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rearadmiral (388) 07-10-12  04:47pm
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Status: Current Member for less than 1 month (at the time of review).
Pros: - Huge collection
- Many sites
- Offers HD on many scenes (in MP4 only)
- New sites added
- Good variety of ethnicities, ages and body types
Cons: - Video quality isn’t great (with WMVs)
- Time-outs for links are very short
- Some sites have just been abandoned
- Found an unusually high number of WMV files with sound that wasn’t synchronized with the video
- Large number of ads and upsells – many sites are additional cost
- Sites don’t list scenes by model – they’re given a unique name
- Doesn’t bill through a reputable biller
- A lot of fake breasts and tattoos
Bottom Line: This has been one of the most difficult reviews I’ve written here. On one hand, this network offers a lot of decent porn for a low price. On the other hand, it takes an “all-you-can-eat-buffet” approach to porn: there’s lots of it but a lot of it seems the same. I would (and will) recommend the site, but only for people looking for specific things in a porn site.

Bang Bros doesn’t need much of an introduction here, but for those who don’t know it, it is a collection of 20+ sites covering a wide variety of niches. The sites are listed at TBP so I won’t mention them here. There is lots of variety, and lots of well-known talent here too. The scenes are shot reasonably well and the website is relatively easy to navigate and use. I have no idea how many scenes are on offer, but it has to be several thousand at least.

Each scene on each site opens into a separate page where you can select how to view the scene or photos. The scene can be streamed in “light,” “medium” and HD. I can’t vouch for those as I prefer downloads. Downloads are available as WMVs and MP4s. While the MP4s are available in several file sizes (from “small” to “HD”) the WMVs are only available in one size. I prefer WMVs so that’s what I downloaded. Those come in at 640x480 @ 1100kb/s and 30fps. Subjectively, they’re what you’d expect for those specs. I do wish that the network offered more choice for WMVs. While this isn’t widespread, I did find a higher number of WMV files with unsynchronized audio than I’d see on other sites. This is a fairly rare problem, so to have it occur on 20+ scenes seems high.

The network does offer a lot of material in HD. The HD is MP4 only and comes in at 1280x720 at 3000kb/s and 30fps. These, obviously, look a lot better than the low resolution WMVs.

While photos are available, this really isn’t a photo site. The photos are screencaps of the videos and are available as singles or as zips. I didn’t download any photos.

Speaking of downloads, while the network would allow you to use a download manager to increase the download speed, the link timeouts were so short that a manager couldn’t be used to queue up multiple scenes. The timeouts are the shortest I’ve ever encountered on a site that still allows download managers, being less than two minutes before the link would go dead.

This isn’t a pro or con, but it seems odd that the network stops updating sites but creates another one with a similar niche. It really doesn’t matter, but why stop updating one BJ site only to create another similar one? Not to be too cynical, but my guess is that it helps in marketing by being able to say you have more sites.

The network does have its flaws, though I’ll admit many of the flaws I see are subjective. My biggest issue is that when browsing a specific site you have a thumbnail of the scene and below that is the scene name and the date it was uploaded. While I have nothing against providing that information, I do wish that they’d also provide the model’s name. I found it easier to browse the network by model than by site.

This is definitely a subjective criticism, but the site seems to favour larger models than I normally like. I’m not talking BBW or anything like that, but my preference runs to the more petite models. Petite models are here, but the site seems to favour those with larger breasts and asses. Tattoos are also plentiful. If you like your models petite and unadorned, you may not like this network. On the other hand, there are a lot of different ages and races here too.

Another issue here is that even after joining the network you’ll see lots of ads for other sites and up-sells for other, additional-cost, network sites. While I can understand why a network would want to generate more income, this network really makes these ads and up-sells prominent. (But since I joined two of the up-sells, they obviously work.)

The network manages its own accounts so there is no biller. As exotics4me noted in a comment, you really need to make sure your membership is cancelled, a particularly is you’ve added sites for additional cost. The simple means for cancelling only applies to the main network so unless you specifically cancel the add-on sites that billing may recur.

As I said at the beginning, even with the flaws I’d still recommend this site, though not to everyone and only after explaining the site’s weaknesses. I’d recommend the site to someone looking to access a lot of porn for a decent price where quality isn’t the motivating factor. Who would this be? Likely someone deciding to give up on “tube” sites and start actually paying for the porn they use. I wouldn’t recommend this network to a long-time porn collector with experience with great sites. That would be recommending that someone who dines at Morton’s Steakhouse try Uncle Moe’s Family Feedbag. Both serve a purpose, but some people won’t feel satisfied at Moe's.

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HonestJoe (3) I'd like to correct a mistake made in rearadmirals review here:
"While photos are available, this really isn’t a photo site. The photos are screencaps of the videos and are available as singles or as zips."

That is wrong. There are BOTH Hi-Res Stills photos AND screencaps for all sites on the Bangbros network other than Bangbus as that one only has screencaps, but no hi-res photos. But all of the other sites on the network have a choice of both photos and screencaps.

If you look at the presentation page of a scene, you will see this:
Pictures and zip files
Photos / Screencaps / Photos.zip / Screencaps.zip

The photos are actual posed-for shots, taken before the videos are shot, and while they are done to mimic the video they are presented with, they often have different poses and positions than are featured in the vids. They have great lighting and very high production values.

The photos are very high quality 3000x2000 hi-res photos with very little compression, with the individual pics being between 2 and 3mb each in size. They are also very generous with the quantity of them, some photo sets are 800 pics or more and the full zips of some shoots are over 500mb in size.

Now the screencaps, those are just still captures taken directly from the videos, which is a good way to quickly browse through what happens in a scene before you watch or download it. But they are kind of unnecessary as it's just as easy to make your own screencaps from the vids yourself if you want to.

I personally love the hi-res photos and download the zips of those more often than the actual videos. I usually stream the vids on the site to watch them, but only download select ones. But i grab every photo.zip of the shoots i like. HD video is great, but it still doesn't come anywhere close to the clarity of Hi-Res still photos taken with 16 megapixel still cameras. And Bangbros have some of the best in the biz.

09-04-12  08:58am

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rearadmiral (388) REPLY TO #1 - HonestJoe :

Thanks for that update. I must have missed the links to the higher resolution photos.
09-04-12  05:12pm

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