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This review is from: ONKYO HT-RC360 7.2-Channel Home Theater Receiver
Pros: This is a superb value. After using the tuning wizard with the provided mic, it really sounds great. I set this up in a very large room with Bose front speakers (cubes with the non-powered sub), Bose surrounds, and Bose rear speakers (cubes with the non-powered sub), and a Klipsch powered subwoofer. This room is really like a game room and the speakers aren't placed optimally, but it still sounds great. Up-converts the component video from the Wii to the HDMI output with no problems. The USB port works with an iPod and iPhone as tested and while you can change the song forward, backward, stop, pause and play, it does not show you anything visually unless you can physically see the iDevice.
Cons: To me the remote is a little too small, but I am a very technical person and I like a lot of buttons. This remote makes you press certain buttons first before you can do other functions. My only other gripe is that zone 2 will only power the speakers if it disables the rear surround/front high surround channels. If you only have a 5.1 system, this isn't a problem, but if you have a 7.2, you lose some functionality if you want the 2nd zone speakers powered. You can use a the line outputs from zone 2 and connect to a separate amp and still use your other surrounds though.
Other Thoughts: I installed this for a friend who has 4 children from 7-11 years of age and it is connected to the main television they watch along with DirecTV, XBOX360, Wii and a DVD/VCR combo. Zone 2 is connected to speakers outside facing the pool and the kids love that. Plus, you can play music outside using a different source from what you are listening to inside. This unit replaced an older Onkyo that was much more expensive but the up-conversion stopped working, it only had 3 HDMI inputs. I'm considering buying one for myself.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Comes with everything, good board layout, the connector block for the pwr sw/pwr led/hdd led, etc makes installation much easier, good software utilities, so far seems extremely stable. This would make a good gaming board IMO.
Cons: Only one PATA connector. This is becoming pretty standard and while I prefer to use SATA anyway, when upgrading am older machine most drives are PATA. Even though this has an Nvidia chipset, keep in mind that it does NOT have on board video.
Other Thoughts: P2.26 Quad Core with 2GB of O.C. 800 MHZ RAM, 80GB PATA hard drive, and this machine is very fast. Faster RAM and a SATA hard drive, and this thing would really fly. My client has a machine we decided to use as a files server. The old board died. I picked out this board from a different website and didn't read the specifications very closely. I assumed since it had an Nvidia chipset that it had on board video. Whoops! We robbed another older computer and just stuck an old PCI video card in it so we could get it going and it works fine for what we are using it for. I have always used Abit and BioStar boards, but I really like this board and will look at Asus boards first in the future.READ FULL REVIEW