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Cleveland J.

Cleveland J.

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Most Favorable Review

Great receiver for the price

Pioneer VSX-821-K 5.1-Channel 3D Ready A/V Receiver
Pioneer VSX-821-K 5.1-Channel 3D Ready A/V Receiver

Pros: I'm happy with this system. It sounds great, it provides 4 HDMI inputs, 3D if you need it, it's built great and has solid construction, it provides MP3 Player/iPod playback with cables, it's 5.1 and you can essentially add 2 side speakers to mimic a 7.1 if you wanted to. The remote is relatively easy to get used to, manual is pretty thorough. The modes are easy to use, you leave it in Auto Surround and it pretty much detects what you have and gets you up and running in the appropriate mode.

Cons: Few things to be aware about. Manual can be confusing. I'm using all HDMI connections, but it doesn't really seem that I can use the "TV/SAT" connection with my cable box. Instead, I have it on Video 1 because the "TV/SAT" is RCA only. Not a big deal, but it seems a bit weird, I think everyone uses HDMI now so I wish it was more focused on that. To get the On Screen Display you need a RCA connected to your TV. You'll likely only need the OSD for setup but I keep it connected anyway, don't let that confuse you. I wish you could rename inputs, I want BD to be "Playstation" but there really is not on screen display anyway - I'm assuming higher models do this. That's fine, you just have to know which inputs are which, paired with a TV that can rename inputs it might make sense. iPod screen is archaic to say the least. It's super old school and a little embarrassing. Yeah, it plays the music fine, but it would be sweet if you could plug it in and it could display a clean HD disp

Overall Review: Comes with an iPod cable, glad I didn't have to buy that separately. The MACC is a bonus, love it! This doesn't convert video/upscale, I didn't need it, but some people may need that. Go with the higher models if that concerns you. My TV doesn't always seem to like to switch inputs with the receiver. Seems to be dependent on your TV, I'm getting a newer TV anyway so I'm not too concerned, it's just a bit annoying when my TV detects no signal and I have to switch back and forth to get it to detect. Overall, this is a great low-mid receiver. The newer models do Airplay and you can control it via iOS apps, which I would've loved, but I suppose I'll be fine with just getting an Apple TV and streaming music that way. No big deal. You're paying for simple, but great sounding system with no crazy frills. I'm pairing this receiver with a Energy Take Classic RC Micro and Energy ESW C8 and it blows me away.

Most Critical Review

Did not work

LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe
LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe

Pros: SATA, supposed to be fast, has lightscribe

Cons: Thought it would be plug n play. Connected it to my BIOSTAR TF560 and it detected it as a SCSI CD ROM drive. Firmware was impossibly hard to find as there is no support on the Lite-On site. When I found the Firmware, it didn't work. My SATA controllers were up to date, tried both the 12.12 nvidia drivers and the ones that came with my mobo. It was functioning, as in it had power and the tray would open, but I could not get it to work any further than that.

Overall Review: I'm sure it would be great if you can get it to work. Has great features... But please, read the reviews. ALL of the them. Listen to how many people have problems with this. Buy a retail DVD burner, do your research and find out what has support and what installs easily. I do not recommend this unless you know 100% that this will work with your rig (assuming the drive is functioning properly)

Wow, what a great set of small speakers

Energy Take Classic RC Micro 5 Pack 5CH Home Theater System
Energy Take Classic RC Micro 5 Pack 5CH Home Theater System

Pros: This is such a great system for small speakers. My girlfriend and I have generally lived in small places so we didn't want anything really big. She could honestly care about the sound system, as long as it's easy to use and not big and ugly. This is the perfect system. These things look cute and small but man do they really sound great. I'm actually an audio engineer, I write music professionally and edit film and TV for a living. These reproduce 5.1 very nicely and very cleanly. One might say they may want a bigger center channel, but for a small room this is perfect. I wouldn't recommend this for a large family room as others have pointed out, you'd probably want to go a little bigger. BUT - They're clear, precise, have great range, and are of fantastic construction. I bought these on sale for $145 and I could not be happier.

Cons: A bit harsh at first. After the break in period they start to smooth out a bit more.

Overall Review: You obviously need a sub with this system although they do have great midrange without the boxiness. I'd recommend the Energy ESW C8 which is a perfect match for this system as the sub produces up to 150hz and blends perfectly with the surrounds. I use this with my new VSX-821K and it sounds fantastic. I used 16 guage speaker wire and it baaaarely fits in there, so you might want to double check what kind of wire you are using since it can fit pretty tightly.

Great card, runs fine in my Mac

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (100314-3L )
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (100314-3L )

Pros: Fantastic card and a great improvement over my Sapphire 4870 (512MB). I understand the 6870 is not the direct successor to the 5870, but this thing runs most of my games maxed out with 4xAA at 1680x1050. Not only that, it's QUIET. Jeez, I forgot what it was like to have a quiet card, it's wonderful. Don't get all "Ewww Mac" on me, but I use a Mac Pro. I use it 80% for professional audio, and the other 20% for gaming and personal use. I never really expected my Mac to be a gaming machine, but with a separate boot drive for Windows 7 it's a huge bonus to have a space saver and not have 2 machines. Finding a powerful and CHEAP graphics card that will run in OSX is difficult. But this card WORKS in OSX Snow Leopard with the ATI Graphics Card update. Also google for an ATI Kext if you're interested. Both DVI ports work in OSX. It also works great in bootcamp with no issues. For the price, you really can't be this card.

Cons: Took me awhile to get it working properly under OS X. Had a couple of issues getting the second DVI port to work at first but after reinstalling the kexts it worked fine. I won't dock my overall rating over this since this card is "intended" to be used in a PC/Windows system. You also do NOT see the grey boot screen when using this card since it does not have an OSX BIOS, but that doesn't mean you should flash the card... You'd have to choose your startup disk within the OS if you want to switch between OSX/Windows. Oh, well.

Overall Review: There are many Mac users who want to know what cards can run in the Mac Pro. No one wants to pay $400 for an outdated card only sold by Apple. So hopefully this will help people choose the correct card. This card should also work natively under Lion.

Great, more than expected

Acer AL2216Wbd 22" WSXGA 1680 x 1050 D-Sub, DVI-D LCD Monitor with HDCP support
Acer AL2216Wbd 22" WSXGA 1680 x 1050 D-Sub, DVI-D LCD Monitor with HDCP support

Pros: Absolutely huge. Great screen real estate for audio/video editing (which is a big part of why I wanted such a large monitor) and great for games. Surprised how crisp it is since I was so used to a CRT. Very bright and had no problems on it's way here and hooking it up. I do not see any dead/stuck pixels.

Cons: Not much to say here

Overall Review: Again, I bought this monitor because my CRT was going out and I need a widescreen for audio editing, it allows me to work more efficiently with more windows open to view. I didn't realize how big this monitor is but it's absolutely great and the price is just right. I didn't even do much research, I just knew from reviews and the price that this was going to be the one. And what do you know, newegg gave it to me just right! Don't forget about the $8 recycling fee for california residents (blah!)

Works great!

PLANTRONICS Explorer 330 Bluetooth Headset
PLANTRONICS Explorer 330 Bluetooth Headset

Pros: Worked well with my Tmobile Dash! Nice and loud and clear! Pretty comfortable

Cons: Hurts your ear after awhile but fits pretty well. The range from your phone to the headset is a little short. I don't know what model my sister has but she can move to a different room and can still hear clearly. You have to stay pretty close to your phone which isn't TOO much of a con...

Overall Review: Works great, battery life seems to be fine too. Not too much to complain about here, great price for an entry level bluetooth headset.

10/23/2007