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Marmitek Digital Wireless Surround Sender
Marmitek Digital Wireless Surround Sender
Price: £119.95

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Didn't even start working, 25 April 2013
Plugged everything in as instructed (very easy set-up), switched it all on, got some clicks from the receiver ...

... and that, friends, was it. Some quiet clicking, and then even that faded away.

Double-checked the cables and rear speakers I was using by directly plugging into my surround amp, and everything was working fine. So basically, straight out of the box, it didn't even start working. Useless. Now trying for a refund or replacement, will advise progress.


Further progress: got a replacement power supply and receiver for the rear speakers from the very sympathetic retailers, who verified that they had tested it before sending it out. And lo and behold the beast now works.

And works rather well. My amplifier is a Yamaha DSP-A2, and its white-noise individual speaker tests were the first proof that it was working. (Tip for newbies, though, remember to put the volume up on both transmitter and receiver, saves you foolishly swearing at kit that IS actually working this time.)

Found the most rubbish / bombastic film I had lying around which I knew had plenty of rear-field effects -- Battlefield L.A. (I know, I know...) and can verify the same aural experience as with my all-wired setup. No delay, no clipping, all as expected. There's a minor "click" when the stand-by switches off when you switch on the amp, but IMHO that's probably a good thing, i.e. indicating the signal is up and ready.

Am now revising my rating for this item accordingly. Still subtracting a star for disappointing lack of quality control, though. No buyer wants to regret something the moment they pull it out of the box.

Price: £4.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle review - good book - bad kindle version, 18 April 2013
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This review is from: Nomansland (Kindle Edition)
Don't let the stars put you off: DG Compton is a find that anyone trawling the older writers via the Gollancz SF Masterworks will appreciate and enjoy. (The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe (S.F. MASTERWORKS) is a classic to this day.)

My issue is that clearly, once again, Gollancz has sourced this from a basic OCR scan -- and once again no-one at Gollancz has even bothered to do even the slightest bit of proof-reading before putting this Kindle version out for sale.

The errors jump out at you from the first page of the first chapter: a character called "Marton" throughout the book is first called "Dr Marion" -- and this is in the THIRD sentence of the book. Seriously.

And let's not get started on punctuation. Let me just say that there's this seemingly arbitrary use of inverted commas, either missing in action, or confused (for instance when the with "I'm" pops up) that is almost comical. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the conjoined words "I'm" and "I've" are fairly commonly used in the English language -- and even the most basic spell-checker could have picked this up -- but not for this ebook.

Basically, when the story disappears and you're left with trying to decipher what each sentence is actually trying to mean, you've got a disaster.

This is a disgraceful way to treat a good author, and this is not the first time Gollancz have done this on their slightly rarer offerings in Kindle format, but not (to my experience so far) so obviously poor.

Weirdly, Gollancz don't do this on their printed versions -- so what the hell is going wrong with them and their ebook offerings?

Price: £4.31

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle review: great collection..., 20 Aug. 2012
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This review is from: Oceanic (Kindle Edition)
...but minus two stars for the Kindle edition, as the formatting of each paragraph has been deliberately set one line apart. This means each paragraph appears seperated, like different sections (and like this review), rather than connected to each other.

The other Kindle collections of Egan's short stories, Axiomatic and Luminous, do not feature this "feature", and are consequently more readable and like the actual paper books.

Hopefully whoever is publishing Greg Egan's stuff notices and corrects this ASAP.

In the meantime, the text is still definitely there, and if you aren't irritated by this fault, then enjoy this great collection.

Metallic Ko
Metallic Ko
Price: £8.17

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant re-mastering..., 29 Nov. 2011
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This review is from: Metallic Ko (Audio CD)
...but be advised that this is NOT a remaster of the double-CD set that most owners know and love. This is just the first CD.

That said though, getting this is a no-brainer: along with remastering the sound, they have fixed the original incorrect pitch of the original releases, and the result sounds sharper, more "alive" and energetic than ever before.

Basically, the audience's yells, taunts and flying glass sound clearer, and the music itself sounds tighter and more tuneful. Which is, considering the history of these recordings, truly remarkable.

A History of Venice
A History of Venice
Price: £6.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Astonishingly brilliant book..., 8 July 2011
...but marked down by two stars for the stupidly excessive price of the Kindle version, which is unaccountably more expensive than the paperback.

Starstruck Deluxe Edition
Starstruck Deluxe Edition
by Elaine Lee
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully put-together, 3 April 2011
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This is a long-overdue re-release of the 1980s series, with all its nouveau artwork, hilariously OTT story-line and almost over-whelmingly multi-level/-textual output still relevant today.

The book itself contains the original artwork, now beautifully recoloured, and collected together with the glossary that suffixed each issue, and a (previously unknown to me) collection of "Brucilla the Muscle - Galactic Girl Guide".

Be warned / advised however - this book does NOT contain the full and complete Starstruck series, instead it ends, strangely, at the end of the first issue of the Marvel Starstruck comic series (released Feb 1985), with the two women hiding out "on the planet Alias".

The subsequent 5 issues are not included; instead, the following page has a big "to be continued" sign on it - and then it's on with the multiple extras.

I'm assuming (and fervently hoping) that this means there's another deluxe Starstruck coming out in due course. The story needs its proper ending, with all its multiple and baffling threads currently spiralling out being drawn back in. Perhaps there are more installments beyond the 1985 comic series that I'm not aware of...

Don't hold back though - this series is a bona-fide cult classic and should not be missed, and the book itself is superbly and reverently put-together.
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Samsung BD-P1500/XEU - Blu-ray Disc Player
Samsung BD-P1500/XEU - Blu-ray Disc Player

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware of firmware..., 21 Sept. 2009
This is a good machine, and on the whole I would recommend it, but I feel I do need to warn buyers about the latest 2.4 firmware version.

If you can, avoid it until there is an update: it can't play certain BD disks properly, in particular The Matrix.

Apparently this is a known issue, but there is no word on when an update is due.

Apart from that, and the usual looooonnnngggg loading time (in comparison to, say, a normal DVD player) when loading a BD disk, this is a good machine and price is getting better and better.

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