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YAMAHA R-S700 Natural Sound Stereo Receiver
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Very clean Analog receiver 10/28/2015

This review is from: YAMAHA R-S700 Natural Sound Stereo Receiver

Pros: I use this receiver for CD and SACD playback from an Oppo BDP-95 through Yamaha NS-555 floor standers and a Polk PSW-505 sub. The key features are the CD-Direct amp mode and the subwoofer out for my setup. I use mid-range (Blue jeans LC-1) RCA cables between the Oppo and the amp. The sound stage is amazing at this price point - very deep and wide. Plenty of power for a large (16' x 28') room. I also use the Zone 2 out to drive an external amp to patio speakers. I did not need the trigger out since the (Sonance) amp senses signal on the RCA inputs and turns itself on and off. It will play the same source to both zones at the same time which is nice for parties. I have not tried the (MM) phone input yet, but I plan to.

Cons: No digital inputs, no network, therefore no app support. So use a source with a good DAC, network support, remote app support instead.

Other Thoughts: The next step up in the Yamaha line is probably the AS-1000 (more than twice the price) and the AS-2000 which provides XLR input for about 4x the price. Maybe someday!

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Lenovo ThinkServer TS140 Tower Server System Intel Xeon E3-1225 v3 3.2 GHz 4GB PC3-12800E 1600 MHz DDR3 ECC 1 x 500GB 7200RPM 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Price: Good deal for a case, PS, Xeon CPU and mobo plus the 4GB of ECC ram.
Quiet: Although it comes with multiple fans, they are very quiet during normal operation. HDs also have screwless soft plastic sleds that keep noise down and install easily.
RAID: Supports Intel RST. I was able to migrate an existing RAID 1 array (mirror) to this server by just setting the BIOS SATA to RAID and plugging them in.
Current I/O: USB 3.0 and SATA 3 (6 Gbps)
Compatible: Runs Windows 8.1 just fine, expanded RAM to 16GB (4 slots of 4GB) at auction prices, ready for VM work.
Support: BIOS update available at Lenovo worked flawlessly

Cons: BIOS is not setup for gamers (no OC...), onboard video shares RAM, need to add RAM.
Limited Expansion: Only 3 HD slots (I set mine up with 120GB boot SSD, pair of WD Black drives for RAID 1), 4 SATA (1 used by CD/DVD ROM which is a laptop style drive).
To upgrade PSU, requires 20/24 pin to 14 pin adapter (available elsewhere)

Other Thoughts: I do not play video games on this machine, and it is not intended for that purpose. I hate the 1U servers because the tiny high speed fans sound like squirrels fighting.

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SanDisk Ultra Dual 32GB USB OTG Flash Drive Model SDDD-032G-A46
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Good, and good support 01/22/2015

This review is from: SanDisk Ultra Dual 32GB USB OTG Flash Drive Model SDDD-032G-A46

Pros: Small, convenient for Android devices, large capacity

Cons: Make sure to test it

Other Thoughts: Bought 2, one worked, one didn't. Setup RMA, replacement arrived promptly and worked fine. The OTG worked fine with my Sony Xperia (KitKat), Toshiba Thrive (Jellybean), and an Acer Iconia (Jellybean). Not USB 3.0, but that would cost more.

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Display Name: Donald S.

Date Joined: 12/02/04

  • Reviews: 8
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  • First Review: 05/16/09
  • Last Review: 10/28/15
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