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This review is from: Tablo SPVR2-01-NA Digital Video Recorder
Pros: Considering the complexity involved in creating such a product, it functions amazingly well. The Tablo tuners are better than any built in ATSC tuner I have ever used with any TV. Setup was a breeze with the android app; totally intuitive and simple. Once the Tablo is set up, you can easily access it with any device it supports. I was able to get it working with the ROKU and AppleTV apps, as well as a PC browser with no problems.
Honestly it works perfectly. Picture quality is great, and you can even record in 1080p @ 8Mbps if your network is robust enough. Recordings are easy to set up if you pay for the enhanced guide. Accessing the recordings is easy and the Roku and Apple TV remotes make it easy to pause, skip, etc.
Cons: Loading a live channel is slow, as is navigating the channel guide. $5/month for the full guide is a little high considering that for a few bucks more you can get a Netflix or Hulu subscription with access to thousands of titles. If you don't want to pay the $5 monthly fee, you get a scaled down guide that only goes 24 hours into the future.
Other Thoughts: With the exception of one of my TVs which uses a Roku which has a wireless connection, I have a fully wired network. Many of the problems people have are related to using a wireless network. It is really important to have the Tablo connected to your network using a gigabit wired connection.
Also, you obviously need to have a suitable TV antenna that can receive the channels you want. There are websites that can tell you how far you are away from the transmission towers.
Pros: The cooler definitely has a solid, quality feel when you take it out of the box. The fan is very solid and quiet. The heat “radiator” is heavy and well constructed. Obviously liquid cools much better than air, so this will keep your CPU as cool as a cucumber. The cooler comes with thermal grease already applied.
Cons: The instruction sheet is kind of small. I’m OK with language agnostic instructions, but it would really help if the diagrams were larger and easier to read. Having to remove the motherboard from the case was a bit of a hassle, but necessary because of the size and weight of the cooler.
Other Thoughts: As expected, the most complicated part of the install was dealing with the small parts that are customized for each supported CPU type. I am currently running an I7 2600 which uses an lga1155 socket. In my case, installation involved putting a back plate under the motherboard, feeding 4 long screws up from underneath, putting stand offs on the screws, and then putting the mounting brackets (two of them) onto the standoffs. The cooler itself attaches to the mounting brackets and tightens down. From there, it is just a matter of mounting the fan/radiator and connecting the power. Overall it took me about an hour to install, mainly because I had to remove the mother board to install the back plate.
I live it a very hot climate, and in the summer, the inside of the house is over 80F degrees for about 7 straight months which makes CPU cooling a challenge. Because of this, having a liquid cooler is a very good option for me.
I’ve had it installed for about a month and it is working great. Maximum CPU temperatures dropped over 20 degrees Celsius on average, and now rarely exceed 45 Celsius under full load. The LED light effect is a nice touch too.
This review is from: Klipsch Reference Series RF-10 Dual 4.5-inch Two-Way Floorstanding Speaker (Single)
Pros: Excellent sound reproduction for both music and movies.
Cons: A little too small to use as front speakers unless they are in a smaller space.
Other Thoughts: I purchased these originally to be front speakers. I found they lacked a little bit of punch for the job. I ended using them as my satellites and purchased a set of RF-26 speakers for front speakers. After balancing everything out with the build it Denon audyssey calibration with my receiver, I am very pleased. Beautiful sound reproduction that is accurate and almost understated in the sense that the balance of sounds is so perfect, nothing stands out in an unnatural way. My other speakers are also Klipsch reference, a 12" sub, and an r-25c center.READ FULL REVIEW