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ORDEL® iPhone 5S & 5C iOS7 Compatible 8 Pin To 30 Pin Connector / Adapter - Charging & Sync - (Standard Adapter -No Audio)
ORDEL® iPhone 5S & 5C iOS7 Compatible 8 Pin To 30 Pin Connector / Adapter - Charging & Sync - (Standard Adapter -No Audio)

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Your mileage will vary, 26 Dec. 2013
Thought I'd take a chance on this uncertified lightning adaptor as it was so cheap. It worked fine for the first few months and then became highly unreliable. There's no obvious sign of physical damage but it simply doesn't charge up my device half the time - the contact seems extremely finicky. At this price you can always buy another but just bear in mind that the adaptor is basically flaky


Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones Ideal for use with Apple iPod, iPad, iPhone, HTC, Samsung Galaxy, Motorola Moto G etc.
Bluetooth Wireless Stereo Headphones Ideal for use with Apple iPod, iPad, iPhone, HTC, Samsung Galaxy, Motorola Moto G etc.

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All right for the price, 14 Aug. 2011
These bluetooth headphones are cheap and cheerful and perform accordingly. Audio quality is distinctly mediocre, rather lacking at the high end, and there's a constant faint whine whose origin I can't quite fathom. Still, the device does pair just fine with both my MacBook and my iPod touch, and stays connected up to just over 5 metres away.

Interestingly, my washing machine's spin cycle interferes with the audio, causing stuttering that persists even after the washing machine has stopped. The only cure is to turn the headphones off and on again.

There is a built-in microphone, but it's been bandwidth-limited to suit people who will be using it for mobile phone calls - the mike is pretty much deaf to anything above a couple of kilohertz. If you're using it on Skype, therefore, your voice will sound like you're on a phone rather than on a decent-quality microphone. You're far better off using any wired headphones with a built-in mike.

As for wearability, these headphones will fit anyone as long as you don't have an unusually big bonce. Mine is probably medium large and the fit is best described as comfortably snug.

The manual - in gloriously appalling English - mentions that an AC charger and USB audio dongle are included, but the only accessory provided in the 7dayshop version is the USB charging cable.


72mm RUBBER LENS HOOD
72mm RUBBER LENS HOOD

2.0 out of 5 stars Wears out quickly, 25 July 2011
The problem with this lens hood isn't that it is visible at the frame edges when shooting at very wide angles - even OEM lens hoods do that because of the shape and geometry they need to be able to screen glare effectively. In practice, I found the lens hood only visible at less than 25mm (around 35mm SLR equivalent). Where this lens hood really falls down is the elasticity wears out fairly fast; to put it another way, it becomes loose after a few weeks/months and then has a tendency to literally fall down off your lens, instead of hugging it tight.


Macally Stereo Hands Free Headset and Audio Splitter for iPhone and iPod
Macally Stereo Hands Free Headset and Audio Splitter for iPhone and iPod
Offered by DeviceFun
Price: £9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Nifty and functional... shame about the sound, 8 Nov. 2010
Bought this Macally headset to provide sound input for my iPod touch (2g). It works precisely as advertised. Though you can't adjust the microphone's sensitivity, the default level works very well with Skype and the headset also allows you to do anything from taking voice memos to tuning your guitar with a suitable app. It also comes with four pairs of ear buds - two mediums, one small and one large, so you're guaranteed a snug, noise-excluding listening experience whatever your auditory anatomy.

Rather less ergonomic is the minuscule sliver of a switch on the microphone, which is not that easy to feel with your fingers (and don't even try to look at the switch as it's camouflaged into the mike and obscured by your own chin when you're using the headset). The switch lets you pause or start music playback with a single press or jump to the next or previous track with a double-press - at least, that's what the card on the back of the package implies. Single presses do work reliably, but most of the time a double press seems only to jump to the next track. Jumping backwards does happen sporadically, but it's not clear what causes this, and pressing either end of the switch doesn't appear to make any difference. If you manage to prise the little manual out without tearing it - it is secreted within the packaging in a place I leave for the reader to discover - you won't be any the wiser.

But the biggest disappointment of this headset is the sound. Macally bills it as having enhanced bass, which is truthful if only because the treble response is abysmal. It's fine for listening to speech-based podcasts and of course for voice chats, but with music you'll instantly be thinking of making an appointment to have your ears syringed.

Four out of 5 stars for functionality and value (Apple's cheapest offering with the same functionality is double the price), 2 stars for sound.


Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
Price: £5.99

59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore at your peril, 29 May 2008
This review is from: Fleet Foxes (Audio CD)
Poor Fleet Foxes, roundly dismissed by a leading UK indie magazine (which shall remain nameless) as "hippies who sing acapella". To which the obvious response is: what's wrong with that? They do it well - very well. Sun Giant, their debut EP, was quite an attention-grabber, and its promise is amply fulfilled by this almost uniformly excellent first album. Suitably, it opens with a Southern church-style acappella burst, oddly propounding a parody of weather lore: "Red squirrel in the morning/red squirrel in the evening." And then, with great assurance, it simply lifts off and coasts seamlessly. Comparisons with (UK-only) label mates Midlake are inevitable, given the shared massed vocal harmonies, acoustic folk influences and weird rural narratives in the lyrics, but really Fleet Foxes are a more accessible proposition: Robin Pecknold's writing packs this record full of grand pop hooks. The reverb is not only in-your-face but utterly spot-on; this is what the Walker Brothers might have sounded like if they'd had access to more modern studio technology, and what an additional joy it is to hear a modern record that is neither ridiculously compressed nor overlong (it lasts just over 39 minutes). Such is the quality that it's impossible to single out highlights; easier instead to identity just a couple of tracks which are slightly below par, including the closing vocals-and-guitar-only Oliver James, this take of which sounds it's trying a little too hard. A better farewell, likewise featuring just Pecknold and guitar, would have been the dazzling Isles, on the bonus CD that comes with certain editions of the album. But otherwise Fleet Foxes' debut is a sheer delight. The band say they've been working at their music for a long time, but as Peely used to say of the Smiths, Fleet Foxes seem to have sprung fully formed from the womb, and this album is all the proof that's needed.
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Solomon Burke: Live In Nashville [DVD]
Solomon Burke: Live In Nashville [DVD]
Dvd ~ Solomon Burke
Offered by pokerbooks
Price: £11.00

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent showcase, 15 Sept. 2007
Almost a year to the day it was filmed comes the release of this DVD, chronicling the live re-creation of Solomon Burke's "Nashville" album as performed at Nashville's Belcourt Theater. "Re-creation" is the operative word here; it's striking how close the stage renditions of these songs are to the way they sound on the record (which was, after all, recorded as live at producer Buddy Miller's home). But to merely note the faithfulness of the DVD to the album would be to miss the point: this DVD showcases brilliant musicianship - dominated not by technical proficiency but by masterly feel - and Burke's enormous basso profundo/baritone voice, which navigates the country/soul territory of this performance with the passion of the gospel preacher he once was.

Practically all the guests who appeared on the record share the stage with Burke at various points - amongst others Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Emmylou Harris, Paul Kennerley and Jim Lauderdale. Dolly Parton doesn't make it to the party however, so the "Tomorrow Is Forever" duet is dropped, and the DVD has a couple of other departures from the album's tracklisting. Oddly, Buddy and Julie Miller's dark "Does My Ring Burn Your Finger" is replaced with their bluesy "Dirty Water", and there's the bonus of songs which don't appear on the album, including a gorgeous rendition of Burke's early hit "Just Out Of Reach", and a sprightly take on Bill Monroe's "Gotta Travel On".

Throughout Burke is stationed centrestage on what can only be called a throne, a vaguely baroque-looking wooden affair that would easily seat two ordinary-sized mortals but is fully occupied by Burke's ample frame. There's no attempt to duplicate the flow of a live concert; the songs are all intercut with commentary from Burke and the various singer-songwriters involved. More such commentary actually kicks off the DVD, the first ten or so minutes of which are devoted to assorted recollections of the making of the "Nashville" album.

The second greatest joy in watching this DVD is in the realisation that really is how live music is meant to be - spontaneous, soulful and brimming with feel; this really does stomp all over most rock concert footage you could name. But of course the greatest satisfaction is in hearing Burke produce definitive versions of the songs time and time again; as practically all the guests note, he really does make them his own.

Sadly the package is let down by two flaws. The camerawork is generally good but the footage is strangely blocky and pixellated in places, as though it's been overcompressed or was underlit and had to be somehow repaired digitally at the expense of clarity. The other obvious problem is the numerous typos in the song titles on the packaging, including one supreme howler that attributes the song "Wonderful World" to Sam Cooke (the song Burke actually tackles is Louis Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World, written by Thiele and Weiss).


Are You Glad to Be in America?
Are You Glad to Be in America?
Offered by TOMMY's STORE
Price: £27.79

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Would Rough Trade touch something like this nowadays?, 7 Jun. 2007
Stonking semi-improvised jazz/blues outing, all of whose tracks were recorded on one January day in New York in 1980, with Mayo Thompson (ex-Red Crayola and Pere Ubu) co-producing. This is one of those albums you can genuinely play from start to finish and be completely absorbed each time - it just oozes a spontaneous, pulsing energy, as well as superb musicianship (not just in terms of demented guitar riffs from Ulmer, but also cornet from Olu Dara and some amazing drumming from Ronald Shannon Jackson and G. Calvin Weston). On the couple of tracks on which Ulmer sings, he actually sounds vaguely like late-period John Martyn. Incidentally, according to the inlay notes with the DIW reissue, this is the third mix of the album, different to original Rough Trade mix and the subsequent first re-release, and pretty thunderous it is too. If only more indie were as indispensable as this - you can't help but feel that if Ulmer or Cabaret Voltaire showed up at RT these days, they'd be shown the door pretty quickly.


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