If you already have living room speakers and need a basic Receiver to power them, without paying for a lot of features you don't need, this looks like a good choice.
It won't steam audio channels and can not be controlled by the Yamaha app, but the reviewers love its sound quality and value.
It is a good quality Receiver for a living room.
Has a wired Ethernet connection (to connect to your home router or switch), allowing AirPlay, Spotify, Pandora, and the Yamaha remote control app.
Includes a 2-year warranty.
If you have a second speaker zone (kitchen, patio, etc) that you want to play the same audio as your living room, this "Zone B" receiver is the one you want.
This Yamaha is actually one of the only Receivers on the market that has a "Zone B" feature, which copies the audio from your living room even from a digital source.
However if you only want your second speaker zone to play music and radio (analog/stereo audio only), you can get a regular Receiver with a "Zone 2" feature, but beware it the second zone may not be able to play audio from your cable box and Blu-ray/DVD Player.
We have this receiver powering 5.1 speakers in a living room and 2 speakers on a patio.
When we are watching sports, a movie, or playing music in the living room, the sound carries outside to the patio when "Zone B" is switched on.
Using a phone or tablet connected to the home Wifi, the free Yamaha app can be used to turn on/off the patio speakers and adjust volume.
If you need speaker wire, 100-feet of 16-Gauge Speaker Wire goes for $11.
If you need in-wall or white speaker cable, Monoprice sells some of the best quality 16-gauge in-wall white speaker cable for about $15 to $20 per 100-feet.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
- 14-Piece Kitchen Knife Set for $23.50
AmazonBasics 14-Piece Knife Block Set for $23.49.
It is the second-best seller in Amazon's Block Knife Sets inventory, has positive reviews, and most other similar sets sell for at least $40.
Friday, May 8, 2015
- Facial and Body Brush for $2, code: M5S9YGNH
On the final checkout page, find the "Add a gift card or promotion code" box, and enter code M5S9YGNH
Final price should be $2 with free shipping.
The brush comes with 7 massaging heads and is powered by 2 AA batteries (not included).
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
- Sony 64GB Secure Digital Memory Card $28
64GB Secure Digital (SDXC) Memory Cards usually go for at least $30, and Sony cards usually go for $5 more than other brands.
Amazon has the Sony 64GB SD card on sale for $28 this morning.
As an alternative, a PNY 64GB Secure Digital Memory Card is on sale for $27 at Frys.com.
Shipping costs $2, or free with a $34+ order (so you can buy two for $54 with free shipping).
The PNY has similar performance and quality as the Sony.
Monday, May 4, 2015
- Cookware Set for $80
T-Fal E918SC Hard Anodized Nonstick Cookware Set for $80.
Usually goes for at least $100.
Includes 4 pans with lids, a 5qt dutch oven with lid, solid spoon, and slotted spatula.
The reviews are positive.
Sunday, May 3, 2015
- Refurbished Yamaha Sound Bar for $150
Yamaha ATS-1030-R factory-refurbished (not new) South Bar with Bluetooth for $150 today.
In theory, sound Bars are a cheap way to get good sound out of your TV without investing in an expensive A/V Receiver and speakers.
However, most Sound Bars are poor quality and have bad reviews.
This Yamaha ATS-1030 is one of the only ones that has mostly positive reviews.
This one is refurbished, so it had been previously returned for some reason, then fixed.
Yamaha is including a 1-year manufacturer's warranty, which is the same warranty they offer on the regular item (non-refurbished).
Friday, April 24, 2015
- Pair of Klipsch Outdoor Speakers $150
For today, Amazon is selling a pair of Klipsch CP-4 Compact 50-watt Outdoor Speakers in White for $150.
Most stores usually sell the pair for about $250.
Monday, April 20, 2015
- Kindle Fire HD 7" Tablet for $79
For today only, Amazon is offering the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 for $79.
Sunday, April 19, 2015
- 10-foot Lightning Cable for Apple Devices $10
At 10-feet long, this is one of the longest Lightning data/charge cables for Apple devices.
We paid $14.50 for this cable in January, and it has worked perfectly well for us with an iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPad Mini 2.
It is currently on sale for $10 with free shipping, and is one of the best Lightning cable values around today.
MFi-certified Lightning cables are compatible with Apple devices produced since September 2012, including iPhone 5 onwards, iPod Touch 5 onwards, iPad 4 onwards, iPod Nano 7 onwards, iPad Air, and iPad Mini.
There are a lot of cheaply made cables and USB chargers out there, but the ZeroLemon cables appear to be great quality.
We had no problem with them, and they have great reviews on Amazon.
Faulty products can cause damage to your devices, as a CNet story tells, so beware of cables bought on Ebay and from sellers that look sketchy.
- Ooma Telo Air VoIP Phone Adapter for $90 (expired)
Ooma is a popular device that provides Voice-over-IP (VoIP) for your home or business.
It plugs into your broadband Internet connection (cable modem, DSL, fiber line, etc) or uses Wifi, and hooks up to your home phone.
