Joined on 12/16/01
Good Receiver for the Money
Pros: - Well made using lots of metal and durable materials. The buttons all have solid clicks to them indicating mechanical button mechanisms instead of cheap microswitches. - The front panel, while all black, uses clearly visible non-black markings for each button. - The installation was simple. - The power button on the front is mechanical and cuts all power to the receiver, which means that it draws 0 watts during the many, many hours sitting untouched. - The HDMI pass-through means that I can place the receiver in between my cable box and my TV and still watch TV when the receiver in standby/sleep mode. - I can control the volume level to each separate 5.1 channel. - It supports both passive and active subwoofers.
Cons: - Even in standby/sleep mode, the receiver draws at least 20 watts of power, which means that I have no choice but to turn it off using the physical power switch when I'm not using it for long periods of time. - Whenever the unit first turns on or wakes up from standby, it always defaults to the Aux. input. It'd be nice if returned to the last-used input. - The power LED is obnoxiously bright; I have a piece of paper taped in place over it to dull it down some. - The HDMI pass-through does not work when the unit is completely turned off. While this is understandable, since I don't use the receiver all that often, it does mean that I can't use HDMI pass-through even if I wanted to. - Way, way too much black.
Overall Review: The control box for my twenty-year old set of high-end desktop computer speakers finally died. Wanting to keep the speakers themselves, I bought this receive to replace the control box. Needing a receiver capable of powering a passive subwoofer, my options were limited. This is a nice unit, and for the price I can't complain. The build quality makes it likely that I'll be using the unit for many years to come. The cons, while annoying, are all easy to work around. I haven't yet found any deal-breakers.
Not What I Ordered
Pros: - The product is compact. - If the instructions are accurate, it is easy to use.
Cons: - The product isn't what I ordered. The information in the description indicates that it can function as a Bluetooth transmitter, and there is a physical switch to allow it to do so. The product that I received lacks that switch or any reference to Bluetooth transmission.
Looks Good. But not yet in use.
Overall Review: The case appears to be well made, with Antec's usual attention to detail when it comes to making sure that parts fit well and are free of sharp edges. It is lightweight, inexpensive, and has plenty of expansion slots and bays.Interestingly, the case is described as having 3× 5.25 external bays. But once I opened it up, it was clear that the chassis had been designed with 4 bays and only the cheap plastic bezel had been changed for this model. Unfortunately, this is where the power switch and other front-panel accessories are now housed. At first, I thought that there was also a second 3.5 bay that could be accessed by cutting a hole in the plastic, which really excited me, but the entire internal 3.5 bay stack is mounted off-center, so I'd have to cut through the sheet metal.
Easy to Setup and Works Well
Pros: The camera is easy to setup — Windows 10 recognizes it fresh out of the box. The image quality is crisp and clear and the camera works relatively well in the dimly lit room in which I have it.
Overall Review: One note of interest is that the tripod mount is built in to the clip assembly, not the camera body.
Pros: - The control buttons are well labelled with white text on a black background. - The display is clear, crisp, and bright.
Overall Review: My secondary monitor conked out recently, and only a 19″ monitor would fit into the space. I despaired of getting a new 1280×1024 monitor, and was pleasantly surprised to find a few still made. It's been a couple of weeks, and the monitor works very well and is a nice pair for my (also Asus) primary monitor.
Pros: I've had one these tuners in my computer for awhile now, and I wanted to add another one, so I decided to get another identical card for simplicity's sake. -The card handles both analog and digital TV signals very well - even the clear QAM signals used by Time Warner. -Everything that it records is nice and clear, although to be honest, I don't have a high definition TV set. -The card is recognized by SageTV and works without any problems.
Cons: The only problem that I have with the card is that it doesn't save the closed-captioning information embedded in the analog TV signals. Whether it's a problem with the hardware or with the drivers I don't know. Still, the loss of closed-captioning is a small price to pay to not use my VCR. Besides, more and more of my shows are digital anyway, and those closed-captioning signals are saved.
Imperfect Service - But they fix their mistakes quickly
I ordered a new FM receiver from the company on a Thursday, and I select chose the slowest shipping method. Still, I was surprised that the tracking information for the package indicated that it was still in the warehouse after three business days. When I contacted the vendor, they apologized and immediately sent out the package using a separate tracking number. I received this the next day. I would order from them again. They gave me what I asked for, the package was undamaged, and they dealt with the one problem quickly and professionally.