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James N.

James N.

Joined on 08/22/07

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Most Favorable Review

There is plenty of bass, just find it

Mee audio M6-BK 3.5mm Gold-Plated Connector Canal Stylish Sound-Isolating Earphones (Black)
Mee audio M6-BK 3.5mm Gold-Plated Connector Canal Stylish Sound-Isolating Earphones (Black)

Pros: These sound very good "inexpensive" earphones. There is plenty of bass if you get them to fit properly. I bought some Sony EP-EX10A Hybrid tips. When I got a set that sealed good and fit comfortably it made a huge difference, almost too much bass for me.

Cons: It took me some time to bend the over the ear wires to get them the same and to fit my ears, but once done they are fast and easy to use.

Overall Review: Go to head-fi.org and read more about them. These are considered one of the best inexpensive earphones. I had never owned a set of earphones before, bought JVC Marshmallows, M6, and M9 all at the same time. The M6 and M9 are far superior to the JVCs. M9 is close to the M6 with a little more bass, more comfortable to me.

Bang for the Buck earphones

Mee audio M9 Classic In-Ear Headphone
Mee audio M9 Classic In-Ear Headphone

Pros: These sound nice, comfortable to wear. They seem to have a little more bass than the M6. They sound far better than JVC Marshmallows. These are really nice earphones for the money, well built too. I am considering buying several of these as gifts.

Cons: The only con I can find is that they might have too much bass for my liking.

Overall Review: See head-fi.org for more information on these. You might want to also get a set of Sony EP-EX10A Hybrids tips. They make these the most comfortable of the 3 sets of earphones I bought.

Works for me

Thermaltake BlacX N0028USU External Hard Drive SATA Enclosure Docking Station 2.5" & 3.5" USB 2.0
Thermaltake BlacX N0028USU External Hard Drive SATA Enclosure Docking Station 2.5" & 3.5" USB 2.0

Pros: A coworker had a 1 year old Compaq CQ50 laptop that suddenly quit working, of course just out of warranty. I could get into BIOS so the video works, but after POST I can only get a black screen. I reseated RAM/Drive, thought the Seagate hard drive might be dead, so I got a BlacX to check it. I pulled out the 2.5" Seagate drive, stuck it in the BlacX, and I can read the contents of it on Win7 64bit PC, plus I could run a virus scan on it from my PC, very nice.

Cons: None so far.

Overall Review: I haven't tried with Linux yet. Hope it mounts Linux drives too.

SYBA SD-SA2PEX-2IR PCI Express SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card
SYBA SD-SA2PEX-2IR PCI Express SATA II (3.0Gb/s) Controller Card

Pros: It worked in Win7 Easy enough to configure Write was faster than onboard JMicron (160MB/s read & 120MB/s write) Now I know......

Cons: Win7 didn't recognize it initially until driver installed Updated driver from 2006. Instruction links were broken on Silicon Image website. Speed is less than I hoped for, x1 slot is up to 250MB/s, but CrystalDiskMark got 146MB/s read&write vs 200+MB/s with ICH10R with 2 WD 640AAKS drives

Overall Review: I downloaded the driver from Silicon Image, let Win7 32bit find it in folder, no problems. Ran some benchmarks and got 142MB/s RAID0 Downloaded new Sil BIOS. In device manger, right click on Silicon Image controller, see the flash BIOS property. I used the r****.bin BIOS. r=RAID b=IDE/base other one=??? http://www.siliconimage.com/docs/SII-TT-0003.pdf

Boycott rebated products

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This motherboard works great. OCZ platinum RAM ok, Corsair 650W PSU works ok. Have used up to 7 WD drives ok.

Cons: I didn't send in the rebate because you evidently can't return a board that has been rebated. I worked 12hrs last Sat and Sun, extensive benchmarking and running 7 hour programs in various RAID combinations. It has not been 30 days and I am already locked out from filing for a rebate. Evidently they lock you out at 21 days now. By the time I received it, it was already past 7 days due to the Memorial Day holiday.

Overall Review: Boycott rebated products. Gigabyte (aka JMicron) ports are slow, in RAID0 160MB/s read, 120MB/s write. Same drives in ICH10R are 250MB/s read, 225MB/s write.

Boycott Rebates

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK

Pros: The RAM works ok

Cons: The rebates process for this product are pathetic. It has not been 30days from time of purchase but I can not access the form to fill it out, now it is evidently 21days. I have been working overtime (24hrs last weekend alone) and could not fill it out. Now that I have time, I'm locked out.

Overall Review: Don't buy rebated products.