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iPhone iPod Audio Interface Cable for 2011-2015 Ford Ka, Fiesta, Focus, B-Max, S-Max, C-Max, Grand C-Max, Galaxy, Kuga, Transit and Mondeo. Enables track display, charging and steering wheel control (not compatible with SYNC voice control) 5 year warranty
iPhone iPod Audio Interface Cable for 2011-2015 Ford Ka, Fiesta, Focus, B-Max, S-Max, C-Max, Grand C-Max, Galaxy, Kuga, Transit and Mondeo. Enables track display, charging and steering wheel control (not compatible with SYNC voice control) 5 year warranty
Offered by alphasonix Ltd. (UK)
Price: £10.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Does not fit Mondeo Mk4, 11 Nov. 2013
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The lead was very quickly dispatched and arrived the following day. However, the cables from the Y section to the USB and stereo jack are too short and cannot be connected at the same time. The iPhone connection plug did not function in my iPhone 4S either. Build quality looked to be good but the reality was somewhat different. It may be that the last point was a one off fault, judging by other reviews but the short lead lengths are not acceptable considering the advert clearly states that it is suitable for use in Mondeos.


The Wall
The Wall
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £21.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Pink Floyd's misunderstood masterpiece, 4 Nov. 2013
This review is from: The Wall (Audio CD)
When this double LP album came out in 1979 it was hailed by some as pretentious and not one of Pink Floyd's best.

The subject matter is dark and sometimes intensely uncomfortable but is still very British. Listening to it again for the first time in many years, it's impact has not dulled; it seems so thoughtful and well observed. To call it pretentious is just wrong; especially in light of the sex scandals in the press (2013) many of which were perpetrated during the era this album was conceived.

The late 70s/early 80s was a time of deep unrest in the UK, memories of the war were still relatively fresh as were the painful wounds many people had sustained loosing close family members. The Wall brings together feelings of deep insecurity, terror, loss, discovery, elation and ultimately oblivion.

So, perhaps not the most comfortable album to listen to but a very fine one none the less.


Mr. Big Stuff: Remastered
Mr. Big Stuff: Remastered
Offered by thebookcommunity
Price: £29.21

5.0 out of 5 stars A sleeper discovered, 17 Jun. 2013
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For me the discovery of this album was one of those eureka moments. I've always loved the Motown soul sound and remember Mr Big Stuff vaguely from childhood. The quality of music on this album is superb (even if several songs follow the same format). As the notes supplied with it say: -

"Quezerque [piano & organ], a bespectacled Creole, had something of a track record in New Orleans. He'd cut his chops as a trumpeter and arranger with Dave Bartholomew's band in the fifties and had arranged and/or produced several New Orleans classics during the following decade, including Smokey Johnson's "It ain't my fault," Professor Longhair's "Big Chief" and Robert Parker's "Barefootin,'" Although only "Barefootin'" was a national hit, they all demonstrated that Quezerque had a good ear for catchy songs and novel rhythms."

"In Jackson, King Floyd had the first turn at the microphone... Jean Knight was up next and her set included "Mr Big Stuff," a number Quezerque had picked. The chemistry between the singers and the bare boned rhythm section of guitarist Jerry Puckett, bassist Vernie Robbins and drummer James Stroud, augmented by Quezerque's keyboard and crisp horn charts, was magic. The punching, deceptively simple funk grooves that were created for "Groove me" and "Mr Big Stuff" - anchored to locked, oddly syncopated electric bass and bass-drum bottoms that were pumped way up in the mix - were influenced by reggae and perhaps by New Orleans second-line, yet were utterly fresh and unique. And they begged to be danced to."

Perhaps Jean Knight, together with this album have become lost in the mists of pop history yet they are as fresh and funky today as they must have been in the early 70s. Maybe not a seminal album but a great one never the less.


Bose ® SoundLink ® Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II - Matte Finish/Dark Grey Nylon Cover
Bose ® SoundLink ® Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II - Matte Finish/Dark Grey Nylon Cover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good, 29 April 2013
Having set out with the intention of buying either a B&W A5 or A7, which were very disappointing indeed given the hefty price, we chose the far cheaper and more portable Bose Soundlink; a rather different thing altogether from the B&W items. I'm used to high end hi-fi and cannot see the appeal of these speakers although being able to stream music from an iPhone or whatever is a great idea. MP3 is just such a poor quality format. The BOSE sounds fine for portable music. It doesn't pretend to produce hi-fi quality sound (though it really isn't too bad) and its looks nod the late 1960s and its seems very well made.


Bowers & Wilkins A7 Wireless Music System B&W
Bowers & Wilkins A7 Wireless Music System B&W
Price: £699.00

7 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed..., 29 April 2013
Having decided that a good quality MP3 player was something we'd like and already having a high end Hi-Fi system, I was expecting good things from B&W. We listened to the A5 and the A7 and were left feeling "what on earth is all the fuss about."

