Joined on 11/06/04
Better than many HTIB
Pros: Packaging was very well done. 25 Ft of wire for each rear sat, and 15 Ft for each front L/R/C. Plenty for most needs. I set this up in the same room and config as my Onkyo HT-S760(6.1 750 Watt HTIB) to compare side by side so here's my rating of this system: Treble(satelites): Awesome 9/10, only highest highs might be a little muddy, but sounded nearly as good as my Onkyo Medium tones: Great, 8/10, some lower mid tones come through the sub but still has the presence of full sound spectrum (required for THX certification). Bass(subwoofer): Awesome 10/10, just as good as my Onkyo, if not better, and has more watts Movies: 9/10, Decodes DTS and DD through Coax or optical inputs (I tried with LOTR:return of king DTS and Star Wars II Dolby) Music: Great 8/10, may sound a little hollow to some ears, great bass though.
Cons: At this price, I can't get too picky for a THX system with 500+ RMS watts. This system will hold it's own against most HTIB or PC speakers under eight hundred $$$, especially, S**y, Panason*c, Sams*ng, Phill*ps, and RCA HTIB. The only system I would rather have under one thousand $$$ is my Onkyo HT-S760 (also see HT-S770 and HT-S780). Avoid B-o-s-e as well (way overpriced for medium sound quality) I also will mention that I chose this over the Kxxxsh 5.1 ultras because of price, and some reliability problems with their Amp (tends to overheat and blow). Also, since it uses normal speaker wire, you can upgrade the satellites for even better sound(not really necessary but leaves your options open) and still keep the subwoofer. Oh, this box is for cons so I better list one: Dongle for Control Center could be longer for placing sub farther away.
Overall Review: I read hundreds of reviews and went to a few stores to compare these in person before making my purchase and decision. Your own listening preference and liking is always most important so listen to the systems you are thinking about and then order from Newegg (best prices on products and shipping!). I also looked at the Logitech Z-5300 which sounded alright, but the bass was too boomy and not as accurately produced and the highs were not as crisp so if you can afford the extra $$$, this system is much more bang for the buck.
Awesome LCD for an awesome price
Pros: * Decent contrast for desktop aps, games and HDTV * Very sharp images and text * Colors appear accurate and vibrant after some minor tweaking (reduced brightness) * HDTV looks awesome, sharp and colorful * Adjustable aspect ratios to keep the image/source filling the screen or at a native aspect ratio * Huge desktop area for aps and gaming while not taking up too much of your actual desk * Lots of input options for future expansion or multiple sources * Easy setup and menu navigation * Very elegant design
Cons: * slight backlight bleeding at the top center is noticeable on a black screen or dark scenes but isn't so noticeable as to be annoying * ~3 second lag when switching sources but this is nitpicking * No Picture-in-Picture, but I knew that before I bought it so it's more of a wish or suggestion for future revisions
Overall Review: I'm running my PC through the DVI input at full resolution and text looks sharp and colors are vibrant and accurate (I'm no expert though and don't have measuring devices to know just how accurate, but it looks great to me). I'm primarily using this as a PC monitor with some HDTV viewing and occasional bluray movies. For the current price, I don't think can get a versatile monitor with excellent quality for a TN panel.
Pros: This player has worked flawless for me so far and with BD from netflix too. It is faster at booting up and loading disks than most other players. The video and audio quality for both HD and SD content is comparable to that of the highly acclaimed Oppo BD player. Look for this player on avsforum.com for more info.
Cons: Blue lights are a bit bright
Overall Review: Also plays these formats: Xvid, XvidHD, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, MKV, MKVHD from both DVD+R/RW but also from USB flash drives (Fat32).
Fast ouf of the box
Pros: Great price for one of the best single cores left out there. Tesing on Windows Vista Ultimate my 3dmark2005 score went up 1000 points using my 7800 GT from a score of 5895 with my Athlon 64 3000+ venice to 6924 with this beast. Improved my score from 7200 to 7550 with my 7800GT on windows media center edition. Flight simulator X has smoother frame rates now as well running at 1680x1050 following the perfomance settings recommended by nzone.com. This processor should hopefully hold me over a year or more until DX10 vid cards are more common/cheaper and next AMD chips are out. I haven't tried OCing yet as I am not confident with my skills there.
Cons: none so far, especially at this price.
Overall Review: Great processor for gaming and probably for OCing as well. Windos Vista Ultimate 64 bit and Windows XP MCE run much faster and more responsive. Would buy again at this price.
Couldn't be Happier!
Pros: I couldn't be happier with my 360. What actually drove me to buy it was the media center capabilities to extend your Media Center PC to any TV in your house. So far it works great and if that was all I used it for, it was worth it. The fact that it plays games with awesome next-gen graphics is just a bonus. If HD-DVD looks to rule the next-gen DVD erra, that is another cheap and optional bonus once it comes out. I like that Microsoft didn't rais costs and force people into unproven formats (blu-ray vs HD-DVD). Xbox Live is worth every penny for all the free downloadable Demo's and HD game and movie trailers. I love the custom face plates you can buy to match your 360 to your setup or personality. Dashboard is easy to navigate and learn.
Cons: None so far. My 360 has never overheated, crashed, froze or rebooted by itself. It runs stable and the case is usually cool, though the air coming out the back can be quite warm.
Overall Review: I have my 360 hooked up both through S-video to my 27 inch TV and component to my HD Projector (76" inch screen). On both the graphics are second to none. Games look better than they do on my PC with a 7800 GT and 20.1" 2005FPW LCD (with my projector that is). TIPS: Don't enclose your 360 in a cabinet unless sufficient ventilation is there (vent fans etc, this applies to all electronics that generate heat). Give the PSU proper ventilation as well. Carpet and electronics don't like each other (too much dust, lint, poor circulation etc). Remove discs before moving your 360. Do turn the volume up and immerse yourself into next-gen gaming with an XBOX 360.
Great for wood entertainment centers
Pros: I got this wood grain face plate to appease my wife so that my 360 blends in with my entertainment center (similar grain of wood).
Overall Review: At first I thought the face plate customize thing was dumb but now I really like it. I don't think the PSX will have this cool feature.