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kenable Pure HQ OFC 3.5mm Stereo Jack to 2 RCA Phono Plugs Cable Gold 3m
kenable Pure HQ OFC 3.5mm Stereo Jack to 2 RCA Phono Plugs Cable Gold 3m
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Price: £4.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning value lead., 13 April 2015
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Quite simply this cable is better than has to be for the price having paid more like £11 for similar cables before now to link portable devices to my hifi separates and this was more than good enough for playing 24 bit HD audio from a Fiio audio player to it. Stunning value.


Storyteller
Storyteller
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value Rod retrospective, 13 April 2015
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This review is from: Storyteller (Audio CD)
When originally released in 1990 it was a relatively expensive super big box set of the sort that had you thinking "but the discs are only small" when you went in the record stores that did stock box sets and imports back in the day and they were hard to store for most folks.
Thing is some of these sets and this is a good example of it were well put together covering the whole period of an artists life and on this set we start with the mid 60's R&B boom, move through those 'classic' Mercury album recordings from the early 70's, his later more disco centred period in the mid to late 70's and the 80's comeback on four well filled discs in chronological order.
The only period I'd say was bit under represented was the Faces but there's some good compilations on Warner's that'll give a decent selection of that important part as everything is well covered and for audio fans well mastered too so much so I'd take this over the later compilations which at it's current bargain £9 price is a steal and then some.
Just buy it if you love Rod but need a decent compilation on cd.


Fiio X1 Portable High Resolution Lossless Music Player
Fiio X1 Portable High Resolution Lossless Music Player
Offered by EA Audio
Price: £99.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money DAP., 9 April 2015
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I know a fair bit about Digital Audio Players having had a few over the years and an awful lot more around what you might call Hifi being rather into hearing reproduced music as good as it can be.
I do own the original Fiio x3 which is one of the finest players if not the finest at that price point but wanted a spare so I think I'll begin by noting the differing the differences between the two models.
The X1 like the upcoming X3 uses a scroll wheel to select player functions, albums, play lists etc with a inner 'okay' button to confirm your selection where the original X3 used buttons feeling more like using the trackpad on your laptop which some find less difficult to operate.
Also it has no internal memory unlike the X3 nor a digital output but let's look at this way, few folk have a need for a digital output as the player can be configured on the menu to send a healthy 2volts line output to a Hifi for top quality home sound and as 64Gb cards can be had for around £21 which will give you plenty of capacity when formatted using the built in formatting tool to FAT32 never mind at cost you can use a 128Gb card plus you can always swap cards over. Maybe you have cards from another player you can just slot in and play?
Like all the Fiio models this plays regular Mp3, AAC (iTunes) and Wma as well as 16 and 24 bit lossless (Flac) files for higher quality sound and can be set for proper gapless replay for your live and seamless linked Pink Floyd albums where tracks drift into each other, something in the early days of portable players annoyed the heck out of me for putting in second gaps.
In terms of sound quality I'd put the headphone output on the original X3 as that bit more defined but this is a lot better than most competing models when it comes to soundstage, frequency extremes and god forbid real dynamics as the output stage can drive most headphones well, so any sudden loud passages go loud cleanly.
For what I paid for this I'd say it is bargain, giving a very high standard of portable reproduction than at also can be used to play 24 bit downloads back on your main stereo without having having to wire up the laptop. If you can afford the extra £60 of the X3 mk2, then it may suit you better but as a fan of the original of that I'm very happy with the X1. If you had one of the Sansa Clip models or iPod Touch you'll hear the improvements straight off.


FiiO X3 Portable MP3 Player
FiiO X3 Portable MP3 Player

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent portable sound for just £150!, 7 Jan. 2015
The first thing to say about the X3 and indeed any of the Fiio high quality digital audio players is you don't get fancy Graphic User Interfaces (GUI) which products by the likes of Apple do very well.
Instead we have functional buttons and tree type menus to navigate but as a user of a Sandisk Clip Zip it's not dissimilar and with my learning disabilities, I was able to make the player work fairly quickly with the current v 3.3 firmware without reference to the rather basic instructions (a better PDF manual can be found on the web), turning it on, finding my music and using the >>(Okay) button from the album tracks to start playing the album from start to finish.

One big disadvantage with Apple's slick products is you have to use external programs such as iTunes to manage your music, indeed strictly speaking you can't copy from an old player to your computer where the X3 and others such the Clip+ and Clip Zip allow you to just drag and drop music from your computer straight to either the internal memory or a inserted MicroSDHC card without any fuss.
Apples iPods also don't sound particular good either due to low voltage and current drawing compromises in the circuitry.
If you, like me have micro sdhc cards ready loaded for the various Sandisk Clip+ and Clip Zip models you can just use them as is pushing them into the slot of the X3, saving having to remake selections to take out with you.

