"Good, but fatally falwed"0.5 starson by ivaskaj
Pros: Nice style, nice subtle lighting that's not annoyingly bright. Fast & powerful, quite hard to bog this system down.
Cons: Digital optical/coaxial ports are NOT 5.1 compatible.
Summary: I'd give this computer the best review possible... except for one fatal and unforgivable flaw. The optical/coaxial digital outputs are NOT 5.1 compatible. I have it hooked up to my $650 Yamaha receiver that decoded 5.1 with no problems from my stand alone blu-ray player, and all I get is 2.1 sound. When I try to access the dolby modes and audio enhancers, my receiver says "not available". I have this hooked up to my 55" TV via a HDMI connection. When I connect an optical cable from my TV's output to the optical input on my receiver, I get 5.1 surround, and can access all my enhancers and dolby modes. I only have a short optical cable... perfect for reaching from the computer to the stereo receiver... not so perfect for reaching the 12' from the TV to the stereo receiver. This is yet another long and expensive cable I'll need to purchase and snake down thru all the spaghetti behind my entertainment center, and this atrocity simply can't be forgiven. I should be able to hook up an optical or coaxial direct from the computer's output to my stereo and have full capability without having to go thru a middleman.
The computer itself is fine. It does whatever I command with no BS, and I have yet to have it bog down or fail to follow a direct order. Unfortunately, the audio output ruins an otherwise perfect system.