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SHURE M97XE Players Cartridges
SHURE M97XE Players Cartridges
Offered by DiscountAudioOutlet
Price: 69.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for the money - IF you like a warmer style cart, 17 May 2013
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Its difficult to make a blanket recommendation for a cartridge because its a very personal thing. I've owned several MM carts, most recently an AT120e and a 2M Red. Both of these I found too bright in my set up (1210 with an RB300 on a Origin Live armboard, Funk Anchromat and Isonoe feet feeding the MM stage in a Rega Brio R). A friend told me to give this a try, which was a leap of faith as Shure are fairly out of fashion in the UK. And I really like it's sound - it seems to roll off the treble and have a warm, rounded mid range. I can understand why other people have described the sound as 'boxy', but I can only describe it as warm and even less helpfully as 'friendly'. I can't say that I find it less detailed, just a different sort of detail, which brings me back to where I started - it sounds very different from modern ' bright' carts. Negatives are its awful looks and, compared to the threaded body of the Ortofon 2M range, its fiddly to fit. But you do get an alignment tool, brush and screwdriver in the sturdy tin box.

If you like this sort of sound from your cart then you'll love this, and don't let the low price fool you. If I had payed double the 68 I payed, I still wouldn't have felt cheated. And it handles old and worn vinyl very well.
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Hugh Johnson's Wine Journal
Hugh Johnson's Wine Journal
by Hugh Johnson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Recycled content, but well put together fun item, 7 Oct 2012
If you already have Hugh's Pocket Wine books from the last few years, a lot of the text in this will be familiar. Virtually all the pictures in the book are from photo libraries. Having said that its a very well made book, the pages are made from a lovely weighty paper, and the original text has the usual Johnson-esq tone of wise words delivered as impartial advice from a friend. If you want to record the odd note about an enjoyable bottle then this is worth having, its cheaper than other purpose-prinited wine journals. However it will quickly be filled by a serious wine journal-keeper and the advice is too short and recycled to be of much use as a wine guide. A nice gift, but not a must-have.


The Hudson Affair: Keith Hudson and Friends
The Hudson Affair: Keith Hudson and Friends

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Jamaican music, 6 April 2010
Hudson is one of those 'cult' fugures in Jamaican music that seem to be more popular outside of Jamaica than at home. However his catalogue of early 45's contained many hits, all present here along with some brilliant, more obscure recordings. His later solo work might not be to everyone's taste, however as this comp shows, he produced some of the best music in Jamaica in the pre-roots era (1970 - 73). This double cd contains music unobtainable elsewhere, and since Trojan's recent sale to Universal it's becoming scarce. If, like me, you already have the early 90's comp 'Studio Kinda Cloudy' don't pass this over - it contains nearly 3 times as many cut's and has excellent sleeve notes. Like some of the other double cd comps Trojan put out around 2004 (the Clancy Eccles set for example), this is a diffinitive picture of the artists work in that era, and as such is essential.


De'Longhi Professional CoolZone F24502CZ Fryer with Easy Clean, 800g (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
De'Longhi Professional CoolZone F24502CZ Fryer with Easy Clean, 800g (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good product, 9 Nov 2009
I found this fryer very easy to use, well built and very effective. The 'Easy Clean' tap makes ther fryer very.. er.. easy to clean. The door that it's behind is a bit flimsy and will probably break off in a few years, but that doesn't worry me. The temp. comtrol dial is very nice, feels like a quality component, in fact the whole fryer has a solid, built-to-last feel (apart from that door). The lid keeps smells down to a minimum too. Nice price, good fryer, does what it says on the box. And it looks like a Cylon's head.
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Acer Aspire 5536 15.6-inch Laptop (AMD Athlon X2 QL-64 2.1 Ghz, 3 GB RAM, 250 GB HDD, Vista Home Basic)
Acer Aspire 5536 15.6-inch Laptop (AMD Athlon X2 QL-64 2.1 Ghz, 3 GB RAM, 250 GB HDD, Vista Home Basic)

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value spec - low build quality, 2 Aug 2009
I've had this Acer for about two weeks now. First, the negative points: the build quality isn't up to much, I think its very plasticy and flimsy. The CD tray feels very loose when it is open and I don't think the laptop would survive even the smallest drop or impact from having something heavy place on top of it. I didn't like the finger pad, but solved that with a 5 usb mouse. The positives: it requires no effort at all to get it working out of the box. Plug in the power, switch it on and off you go. All the software is pre-installed, no disks, although there's a lot of programs that you find yourself removing later. It connected to my home wireless network with out any problems so far - I've read a few horror stories online about automatic updates causing havoc with IE, but I haven't suffered any of these yet. The screen is very good - you can quite happily watch DVDs on it, I've seen worse LCD TV's! I liked the keyboard - it has a great finger feel and is almost like a full size desk top keyboard. Performance wise, so far its been very reliable. I mainly use it for the internet, running Audacity and multi-media applications, all of which it handles well. I can happily run two programs at a time. It uses about 2.8gb of the 3gb of RAM which is fairly decent, and compared to my ancient Dell is very speedy. It has a HDMI out (for HD video) which is very useful as this is becoming something of a standard connection now, and means you can connect it to most new plasma and LCD screens. Also it has a line in audio connection as well as the microphone. This means that, if like me, you want to record into your laptop (I'm archiving all my vinyl records using Audacity) you get a properly balanced true stereo recording with out having to buy an expensive audio card. Also the sound quality coming out isn't bad. I wouldn't want to take it on holiday, or even to a cafe because I'd be worried about it smashing, but I'd recommend this to someone who wants a laptop rather than a desktop PC, so you can go from room to room with it, but not leave the house. For the money its a good buy.


