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Chris B.

Chris B.

Joined on 01/24/02

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

Fantastic but a few caveats

Energy Take 5 Pack 5 CH Home Theater Speaker System
Energy Take 5 Pack 5 CH Home Theater Speaker System

Pros: Small size, high quality sound, easy mounting options, value for money.

Cons: My center channel tweeter was not operational due to a bad solder joint in the crossover. So, one has to be wary of quality control issues.

Overall Review: I bought these on a whim when Newegg had them on sale. But, I had a spare sub and decided install them in my bedroom to complement my 42" Panasonic Plasma. I ordered speaker wire and mounts from mono#####. The mounts number id 3012 work perfectly with the Energy speakers. Took a while to get wire run through the attic for ceiling mounts but it was worth it. After hooking up my AV Receiver (Marantz 1501) I was quite pleased with the sound. As time went on and further testing and level setting I came to the conclusion that something was up with the center channel. Upon closer scrutiny, I found that the tweeter was not making any sound! So, I investigated and after trial and error determined that the tweeter itself was operational but that the crossover was not connecting to the tweeter. Further, effort revealed that there was a bad solder joint on the crossover which prevented the tweeter from working. I decided to fix this myself rather than deal with warranty.

Great value!

Shuttle KPC K45-Black Intel Socket T(LGA775) Intel 945GC KPC Barebone
Shuttle KPC K45-Black Intel Socket T(LGA775) Intel 945GC KPC Barebone

Pros: Small Size Price/Performance value Extreme flexibility to mold to your needs Fun Picture frame on front easy to modify Price!!!

Cons: Internal PSU Fan too small and generates too much noise Bios Smartfan setting don't seem so smart Limited or No internal DVD/CD options - maybe a slim DVD will be forthcoming from Shuttle?

Overall Review: I originally bought this as a possible home server using Clarkconnect Community server. I already had RAM, Hard Disk and a DVD/CD Rom drive lying around. Picked up an Intel 420 Celeron with only 35w draw for $29.99. It's a sweet CPU! As I played with the box I threw another drive in it and installed another OS of the feline variety. Apparently, this box will run just about anything (Linux, Windows, whatever) you throw at it! Still not sure what it's final role will be but I like it a lot so far. If I can come up with a mod to tame the noise, I'll be real happy.