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Sony MFM-HT75W  Projection Television
Sony MFM-HT75W Projection Television

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A beauty for the spare room, 12 Jan 2006
Gamers will love this: it's an HD ready portable. Ideal for the X-Box 360 or Playstation 3 when you get it...
Good connectivity options including the essential HD DVI (supporting HDCP), a standard VGA D-Sub, Analog Component video (Progressive, of course, for HD), S Video and Composite. My, it's even got an aerial socket and teletext.
Sound's not bad, considering they're only little speakers, but it's the picture that really counts. X-Black seems a little over the top sometimes, the price of a laptop/monitor with this technology is well above that of a traditional LCD, but believe me, you can really notice the difference. Black blacks, intense colours, but not over hue-d.
Just lovely. Put the remote away, though. Somewhere only you'll see it!


Sony MZ-E10 Silver MiniDisc Walkman
Sony MZ-E10 Silver MiniDisc Walkman

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's beautiful, but..., 26 Mar 2003
Sony's Tenth Anniversary Walkmans have always been special. Their 10th anniversary cassette walkman had a beatiful titanium shell and cleverly hid the chewing gum-stick battery inside the tape compartment. It was desirably small and light, and extremely well-featured.
The 10th anniversary Minidisc carries on in this tradition. It is less than the width of two minidiscs stacked on top of each other, and only marginally bigger than the external dimensions of the disc. It's so small and thin that it doesn't have an external battery; there's a lithium polymer battery right within the casing which alleges to give 40hrs+ of playback. However, there's no way to extend that if, for example, you're going travelling on a long holiday by adding on a standard battery. It does come with a nice charging stand, but you have to use it as the whole stand which could be an extra bulk if you're going away.
It performs extremely well, and combined with the right headphones and music you'll probably not get a better musical "image". Has enough features, too, to adjust the sound should you desire.
It doesn't allow you to plug the headphones straight in to the player - it has a non-standard remote jack which you can either plug in the supplied remote (this nearly doubles the weight of the player, that's how light the thing is) or a supplied adaptor cord which extends a couple of centimetres from the player giving you a standard 3.5mm socket.
This is a beautiful machine, but the lack of standard headphone socket was enough to put me off buying it initially. I eventually justified my purchase by giving it to my wife for a birthday present to replace her ageing MD player. She absolutely loves it, and carries it everywhere as it's no real burden in her purse.


Lovebox
Lovebox

20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb production and upfront music, 23 Jan 2003
This review is from: Lovebox (Audio CD)
Groove Armada have produced an excellent album in Lovebox. Their music has moved position slightly from a leftfield, lounging sound to a more upfront and, dare I say it, rocky kind of sound. First couple of tracks I was thinking - wow, guitar driven - by the end I was immersed completely in GA's dubby janglings.
But the primary reason I bought this SACD was to see what could be done with the format. I *had* dismissed the SACD circuitry in my top-end DVD player as a gimmick and had only given the time of day to a couple of tracks on the sampler SACD included in the box. I'd used some really cheap interconnects and thought that would be good enough.
When Amazon.co.uk delivered Lovebox to me, I slipped it into the player and was totally blown away by the production and positioning in all the speakers normally devoted to DVD only. So much so, that I had to buy new leads for the audio outputs from the DVD specifically for SACD. The clarity on the disc is fantastic: put it in a CD player and it sounds good, put it into a two-channel SACD player and it's great, put it in a multi-channel SACD player and hold on to something, Dorothy, "cause Kansas is going bye-bye."
A great investment if you have an SACD player; a superb bit of music too.


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