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ONKYO A-5VLB Integrated Digital Stereo Amplifier - Black
ONKYO A-5VLB Integrated Digital Stereo Amplifier - Black

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true Giant Killer, 4 Jan 2011
The performance of this amp has really come as quite a shock and left me somewhat astounded. At current prices with the inclusion of a DAC I thought it worth a gamble for my second 'bedroom' system using an Logitech SB3. My only other experience with the brand had been poor, a faulty AV amp. But first I decided to compare the A5VL in my main system comprising Yamaha Soavo 1 PN floorstanders, Yamaha AS2000 and CDS2000 which really should be in a different league, plus Project RPM 9.1x Turntable and Squeezebox Touch with MF DAC, in a fairly large room (22ft x 16ft). And what a surprise...I should have expected the crystal clarity as my previous encounters with Class D (Flying Mole and various Tripath based amps)had shown this, but this amp also has the smoothness of a Sugden MasterClass and tremendous bass power extension and control. The in-built DAC more than measures up against my MF DACs. To save the Yamaha further embarrassment the amp is now located in its intended home with an SB3, using the amps DAC of course. Initially in this set up the sound was thick and softer compared to the previous incumbent Sonic Impact T-amp but now, re-positioning the speakers has enabled it to breath - bells ring out like bells, cymbals shimmer like cymbals, all with startling realism and power. I've placed another order (this time silver, rather than black) so that if necessary it will slot into my main system as back up or potentially a replacement? A true giant-killer (and, as others have pointed out, deceptively heavy).

Pushing The Senses [Limited Edition] [CD + DVD]
Pushing The Senses [Limited Edition] [CD + DVD]
Offered by Media Vortex
Price: 8.01

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reviewing the Senses, 2 Feb 2005
After the commercial and critical success of Comfort in Sound it is great to see Feeder return with an album that builds on the music of CiS and in some ways beats it.
THe album gets off to a great start- Feeling a Moment, a euphoric opener that could be a huge hit for the band. Following is the powerful and Coldplay-like Bitter Glass, and then top 5 single Tumble and Fall. Track 4 Tender is definately a grower and blossoms into a beautiful ballad similar to Echo Park's Turn.
And then comes the superb Pushing the Senses, a classic pulsating Feeder track- combining the pop rock of Echo Park with the more refined production and lyrics of CiS. And then comes another standout track, the beautiful Frequency, with its superb vocals from Grant. Morning Life follows, another grower, with some great technical effects adding to the song.
Following is Pilgrim Soul- the closest track on the album to Polythene, and it is fantastic. Pain on Pain is another piano led beautiful track, and the calm and relaxing Dove Grey Sands is a good closing track.
Overall a fantastic album, possibly Feeder's best. Whether it will replace my favourite, Comfort in Sound, will be seen over time. At fourty minutes it is a short album that leaves you wanting more, although one feels a couple more tracks should be added, maybe rockier tracks akin to Pushing the Senses to keep the older fans happy. It is the variety of musical styles that make this album, shown by the reviews I have seen in magazines each picking different standout tracks. Wonderful.

Tumble and Fall [2-Track Version]
Tumble and Fall [2-Track Version]
Price: 1.63

5.0 out of 5 stars Shatter and Fall, 18 Jan 2005
Feeder have always made good B Sides- Just a Day, Feel it Again etc. And here is another one, entitled Shatter (soon to be included in GT4), which is excellent, in a similar vein to Come Back Around/Feel It Again.
Tumble and Fall is quality, Shatter is simply amazing. Well worth the 3.99. Heres hoping Feeder do another Just a Day and release it as a single.

Echo Park
Echo Park
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 3.38

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Album of Two Halves..., 29 Oct 2003
This review is from: Echo Park (Audio CD)
After the brilliant Polythene and YWTS, Echo Park had a lot to live up to, and while it is very good, it is not as good as it could've been. The first half of the album is amazing- Standing on the Edge is a superb opening track, followed by the massive hit Buck Rogers. Piece by Piece is next, a haunting slower track which is one of the best on the album. Then comes Seven Days in the Sun, another glorious pop rock track. Tracks 5 and 6 (We Can't Rewind and Turn) are two of the more 'mature' tracks on the album, and are both superb.
It all goes downhill after Turn however. Choke, Under the Weather and Bug are all dull heavier tracks, and Oxygen is very plodding and never seems to pick up. The second half is redeemed by Tell all your Friends and Satellite News, but if the Just A Day and the Buck Rogers B sides had replaced some of the later tracks the album would be better. Having said that, the eight decent tracks on the album are all superb, making Echo Park well worth buying.

Comfort in Sound [Special Edition CD + DVD]
Comfort in Sound [Special Edition CD + DVD]
Price: 6.02

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the Year...., 4 Oct 2003
I bought the original album in Jan 2003, and the fact that I have bought around 20 Feeder records since then proves how good this album is. First off, the album. It is my favourite album of all time, there is not a bad song on the album, and any bad songs will grow on you. The singles Just the Way I'm Feeling, Come Back Around, Forget about Tomorrow and Find the COulour are all excellent tracks, but there are plenty more great songs on the album. The Muse-like Summer's Gone is superb, as is the beautiful Love Pollution, Comfort in sound and Child in You (Reminscient of Piece by Piece). The best album of the last year by far in my opinion.
The re-release contains an 8 video bonus DVD, making it an essential purchase for any music fan. Should you buy the re-release if you own the original version? Yes, the DVD is worth the price alone.

Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 3.83

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Expected..., 26 Sep 2003
This review is from: Polythene (Audio CD)
Being a fan of post Buck Rogers Feeder, I wasn't sure if I'd like anything pre-Echo Park. But as YWTS was good, I decided to invest in Polythene. And I was pleasantly surprised. There are plenty of great songs here- High, Crash, Stereoworld and Cement to name a few, and while not all the songs are classics, there is not a single bad song on the album. The only thing that lets it down are the lyrics, which can be poor at times. Otherwise though, this is an excellent debut, full of colour and texture. Highly recommended for new and old fans alike.

Yesterday Went Too Soon
Yesterday Went Too Soon
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: 4.27

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great album from Feeder, 14 April 2003
This review is from: Yesterday Went Too Soon (Audio CD)
I got into Feeder during the Buck Roger days and as I loved the latest albums I decided to invest in this. Insomnia, Anaesthetic, Waiting for Changes and Hole in my head are great tracks which will please fans of Echo Park, and the slow tracks (YWTS, Radioman, Paperfaces) are also good and show the band are more than just frantic pop-rock. Particular mention goes to Dry- what a brilliant song which is worth the price alone. Tinseltown is the only let down, a slow and dull song which never picks up. Even the bonus track is better than this. What the album lacks is a stand out track like Buck Rogers or Just a Day. However YWTS is a varied album with lots of great songs which is well worth the money for new and old Feeder fans.

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