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SHAWN F.

SHAWN F.

Joined on 12/14/09

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Most Favorable Review

Classy look, classy sound. Perfect!

Polk Audio TSi200 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Black Pair
Polk Audio TSi200 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Black Pair

Pros: High quality cherry finish that complements my walnut-clad 1974 Pioneer SX-1010 receiever nicely. High quality grills and components. Excellent sound that blows away my bigger Sony speakers. They really make music a pleasure to listen to and I don't feel like I'm constantly turning bass and treble knobs on my stereo to try and compensate for something missing anymore.

Cons: I really can't think of any. These speakers exceeded my expectations.

Overall Review: I have these speakers set up in a 2 channel stereo configuration. I don't use them as a home theater, but for music only. I listen to everything- techno, rap, pop, rock- you name it. Some customers have noted these speakers sound excessively bright. Since I've owned them, I keep my two treble knobs (10 khz and 20 khz) at the 0 position (a 0 dB boost). When I had my big Sony speakers, I kept both knobs at +4/5 dB to compensate for the Sonys lack of treble response. The Tsi-200s don't sound overly bright- there is a nice balance of rich, warm sound. This is going to depend on your receiver and audio source however. The midrange response is great (my main reason for buying them). Bass response isn't bad considering how small the two drivers are. The speakers sound great alone, but if you're really looking for a bass punch for movies and rap, they need to be used with larger speakers. This should not deter you from buying them though!

12/14/2009
Most Critical Review

Sound driver problems, latency issues in DAW

ASRock Z490M-ITX/ac LGA 1200 Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
ASRock Z490M-ITX/ac LGA 1200 Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Overall Review: Spent $1300 building a PC for music production studio. I have significant latency problems (stuttering and skipping) in my DAW, even with latency maxed out to 250 ms and using PortAudio. This is not a DAW issue because I have used the same one for years. Oddly, there's only latency when I wake the computer from sleep, but no latency from a clean boot. I updated Realtek drivers and "Nahimic" to the latest from ASRock website, but it's no help. There's no explanation about what "Nahimic" even is. The mobo has a Realtek chip on it. Is Nahimic just a piece of software? What is it? LatencyMon shows no problems with DPCs. It's the garbage audio driver on this motherboard.

It's just OK

Dell UltraSharp U2419H 23.8" Full HD 1920 x 1080 60 Hz HDMI, DisplayPort IPS Monitor
Dell UltraSharp U2419H 23.8" Full HD 1920 x 1080 60 Hz HDMI, DisplayPort IPS Monitor

Pros: - Minimal bezel - Easy to adjust brightness controls - Has speakers - Does not need an external AC power brick

Cons: - Has random episodes of flickering - Ghosting/smearing due to bad refresh rate - Vignetting - the edges of the screen are darker than the center - Can't get the USB ports to work - Does not get as bright as my previous IPS monitor - Swivel hinge design - Body is completely made out of plastic - Expensive compared to similar panels

Overall Review: Overall, somewhat disappointed with this monitor. Bad refresh rate is noticeable when scrolling web pages with black text on white background and in gaming. There is noticeable ghosting/smearing. Setting the monitor to "Fast" refresh rate makes it worse. I noticed Vignetting effect right away. Black levels are pretty bad, but on par with other matte IPS displays. Hard to get monitor level due to the swivel hinge design. Would be better if it snapped in place once level. Cable management hole is a joke. If you're buying this monitor because of the "Ultrasharp" brand name, you're going to be disappointed.