Joined on 12/18/14
Pros: Considering its relatively small size this sub-woofer can reproduce the lowest pipe organ notes with astonishing, room-shaking realism. Other music with significant bass content is greatly enhanced. In the "auto" mode, it turns itself on as soon as it detects audio from my surround-sound receiver and then turns itself off automatically when no longer needed. A single audio cable between the sub-woofer output of my receiver and the input of this Klipsch K-100SW and an electrical outlet to power the internal amplifier were the only set-ups needed aside from volume and crossover adjustments. The bass output from this sub-woofer compares favorably to my $4,000 Klipsch Forte speakers at a fraction of their cost.
Overall Review: In a modest sized black ducted port enclosure this sub-woofer has has added more realism to my movie watching and solid bass to my music.
Pros: This APC BR1500MS2 Back UPS PRO backs up and stabilizes the power to my network modem, router, NAS, PBX, FAX machine and VoIP interface. It also protects them from surges. Even momentary power interruptions can be a serious interruption to my wife's and my work and potentially costly. Brief utility power interruptions cause no problems on our network. During a sustained outage, the internal batteries in this UPS keep our network infrastructure running long enough for me to start our backup power generator and get it on-line. Living on a coastal island in a hurricane zone, power glitches are common. My previous UPS was a similar APC model that served me well for more than ten years before it needed another set of batteries and was on the verge of being functionally obsolete.
Cons: No real cons except that APC UPS devices are often more expensive. Nonetheless, I have found them to be reliable. The company has given me good customer support when needed.
Overall Review: That I would buy the same brand in a similar configuration after using a previous model for more than ten years is testament to the reliability of APC products.
Refurbished Version Works Well
Pros: My application for this receiver was to provide good sound for my Epson 3D video projector and it does that quite well with a direct connection but not with its built-in Bluetooth. I did not need its HDMI video switching capabilities because that is done at my projector. Sound quality was important to me. This receiver performs well in that regard. I bought a refurbished version at a greatly discounted price yet it looked new when it arrived and appears to work just like a new receiver. The FM receiver's sensitivity and selectivity is good but I cannot praise this receiver's AM radio performance.
Cons: I found it disheartening that the receiver's fairly complicated initial set-up really requires a screen. As stated previously, since this was being used with a video projector which is across the room from the receiver, I had to connect a long HDMI cable to view the setup screen. My initial plan was to connect a Bluetooth transmitter to my projector and use the built-in Bluetooth capabilities of this receiver. Unfortunately, I was unable to maintain a consistent connection and the Bluetooth audio was not synchronized with the video. Instead, I wound up using a 25-foot long cable to make the audio connection which works exceedingly well. Since I was never able to make this receiver's Wi-Fi connection work I made a hard-wired connection with an Ethernet cable. With that connection, the quality of its streaming audio via the Internet is very good.
Overall Review: Connected to a pair of high-quality speakers I found this receiver's sound quality to be excellent and mostly limited by the source of the audio. Since my application did not include surround-sound, I have not evaluated this receiver's capabilities in that regard. Whoever designed this receiver did not consider the additional complications of using it with a video projector which is across the room. Any significant configuration changes requires that I string an HDMI cable between the projector and the receiver to view the set-up screen. Fortunately the deeply-discounted price offered by Newegg still left me feeling as if I received a good value for my investment.
Comes With Everything Needed but Engine Oil & Fuel
Pros: Unlike competitive generators, which often do not come with wheel kits or a starting battery this generator came with everything needed except, of course, the engine oil and the fuel supply. This generator was well packed, adequately protected, delivered when promised and arrived undamaged. I employed the services of a certified gas installer to provide a hookup for my generator, so it can run from the LP gas in a 500 gallon tank that is buried on my property. A minimum gas pressure of 12 PSI is recommended which is what my installer arranged. A rubber hose and regulator that hooks to a portable LP gas tank is included with this generator but I'm connected to a much larger supply and haven't used it. Before starting this generator, which had been in storage for several months awaiting completion of my home, I hooked up the generator's battery to a battery maintainer (not included) to ensure that when I was ready to start the generator, I would have ample starting power. Filling the crankcase with oil requires a slim funnel which is also not included. The crankcase needs less than two quarts. After connecting this generator to my LP gas supply, I followed the simple step-by-step instructions for starting. This generator fired up almost immediately and stabilized its speed after a few seconds. I hooked up my 35-foot motorhome to the 240-volt outlet and turned on both roof air conditioners. This generator handled the load without apparent strain. Although I tested this generator with my motorhome I'll mostly use it to power my home when the utility power fails.
Cons: Like most generators with this design, it makes some noise when running, but no more than other similar sized generators I've used and possibly slightly less.
Overall Review: Since my home uses LP gas for cooking, hot water and clothes drying I believe that this generator will be adequate to power my entire home. Having an ample supply of LP gas on hand eliminates the need for me to constantly fill the fuel tank. My initial experience has been positive.
Simple FREE Monthly Internet Phone Service Using Google Voice
Pros: It's tough to beat FREE calling in all of North America for which this little gadget can be the gateway. Physically installing this device was as simple as connecting the power, plugging it into a CAT-5 port on my Internet router and connecting a phone. A simple phone call from the device to ObiTALK quickly registered it on their network. Prior to installing my OBi200 I logged into Google, selected and registered a Google Voice line. Logging into www.obitalk.com enabled me to quickly register and configure my free Google Voice line to work with this device. After everything was registered, I connected the phone jack of my Obi200 to my residential PBX (private branch exchange) as if it were an ordinary analog phone line. That made my Google Voice VoIP line accessible from any phone in my home. All of my connections have been as clear as any of my regular landlines but a heck of a lot less expensive with no monthly charges. If this device were to die, it comes with a one-year replacement warranty, so even if I had to replace this gadget every year it would still be less expensive than any alternative phone service that I've been able to find. The instructions caution NOT to plug the OBi200 into a regular powered phone line which can have as much as 90 volts on it. That could fry the innards of this device. Presumably if someone registered a US area code while in the USA, then took this overseas and established an Internet connection there, any calls to the USA would also be free. I haven't tried that but know of someone who has.
Cons: None found yet.