Joined on 03/16/07
Pros: FANTASTIC speakers for the price. I purchased a pair from a shellshocker deal for just under $80 each. These are my first pair of floorstanding speakers personally, but I have grown up in a household with an audiophile stepfather and subsequently know what a good set of speakers should sound like. Hooked them up to my Denon AVR 3300 and B&W ASW 1000 (Hand-me-downs from my aforementioned stepfather) and it was just magic. Crystal clear and brilliant. Yes, there are better speakers out there....but at the price these are extremely hard to beat. I personally use them in a 2.1 configuration for my hifi setup, but after a little experimentation I can conclude they would make a great set of front L/R channels for a 5.1/7.1/etc home theater system....or even as surrounds if you've got the space/money.
Cons: NOT for those looking for space saving/slimline setups. This will be a problem with ANY pair of quality. full-size floorstanders. When trying them out in a surround-sound setup, they made my 32" flatscreen look much smaller in comparison to the Energy satellites I hade previously. While not as big as some of their bigger models with 6.5" drivers, these are still plenty large, especially when on either side of a 32" screen in a tiny apartment. Also, These do not produce a whole lot of bass. I do not know of any floorstanders under $100 with 5.25" drivers that do. while not bass is not absent, it's not really pounding either. Pair them with just about any quality subwoofer in order to get a fuller range of sound.
Overall Review: GREAT speakers for those who, like me, are just starting their home audio system(s) and/or are on a budget. Just out of college, I can't exactly afford anything more expensive nor do I want to buy something that will become obsolete once I start upgrading other components. For the $80/ea that I spent, these babies are a great deal and will stick with my for years to come.
Fantastic, especially for the price
Pros: PRICE Sound PRICE
Cons: A little small for fronts, a little bigger than what most are comfortable with for surrounds....great size for bookshelf speakers though.
Overall Review: I use these as the surrounds in my all-polk monitor 5.1 setup. Don't get me wrong- they're big speakers to use as surrounds in most cases, but the tradeoffs are worth it to me. Something about watching master and commander and pretty much feeling the cannon balls smashing into decking behind you is just awesome.
Fantastic deal at sale prices; OK deal at regular price
Pros: At $550 on sale, this TV is an absolute steal. For only $200 more than your average 32" 720p 60hz set (one sale even), you get full HD, 120hz, and a 42" screen. My set arrived absolutely spotless- no dead pixels or anything. solid performer, good picture for the price range, and lots of audio and video adjustability.
Cons: 120hz "TrueMotion" isn't as good as the alternative technology in other brands or even higher end LG's in my opinion. Crank it up past halfway and you get some serious artifacts in anything involving motion. Long, slow sweeping landscape shots (think planet earth) or close-up low-action dialogue shots absolutely shine with truemotion though. Sort of odd seeing as it's marketed as enhancing action....Also, backlight is a tad on the dim side but still satisfactory. Only 3 hdmi inputs may put a cramp in the style of some, but with that many sources you should really have an AV receiver anyway. On-board speakers are lacking power, but for small rooms they should be fine and the onboard software for enhancing dialogue really does make somewhat of a noticeable difference.
Overall Review: Does it measure up next to my Parents' full array LED, 240hz, top of the line model? No. Does it hold its own considering it literally cost 1/5th what their set did? Absolutely. For $550 you really can't do better without buying refurbished or out of a trunk behind a walmart. The reviews you find online are nearly all positive or a few ho-hum, and those reviews were made when the TV was new and full price. Factor in the amazing deal you can get on neweeg (frequently $550), and you can tack on a star or two onto any review you read. And lets remember, Most audiophiles agree that CCFL is still preferable to edge-lit LED. Don't let the gimmick fool you; You won't be getting anything superior until you spend $1200+ on a full led array TV.