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Norton Security 2.0, 1 User - 1 Device, 12 Month  [Online Code]
Norton Security 2.0, 1 User - 1 Device, 12 Month [Online Code]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It’s a solid piece of software that does everything you ..., 6 May 2015
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It’s a solid piece of software that does everything you need it to do. I’ve tried countless antivirus solutions over the years but I always return to Norton. Some may argue that it is more resource intensive than other products but this shouldn’t be a problem for any half-way decent PC. Customer support is first class from Norton.

Cocktail Audio X40 2tb Blk
Cocktail Audio X40 2tb Blk

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NovaFidelity X40, 6 May 2015
The 7” radio edit:
It’s really good and if you have an interest in streaming/ digital audio you should give it an audition.

The extended 12” club remix:
The Novafidleity X40 (hereby referred to as the NF), is a really decent bit of kit. For many it will be a hard disk music player and will be used to store ripped CDs or downloaded music. In this capacity it compares favourably to many streaming devices but has none of the drawbacks inherent to streaming. The quality of the DAC (Digital to Analogue Converter), means that it will easily punch its weight with most CD players around the £1k mark, but it is with 24Bit audio files that the NF really shines and here only far costlier CD players will be able to compete. Whilst the NF can rip CDs and store metadata, anyone with a sizeable CD collection (200+), is going to want to buy some decent ripping software and rip CDs using their computer. Ripping through the NF at best quality takes about 10 minutes per disc so splashing £40 on DBpoweramp is going to save you huge amounts of your life.
As just a HDD music player the NF is a reasonable buy at £1200 (no storage), but there is little competition in this market. The NF will accommodate any HDD up to 4TB, although most users will get by with 1TB. Using a SSD results in a much nippier performance but this comes at a significant price premium and reaps no discernible sonic benefits.
If the NF was just a hard disk music player than that price tag might make many think twice but in actuality it has lots of useful additions. Built into the NF is a MM phono stage so that vinyl can be recorded to the on-board HDD, these can be recorded at different bit rates/ frequencies and converted to whatever file type is desired. There is also a line input that allows the same to be done to any other suitable input which is handy if you have old cassettes to rip or want to using your own phono stage. In addition to this, there is a serviceable FM tuner which can be recorded and ripped. The best feature to my mind is that the DAC has three additional inputs that can be connected to other digital devices and this is where the NF really shines because the DAC is stunning and will support 32Bit, 384Khz material; it won’t be out of date anytime soon.
Setting the NF up with a Wi-Fi dongle is an absolute must as it brings huge amounts of convenience by controlling your music library through any generic UPNP app. It also allows access to more internet radio stations than anyone could ever wish for (and the NF can be set up to behave like a VCR to record particular shows should you be out or asleep); if you do want to stream music, you can do that too, and from multiple sources.
And this is where it will get interesting for many users as the NF can be a digital hub/ pre-amplifier in a hi-fi system. The NF can be set to have a variable output, so volume is taken care of. With an FM input, turntable input, line input and three additional digital connections the NF can be connected direct to a decent power amplifier and possibly do a better job than most budget pre-amplifiers (with sufficient inputs for a modern setup). The NF has balanced outputs so it can be located as far away from your hi-fi as you wish and be controlled via the wireless without any degradation to the sound quality. Alternatively, you may wish to eschew speakers and just use the built in headphone amplifier (which is rather good and doesn't appear to be an afterthought).
I totally recommend this product and whilst it isn't perfect, it does deliver a lot for the money. The DAC is the true star of this product, but that’s fine given that it is a digital media player at heart. The extras such as the phono stage and FM tuner are perfectly decent and only add to the value. The ability to control the NF through your phone/ tablet/ laptop is great and it makes digital audio very, very simple for first timers or those who don’t want to be savvy with computers. The lack of a dedicated control app is a shame, as is the temerity to charge £30 for the essential Wi-Fi dongle (+P&P). The software is generally very user intuitive but does reward those who spend the time exploring the options and investigating different settings. The only real competition in my mind is the Naim HDX which is £5k+ so it boils down to how much you are prepared to spend.
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Winning the Game of Thrones: The Host of Characters and their Agendas
Winning the Game of Thrones: The Host of Characters and their Agendas
by Valerie Estelle Frankel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.95

