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Sennheiser PXC 450 Circumaural Travel Headphones
Sennheiser PXC 450 Circumaural Travel Headphones
Offered by Always Open Always
Price: £372.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant HiFi head phones with noise reduction., 1 Jan. 2015
I have owned these for about 4-5 years now and they were purchased primarily to use on long distance flights. Note that I have not used them every day so they have not had very heavy use, more of intermittent abuse of international flights and some use at home/work as headphones along with a high quality USB DAC connected to a computer.

1) Quality of build.
These are very well built and have lasted well. There is some slight wear on the pads but I do have glasses so they have to fit over these and the metal frames has effected the padding. Apart from this they seam very sturdy in overall construction, though the bypass switch is a little tacky. A slightly useful feature is that lead is not permanently connected to the head phones - so when you forget and stand up on a plane you don't rip the wire out - it just disconnects the plug and you put it back again.

2) Sound Quality
As a pair of headphones (no NR) they are very clear and refined and are a reasonable quality HiFi head phones. This is both a good and bad thing. They will show up a bad source of music, and even my iphone-4 was not a brilliant sound source (but fine on a plane), but perfectly acceptable with an mp3 player in the general sense; most important is that they will highlight poor bit rates on music with sibilance due to their clarity. Make sure you have a reasonable music source and either loss-less music source or VBR. As a HiFi head phone they are best used with a quality DAC from a computer or hifi amplifier, in a noisy environment this matters far less of course.
When used with NR then the base is a little weaker, but not a problem for me - just less pronounced. Apart from this, the sound quality is very close between NR on and off. Still HiFi quality - they are a very good pair of head phones and a provide a wonderful clarity to music one matched with a good setup (I am using my laptop with lossless music and a DacMagic XS from Cambridge Audio at this moment).

As a note, these are HiFi head phones with high impedance (power matching to source) to work with HiFi amp, external DAC or airplane sound systems. What this means is that they will appear quiet with a mp3 source like phone or player. You will need to turn the volume right up and may appear too quiet for some people. Seams fine with iphone and HTC-one for me but they will not blow you head off.

Another issue is that as a HiFi headphones, they are not base heavy and some people will find they are rather thin on bass if you want this. Just be aware they will not create head thumping noise.

3) Noise reduction (NR)
No "active" noise reduction can be perfect, and very strong noise reduction can result in side effects of an apparent pressure on the ears for a good reason. The noise reduction cancels out the energy of the sound, and this is generally more effective at low frequencies and for higher frequencies - both typical on planes. It cannot work well for speech - mid range where your hearing is very sensitive. So NR is only effective to cut out specific types of background noise: planes, cars, computer rooms, air-con but does not work well for speech, children crying. So be careful what you want to use them for, if you need to hide all external sound (especially speech) then use "in ear" buds designed for this.

For me, I don't like the apparent sound pressure from the Bose series head phones - the Sennheiser is slightly less effective NR compared to the latest Bose, but still really excellent for flight and noisy computer rooms. The quality of the music is much better than the equivalent Bose head phones. The most extreme use has been with sitting next to the engines of an MD80 and turbo prop planes - where you are just a few feet away. They do make life quite tolerable in this extreme environment.

The sound quality is perfectly acceptable from my phone when used in noisy environments, and the NR means that you have to put the film volume from the plane sound system on 1/10 or 2/10 - close to the minimum. They are also really good at isolating the general clutter of sound in an office/computer room.

4) Comfort
These are really comfortable head phones, though quite bulky. I do have a small head so I guess they won't fit me so tightly, but they really are usable for 10-14 hours in a plane where you just forget they are present. I also work in computer rooms with these and can use/forget they are there. I do wear glasses and you will need to work a bit to get them to fit tightly, and in my case with metal glasses frames some minor bending helps on a plane. They are big though - and you will get a few looks in public.