What I would say makes the difference between this player (and the X1 and x5) is the audio quality as they have used very high quality digital to analogue convertor, in the X3's case the same as the Rega Saturn hifi cd player to render the stored zeros and ones to music and unlike many Sony players fitted an equally good headphone stage to take full advantage of that so with good quality headphones you get a very high quality of sound.
This actually sounds better on headphones than the headphone socket output on many hifi components I have heard in the past and streets ahead of any portable player I've ever owned regardless of format.
It's comparable to my Hifi separates for sound.

This player apart from playing regular mp3's and AAC files such as those from iTunes and 7 Digital also plays free lossless (Flac) files at both cd resolution and 24 bit better than cd resolution and having a dedicated line output can be used like a cd player to play via a hifi set up. There is a test set of files on the player and you can hear the 24 bit difference straightaway when you play them!
It does display album art so long as it is 'embedded' which is the case with most commercial downloads and is the default when you copy your cds using Illustrates dbPoweramp program which I'd strongly recommend for ripping accurately, getting accurate tagging information and art.
Sources for Lossless music for those in the UK include Presto for classical including many 24 bit downloads, qobuz and 7digital.
For the asking price, this is an excellent player that can also be seen as a gateway to HD audio for those with hifi systems with speakers.


The Beatles 1962 - 1966 [VINYL]
The Beatles 1962 - 1966 [VINYL]
Price: £27.99

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The early Beatles restored, 1 Dec. 2014
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I know this lp record well having bought UK copy in the Summer of 1977 and replacing it in early 1990 with the last analogue edition, which is a "best of" the Beatles covering the period from the Please Please Me album to Yellow Submarine from the Revolver album taking in such singles as She Loves You, I Feel Fine, We Can Work It Out and Paperback Writer with a selection from the With the Beatles, A Hard Day's Night, Beatles For Sale, Help and Rubber Soul albums. It was and remains a terrific overview of the Beatles output, an enduring high point in twentieth century popular music in conjunction with the 1967-1970 volume.
Why bother with this re-release?
The first reason for newer Beatle fans is each mix is as it was issued in 1973 so for instance every song from the UK Help and Rubber Soul albums keep the original and authentic 1965 stereo mixes in rather than the digitally remixed in 1986 drenched in digital reverb ones used in the 1993 cd (and 1994 digitally re-mastered lp) and the 2010 cd editions.
In addition for this lp version, Please Please Me and From Me To You are the stereo versions rather than the mono ones used in 1993 and 2010 plus the whispering intro version of I Feel Fine from the 1973 lp but missed off completely from those later cd based editions has been restored. Yay!
For those of us who have older vinyl editions, it has been mastered from the original 1973 UK analogue master tapes but free from the restrictions on both the low and high notes used then to help cheaper players play it without issues and also without the small amount of analogue compression used to keep the sound more consistently louder people then expected.
Also unlike in 1973 we have no need to make mono recordings into fake stereo so on this edition Love Me Do and She Loves You appear in genuine mono rather than shabby fake stereo used on the original.
In practical terms the sound is more more alive with deeper and more defined low notes and bigger contrasts between the quiet and louder portions. The high notes are cleaner sounding than my early 90's copy.
The vinyl is a bit heavier - around 140 grams - quieter although the original UK copies were very good for the era and is packaged with with a background essay now.
Comparing the two, I'd say this is the best so far this album and many of the songs in stereo have sounded, so I'd recommend it.
I only hope at least Abbey Road and Let It Be are re-issued on vinyl from the analogue master tapes.
*This is a S.M.. review
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The Beatles 1967 - 1970 [VINYL]
The Beatles 1967 - 1970 [VINYL]
Offered by ScreamingCd
Price: £22.47

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It was and remains a terrific overview of the Beatles output, 27 Nov. 2014
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I know this lp record well having been bought UK copy in 1977 and replacing it in the early 90's with the last analogue edition, which is a "best of" the Beatles covering the period from the Sgt Pepper album to the Long and Winding Road from the Let it Be album taking in such singles as Strawberry Fields Forever, Hey Jude, Revolution and Get Back with a selection from the White and Abbey Road albums. It was and remains a terrific overview of the Beatles output, an enduring high point in twentieth century popular music.
Why bother with this re-release?
The first reason for newer Beatle fans is each mix is as it was issued in 1973 so for instance A Day In The Life is faded in rather than the cold start used in the 1993 cd (and 1994 digitally re-mastered lp) and the 2010 cd editions.
For those of us who have older vinyl editions, it has been mastered from the original 1973 UK analogue master tapes but free from the restrictions on both the low and high notes used then to help cheaper players play it without issues and also without the small amount of analogue compression used to keep the sound more consistently louder people then expected.
In practical terms the sound is more more alive with deeper and more defined low notes and bigger contrasts between the quiet and louder portions. The high notes are cleaner sounding than my early 90's copy.
The vinyl is a bit heavier - around 140 grams - quieter although the original UK copies were very good for the era and is packaged with with a background essay now.
Comparing the two, I'd say this is the best so far this album and many of the songs in stereo have sounded, so I'd recommend it.
*This is a S.M.. review
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Mono Masters [VINYL]
Mono Masters [VINYL]
Price: £39.99

