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I'm a staunch conservative, yet ODDLY, also pretty much a treehugger. I keep up on technology and buy all the latest gadgets & gizmos. I definetly price compare but if the price is SLIGHTLY (based on several factors) higher at Amazon I'll buy it from Amazon. I'm a Prime member so that factors in a little.
Only had this for a few days so I will need to update after it's broken in a bit. Though I wanted to say that right out of the box it has a very clean tight sound. My older sub that I replaced was a JBL 12 inch with a 150 watt amp. It was nice for movies but pretty poor for music.
This PSW505 took me a while to get set up well. I realize I'll probably need to adjust as it breaks in. As it stands now I like it very much. It is slightly more compact than the JBL and I like that. The sub performs nicely with music. The snap of the strings or drum is distinct. The LFE sounds for movies is crazy! It is very easy to overpower this sub and get too much bass. I tend to like it a little softer for music than movies which requires a change in the back volume knob. Minor inconvenience for me right now. I'm hoping this goes away as it loosens up during break-in. Not a deal breaker though.
I don't think most people will be disappointed with this sub, especially at this price point! It keeps rotating in price a bit. If you pay attention you will catch it under two hundred dollars.
I bought this for my bedroom home theater. I have a much nicer and larger Samsung in my family room. When looking for a larger TV for the bedroom I only looked at Sammy's and Panny's. The best TV's on the market in my opinion. I prefer the plasma TV's, I just think they have a better picture. I didn't want to spend a fortune on a system that isn't used that much so looked at the lower end plasma TV's. It didn't take long to focus on this one.
There are good reviews of this TV all over the web. Now naturally these reviews consider the fact that this is an entry level/lower end TV. Without getting long and drawn out about features and tweakability (these have already been beaten like a dead horse here). It has a great picture! I have to say that it really does rival my sammy downstairs. I fully understand the things that it doesn't have when compared to the top models ( I'm kinda techie, read my other reviews) but I still contend that it has a beautiful picture and for most applications you will be happy.
If your location is somewhat bright with many windows in a position to reflect onto the screen you may want to reconsider this TV. It has a very glossy screen. Plasma TV's tend toward this glossiness anyway. Some of the better models have reduced the glare considerably to where it is a moot point. This one is glossy though. In my bedroom it isn't a problem, due to my window placement. A darker room or basement application may be better. With that said the glossy screen is about the only negative (that really isn't a negative in my opinion) I can think of.
Now this is a basic TV (not a negative either because you know this ), no network and associated apps (I use my Wi-Fi Bluray player for that), fairly basic picture controls (not bad and certainly good enough for 90% of the folks out there), only two HDMI inputs. That is something to consider. Although again I will say that out of the box with no tweaking at all it had a great picture and I am very satisfied with the TV, after all it is a Panasonic!! One of the cheapest great pictures out there. Read the CNET review. I bought this at Costco since it was cheaper but generally it is hard to beat Amazon. I've purchased two flat screens from Amazon and their delivery and customer service is Top Notch!!!
Don't know what the negatives reviews are all about? You really have to take some of these reviews with a grain of salt!
This BR player is very nice. It has a small footprint, very thin, which I like. Set-up was a breeze. The network features are flawless. Connected easily. Streams movies beautifully.
Loading time to play a BR disc is fast.
The remote is not too cluttered with buttons. Does everything you need and is easy to use.
Picture quality is perfect.
Couldn't be happier. Highly recommend!!
Many details have already been discussed here, so we are all familiar with the ups and downs of the receiver. I am just going give my take on some of the issues with this receiver.
First I want to say that I really like this receiver. I use it in my bedroom set-up. I have a Pioneer Elite SC-68 9.2 receiver in my family room home theater which is amazing and this doesn't come close but it's a SUB $500 receiver. I will say that it is a great receiver for the money.
Yes, the GUI is pretty plain and not the easiest to follow but it works and one can get through it. You'll get used to it.
The sound is MUCH better than I expected. Very happy in this department. Which I consider the most important.
Plenty of power, and clean even at very loud volumes.
