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Eric P.

Eric P.

Joined on 06/11/12

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INCREDIBLE

MartinLogan Motion 12 Home Theater Front/Surround Speaker Each
MartinLogan Motion 12 Home Theater Front/Surround Speaker Each

Pros: these things are absolutely wonderful. Thus far, I haven't even put many hours into them in order to break them in. If they get better as substantially as the Motion 10's did when they broke in...then I must say I'm in for a treat. The folded motion tweeters that are used in the Motion-series lineup is a work of art. It really puts out a sound that creates a wonderfully broad soundstage, with angelic highs that are not too bright at all. They're very crisp and sharp, but they're not overbearing whatsoever. These tweeters are wonderful for simple music listening or home theater. They bring bullet ricochets to LIFE, and are very defined. The motion 12's also have a dipole midrange that gives off a very open-aired sound just like their dipole design would suggest. The midrange is a little strong at the moment with these speakers, but as I said earlier these babies must be broken in, so I'm sure everything will even out. Nonetheless, the midrange is crystal clear and puts off excellent vocal tones. Though these things don't pack huge woofers, don't let them fool you...these things have very good bass extension in the low-end. I'm sure when they're further broken in, it will get even better once I turn em up. Still, for the time being I was left very impressed. The Motion 12's pick up the low end that the motion 10's lack. These speakers are NOT FORGIVING to low-quality tracks, just a warning. IF there are flaws in the tracks, the motion 12's won't hesitate to let you know they're there. They have VERY high clarity. Things that you never heard before in your tracks will come right out and say hello with these speakers. Unfortunately, this includes static noise in low quality mp3's aswell. If your tracks are all high bitrate, you won't hear anything but the music exactly how it's meant to sound, with amazing definition.. These motion 12's are fairly tall, bear in mind. Being rear-ported, they sound best placed about a foot away from any walls behind them. I've found that adjusting the feet to tilt them slightly forward gives a more proper, linear soundstage in my home. They have a very nice design, and look much more expensive than they really are. At 250 each, these are a steal. In comparison to other stereos I have heard, these dwarf most others in their tonal quality.

Cons: These are not very stable speakers, so make sure you dont let animals get around them. Easy to knock over, and I imagine the dipole assembly on the top of the speaker would break right off if they fell.

Overall Review: My current setup is a Denon AVR-891 receiver, with motion C center-channel, Motion 12 fronts, Motion 10 rears, Motion 4 side-surrounds and a Dynamo 300 subwoofer I've previously owned a set of northridge JBLs, which were bass monsters. I never used a sub with these due to the output that the front ND310's were capable of. Overall my current setup blows it away, as it can play much clearer at high volumes and never skip a beat throughout the whole sound spectrum..whereas the JBL's fell on their face when turned up in the mids and highs. My neighbor has a system w/ the motion 40's in all 4 corners, motion 8 center, motion 4's as front height speakers, and a REL t9 sub powered by a marantz receiver. The motion 40's don't have the same warm low-end that the motion 12's do(probably due to the poly cabinets) but everything else sounds fairly similar to mine. the new-era martin logan motion series doesn't sound like a worthy upgrade for their high price over the discontinued models that I own.. These martin logans like lots of power, be sure to feed it to them! I'm giving them 135 watts/ch and they truly love it.

Most Critical Review
CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm
CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm

Pros: It's a water cooler for dummies. It looks good in it's box, where it will likely remain until I find a use for it somewhere.

Cons: Software is junk, junk, junk. it simply doesn't recognize anything, and the fan control was useless in this regard. I ended up having to install the unit and run the fans into a splitter and allow my board to control them. Probably worked better than corsair's stupid software control would have anyways. It now sits in its box...haven't decided what I'll do with it yet.

Overall Review: it's a decent cooler, but can't really handle the heat of an overclocked I7 all that well, my i7-4770k at 4.6 would run around 90C with this...it's not a high end cooler. My new Swiftech H240x blows this cooler away in every regard, especially in terms of quality. furthermore, I've been able to push my 4770k to 4.8 as a daily clock, and temps are still drastically reduced.

Long Term Update

Mushkin Enhanced Atlas Series 120GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MKNSSDAT120GB-DX
Mushkin Enhanced Atlas Series 120GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MKNSSDAT120GB-DX

Pros: This drive has treated me well, has been responsive, and has been relatively fast early in its life. It took my MSI gaming laptop to new heights when originally purchased.

Cons: Drive now runs hot constantly...generally 51* C at idle, often over 60 after a fresh boot. Drive has slowed down tremendously. I have windows installed on my HDD just in case this thing crashes, and the speed difference between the two is now hardly noticeable. I have a fresh install of windows about a month ago, and have never installed anything other than windows itself and a few small programs on this drive since purchased new. It no longer runs like it should, and the drive has barely seen much use seeing how little has actually ever been installed on it. I now experience hangs from time to time too when doing small things like opening multiple programs at the same time(small programs like MSI afterburner for GPU and hwinfo64 for overall logging and steam for gaming). this has always been a routine to open all three of these back to back when I am preparing to start a game, and now it will cause a 10 second hang. Also browsers will hang if I restore old sessions with multiple tabs. The rest of my hardware is in top shape, so I know there is no other underlying issues...computer runs great if booted off the HDD instead of SSD.

Overall Review: Not a bad drive, but I'm certainly not impressed with the degradation of this thing so early. For a drive like mine that has seen nothing but windows and one handful of programs its entire lifetime, this thing should run full steam ahead for years to come. While I won't say it has been an awful drive, I likely wouldn't buy another and I don't know that I would recommend to buy one to anyone I know if this is typical of Mushkin SSD's.

Great laptop...BUT

MSI Laptop GE Series Intel Core i7 3rd Gen 3610QM (2.30GHz) 8GB Memory 750GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M 17.3" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit GE70 0ND-033US
MSI Laptop GE Series Intel Core i7 3rd Gen 3610QM (2.30GHz) 8GB Memory 750GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M 17.3" Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit GE70 0ND-033US

Pros: Been a great laptop for me as far as performance goes. This laptop is decently thin for its hardware, and handles most things ive thrown at it fairly well. Speakers are nice, and a few other things have made me fairly impressed

Cons: POOR build quality. Battery has died on me, and will not charge anymore. The plastic(which is everywhere) creaks with my palm resting on it. the lid is a bit flimsy. Cooling is pretty...poor. the CPU and GPU share the same exhaust heatsink...so as you can imagine, when the cpu gets hot, it affects the GPU and vice versa.

Overall Review: It's been a decent laptop for me, but I Likely won't buy another.

MartinLogan Dynamo 300 8" Stereo/Home Theater Subwoofer Each
MartinLogan Dynamo 300 8" Stereo/Home Theater Subwoofer Each

Pros: Works great and puts out terrific sound. Being bottom firing & bottom-ported, this thing sounds terrific when placed in the corner. The bass is projected around the room MUCH better this way, and sounds much more full to me. It's not a basshead's ideal subwoofer, but it definitely has enough oomph to shake my place up during explosions. It's only an 8" sub. The reason I wanted an 8 instead of something larger is because the larger subs tend to sound a little more boomy. Sure, I lose out on the low-end extension... But with two 8" subs I can get plenty of "hit", and I don't have to worry about it being too boomy or sloppy. The bass is nice and tight. I was originally looking to get a REL to go with my home theater system, but after hearing about these and their sale, I had to jump on em. Would rather a pair of 8's than a 10 anyways.

Cons: lowest-end extension is a little vague. These puppies can play pretty low and make it sound right if they're corner-loaded and properly broken in. Still, not as low as some of the other 8's in the audio industry(which generally cost much more)