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This review is from: Definitive Technology POWERFIELD 310 Subwoofer
Pros: I bought this sub to complement some DefTech StudioMonitor 350's also sold by Newegg. The speakers are part of a surround system in my new home theater.
I have to say that I am happy with the Powerfield 310. At first I wasn't too thrilled. The sub seemed like it either threw a lot of bass or none at all. It also seemed hypersensitive on the power-saving feature. There wasn't a note about break-in for the sub. The SM350's did have a break-in note on them so I ended up applying that to the PF310. The system played random music for a solid 18 hours with the sub turned up higher than it should have been.
I am now happy with this sub. It is very sensitive to placement though. My carpeted floor eats up a lot of the low-end sound, but putting it near a wall or corner helped better project the sound. If you're looking to feel low-end audio this unit may not be strong enough. I live in a townhouse so I figured this would make a good compromise between power and not making my neighbors hate me. Definitely an upgrade over an older HTIB subwoofer!
I've found that he power-saving feature doesn't seem to kick in quite as aggressively anymore and the sub puts out a wider range of low frequencies now. I wasn't so sure of it at first. Now I am convinced the price was right and this was the right sub for me.
Cons: As stated above there seemed to be an undocumented break-in period. Give the sub some time to loosen up. It seems to help it create a wider range of low frequency noise and not be so aggressive on the power-saving.
I'm going to kick an egg off for the downward-firing woofer and port. It seems to limit the placement flexibility of this unit. You really need to experiment with it to get it in the right spot. I found side-firing and ported units a bit more flexible.
Other Thoughts: Is it as good as a movie theater? When you're at a nice theater you feel the bass. You can feel the explosions rattle your seats. Does the PF310 do that? I don't think it can. You've got to look at the PF312 if you want that sort of sound. For me and my 12 foot wide, 24 foot-deep theater room in a townhouse this seemed just right.
Overall, happy customer here!
This review is from: Definitive Technology StudioMonitor 350 Bookshelf/Stand Mount Speaker (Black) Pair
Pros: I bought 3 pairs of these when they were on sale. My intention was to create a 7.1 speaker system with the matching DefTech CLR2002 center channel. Unfortunately, I cannot find the center channel at a reasonable price anywhere, so I've reverted to a 6.1 setup. StudioMonitor 350's are on all channels complemented by a Powerfield 310 sub.
The SM350 speakers are very impressive. They create rich sound that puts my old HTIB speakers to shame. They are far clearer and crisper than my friend's in-wall speakers too. I have been really happy with these things. They are capable of putting out a much wider range of sound than any of the speakers I've had in the past from companies like JVC and Sony.
These speakers are pretty bulky. They do not have ports, but they do have side-firing passive woofers. I found it best to point these towards a wall, but not perpendicular to it. My SM350's are on wall brackets so the backs of the speakers are about 3 inches away from the wall, but the sides are a minimum of 12 inches from the wall. Superb sound.
Cons: READ THE INSTRUCTIONS. There's a note in there about a break-in period that can last up to 40 hours. It's not in there just to waste ink. These speakers will make your ears hurt and give you listening fatigue when new. I was shocked by this effect as I've never experienced it before on speakers. I let these things play random soundtracks and audio CDs on loop for about 20 hours. That's when the effect seemed to resolve itself for me. My hearing is very sensitive so it may affect me more than other people.
This is a con, but it's an expected con. It will resolve itself. You can even see other people experiencing this in older reviews. Give these things some time to loosen up. It's worth the wait!
Other Thoughts: I bought 3 pairs. I am very happy. If I could find a reason to buy more I Probably would do so.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Samsung BD-F5700 Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player
Pros: This model has a compact and minimalist design. There are no obnoxious lights, the remote is backlit and well laid out, and the blu-ray drive is quiet. I didn't experience any problems with the wireless. In fact, setup was quick and easy. For the limited space available this unit fits in perfectly.
This player is another one of those smart devices. It has apps, firmware updates, and a good variety of on screen menu controls. I'm honestly not a big user of the built-in apps. I did use the YouTube app and had no problem with it. Ok, entering letters was annoying, but that's to be expected with a remote control!
Cons: I've subtracted an egg because the power light on this model is on the top of the unit rather than the front. All of the built-in controls are actually on the top and are touch-sensitive. I don't like this. It makes it harder to tell if the unit is on or off at a glance. The top buttons also make stacking other objects on top of it troublesome.
Also, take note that only an HDMI port exists for video connectivity. This is all I needed so not taking an egg off for it. Some people may be upset at the lack of connectivity options.
There is no front display. I'm not even sure Samsung had room for it so not taking an egg off for this either. Samsung is all into curved stuff though. They could have done a curved display, eh? :-D (horrible suggestion, don't do this, SERIOUSLY, don't)
Other Thoughts: This was a gift to my parents. I've spent the mos time using this player so far (including setup time). It fit into the limited space perfectly and plays blu-rays. It's snappier to load than my old Panasonic blu-ray player. Bottom line: his Samsung is a good, basic, compact blu-ray player.READ FULL REVIEW