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect mono non album set, 11 Sept. 2014
This review is from: Mono Masters [VINYL] (Vinyl)
This brief review is about the September 9 lp release so as ever ignore Amazons bunching up of reviews.
Quite simply this triple lp, comprises of all those non UK studio album mono recordings from the original single version of Love Me Do to You Know My Name from 1970's Let It Be 45 via such great tracks as I Feel Fine, Paperback Writer and Hey Jude the way countless fans bought and heard them at the time rather than the stereo remixes done after the original mixes and often lacking that punch.
Originally compiled for the Beatles In Mono cd set of 2009, it has been sequenced across the 6 sides so recordings of similar periods are on one side each and, perfectly, all four dedicated mono mixes of the songs from Yellow Submarine sound track have been placed on side 5 together as a separate entity.
One big difference here between the 2012 stereo Past Masters and this mono release is each track has been sourced anew from the original analogue master tapes and recompiled to make an album master in that analogue form rather than using the digital masters.
This has resulted in greater transparency on such tracks as This Boy and Get Back compared to the original cd and indeed all previous mono vinyl editions having compared with my UK 45's.
My copy was silent, properly centred and arrived in pristine condition.
For any Beatles fan especially one treasuring vinyl, this triple lp is an essential purchase presenting all those singles as issued in a convenient form.
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50th Anniversary   The Singles Collection   1964-1972
50th Anniversary The Singles Collection 1964-1972
Price: £32.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Motown era singles collection done right, 21 Aug. 2014
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Put very simply this is the most comprehensive collection of the Four Tops singles as issued during the period they were on Motown comprising of all the A and B sides taken from the original singles version masters meaning we hear them as they were bought back in the day. That is why many of the tracks are in punchy mono and even when we get into the period singles went stereo, some of them are different mixes from the albums the same tracks appeared on so from that point of view this book shaped set of three discs is quite valuable and ought be the cornerstone of your own Four Tops collection.
Because as anyone in the UK knows the Tops were incredibly popular and the UK arm of Motown -Tamla Motown - had an independent release schedule, 'b' sides could and were different on a number of releases, a' sides were even issued that were never a part of the US sequence with the consequence of being often neglected from US centric collections released in the cd era.
Thankfully this sets compiler has put that matter right by adding these to the third disc together with three Italian remakes for that market seldom heard today.
So there you have it the most complete set of Four Tops at Motown singles issued in a lovely book form with thoughtful notes on the tracks, the progression of the Four Tops over the period and some terrific pictures.
You've just got to own this!


Philadelphia International: The Collection
Philadelphia International: The Collection
Price: £24.71

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PIR's 20 golden great albums!, 8 May 2014
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20 albums issued over a 11 year period, five of which at least are essential albums for any soul collection with scarcely a duff one in the pack what's not to like about this set? The majority of these albums use the acclaimed Sony Legacy remasters from the 90's and early '00s when they were last out and a good number of which are out of print commanding high prices so looked on like that, this set makes a lot of sense to get for these titles new in lp replica sleeves.
There is a booklet with a brief synopsis of the albums plus full track and credit details included in the box so it'll make a good starter set for anyone wanting to go beyond the various artist compilations as well as filling the cd gaps of more hardcore Philadelphia International fans. For the price it's a steal.
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MULTI REGION TOSHIBA SD1015 (Divx, MP3, Jpeg) DVD PLAYER + SCART LEAD INCLUDED
MULTI REGION TOSHIBA SD1015 (Divx, MP3, Jpeg) DVD PLAYER + SCART LEAD INCLUDED

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just perfect for Multi-region, 28 April 2014
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A dvd player is a dvd player,eh? Not quite because understandably with all the noise coming from Blu-ray, you might question getting one but in 2014 this makes sense and this player in particular is a great example of it.
For one thing, you may like me have discs from other countries such as Canada and the States you wish to play and with this dvd player as supplied it just does it without faffing about with draw opening and keypad routines, which mated with most modern tv's will take the signal straight off and give you good NTSC colour reproduction on those titles.
This player may do fine for smaller sets where to be frank as much as I'm one for great video quality, you'd struggle to discern any improvement a HD Blu-ray player may give and as yet several years on, dvd and Blu-ray are co-existing as new release formats so you don't need to get Blu-ray (and deal with the 'system upgrades' that frequent studio encryption changes demand before hitting play and playing your Blu-ray movie) if you'd sooner not.
It has a very clear chapter and elapsed time indicator on the front for gauging how far in to the movie you're in plus it comes with a digital co-axial output you can use with a Home Theatre receiver or outboard digital to analogue convertor for better as well as multi-channel sound. That same feature allows you to use it as a high quality cd player with the only constraints being how good your external set up is as in effect you use the player as a cd transport although if you wish you can use it's own line outputs.
It sounded very impressive compared to my dedicated Rotel cd player connected as such saving you space too.
Finally the Scart, RGB enabled by default, output delivers very clear pictures with good colour rendering providing a most enjoyable picture.


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