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This review is from: Yamaha RX-V775WA 7.2 Channel Network AV Receiver
Pros: - Sound quality
- HDMI switching and pass through with power off
- Can be controlled by iOS devices
Cons: - Internet radio is awkward to set up and use
- Wireless adapter is really just a generic wireless bridge with a very awkward UI
- No encoding of component video over HDMI
- Remote has many small buttons of questionable utility
- iPhone app has poor UI - not well thought out for size of screen, but iPad is a bit better
- DLNA support is limited to audio formats
- airplay is audio only
Other Thoughts: This is a really nice amplifier that suffers from a bit of featuritis. There are lots of little features that look good when reading a spec sheet, but that are really unlikely to be used by most customers. For example, how many people are using an amp in this price range to bi-amp speakers, or to power front presence speakers (at the expense of rear surrounds)? Yamaha could win over more customers if they spent their effort on a well thought out remote and a nice on-screen UI. (Yes, things have improved over what they offered 6 or 7 years ago, but it still looks like ugly compared to a modern Apple or Samsung device.)
Despite those complaints, I'm happy to give them credit for getting the most important things right. The sound quality is really nice. The 7 channel stereo (2 channel spread over 7) is really nicely implemented, and HDMI pass through and switching while the receiver is off is great.
I don't regret getting the product; it's just a bit frustrating that they missed some opportunities to make the user experience as beautiful as the listening experience.
This review is from: Polk Audio Monitor Series New Monitor 45B Two-Way Bookshelf Loudspeaker (Black) Pair
Pros: At full price, there are many options that compete with these speakers but Polk Monitors rarely (ever?) sell for full price at newegg. I'm not a hardcore audiophile, but to my vulgar ears, they're quite crisp and clear without ever sounding harsh or muddy at sane volume levels. They also have pleasantly potent and crisp bass for their size.
Cons: Read the specs carefully. They're quite deep and have a rear port. This may limit where you can place them. While they have impressive bass for their size, they don't fundamentally change speaker design; bigger speakers (or adding a sub) will produce lower frequencies, giving you a more complete and richer sound.
Other Thoughts: I also own a pair of Polk TSX550T speakers. The TSX550Ts are large, floorstanding speakers with 5 drivers, including 2 8-inch ones. A single tower costs more than a pair of Monitor 45Bs. It's not surprising that the TSX550T speakers produce a richer, fuller sound. What is surprising is how close the 45Bs get to their much larger cousins for a fraction of the price.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill R-WO-H01 Electric Wine Opener (battery not included)
Pros: The combination stand/foil cutter is nice and gives the overall system a low profile compared to solutions with built-in batteries and wall-chargers. I'm using eneloops, which seem to work well so far. The translucent bottom makes it easy and somewhat entertaining to see the progress of the cork.
Cons: The openings for the batteries were too small. I tried several different types and just wouldn't slide in without excessive force. I managed to get one in, then realized it would be nearly impossible to get it out. (Doh!) After 20 minutes of shaking I gave up and then managed to pull out the battery by grabbing the positive end with a pair of very small needle nose pliers. If the first battery I pushed in hadn't been positive side up, it might have wound up stuck there forever.
I didn't pay a lot for this and didn't' want the hassle of returning it, so I pulled out the Dremel and went to work widening the openings. I was surprised by how much plastic I had to remove before getting a good fit. As shipped, it wasn't even close.
N.B.: I'm NOT recommending the above as an acceptable solution. Clearly, it voids any warranty and makes your product non-returnable. I'm including these details just to give a sense of how far the product was from spec.
Other Thoughts: It was hard deciding on an egg count for this. If it arrived with proper sized battery openings, it would have been a 5. If I didn't have the resourcefulness to use the Dremel, it would have been a 0. I settled on 3.READ FULL REVIEW