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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Works with Nforce, Fantastic music! 11/30/2007

This review is from: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

Pros: Nice sound and compatibility meet for music and movies.
Great "technology adapter" so that you can hear modern music and movies clearly on your regular stereo.
This card gives the high end X-Fi sound to those who need a way for great sound with Nforce4, 410, 415 series, and other cranky motherboards (great compatibility).
For those who can't use the Xtreme series, this little one gives a very similar performance, and it does clean up MP3's nicely.
It can record to MP3 whatever you can hear coming from the speakers with the "what U hear" recorder--and you can just guess how valuable that is if you've ever purchased music and then tried to play it on your MP3 player (this card can make MP3's).
Can make very good MP3's from LP, Tape, and anything.

Cons: There's a difference between an "Xtreme" and this "X-Fi" and here it is:
There's no hardware acceleration for gamers.
It's not for your 10 year old computer or an econo-gamer, but they make Audigy for that.
This is not Xtreme Music, but any of the Xtreme with a midi port is.
No midi port; although it does have full soundfonts system, which works in software-only mode just fine on a fast PC.

Other Thoughts: Its for music!
You do get "the X-Fi sound" done better and easier to manage than the X-Treme series.
For instance the crystalizer works fine on factory settings without having to adjust it for too much snare drum (like the X-Treme X-Fi's).
You also get front panel audio connectors that use the built in ports on front of every PC case.
The headphone setting can be used with Hi-Fi stereos because it remaps surround sound so that you can hear movies correctly--maps center channel to phantom so you can actually hear voices on movies.
Worked fine on an elderly socket 754 Athlon 64 based PC that skipped with onboard sound, yet played perfectly with X-Fi Audio.
It also works with XP and Vista, surround sound, microphones, recording, transcoding, Intel, AMD, ATI, Nvidia SIS, DTS, THX, Dolby's varieties, and whatever you can throw at it.

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JATON iRok Silver 1GB MP3 Player AV-AST50338
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs Nice headphones and 1gb storage 07/30/2007

This review is from: JATON iRok Silver 1GB MP3 Player AV-AST50338

Pros: Very easily loads music. Charges batteries quickly. Voice recorder feature is flawless. Really good headphones. Also works as a USB thumb drive. Makes a great party favor or child's toy. Nice automatic rechargable battery system! Easy mechanical "off" switch.

Cons: The methods of operation are so difficult and senseless to the extent that its actually fun attempting to operate it. The advertised 20 hour battery lasts about 4 hours. The worst issue is that volume control is not a first level menu. It is necessary to first activate the volume control before each adjustment of the volume. Attempting to activate the volume control before use (as required per each time) may activate the voice recorder instead, thus saving unseemly comments into audio files as a bonus entertainment feature. Disfunctional graphic screen saver runs down the batteries because auto backlight control only works when connected USB to charge the batteries.

Other Thoughts: Highly acceptable function for a car player (because car stereo volume control can work it), voice recorder, and USB data storage. The materials received are worth the price, but rather un-fantastic as an MP3 player.

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EDIMAX EW-7318USG Wireless LAN Hi-Gain Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g USB 2.0 Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great wireless device. This is one you really can use. It supports a wider range of PCs than you'd expect of a USB. It also comes with a little "pro" antenna. This is as close to flawless as you can get with a USB. Of course, one would expect that from Edimax.

Cons: No cons with this product. For any USB wireless, Windows XP may or may not have the USB 2 patch correctly loaded. Check for this on the CD that came with your Via or Nvidia motherboard if you have anything less than blazing fast speeds. No cons with Edimax. At first, I had forgotten to load USB2, speed = 16000 max. I figured it out and loaded the USB2 like I should have when I built the computer and speed = 26500, which is tops for wifi. My goof. The Edimax worked either way, but now its as fast as a wired connection.

Other Thoughts: One of the few USB devices that can hold at VERY long range. It has a removable antenna, although you'd have a hard time finding an antenna stronger than what comes with it.
Can use with an ordinary 6' USB extension cable for even more range for your desktop computer (if you want to relocate it to a better location that the rear of the computer). For extra fun, there's the Edimax 500 amp, and large outdoor antennas in case you need to connect a half mile or so with your linux box. lol! What a way to cram a really professional package into a little USB thing. Thanks guys!

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