Home Cinema setup with a Yamaha RX-V663 home cinema amplifier

The best value home theater receivers are in the midrange category. They offer superior sound over underpowered entry-level models, include the most important features available on the high-end models, and they still manage to cost between $400 and $600. I recommend this for your home cinema project.


Yamaha RX-V663 Home Cinema Amplifier

The Yamaha RX-V663 falls right into the midrange class, and if your main concern is sound quality, it’s one of the better AV receivers we’ve heard, outperforming the Sony STR-DG920 in our head-to-head match up..

The shape of the RX-V663 is nothing much to look at, just your standard run of the mill AV receiver shape. On the top half, there’s a centered orange LCD display, which we found easily readable from about 8 feet back.  The large volume knob on the right hand side is above the front panel inputs

The RX-V663 has a really nice remote well laid out and a nice feel from the keys, I don’t use it much as I have switched to the harmony remote.

The back panel layout is a bit annoying the design is not as you would expect. For some reason, the audio and video inputs for each device are separate, so, for example, you’d run the yellow composite video cable from your Nintendo Wii to the far right-hand side, while the red and white analog audio cables would go on the far left. It’s likely to cause a rat’s nest of tangled wires on many home theater systems, as well as forcing you to separate many cables that bundle video and audio connections together. You might want to consider going for a wireless home theater system if you want to avoid the cable spaghetti

Yamaha’s Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO) automatic speaker calibration system determines speaker sizes and volume levels, measures the distances from the speakers to the listener, confirms that all of the speaker cables are correctly hooked up, and uses equalization to balance the frequency response of all the speakers. This process work very well when I ran it connected to my Accusound Speaker, I only need to run it once and the sound was really balanced, when I mount the rear speaker onto wall brackets.

Starting the auto setup program is as easy as plugging in the included mic, but note that we got an inaccurate error warning during out tests.

Yamaha RX-V663 ipod Dock

Some nice features that I liked, these don’t always get a mention. One is that the RX-V663 includes two switched AC outlets, for powering other components. The next is the special ipod docking port that lets you connect a ipod dock or the bluetooth adapter, I use the ipod dock works well. The on screen display from the ipod dock is still a bit old fashioned but it work ok for selection music from your ipod.

Apple iPod Nano 8GB 3rd Gen MP3 Video Player

My First introduction to apples music players was the ipod nano, before this I was just using a generic mp3 player until someone said here borry this for a week and I dare you to tell me you dont like it.  So the challenge was on and I am now a convert, mainly for the ease of use and the good sound quality.  As allways the big sticking point is with cost you will generally find that apple products are a bit more expensive that the generic brand players that come out of china, but as they say you get what you pay for. Its also a great product to sell on ebay.

iPod Nano Details

This is theapple ipod nano 3rd Gen Nano still a very high quality device, but even better value for money now the 4th Gen iPod nano are out. iPod nano is the small iPod with one very big idea: Video. The world’s popular music player lets you enjoy TV shows, movies, video podcasts, and more. The larger, brighter display means amazing picture quality. It features an anodized aluminum top and polished stainless steel back. It’ll wow you for hours. Play up to 5 hours of video or up to 24 hours of audio on a single charge. iTunes provides music, movies, TV shows, games and more.


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All those features within a wafer-thin, 6.5-mm profile makes iPod nano a tiny big attraction you’ll just love carrying around!

Running Injury free

Do you want to do your Running Injury free

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Based on 30 years of research and constant work, Dr. Romanov’s running technique is a unique system that paved the way for some of the other running styles known today. Introduced to America in the early 90’s, it was being used in Russia since the mid 70’s. Today the Pose running technique is used around the world by both champions and amateurs alike.

If improved performance and injury-free running are your goals then this book is a must! A must have for coaches, athletes and joggers everywhere.

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Polar RS100 Heart Rate Monitor

The Polar RS100 Designed for goal-oriented runners,

the Polar RS100 wrist heart rate monitor is an essential piece of sports equipment if you want to get the best from your training it helps you to easily and accurately measure your heart rate to help you get to just the right intensity or your exertion level. It’s great for both beginning runners or more experienced runners preparing for competitions and if you talk to any personal trainer they will tell you that it’s a must have item on you sport equipment list.

I have been using the Running Monitor for over a year now and really like the lap time function of the Polar RS100

About Polar

The first EKG accurate wireless heart rate monitor was invented by Polar back in 1977 as a training tool for the Finnish National Cross Country Ski Team. The concept of “intensity training” by heart rate swept the athletic world in the eighties and picked up by personal trainers. By the 1990s, individuals were looking to heart rate monitors not only for performance training needs, but also for achieving everyday fitness goals. Today, the same concept of heart rate training is being used by world-class athletes as well as everyday people trying to lose weight. Polar is the leading brand among consumers, coaches, and personal trainers worldwide and the company is committed to not only producing the best products, but also being the leading educator on the benefits of heart rate based exercise.