Speakers) replaced a SAMSUNG Home theatre in a Box (HT-BD3252). The Yamaha's crisp sound and easy set up completely trumps the all in one aspect of the Samsung unit I had. The Remote is nice and the sounds are amazing. My Pros are:
1) Plays nice when you have an HTPC hooked up via HDMI. In my prior SAMSUNG, when I had a HTPC hooked up to it via HDMI, it would cause interference even when it was powered off. With this receiver, there is no interference whatsoever. The YAMAHA handles different HDMI inputs without allowing any interference what so ever.
2) 6 HDMI inputs!
3) Sound Quality that is really noticeable.
4) Video is sharp and the quality of HDMI pass-through and processing is amazing.
5) Cabinet looks sharp and looks good in any entertainment center
Cons: 1) No Built in Wifi (no worries as my HTPC can do that)
2) No extra HDMI output (Not a problem with me since it outputs to my SAMSUNG LCD)
3) Didn't win the lottery...sigh..
Other Thoughts: I am no AUDIOPHILE, but I can tell you that this receiver rocks. I purchased POLK AUDIO tall boy speakers for my front speakers, a Polk Audio Center speaker and two Polk audio speakers for my rears...also a Polk Audio POWERED sub-woofer. My house rocks now for sporting events (GO JETS!), movies, the 1080P quality is amazing, the 1080P MKVs look awesome from my HTPC and the 5.1 sound is fantastic. I told my wife to buckle in because when we saw AVATAR on this system, it was like we were running our own movie theater. Basically, get this receiver through NEW EGG. They are great with shipping and are truly the Web's hidden gem. Thanks NEW EGG!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Small Form Factor
Dual Processor Chip that almost function like a Quad processor
Low Power consumption
HDMI AND DVI video out (usually they pair one of these with VGA)
Full 1080P and multichannel sound
ION2 Video is amazing (GPU allows CPU to take on other tasks)
Giga Wired ethernet and Wireless N...can't beat that.
Exterior is tough Aluminum not cheap plastic.
Cons: Taking the cover off to insert the HDD and Ram is tough HOWEVER, here is the best way to do it...Flip the little swinging door in so that its not covering the power button and usb ports. push the lid where the door lip (the semi circular lip that allows you to move that door) would meet the top to close. Push and SLIDE that top lid about a quarter inch. Use one thumb to push it while using your other thumb on the back side to hold it steady towards the bottom so it slides towards the back (towards where the DVI/HDMI ports are. The lid is on a track so you can slide it about a quarter inch then take it off to put in HDD and Ram.
Other Thoughts: Basic Help:
If you are installing 800 MHZ RAM make sure you change the BIOS to reflect that as it is natively set at 667 mhz for the Ram. The digital opitical cable you need to use the digital optical (the red light pot in the front of the computer is a TOSLINK TO MINIPLUG digital audio cable. You can get them at New egg or other site. The miniplug end (long slender end)goes into the front of the PC and the toslink end (squareish connector) goes into the back of the TV or receiver. It will provide multichannel sound.
I installed this bad boy with 4gb ram at 800 mhz, hdmi running to the TV and digital audio running to my audio receiver. In addition, I have a 320gb Samsung HDD running at 7200 rpms. The box runs well and the bios rock. I just have to figure out the Wake On Lan settings and I will be set. I am using Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit with the latest Dharma version of XBMC...