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This review is from: Sony STR-DH520 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver
Pros: Refurbished units like new and well packaged. Great price at $139. Fast shipping. Easy to manually set up and configure. Good basic surround features. Good power.
Cons: Only covered by 30 day warranty with no options for extended warranty and I removed 1 egg for that. In my humble opinion no product should be sold with only a 30-day warranty without an option to buy more protection. Basic feature set with no on-screen display or automatic set-up although manual set-up is fairly easy. Some people carp about menus but I am a set it and forget it person and it works for me.
Other Thoughts: I rolled the dice and bought 2 of these when Newegg had them on sale for $139. They looked new to me and have worked flawlessly, which is good as the short 30-day warranty ran out yesterday. Would be nice if Newegg offered an extended warranty. Put them into a family room and master BR and paired with Martin Logan 2 surround systems I bought around Thanksgiving from Newegg with Wharfedale monitors on the front channels I had sitting around. Overall very happy with both sets after doing some fine tuning on the surround set-up. I have a Pioneer Elite receiver with Klipschorn fronts and Klipsch surrounds in my theatre room so I know what a high-end system sounds like and the little Sony with the ML2s is really quite a bargain. Kudos to the Newegg buyers for making quality, basic surround sound affordable to anyone that is willing to take advantage of their refurb and sale items.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: CyberLink PowerDirector 11 Ultra
Pros: Semi-professional editing at a reasonable price with a familiar timeline interface, offering quality effects and the fastest rendering engine available. Much faster than Adobe Premiere Elements. Best of all, only two crashes in 6 months running on a Acer I7 laptop with Win 8.0.
Cons: Documentation leaves a lot to be desired and makes a lot of assumptions that leave the user to experiment around to figure a lot things out. Would prefer a well written tech manual to sketchy videos and Help that leaves half the functionality out. Understand that reasonable price implies bad documentation but certainly Cyberlink can afford to do a little better. Good technical writing isn't that expensive.
Other Thoughts: Version 12 is out and they badger you at every opportunity to buy their new version but as a rule of thumb I never adopt a new version of an application until at least 6 months into life. I will say that even after version 12 came out Cyberlink put out a major patch to version 11 and that is a huge positive in my book, i.e., they support older products. Kudos to Cyberlink. Have used Premiere, Premiere Elements, Liquid and Media Composer. Liquid had the best interface and was the best editor ever made but then Avid bought it, orphaned it and offered no conversion to Media Composer, leaving Liquid users hanging. VERY BAD FORM AVID and the reason I will NEVER purchase an Avid product, although I have used Media Composer for a couple of productions which I free-lance edited on another producers computer and it is a solid product but waaaay too expensive IMHO. Premiere is solid but too expensive and Premiere Elements is slow and lock-up prone in version 10 and earlier. Haven't used it recently as I don't do Adobe Cloud applications. I find Cloud applications in general to be intrusive and the concept of holding the legal user hostage to purchase a new upgrade both unattractive and unacceptable.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Inexpensive with fan and esata.
Cons: Fan was noisy until it completely failed.
Other Thoughts: Should have just bought a case without a fan and I wouldn't have had to listen to craptaceous fan make noise until it crapped out. Why do manufacturers save fifty cents by putting in a lousy fan instead of something with bearings that is quiet and lasts longer than a gallon of milk? Newegg, do us all a favor and demand that your manufacturers start putting decent cooling fans in your products.READ FULL REVIEW