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This review is from: Antec GX GX 700 Black and military green ATX Mid Tower Case
Pros: I really like that retro military look this GX700 gives you. My completed computer now looks ready to launch a Russian ICBM or my son's next on-line gaming offensive. It has given my i875K, 12GB 1600mHz memory, EVGA GTX470, SSD and 1TB Caviar Black a new lease on life. The case fits the ASUS P55 Pro ATX board, and my massive sized Corsair CPU cooler that has heat pipe with both push and pull fans. I hope that others looking for a budget case with some military flair will give this case a strong consideration for purchase.
Cons: The HD audio cable on the front top of the case is about an inch short for an easy fit on a ATX MB. I routed mine behind the Corsair AX750 PS. Instructions were a little weak as it took me a minute to figure out the the middle position of the fan switch (under the launch button safety latch) is the "off position" for the fans wired to the switch. Low speed is toward you and high speed all the way back. Your optical drive needs to go in the second bay down as the top bay is not available for a DVD RW drive use due to the 2.0/3.0 USB and HD Audio cables located on the top front next to the fan switch are occupying a portion of the top optical drive bay.
Other Thoughts: I took care with cable management to help create an unobstructed air flow through the hot zones. The case has nice cable routing capabilities. I would recommend an addition of an 120 mm intake fan purchase with this case from Newegg for the front (it has provisions for 2x120mm front intake fans as well as a side 120 mm fan opening) if you OC or run multiple graphic cards.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: YAMAHA RX-V765 7.2-Channel Digital Home Theater Receiver
Pros: I had been looking at several of the Yamaha models through the spring of 2009, as well as it's competitor’s (Sony, Onkyo, Denon), for an upgrade of my ancient Sony receiver.
I just installed a set of Definitive Technology Mythos speakers, including a power-hungry Mythos Three center channel. I wanted this receiver to be a core of my Home Theater as it’s primarily use for improving my Sony Blu-ray and TiVo Series3 HD DVR experience.
Sports, such a baseball is vivid with the upscale feature from 1080i to 1080p. The YDS-11SL iPod dock works well with both a 4th generation Nano and an 80G iPod Classic, including the videos.
What is worth the wait is the clean layout on the back, the heft of the discrete amp, and the Blu-ray friendly support with both the scene button and the Decoders for HD audio formats: Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Yes they do make a difference HT experience. Also the audio calibration microphone & Silent Cinema (headphone mode) work as advertised.
Cons: What could be improved - You need to keep the manual next to you for the first week to figure out some of the controls such as accessing all of the iPod controls with the optional dock.
I was also sorry to see HD Radio™ missing from this “top of the mid-range” Yamaha’s. The older RX-V863 has it, but this one doesn’t.
Also the four scene buttons are not programmable. I wanted to program the TV scene button for my TiVo (HMDI #2), no luck.
Other Thoughts: I was pleased with the fact that Newegg.com was the first of the one to have this new product ready to ship, and it was delivered promptly to my home in Oregon only two day after I ordered it, and in pristine condition.
In the end, if you are looking for a quality receiver that performs well on both movies and music, and can drive your amp hungry speakers to their potential, look no farther that this RX-V765. It really was worth the wait.