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This review is from: Yamaha Aventage RX-A730 7.2 Channel Network AV Receiver
Pros: This receiver, so far, has been outstanding. The sound drivers are brilliant. The sound presets are excellent and plentiful. The bass is balanced and pure but not over-powering at low levels. Plenty of settings to make it sound perfect.
I haven't hooked up the 7 speakers yet but the 5.1 is enrapturing. The theater quality sound is like being in a concert hall. I have this set up with a 1080p projector as a home theater system. The action scenes are explosive and with a good sub-woofer it feels like you are there. It also has a dialogue lifter to bring voice levels up on movies so you can still hear people talk over the burning wreckage in the background.
The best feature, to me, is the network access. My computer is the main audio source for the receiver. Being able to control it on-screen is fantastic! I can control the power, volume, inputs, stations, and presets without looking for the button on the remote. I believe the mobile app uses the same functions although I haven't used it.
Now I can play ambient sleep music at night without using the buzzing computer to stream it. It also has a sleep timer so it will turn itself off. Go to the vTuner website and register so you can search for stations and bookmark them. There are thousands of awesome free radio stations. It also has a Sirius XM mode. Just login with your account.
Its loud! I still like to jam it out loud sometimes and this will do it. One of the reasons I bought it was because I wanted more power. There is also no shortage of input connections. 14 different inputs if I count correctly. Its probably over-kill but I like it.
As a radio guru and I found the FM tuner to be very accurate. Its seems to have some sort of noise gate that makes the stations sound very clean and clear. Picked up a station on almost every frequency with it hooked to a large amplified outdoor antenna. You can also set it to mono for even better reception and talk radio. It has a good standard 75 ohm coax F connection for the antenna input instead of a weak PAL or wire terminals. AM tuner is average.
Cons: It wasn't free
Other Thoughts: I took a calculated risk in buying this online without ever testing one in person. Thats the perk of shopping online rather than driving around to 20 electronics stores looking for what you want. I currently own multiple Yamaha products and they are all very well made.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This his a heavy duty toslink cable. It has a thick tweed insulation that protects against kinking and heavy gold tips that are very durable as well.
Cons: No ConsREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SiliconDust HDHomeRun Dual HDHR3-US HD Digital Network Attached TV Tuner Device
Pros: This tuner is very simple to use and works very well. I have had it for about 6 months and it has never failed on me. I am able to watch my TV on any computer in my house or wirelessly outside watching the game while im grilling.
Two tuners lets you DVR a channel while watching another using Windows Media Center. It works well with XBMC, VLC Lan as well. WMC has the best TV guide and DVR feature out all of them though.
Best of all, I get free TV now as I am using this with OTA Broadcast
Cons: NO CONS. GREAT PRODUCT
Other Thoughts: Some have given this product bad reviews due to their own user errors. Let me help.
1. If you dont receive enough channels then you MUST HAVE A GOOD ANTENNA! I have a large directional antenna with a pre-amp. I got 20+ channels in a very remote area.
If you dont have one you might want to price one before you buy this. It's a whole new can of worms..
2. If you cant get it to stream properly then upgrade your networking equipment ie. GIGABIT switch, 300m/b N Router, CAT6 cabling
3. This streams HD content. You must have video equipment made this decade for it to play the stream. I tried it on an XP computer that had an older CPU and it almost caught on fire. You may need an aftermarket video card or the newer generation of HD capable CPU's.
4. If you use this to watch broadcast TV be aware that it is highly susceptible to outside interference from other electronic equipmen, traffic, ect, esp. channels 6-13. I have to watch one of my local channels on a laptop because my computer throws out so much interference. This is not a fault of this product but just a general inconvenience of the OTA signal spectrum.