5)Summary
These are good HiFi head phones - with great clarity, neutral/openness to the music.
They can be used without NR - just as head phones
The NR very is effective, but like all active NR it only works for certain types of environment
They are very comfortable and can be adjusted for a large range of head size. Can be used for hours.
They are big - much bigger than many other headphones. they do fold up into a large book sized robust case.
They are not bass heavy (may be too light for some people), they show up bad quality recording and low bit rate compression of just a poor quality player (some phones just have bad audio - and most computers have bad audio chips)
The talk through facility is very effective and useful.


Brand New Genuine DELL Inspiron 15R N5010 N5110 17Z Laptop Adapter Charger Power Supply 90W + UK Power Cord - 1 Year Warranty Sold By (Laptop-Accessories4u)
Brand New Genuine DELL Inspiron 15R N5010 N5110 17Z Laptop Adapter Charger Power Supply 90W + UK Power Cord - 1 Year Warranty Sold By (Laptop-Accessories4u)
Offered by Mac-King
Price: £19.99

1.0 out of 5 stars It was bought for a laptop well within the specification ..., 9 Nov. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
It was bought for a laptop well within the specification of the charger wattage, yet it got so hot it would burn your hands to touch. Most times my computer would fail to recognize it and run on minimum. Sent it back, never did get all the money back even though the seller said they would send it.


Laptop Adapter Genuine For Dell JU012 130W Laptop AC Adapter Charger 19.5v 6.7a Power Supply DA130PE1-00 PA-4E CM161 Compatible Part #: 330-1829, 330-1830, X408G, D232H, 0X408G, 0D232H + UK Power Cord - 1 Year Warranty Sold By (Laptop-Accessories4u)
Laptop Adapter Genuine For Dell JU012 130W Laptop AC Adapter Charger 19.5v 6.7a Power Supply DA130PE1-00 PA-4E CM161 Compatible Part #: 330-1829, 330-1830, X408G, D232H, 0X408G, 0D232H + UK Power Cord - 1 Year Warranty Sold By (Laptop-Accessories4u)
Offered by Mac-King
Price: £26.99


Black Premium PU Leather Flip Case for Apple iPhone 4S / iPhone 4
Black Premium PU Leather Flip Case for Apple iPhone 4S / iPhone 4
Offered by TechDecor UK
Price: £5.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 9 Nov. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
very good product, better than I expected for the price.


kenwood food mixer liquidiser Chef & Major liquidiser seals (3)
kenwood food mixer liquidiser Chef & Major liquidiser seals (3)
Offered by EL Lewis Home Stores
Price: £2.91

3.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, but as others have noted - the wrong size, 1 Feb. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
The rings are a good quality and seal the various Kenwood attachments without leaks. They are about 5mm too small though which means they have to pushed well into place and you hope they stay there when the blender is put together. I imagine as they become old and hard (to stretch in place) they will not fit.

Certainly a good replacement to the original seals - but why are they made too small (about 5 mm smaller diameter)


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3.0 out of 5 stars OK, 27 Dec. 2011
This laptop sleeve, although specifically described as a perfect fit for the Z series Vaio, is in fact too big. The laptop moves around so is not held securely, and also makes it larger for packing (and travelling - that is why I have a small laptop). It was also much thinner than I expected and offers almost no physical protection. I guess I should have spent more on a case.


Panasonic TX-P37X20B 37-inch Widescreen HD Ready 100Hz Plasma TV with Freeview
Panasonic TX-P37X20B 37-inch Widescreen HD Ready 100Hz Plasma TV with Freeview

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional TV, 13 May 2011
I replaced a Sony Trinitron CRT TV with this after many years of reviewing LCD TV's and realising they were a very poor "upgrade" from the Sony CRT. In particular the ghosting of movement and poor colour rendering of LCD meant that a Plasma TV was the only alternative. The problem is that plasma TV's only come in big or very big.

I purchased this because it was the smallest plasma TV available even though it is not full HD. It will only display 720p, but will work with higher quality input. It also only has an SD digital tuner.

I use this TV in conjunction with a Panasonic DMR-BW780EK PVR+blue-ray recorder, so used with source that consists of HD tuners + DVD + BD + upscaling on all these and via an HDMI connection - I rarely watch TV directly using the built in SD tuner of the TV.