The Complete UK Upsetter Singles Collection - Volume 4
The Complete UK Upsetter Singles Collection - Volume 4
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 29.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars His best reggae period?, 15 Jan 2008
First up I want to say I've got the 3 LP versions, but it's the same tracks in the same order. Despite the fact this is volume 4 of a series documenting the complete out put of a long defunct record label it will appeal to all reggae fans, no matter how casual their interest. The reason is the strength of the music presented here. If you want bona fide classics you have Beat Down Babylon by Junior Byles, Cow Thief Skank by The Upsetters and a couple of Wailers biggies for good measure. Top draw Scratch productions for the collectors? Preacher Man by The Stingers (one of his very very best) and the impossibly rare Natty Natty by Alva 'Reggie' Lewis. Oh and the 'version' sides too. And 4 takes on the Beat Down Babylon rhythm. And it doesn't wear out its welcome. Highlights are the DJ tracks, using familiar rhythms to great effect. All that is needed is 'Words Of My Mouth' by The Gatherers and 'King Of Babylon' by Junior Byles (neither released on UK Upsetter) and you would have the complete picture of post Wailers, pre - Black Ark Lee Perry - one of his most creative and rewarding periods. The booklet is informative, lots of artist biog details and an intresting essay. There are some nice label scans and photo's, but I would have liked more dates for the recordings. I don't want to sound too gushing, but: Buy this - its brilliant, joyous, enjoyable and essential music.
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Mississippi Fred Mcdowell
Mississippi Fred Mcdowell
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 17.07

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the real thing., 24 May 2007
That this CD doesn't have 'You Gotta Move' on it should not put you off buying this if it's your first taste of the great Fred McDowell. If you already own some of his work you need this too. Recorded in his front room in the early sixties, with dogs barking in the back ground, children playing this is deeply personal and spirtual. The songs are well worn Delta classics, Fred's playing is hypnotic and his singing fluid. I cannot describe how great the music on this disc is.


The Best of the Kent Singles 1958-1971
The Best of the Kent Singles 1958-1971
Price: 10.63

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BB in a mixed bag of styles, 1 May 2007
On the Ace Records website is a story centering around a jukebox in a Soul Food restaurant in Detroit in the early 1970's. The artist with the most 45's in the box was BB King, and most of those were his Kent cuts. That was enough of a recommendation to make me buy this CD. These recordings cover a range of styles from straight rocking R&B, slow blues and string laden ballads. Fans of the tougher Chess/Chicago sound might find some selections ('Peace Of Mind') to 'pop', and to my ears a little bland, but if you have a broad taste for the blues you won't fail to enjoy this comp. The usual high Ace standards are here: excellent sound quality and sleeve notes, plenty of nice label scans in the booklet to enjoy. It includes the full 6min 10 part 1 & 2 mix of 'Sweet Sixteen', the rocking 'Beautician Blues' but all the tracks are winners. A good intro to BB's varied styles.
*Its worth pointing out that these tracks were recorded up to 1962 then released during the next 10 years, after BB had left to go to ABC.


Man To Man: 1967-1972 (4CD)
Man To Man: 1967-1972 (4CD)
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 31.27

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you only buy one of Universal's Wailers early years box-set's, make it this one, 27 Mar 2007
The combination of Bob, Peter and Bunny with Lee Perry in the production chair is sublime. There are many well known tracks, presented in their earlier guise's, more soulfull and roots orientated than Marley's later solo versions. The range of dub's, instrumental versions and the inclusion of some very rare sound system mixes make this an essential for any reggae fan. Before I got this I wasn't really into Bob and the Wailers. What a fool. Before Island turned him into a global superstar he, along with Peter and Bunny made some incredible and truley spirtual roots music, and here is most of the best of it. I say most because while Bunny Wailer's 'Dreamland' is pictured in the booklet, it doesn't appear on the cd's! As its a key Lee Perry era tune thats a bit of an ommission. (it is, however on the next box set). This set serves to remind us that The Wailers where more than just Bob Marley - Peter Tosh & Bunny Wailer were/are remarkable talents as well. Usually Box sets are tracks you already own with some duff filler - this isn't, and the booklet is great too.


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