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Phillip K.

Phillip K.

Joined on 05/01/06

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Pretty darn good, price-considered at least

SONY STR-DH520 7.1-Channel, 3D pass-through 6 HD inputs 4 HDMI HD Cinema Sound A/V Receiver
SONY STR-DH520 7.1-Channel, 3D pass-through 6 HD inputs 4 HDMI HD Cinema Sound A/V Receiver

Pros: Excellent HDMI control; no glitching with output like many other receivers. Simple to setup. Decent sound/7.1, good for the price. Sound for home-theater is plenty adequate and full. Decent manual. Can push a good amount of power with no distortion. Very stable firmware (no odd glitching like most of the rivals).

Cons: Better-sounding receivers are out there, if you've got the money (mostly only noticeable with music). No EQ. No auto-calibration for sound. No on-screen setup for non-Sony TVs (although at this price point it's rivals on-screen are so bad you might as well not have one). No network functionality.

Overall Review: I purchased this since my wife hated how much I've spent on speakers and accessories lately, and needed to save a few bucks. The refurb is fantastic, not a scratch on the thing (and should still have a warranty through Newegg). My brother and parents both have this receiver for some time, so it's pretty stable. Make sure you get a HDMI 1.4 cable if connecting a PC; I had a cheap one at first that worked fine on our blu-ray player, but when I connected the PC it wouldn't handshake the receiver. I use the PC for sound, so I can setup an EQ as well; receivers at this price-point never seem to have settings beyond the bass/treble adjustments. Have it hooked up to 2 JBLs, waiting on the pioneer sub to hook up the whole 5.1 setup. Music sounds OK, but these JBL bookshelfs (northridges) aren't the best speakers I've had to begin with; home-theater-wise this combo sounds great. Debated on a better receiver, but too many of the Pioneers/Onkyo's have glitches (hence the lowered prices); if you want to take a risk, the newer firmware is supposed to be stable, probably better than this Sony receiver.

3060 Underwhelming but card quality is good

ASUS Dual GeForce RTX 3060 12GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 Video Card DUAL-RTX3060-O12G-V2
ASUS Dual GeForce RTX 3060 12GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 Video Card DUAL-RTX3060-O12G-V2

Pros: -Quiet -Moderate size -Runs cool

Cons: -Overpriced -Not very powerful -Too subtle RBG effect

Overall Review: Overall, the 3060, even if OC, is pretty underwhelming. I've had a 970 which cost less than half the cost of this for over the past 7 years, and while the card itself was fine the vRAM was limiting with any sort of mods for RPGs. This is a slight improvement; the vRAM is of course far more plentiful so happy about that, but the processing power is only a moderate improvement. And of course things are horrible for buying GPUs in general right now, but even at MSRP the series is pretty underwhelming. But I'd imagine it's much easier to obtain the 3060 cards over others, as I "won" the ability to purchase this card on only my third shuffle. But this could be really good for small cases, as the card doesn't seem to put off a ton of heat, is "relatively" small compared to many GPUs, and I've had zero issues with the ASUS version of this card. The RBG is very, very subtle (would've liked slightly more pronounced). But it looks nice and functions well, runs cool and quiet, so in the right build it's not a bad bet at all, just a shame the way pricing is right now and the very slowed growth of processing power even after several generations.

Fantastic for the price

Pioneer SW-8-K 100W Powered Subwoofer Single
Pioneer SW-8-K 100W Powered Subwoofer Single

Pros: Great punchy bass, handles most subwoofer freq range. Pretty loud for a small bass. Looks nice. Auto-off feature works great. Easy-adjustment knobs.

Cons: Even though the sub is smallish, the enclosure is not super small (but not large either, just make sure you look at the dimensions).

Overall Review: Obviously this isn't going to compare to audiophile subs in the $500+ range, so don't even try. For a somewhat space-saving sub, with a great price with pretty accurate (not boomy) bass response, this is a fantastic choice. I have it in a 10x10 room and it is awesome; could put in a room double that size, but don't expect it to fill a very large living room. Handles theater audio fantastically, and does really well for music/rock audio as well, just don't expect it to blow out the windows.