Once you buy the Ooma, all calls within the US are toll-free.
You will pay monthly taxes and a 911 service fee, which would typically total to under $4 per month (varies by location).
Ooma has very positive reviews, with most people praising the quality and pricing especially after dropping their telephone service from their phone/cable bill.
This version costs $90 today, and includes a Bluetooth adapter for so your mobile phone can make calls through the Ooma.
Ooma usually charges about $120 for the base unit alone (without the Bluetooth adapter).
An alternative to the Ooma is a Obihai OBi200 for $47.55.
It provides the same Voice-over-IP service to your home phone, but makes and receives calls through a free Google Voice account.
Unlike the Ooma, a Obihai box will not give any 911 emergency call service unless you add a phone provider to the unit which would cost $4 to $8 per month.
We have an Obihai box, and like how well it integrates with our existing Google Voice number.
The Obihai is nice, and takes only an hour to get running with a Google Voice account.
If you prefer a device that is more hassle free, the Ooma may be a better choice for you.
- LG 25" Ultra-wide Monitor for $230
LG (25UM64-S) 25-inch LED-backlit LCD 2560x1080 Ultra-wide Monitor for $230.
It usually sells for at least $260.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
- Pressure Washer for $120
14-amp Electric Pressure Washer with Hose Reel for $120 today.
Usually sells for around $150.
Monday, April 13, 2015
- 5-Book Game of Thrones eBooks on Kindle $9.69
On sale right now at Amazon is George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones 5-Book Boxed Set for Kindle for $9.69.
This 5-book set usually sells for around $50 for a regular paperback book set.
You must have a Kindle device or the free Kindle app on your phone or tablet.
Thursday, April 9, 2015
- Wireless Bluetooth Waterproof Floating Pool Speaker $58 (expired)
Pyle Aqua Blast Waterproof Floating Pool Speaker with built-in rechargeable battery and wireless Bluetooth streaming music for $58.
It usually sells for around $70.
- Backpack Sale
Backpacks for carrying 15-inch and 17-inch laptop computers.
We use a 15-inch backpack when traveling with a 12-inch laptop or a 15-inch laptop, and it has plenty of room for chargers, cables, adapters, a digital camera, and memory cards.
Monday, April 6, 2015
- OCZ 240GB SSD for $88.54, $20 Prepaid Card Rebate Available (expired: sold out)
OCZ Arc 100-Series 240GB SSD for $88.54 today.
A $20 American Express Prepaid Card is available by mail-in rebate if you remember to mail the rebate form with a cut-out of the UPC from the product box within 21 days from purchase.
A rebate like this, which is handled by a third party rebate fulfillment company, is risky.
Ask yourself if the product is worth the full price ($88.54 for this product).
Statistically, about two-thirds of customers will either forget the mail in the rebate, fail to complete all the requirements on the rebate form, or the rebate fulfillment company will deny your rebate for an unknown reason.
For this particular OCZ SSD, some Newegg reviewers (Trevor L. 3/21/2015, and Daniel K. 2/25/2015) have had issues getting their $20 Prepaid Card from the rebate fulfillment company.
Friday, April 3, 2015
- 40% off of Merrell Running Shoes
Merrell Men's and Women's Running Shoes for $60 to $72 after 40% off.
They usually sell for at least $95.
- Powerblock Classic 70 Adjustable Dumbbell Set $300
PowerBlock Classic 70 Dumbbell Set for $300 through tonight.
It usually sells for $428.
Many of the adjustable dumbbell sets have negative reviews because the adjustable pieces sometimes break, but this set has very positive reviews.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Amazon Prime Cloud Storage Update:
Amazon recently updated their Cloud Storage plan that is included free with an Amazon Prime membership.
They now give free unlimited photo storage, so you can upload as many photos as you have.
The unlimited storage only applies toward photos.
If you need to also store videos and other files, they offer an Unlimited Everything plan for $60/year.
- Sony 64GB MicroVault MicroUSB Flash Drive $30 (expired)
Usually sells for $35.
It has a Micro-USB port, not a regular USB port, meant for plugging into a smartphone.
Most non-Apple smartphones have a MicroUSB port, and this Sony MicroVault can give 64GB of additional storage to a MicroUSB-compatible device.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
- 32GB Secure Digital Memory Card $13 (expired)
PNY 32GB Secure Digital (SDHC) Class-10/UHS1 Memory Card for $13 through 3pm EDT today or until sold out.
32GB SD Cards usually go for around $17.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
- Canon Laser Printer and Scanner for $69
Canon D530 Laser Printer and Scanner for $69.
Its reviews are mostly positive, however it does not have built-in networking.
It is meant to be connected to a single computer via USB cable.
A USB cable is not included, and one can be purchased for $3.29 from Newegg or $4.67 from Amazon.
- LG 55-Inch 4K HDTV for $1400
LG (55UB9500) 55-inch LED-backlit LCD 3D 4K Ultra-HD TV for
with free shipping.
Checkout, login, enter your billing information, and the price reduces to $1400 on the final checkout page.
It usually sells for around $1800.