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This review is from: AudioSource S3D60 2 CH Soundbar w/Sonic Emotion 3D Sound Single
Pros: *Much better than most built-in speakers in modern flat-panel televisions.
*Convenient connection options with line-level outs
*Two bottom-mounted ports plus acceptably high feet results in no perceptible port noise.
Cons: *Crossover implementation makes causes the system to sound awful, especially considering the price. (See other thoughts for specifics)
*Steady electronic hiss is present when no audio is on regardless of volume level.
Other Thoughts: I did some non-instrumented testing (my testing equipment in the hands of Fedex after a trip) after receiving the bar and after using it for a week am wholly disappointed even though I obtained it at less than 1/3rd MSRP.
First, I appreciate that the system appears to have an acceptable crossover. It appears the system is crossed at 150 and 500 Hz
The "subwoofers" have useful output down to about 45 Hz, which for general TV is fine. I do not appreciate that of the 6 full range-drivers, the front 4 are used to reproduce from 150 Hz to roughly 450-500 Hz. The side 2 cover frequencies 450 Hz and above.
This puts the tweeter off-axis (read: pointed away from listener) from all locations except directly to the left and right of the speaker bar. A greatly compressed sound stage is the result. A side-effect is that the speaker develops a "chesty" sound, indicative of accentuated lower frequencies.
This suggests an issue of rolled off upper frequencies. In lay terms, it sounds distant or as if an individual is talking while facing away from you. Listening to material is annoying at best.
I found it is greatly alleviated if you place a flat reflector (heavy weight paper works) at 45-degrees to divert the upper frequencies forward. This arrangement gives much better, if overly bright, results.
My most significant complaint is the effective "tweeter" placement. I was able to reproduce frequencies from 600 Hz up to 20 KHz only from the side speakers. The significant problem was that after 15-16 KHz, a peculiar grainy motor noise I could not identify began.
For comparison, my previous configuration utlized a small tripath chip amp and a pair of Sony SS-B1000 bookshelf speakers. With the tweeters actually being on-axis, the imaging is pleasant and accurate.
My personal take-away is that the system seems sound on paper, but in practice results in sub-par system considering the MSRP. I may "crack her open" and modify the crossover myself.
This review is from: Intel EXPI9301CTBLK Network Adapter 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI-Express 1 x RJ45
Pros: Plug 'n play on my older Windows server; replaces a 100Mb adapter. Existing driver works and I experienced a ~5% throughput increase after Windows Update picked up a newer driver.
Throughput tested by beginning HD movie streams or 100-200GB dummy transfers (written to server then copied off server) on all devices on my wireless network. This was done continuously for 10 hours by queuing several movies and/or running batch files. Resulted in 70-80% utilization with no noticeable degradation of service to client machines. No instances of connection drop or client disconnect.
Cons: None thus far
Other Thoughts: I haven't used any of the remote management options available so I cannot comment on that.
Have not run synthetic tests, but the real-world testing was adequate for me to accept marginal increases in system usage. Expected network utilization is typically 15-25% on my own personal devices and the new NIC provides more than enough capacity to accomodate devices from others in the household.
This review is from: StarTech ECBRACKET2 Stabilizer Adapter
Pros: Near perfect fit, stabilizer is 1-2mm recessed compared to edge of expresscard which is flush with laptop body
Cons: Three pack (not really a con, but how many laptops do you see with more than 1 expresscard slot?)
Other Thoughts: Paired with a Transcend RDF-1READ FULL REVIEW