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This review is from: Sennheiser HD-201 Closed-Back Dynamic Stereo Headphones
Pros: Great sound, comfortable, cheap.
Cons: Super long cord. Kinda annoying.
Other Thoughts: I buy a new pair of these about every year. I'm on my third pair. I beat them up. They don't take the beating too well, and the plug starts dieing after a year (the sound goes in and out depending on what angle I bend the wire going into the audio source). Totally worth it tho. I've got a couple extra in there box sitting in my closet so I'm set for a couple more years.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Brite-View BV-5005HD 1080p HD Multimedia Player / Streamer / Torrent Downloader
Pros: Plays everything I've thrown at it. Plays 1080p quality videos.
Firmware upgrades are easy and automatic over the 'net.
Cons: Fast Forward / Rewind is clunky and slow.
To play anything you have to go through at least 4 menus, if not more, to get to the files you want to play. This is the biggest issue with this device - they should work on making this as few steps as possible - perhaps by making shortcuts first-class menu items on the first screen you see when select "Video" on the home screen. Or by doing it like other media players do where they provide one-click access to all known videos.
It keeps asking me to "upgrade" to the latest firmware, yet the version that it wants to upgrade me to is an older version than what I have. If I do "upgrade" it then asks me to upgrade to the version I was previously at, which is the newest now that I had just downgraded. It will do this infinitely if I choose to upgrade every time it asks me too.
There is no way to turn off the automatic upgrade checks, which would be nice so that I could just ignore the previous issue.
Other Thoughts: I'm on the fence about whether I would buy this again if I could rewind time. It does its job.
Part of the reason why I may not buy this again is that soon after I purchased this I found out that the Boxee Box is coming out very soon. This will likely be a superior solution.
This review is from: D-Link DNS-321 Diskless System 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure
Pros: This little and cheap NAS is great and does everything I wanted it to do. I set it up at home to be a place to store my music and video with the rest of my network, in particular to stream 720p and 1080p quality movies to my TV via a briteview media player I had just bought.
The iTunes music server works flawlessly.
Cons: Only con, as others have noted, is that copying files to the device is a bit slow - I get about 6 MB/s transfer speed. Not a big deal in the long run, but when you first get this thing and want to copy all your stuff on to it you'll probably have a long wait. If this is the only con, which it is IMO, then you'll be getting a great product for its price.
Other Thoughts: Some other reviewer stated that they didn't like the fact that this NAS would send you e-mails only if you entered an SMTP server and he didn't want to run an SMTP server on his home network. This guy seriously needs some education. I'll explain. Every computer that sends e-mails needs an SMTP server to do it. This is why every ISP provides an SMTP server for its customers. So, just enter the SMTP server IP address that your ISP gave you and all will be well.
Also, some people on here complained about firmware updates not being released. Since their complaints D-Link *has* released more firmware versions. Make sure you update to the latest firmware before you format the drives since you'll want to use EXT3, not EXT2, and you can only get EXT3 if you get the latest firmware.