I realise that MP3 as a format is essentially flawed. It is heavily compressed and therefore has no real top or bottom end by comparison with old fashioned analogue music systems but both the B&W A5 and A7 were frankly appalling; particularly at nearly £400 and £700 respectively. The sound was flat and uninvolving, there was no sound staging to speak of either. We ended up choosing between the cheaper B&W Z2 and (very surprisingly) the Bose portable Bluetooth speaker. In the end we went for the cheaper Bose.

So what is all the hype about? True the B&W A5 and A7 are nicely built and have a quality feel about them but that alone, given the sound quality cannot justify such a hefty price tag. I love my iPhone but this experience has merely confirmed my cynicism for big MP3 speakers. If you want inexpensive sound quality buy a Denon mini system but don't be taken in by this cynical marketing exercise! ...and don't get me started on Sonos either.
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Bowers & Wilkins A5 Wireless Music System B&W
Bowers & Wilkins A5 Wireless Music System B&W
Price: £388.44

2 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed, 27 April 2013
Having decided that a good quality MP3 player was something we'd like and already having a high end Hi-Fi system, I was expecting good things from B&W. We listened to the A5 and the A7 and were left feeling "what on earth is all the fuss about."

I realise that MP3 as a format is essentially flawed. It is heavily compressed and therefore has no real top or bottom end by comparison with old fashioned analogue music systems but both the B&W A5 and A7 were frankly appalling; particularly at nearly £400 and £700 respectively. The sound was flat and uninvolving, there was no sound staging to speak of either. We ended up choosing between the cheaper B&W Z2 and (very surprisingly) the Bose portable Bluetooth speaker. In the end we went for the cheaper Bose.

So what is all the hype about? True the B&W A5 and A7 are nicely built and have a quality feel about them but that alone, given the sound quality cannot justify such a hefty price tag. I love my iPhone but this experience has merely confirmed my cynicism for big MP3 speakers. If you want inexpensive sound quality buy a Denon mini system but don't be taken in by this cynical marketing exercise! ...and don't get me started on Sonos either.
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Revo Axis Internet/DAB/FM Clock Radio with iPhone/iPod Dock and 3.5-inch Touchscreen - Black
Revo Axis Internet/DAB/FM Clock Radio with iPhone/iPod Dock and 3.5-inch Touchscreen - Black

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for your bedroom, 27 Mar. 2013
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I researched a fair amount before going for the Revo, having had an old Sony clock radio cube since the mid-1980s. The Revo is marginally bigger but what a colossal improvement over the old Sony, and I can charge my iPhone at night too!

I like being woken to the radio but live in a rural area where analogue and DAB radio reception can be somewhat variable. The Internet radio is fabulous (even if digital radio is hugely inferior to FM radio in terms of quality); with a thing this size it barely matters. Sound quality is astonishing from such a small box.

For those people nervous about the 'new' technology and wondering if they will be able to master it, I will just say that it is extremely intuitive with an easy to follow instruction book if you need it.

It's early days so far but I am very impressed by the sound and build quality and can heartily recommend this machine.


52nd Street
52nd Street
Price: £33.14

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the music but not for the product..., 22 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: 52nd Street (Audio CD)
SACDs are a premium product and therefore command premium prices over ordinary CDs. You would therefore expect the packaging of the disc to be commensurately high quality but, in this case that is definitely not the case. No plastic jewel case to protect the disc just a cheap cardboard gatefold sleeve. The quality of the disc itself and the recording is excellent however. Come on, don't we consumers deserve a better deal than this!


Stranger
Stranger
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £26.28

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the music but not for the product..., 22 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: Stranger (Audio CD)
SACDs are a premium product and therefore command premium prices over ordinary CDs. You would therefore expect the packaging of the disc to be commensurately high quality but, in this case that is definitely not the case. No plastic jewel case to protect the disc just a cheap cardboard gatefold sleeve. The quality of the disc itself and the recording is excellent however. Come on, don't we consumers deserve a better deal than this!


The Keith Floyd Cookery Collection (TV Chef, Travel) [DVD]
The Keith Floyd Cookery Collection (TV Chef, Travel) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Keith Floyd
Price: £31.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed..., 24 Sept. 2012
Keith Floyd has been something of an inspiration for men interested in real food, growing up in the 80s. He demonstrated that cooking could be fun and very far from drudgery. For me it was his early series "Floyd on Fish", "Floyd on France" and "Floyd on Britain & Ireland", all of which I use today, which were the inspiration and I'm hugely disappointed to see that they are missing from this set. Don't get me wrong, the series included here are excellent too but the real gems are missing.

I won't be buying these until the omissions are included.

I'm also perturbed to read that the quality is not up to much. Another good reason to wait...


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