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This review is from: Edimax EW-7822UAC Wireless AC1200 Dual-band USB 3.0 Adapter, Complies to Draft 802.11ac Standard, Delivers More Than Two Times Faster Wi-Fi Speed Than 802.11n, With Adjustable Foldaway Antenna for Optimum High Performance
Pros: Works on my imac osx yosemite install. Im sure antennae increases reception. Utilizes the bandwidth of usb 3.0. I got this to hook up to xfin wifi hotspot on my imac. These wifi hotspots only allow portable devices and sees the wifi hardware on my imac as a non-portable. At least thats what i think was happening. If you go to xfin website you'll notice theres no part about how to connect a desktop, its all laptops, android and ipnones. My neighbor agreed to let me piggy back off their built in hotspot so i have a zero dollar internet bill and 15 mb down and 2 up. Im quite happy.
Cons: Edimax website says driver works with 10.10, no driver for el capitan. That didnt stop me from trying though. So a few installs of el capitan and yosemite later 10.10 is a go, 10.11 not yet. Im sure drivers will be released soon and i knew it wouldnt work with el cpaitan before i bought it.
Other Thoughts: 27" imac 2014
1 tb HDD
This review is from: MB Quart OA1100.5 Onyx Series 1000W 5-Channel Amplifier
Pros: Pros include, lots of power for the price, 5 channel amp is an all in one unit vs having to have two amps. Its nice not to have to jam multiple speaker wires into single wire output sockets like you normally do with a 2 channel amp. For adjusting the amps gains you get two flat head slots as oppose to the usual one, however i dont recommend using a phillips as the plastic can get stripped easily. Bass knob is awesome, i wouldn't recommended using different ethernet wire or knob from another brand, i tired that using a fusion bass knob and fusion phone cord and i heard loud popping noises. If youre going to hookup bass knob only use oem parts that were made for this specific amp.
Cons: Cons include, you have to use 4 gauge wire. Bass boost, when turned up a little bit it causes a ground loop noise to be heard on the mids and highs. I could not figure out what was causing this for a very long time. I had all new speakers, new headunit and was still getting that awful noise. Its possible the HP filters have a bad ground as well, pls read other thoughts. Turning up the bass boost a little shouldnt cause engine noise in the mids/highs and it took weeks of trying to figure out what was causing the bad ground, so i have to deduct one egg.
Other Thoughts: I was using the high pass filters for both the front and rear on the amp itself while I had the bass boost turned up about half way. I changed the HP filter to off on both and turned the bass boost gain all the way down. I have no ground loop noise and i could not be happier. I adjusted the filters for the front and rear using the headunit, my higher end alpine had this option. I had checked everything many times to try to get rid of the engine noise in the mids and highs. The last test i should have done was try the filters on the amp with the bass boost turned all the way down. However i know that with those filters set to off and the bass boost down all the way i can crank up the gains for both the sub and mids/highs and not get any engine noise. So if you get that dreaded noise and have all new stuff like i did, try turning the bass boost all the way down and if that doesnt work turn the filters for front and rear to off or full range. After trying what seemed to be everything to get rid of ground loop noise i now have an extremely loud system and am very happy.
P.S. Bass boosts usually just causes distortion anyways which can cause hearing damage and also this is a bad time of year to be trying to hookup and tune a system outdoors in new england.
This review is from: StarTech USB3S2SAT3CB USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable w/ UASP
Pros: Very fast adapter. Faster than the thunderbolt adapter i purchased for $115. I tested the same SATA III drive in both adapters and this is what i got,
Thunderbolt: Write: 320 Read: 360
Startech Adapter: Write 360 Read: 410
Programs load like lightning. Cant beat the price.
Another pro is that is has an led hard drive activity light, its dimmed so its not obnoxious. This could possibly be the best $15 ive ever spent.
Other Thoughts: Late 2012 iMac 27"
24 GB Ram
Graphics: Nvidia 675MX