The networking is flawless for me and at this price point almost unbelievable. Bluetooth and Airplay work fine. My only issue with the networking is the available apps. Now I only got this set-up yesterday so haven't spent LOTS of time playing with it. The only way to get apps appears to be through the Sony Entertainment Network (SEN). As I haven't dug into the network a ton yet it appears to be this way so far. Back to the apps though. The SEN shows tons of apps on their main page that scroll across in a semi-circle. When I got to the point that I could load apps onto my receiver only two showed up as compatible(?), Slacker and Pandora. These both work beautifully and the music's sound is very good!! Apps like Netfix, Amazon Streaming, Hulu plus and such were on the main page but not available for my receiver. I wasn't wild about this. I have to add that there was an option for loading a credit card number for purchases. I did not do this. Tired of practically every website asking for this anymore. So this may be the reason these other apps were not available to me. Even though those apps are free there are some possible charges to those services. I'll investigate further when time permits. Still liking this receiver!!
HDMI switching is quite slow. This is switching between the Bluray player, the cable box, and any other peripherals connected to the HDMI inputs. So slow That at first I thought something wrong. I mean it's actually about 15 seconds! An eternity now days! My other receiver is instantaneous.
The speaker connections on the back (same as used on practically all receivers normal folks can afford) are very hard to use. They are close together and difficult to get tight. Luckily the Auto-Calibration picked up two loose connections. It gives you codes if there are problems. It doesn't say which speaker specifically just front or rear is disconnected. Upon inspection I found those two were very loose. I ended up carefully using needle nose pliers to tighten all of them and most were loose. Very hard to get your fingers in there to tighten them!!! This problem rears it's ugly head on pretty much all receivers though.
There are two subwoofer out connections which is sweet!!! Usually reserved for higher end receivers.
The auto-calibration works well. It got the distances right on, The large vs small speaker set-up was good for me. It set the subwoofer way too low. Think someone else here had the same issue. These auto-cals ALWAYS need to be reviewed and usually tweaked a tad.
A relatively minor issue was the wi-fi antenna which rotates up or down. With the unit being somewhat tall, and putting it on the shelf it HAD to be on, I could not put it up all the way. Minor, but may affect reception in a weak environment.
The remote is ridiculous! Long and PACKED with buttons!!! I bought another Harmony One (it's the best, buy one!) so will only use the included remote on RARE occasions, if ever. Man, the included remote is one of the more complex remotes I've seen. Someone mentioned a scientific calculator, yeah almost that bad!
So I really like the receiver a lot! These issues would not be enough to deter me from buying it. The full networking alone will cost you much more money (even if you consider dongles for some of the network ready receivers). Yes there are much better receivers out there but you won't find this much receiver at this price point anywhere. Highly recommended.
I have the "Old" Harmony One and this "New" Harmony One. Using both on two seperate systems. There is some talk about the "Old" vs "New" versions. My take on that:
They are both outwardly physically identical. Can't speak for the inside. I use the exact same older software to program both. Some have said that the "New" version uses the web based programming tool "MyHarmony.com" (which isn't as robust as the older software). You can use MyHarmony.com but it also works with the older better software just fine. My advise is to use the original older software (downloadable from Logitech) because you have more accurate flexibility in programing. There was also some forum talk about worse battery life on the "New" one. I haven't noticed that, both seem to go roughly a week before needing a night on the cradle. Now I don't tend to constantly use the remote so that is based on my usage pattern only.
This is the best remote I've ever used because my macros tend to be long and complicated yet work flawlessly (After some considerable tweaking). It will turn on your receiver, set it to the right output, turn on your TV, set it to the right input, set it to a particular channel (if you like?), turn on the PS3 (with an optional adapter since the PS3 is Bluetooth, not IR) and control all of it's functions (no more controller) with just one touch. Sweet!
Buy it if you are fairly literate with electronic toys, stay far away if you aren't!!!!!
I think my title says it all. There is a lot of action and some of it is on par with some of the better I've seen but it is such a horrible movie I'm not sure it swayed me (just my opinion) much. I was going to have some of the guys over to watch it on my home theater set-up, but after watching it I decided to save them the torture.
Didn't like this movie at all!
I also have a Teeter 7000 inversion table and I find the "hang" I get from this is much better for my lower back. Hard to explain really but it takes the curve out of your lower spine and seems to help much better with the temporary relief you get with these inversion devices. My pain is in my lower back, very low, and this helps me considerably. It doesn't work miracles but it gives me some relief which is beautiful when you deal with daily back pain.
As in all Teeter products this thing is built very sturdy. The build quality is way over and above what it needs to be. A nice piece of equipment!
Pool covers are an odd thing. I've had 5 year covers and 15 year covers yet they all only last a couple of years. I mean the better ones have lasted a season or two longer but not such a big deal.
This cover seems to be one of the better ones. I should get 3 years out of it. Seems decent enough.