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Looked like it might offer more than it actually did..., 15 Sept. 2013
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The book was has been written with the TV audience in mind and does not spoil their fun with spoilers or revelations that occur in the latter books (but have not been filmed and televised yet). It spells out some situations that are less clear on TV than they are in the books – and takes the trouble to spell out some issues that blatantly transparent. There are some other elements addressed about ‘Game of thrones’ such as the role of women in this universe and where some of the references and homages that colour the book come from, however, in all honesty it offers nothing that reading the original source material won’t provide. I bought this entirely on a whim and I wish I had taken a little more time to research my choice. I won’t call it a shameless cash in because it is better than that but I found it to have a lot of filler material, and having read it once i then sent it to the charity shop. I could only recommend this if you like the TV show, want to know more, but are averse to reading anything more than an inch thick.

The Definitive Ambient Collection Vol.2
The Definitive Ambient Collection Vol.2

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting stuff..., 5 Feb. 2012
Pete Namlock is prolific by anyone's standard and the `Definitive Ambient Collections' are a great way of taking a sample of his broad spectra of ambient work. It is a mixed bag and by no means perfect, but there are some great tracks (I suppose it all depends on what your flavour is). The other reviewer makes a valid comment that the tones are dominantly computer generated but I don't necessarily feel that this has to be a bad thing, and it is a perfect snapshot of the sounds circa 1991-93. If you can pick this up on the cheap, then I wouldn't hesitate to buy it if you like down-tempo/ ambient grooves; it certainly surpasses the `...collection 1'.

Toshiba 42XV555 DB - 42" Widescreen 1080P Full HD LCD TV - With Freeview
Toshiba 42XV555 DB - 42" Widescreen 1080P Full HD LCD TV - With Freeview

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maximum milk for minimum moo, 4 Sept. 2008
Picture 4
Sound 3.5
Flexibility 4
Aesthetics 4
Value 5

The picture of the Toshiba 42XV505DB 42" LCD HDTV is a mixed bag.
I watched the 505DB with a blue ray DVD player and I was flabbergasted. The quality of the image, it's speed and detail were really impressive. With this kind of ancillary the TV really delivers well beyond it's budget.
With regular DVD the picture is good and responds quickly, showing keen detail.
With a regular analogue input the picture is highly changeable (the quality of the signal is the issue here). Pictures can range from good to intolerable. HD inputs are naturally excellent, whilst poor quality transmissions result in a blocky and grubby image that is distressing. A lot of time has to be spent adjusting the colour, contrast and brightness in order to get the best from this set; the factory presets are clearly designed for the showroom and result in gaudy and unrealistic colours. Even when correctly adjusted, skin tones are a little ruddier than normal and the greens are slightly lacking in vibrance; at this price it is utterly forgivable.
The sound is reasonable and I was surprised at the richness of the bass given the small cabinet size. I found the sound to be lacking in midrange clarity, and at higher volumes the cabinet will vibrate unpleasantly. It would be wise to connect this TV to an amplifier (thus resolving the lack of midrange clarity). Ultimately, the extremes of bass and treble are lacking, but this is TV, not Hi-fi.
The 42XV505DB offers a variety of inputs and outputs and will allows connections to 3 HDMI sources, 2 SCART devices, S-video, RGB phono, and a PC input. Sound connections are via phono sockets outputs (fixed and variable), as well as 3.5mm jack. I'm confident that 99% users will have all the connections they need.

A 1920 x 1080 resolution 42" LCD TV at this price is astounding. It's not perfect and needs time and effort to set it up correctly, but with care and attention it is possible to get a more than respectable performance. If you want a big LCD TV and are not rabid about ultimate detail resolution, and absolute colour representation then this offers a lot of milk for little moo. If you are looking for minimal compromise TV then keep looking, but if you want big value, big screen TV, then you would do well to check this TV out. At £600 on Amazon, 42" TV has never been easier.
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