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Polk Audio Monitor70 Series II Floorstanding Loudspeaker (Black) Single
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: After building a home theater with stadium seating and a 7.1 150W / ch sound system I quickly found that I needed to elevate my front L/R channels. I searched for some time and came to the conclusion that I could buy these speakers for the same cost of some decent speaker stands.

The high location of the tweeters really help to get the sound stage up and off the floor and the audio quality from these speakers is more than good.

Balance, clarity, and power all shine in this set with a few notable problems.

Can be bi-amped, to run as separate channels.

Cons: These speakers are not the most sensitive and seem to take a good amount of power to drive. Additionally, they produce a very slight hum (not the normal 60hz hum either). It appears that the speakers are highlighting a flaw in my source or amplifier that the original speakers didn't show.

They also seem to have a different power curve than my existing speakers. That is to say, they get louder or softer, faster than the other 5 speakers in my setup. Many times I find that the center / surround channels are too loud in soft scenes, and not loud enough in loud scenes because of the way these speakers respond.

BOTH of the above issues are because the speakers are BETTER in terms of power handling / dynamic range / frequency response.

Not the best BASS, as expected... Get a sub-woofer.

Other Thoughts: I cannot deduct points for my cons. These speakers are amazing products in their own right, they just don't blend as well with my system as the original front L/R. Would I replace them? No. They do what I was looking for, and I am willing for them to stick out a little since the front L/R handle 90% of the sound information anyway.

SiliconDust HDHomeRun PRIME - Three Digital Tuners, Anywhere on Your Network HDHR3-CC Ethernet Interface
  • Verified Owner
  • 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.

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


Clay G.'s Profile

Display Name: Clay G.

Date Joined: 10/18/05

  • Reviews: 28
  • Helpfulness: 11
  • First Review: 04/12/06
  • Last Review: 11/17/14
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