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SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME - Three Digital Tuners, Anywhere on Your Network HDHR3-CC Ethernet Interface
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Tuner scans quickly, and identifies free ClearQAM channels offered by cable company. It supports WMC (but requires an additional channel scan and will mess up custom channel lineups [WMC's fault, not the tuner]) I am currently using it as a UPNP device in VLC, AND streaming to an onkyo receiver in a part of the house that our cable signal could not reach.

The tuner is VERY good at rejecting noise from a cable modem connected on the same node in my coax distribution system (my other tuners had to be placed behind a bandstop filter or they would show artifacts on digital channels).

Cons: This unit stream uncompressed mpeg streams at up to 20mbps per tuner. It WILL saturate most wireless routers, or 100mbps lans if all three tuners are hot at the same time.

If you have gigabit and / or 802.11 AC (or fast N) you won't have a problem.

Sometimes the tuners seem to miss-lock or lock slightly off frequency and this causes problems displaying content, it will stutter, and jump even with 100% signal quality. This problem went away once the unit warmed up (possibly an LO [local oscillator] issue) and after a firmware update.

Other Thoughts: Cable card is nice, but I only use this gizmo for our 30 clearQAM stations.

UPDATE THE FIRMWARE (go to their site and download the software for windows, don't use the link from the tuner's web portal), upon installation it should show a screen about a firmware update. Along with a nicer web interface, the update resolved some cold-boot issues, and improved scanning speed as well as channel labeling.

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Optoma ML500 1280 x 800 500 Lumens DLP Projector 3000:1
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Almost Perfect 05/09/2013

This review is from: Optoma ML500 1280 x 800 500 Lumens DLP Projector 3000:1

Pros: This is an excellent projector, that is nearly perfect 9/10. Color, contrast, and clarity are all outstanding, motion is smooth, and the image is bright enough in the right circumstances (brighter than expected).

Cons: The projector can be picky with HDMI, and VGA input signals if not in the right format, brigtness is low (but you should know that going in at 500lm).

Minor focus issue requiring a 10 minute warm-up time, set the focus and don't adjust it on startup, it will eventually correct itself after the optics warm.

Other Thoughts: Yes it doesn't have audio out, that is what home theater receivers are for! For all of the above I got it on sale for $400 and would buy another at that price in a heartbeat. At 600 it is another question

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SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I have now purchased two of these drives, one of which I've owned over 1 year. Both drives work, and work well. One is configured as an internal (standard) drive, the other works through a usb - multiport bridge. The sale price is sweet!

Cons: Loud when reading at full speed. Fits loosely in one installation that is tool-less, so the vibrations into the case can screw up reads and writes... Some rubber wedged around it resolved the problem

Other Thoughts: I work in IT, and was a hardware designer for spacecraft.

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Clay G.'s Profile

Display Name: Clay G.

Date Joined: 10/18/05

  • Reviews: 27
  • Helpfulness: 11
  • First Review: 04/12/06
  • Last Review: 01/20/14
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