Using the TV tuner with SD freeview the quality of the picture is very good, though not perfect. You can still see some pixelation from a sitting position of about 2 meters. Using the TV connected to the DMR with any source is outstanding as the DMR upscales everything to 1080p (except, of course BD which is already 1080p). So the picture sharpness can be defined as:
SD (from TV tuner) : good - a little pixelated and as good as a smaller Sony Trinitron CRT.
SD (upsampled by DMR) : very good - not pixelated
HD freeview + standard DVD from DMR : outstanding sharpenss and picture quality. A very good HD program from freeview is quite amazing.
BD : Good as the best HD freeview - remember this is only an HD-ready TV - but is still quite stunning.

The colour quality is also outstanding from any source with excellant and accurate colouring without being cartoon like as with a LCD. Of course, like a CRT, black is really black too, but it is the high quality of colour contrast and representation of outdoor scenes that is really brillant.

There is no motion ghosting with plasam, so image remain sharp and high quality with movement. There is an artifact occasionally with background motion of vertical shapes which sometimes appear to jump - but it is not clear if this is the TV or the source. I read an expert review that this the TV has an artifact with the 100Hz refresh, but it is rare and does not detract from an outstanding picture quality and rendering fast moving pictures.

The TV tuner is sensitive and finds all the channels I expect. The guide for the freeview suffers from adverts - shame on you Panasonic - and uses the same system as the DMR. Bad marketing decision by panasonic I think - there are many comments about these adverts and the freeview guide on all panasonic equipment.

The remote is good and easy to use, while the options for source and picture quality are easy to change. Input from HDMI I use on auto-detect, and the TV works with 1080p and all other standard signal types.

The screen is glossy so suffers from reflection as noted in other reviews, not a problem where I use the TV, but consider this if used in a room with direct sunlight from a window.

Finally - it uses about 100Watts of power in use, and about 1W in standby. This is about the same as an equivalent sized LCD and CRT - so ignore the salesmen in shops who say plasma is expensive to run.

In summary, this was a excellant replacement to a high quality CRT. It does not have a HD tuner, but when used in conjunction with high quality input from the panasonic DMR the picture quality is quite outstanding. I am sure the latest offerings from Panasonic which are true HD - but only start at 42" size - are better but I am think this TV is exceptional.


IBRA® 2m High Speed PRO GOLD RED v2.0/1.4a HDMI Cable 3D 2160p PS4 SKY HD 4K Ultra HD(Version 2.0, 18Gbps, ARC)
IBRA® 2m High Speed PRO GOLD RED v2.0/1.4a HDMI Cable 3D 2160p PS4 SKY HD 4K Ultra HD(Version 2.0, 18Gbps, ARC)
Offered by Hd Zone
Price: £29.99

48 of 59 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cable problem, 21 April 2011
I bought this cable to connect a PVR/blue-ray recorder to a HD TV which meant the cable was used with 1080p quality digital signal while watching/recording TV programs. This particular cable was not properly shielded and so it allowed the 1080p digital signal to swamp the TV signal completely in much of the house. This could be seen as a complete loss of all TV signal for most of the free-view channels, seen as a signal quality reduction from 10 to zero for these lost channels. UHF channels 21-37 remained only partially effected.

The second problem is that in this particular cable the connectors were not bonded to the cable itself, so the connectors could be pulled/rotated with probable damage to the wired connections inside.

It is not clear if this was a faulty cable, one from a faulty batch, or poor design. HZ Zone refunded my money after 4 days and I bought a Cambridge Audio 700 series cable that worked with 1080p correctly with no effect on the TV signal.

