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Chasseur Cast Iron Wok Set, Chilli Red, 37 cm
Chasseur Cast Iron Wok Set, Chilli Red, 37 cm
Price: 120.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fails as a wok, 12 Jun 2012
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I'd hoped that being made from cast iron this wok would be able to reach the high temperatures needed for typical chinese food. Unfortunately it does not, at least not without damaging it cosmetically. Subject it to gas flame for a while and black scorch marks appear on the nice red finish. The inside cooking surface is unseasoned and meat will stick to it easily. The cooking surface resists all attempts at seasoning. I tried all kinds of methods, wasted hours, and got nowhere. It's also far to heavy to pick up so forget about emptying the wok straight on to your plate, you'll need spoons or pincers or whatever to pick the food out. If you want a nice looking casserole pot to serve some coq-au-vin to guests then this serves the part well, but as a wok? Useless. After trying this and four other woks, some non-stick, some not, rejecting them all, I finally found the SKK non-stick wok and it's perfect. Easy to clean, reaches extremely high temperatures , the non-stick coating is rock-solid, and is just light enough to pick up. Buy that instead if you can afford it.


PROJECT SPEED BOX Mk2 TURNTABLE ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROL (SILVER)
PROJECT SPEED BOX Mk2 TURNTABLE ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROL (SILVER)

5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising Results, 12 Jun 2012
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I was sceptical about the difference this little box would make to my Pro-Ject Xperience but it was money well spent. The biggest improvements were in the lowering of the noise floor. The low frequency hum that was subtle but ever-present was largely removed, allowing the bass lines to be followed more easily and giving the kick drums more punch. The sound became tighter and more controlled. The box is also designed to fit underneath the main body of the turntable, useful as the power lead connecting it to the turntable is very short.


AKG Q701 Quincy Jones Signature Line Reference-Class Premium Headphones - White
AKG Q701 Quincy Jones Signature Line Reference-Class Premium Headphones - White
Offered by NeuroMart UK
Price: 211.00

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeds expectations, 12 Jun 2012
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I was upgrading from a pair of Senheiser HD595, decent cans worth 160. Comparing the two was night and day. Through the AKGs it was as if all the characteristics of the Senheisers had been lifted to reveal the source material underneath. The sound was more open, instruments had room to breath, vocals were crystal clear, and detail levels superb. Build quality is excellent, the two leads supplied are detachable and different lengths to suit your listening requirements, the headband real leather, and the quality of the white finish is very classy. Yes you'll look like a plonker wearing these but as they're opened backed and so very leaky you'll not be wearing them on the bus. It's worth investing in a dedicated headphone amp to get the best results, this kind of gear is wasted on the poor quality headphone amps that are built in to most integrated amplifiers. I use these with the Pro-Ject Headbox ii which is a good match for quality and budget. Also these headphones arrived a few days ahead of the expected delivery date so happy days.
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In Rainbows [VINYL]
In Rainbows [VINYL]
Offered by Side Two
Price: 14.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album, poor pressing, 28 Oct 2010
This review is from: In Rainbows [VINYL] (Vinyl)
One of the best by a great band, this album deserves to sit alongside paranoid android. No weak tracks, some positively sublime. The only problem is the vinyl pressing. It's very poor with audible distortion and mushy sound balance. It was not my deck, I even took the album to a high-end hifi shop to give it a spin and the problems were still there. Buy on CD.
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Disintegration [Deluxe Edition]
Disintegration [Deluxe Edition]

8 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All time classic, 6 May 2010
The Cure have been around a long time, but this album remains their definitive statement, certainly the one to play to experience their 80's doom-laden sound to the max. It's a smile-free zone from start to finish but nowhere has nihilism and despair sounded so epic and glorious. "plainsong" kicks it off with delicate wind chime sounds suddenly exploding into a wide-screen end-of-the-world imagery and a wall of synth-based sound that demands to be played loud (as the original sleeve notes advised). From then on we get Robert Smith on top form, from the plaintive "pictures of you" where relatively upbeat music accompanies Bob tearing apart the reminders of happy times, to the gothic pop hit "lullaby" which if it had been made today would surely have had a video directed by Tim Burton. Only "lovesong" breaks the dark mood for a few minutes but anyone expecting another "Friday I'm in love" will be disappointed, nothing's chirpy chirpy on this album. Near the end is truly where the sound of this album is taken to the extreme. "The same deep water as you" is over 9 minutes of stormy rainfall, deathly strings, and the same three chords played without interruption. No middle eight here, only subtle shifts of tone and texture, with Bob singing his goodbyes to a mystery someone that perhaps has even more problems than he does, all while sounding as if he's slowly sinking into an open mud-soaked grave. Fantastic! I've no idea what the extra tracks are like, but as snapshots of the Cure at the absolute bottom of the mood trough they are bound to be valuable to the fan. Certainly a key album from the eighties. The only way was literally up from here.
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