The interference with UHF TV programs will be seen as a loss of TV channels or the loss of TV recording when a HDMI cable is used with a true HD device at 1080p. It will not happen with any other lower quality digital signal (ie 720p ) or where a TV program is not watched at the same time as a digital cable is in use. (ie to connect a DVD player to a TV)
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VonHaus by Designer Habitat Premium Cantilever TV Wall Bracket for 32 - 65 inch LCD, LED & Plasma TV. Super-strength Load Capacity up to 75KG, 15 degree Tilt mechanism up/down, Max VESA 700x450
VonHaus by Designer Habitat Premium Cantilever TV Wall Bracket for 32 - 65 inch LCD, LED & Plasma TV. Super-strength Load Capacity up to 75KG, 15 degree Tilt mechanism up/down, Max VESA 700x450
Offered by Designer Habitat
Price: £149.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Used for fitting a plama TV, 20 April 2011
This was purchased at a good price and I am happy based on what I paid for. Be aware, due to the design it is very difficult to get the actual TV level due to the flex of the cantilever that does not centre the weight on the hinges when the wall bracket is fixed level.
The small level on the bracket is definitely not accurate and would have made the TV even less level if I had used that.


NEW!!! Owl + USB Connectivity CM160 Energy Saving Wireless Power Electricity Smart Monitor
NEW!!! Owl + USB Connectivity CM160 Energy Saving Wireless Power Electricity Smart Monitor
Offered by EnergyMonitorWorld
Price: £41.95

57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OWL meter to monitor solar power production, 21 Feb. 2011
I bought this product to monitor the production of electricity from a domestic solar array. I already have Efergy Elite energy meter for the house usage so can compare the functions of these two devices. I will not comment on the accuracy of the readings etc since there is already a really excellant review by Richard Stevens on this.

The OWL meter is a data logger so will record and store values of power usage at 1 minute resolution for up to 1 month. When connected to a computer the meter will give a live output every 10 seconds and the stored data is an average of 6 values. I found it very simple to set up and the connectivity between the sender (in my roof for the solar array) and the display has acceptible range; the display works anywhere in the house. The software was installed under windows 7 (64bit) and worked first time; I seamed to have less problems than Richard Stevens with the software; I guess they have brought out a better version with some fixes.

The monitor display shows the instantaneous power usage (or CO2/cost) and the power usage since the meter was reset along with the date and temperature.

As a simple meter it has some limitations compared to the Efergy Elite; actually because it does more technically. In the Efergy Elite you can easily review with a single button press the power usaged today, yesterday and so on for 1 week. The same goes for weekly usage and monthly usage. The OWL requires you to press buttons about 7 times to set up the start date and date range before it display the usage for the day/week/month/year. If you just want to see what power you used today/yesterday then it is tedious and requires the instructions every time due to the complexity of multiple button presses. Ie, for reviewing your power usage on the display unit then the design is quite useless.

As a data logger - where you want to capture fine detail of power usage (or production in a solar array) and store/look at this on a computer - then this meter is very good. The Efergy may be simple to review the last 7 days, but it is very limited beyond this.

Connecting up the meter to the computer and registering the device is quite slow - taking many seconds. After this, data transfer is also quite slow too, but I guess this is not really a big problem. The software is not polished, but allows you display real time power (cost/CO2/amps) or look at the history from a database of downloaded data. I found it faily easy to use the software to look at the data, but setting up the device the first time in the program is a little counter intuitive

Once the data is downloaded you can look at the history by year, month, day and hour by clicking on graph data points. Up to 4 graphs can be display at one time for comparison. As a meter for reviewing power generation from a solar array this is really an excellant device as it is possible to look at power generation as a function of time of year, shading and keep a detailed record at a resolution of 1 minute. According to the documentation, although I have not yet tried, you can write out the raw data suitable for loading into Excel. Hopefully I will add an additional comment later once I tested this.

So in summary, if you want a simple to use stand alone meter then get the Efergy Elite; it so very much easier to review recent usage by day/week/month. If you want to analyse your power usage on a computer in a lot of detail then this OWL meter is excellant considering the cost and what you get - a data logger and software to analyse this data.

Finally : for anyone wanting to use one of these with micro-generation then all these cheap power meters currently have a limitation. They are designed to be very easy to set up which means it does not matter how you connect up the current clamp - you always get a positive reading on the display. This means you cannot review whether you are actually exporting or importing electricity from the national grid, since you always see a positive power reading.
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