Profile for J. Jordan > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by J. Jordan
Top Reviewer Ranking: 291,013
Helpful Votes: 21

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
J. Jordan "martin" (IRE)
(REAL NAME)   

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2
pixel
PC106MET 106" CinemaScope 2.35:1 HD Projection Screen Tab-Tensioned Electric Moterised RF Remote
PC106MET 106" CinemaScope 2.35:1 HD Projection Screen Tab-Tensioned Electric Moterised RF Remote

5.0 out of 5 stars A true bargain...no, really!, 26 Nov 2013
Maybe its about time this screens rep was shown for what it really is...five times better than 1 star anyway. Anyone that knows a little about the hassle & cost of Home Cinema will understand that if this screen does what it's supposed to, can only mean theres a bargain with a capitol B to be had here. Yes, there are cost cuts in certain areas but in order to bring an electric tab-tensioned cinemascope screen to the market for less than 500.00, never mind 200.00, thats the way it goes. But be assured these cost cuts do not detract from the actual quality of the screen itself or the excellent performance, visually & mechanically. Its a well built screen to be sure, but not anything special to admire regarding actual looks. Mostly build quality is fine though.

The motor is about as noisy as any motor i've heard through owning three elec. projection screens, but perfectly acceptable & fairly smooth. The tab-tensioning works as its supposed to gently putting pressure on the actual tabs to keep the screen from turning in at the edges, while keeping it square & even. If the tensioning string becomes a little loose there are holes at each end to gently tighten the string with a small screwdriver to re-apply the right amount of pressure. The only really economic part of the screen that sticks out is the actual casing as it feels a little loose, but that becomes a moot point as soon as the screen is hung. If you are watching genuine 2.35:1 material it fits the screen very, very well,but for a little tiny bit wider at 2.40:1 you will have about an inch border which looks ok on this screen as it's 106"s diagonal anyway.

To get to the end the picture projected is sharp & colourful & if you can get it to your house or dedicated cinema room for less than 200.00 incl. delivery, be happy with the idea of over 100"s of cinemascope heaven which you can control by pointing the RF remote anywhere in the room or affix the switch-box to your wall which is black along with all the casing & masking,which is a real boon for a dark environment.Also comes with vague instructions,ceiling & wall fittings for the complete set-up. Grab with both hands as long as you understand its not a rip-off 2k plus quality screen. The real bargain is the feeling you get when you have it installed while watching your favourite cinemascope blockbuster.


Pioneer VSX2020K - AV Receiver, Made For Ipod And Works With Iphone, Advanced Sound Retriever
Pioneer VSX2020K - AV Receiver, Made For Ipod And Works With Iphone, Advanced Sound Retriever

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great pioneer movie & music performer., 15 Sep 2012
If you're after room filling power,the Pioneer vsx-2020 should still be on your demo list,esp. at the knock-down prices its available for.Action movies will shake any medium sized room to its foundations,with detail & almost intimidating dynamics.But it doesn't go harsh or bright,in fact its a neutral to warm sound at average to loud volumes,but really pushing the volume is where the fun really is: It can tread along at biting atmosphere then jump into instant chaotic action,again without overdoing it.Its outrageously good in multi ch DTS-HD MA & True HD,while holding quality for legacy codecs...great stuff!!!

I messed around with some of the video conversion,which BTW is excellent for tuner/set-top boxes with no on-board scaling,but couldn't get it to improve on my own Pioneer bdp. It Plays 3D movies through with great stability & ARC is great for changing inputs on tv ,while sending sound from said source. Also,ive had worse remotes to be honest & i became used to it fairly quick,although the glowing red buttons are many in the dark, its typically pioneer.

Music though, has to be fed through properly because if you feed it any bad youtube 2ch stuff or badly streamed or ripped tunes,you wont put up with it for long,no matter what processing you use to try hide the noise,you'll be covering your ears, But...feed the AVR a decent CD or track from a decent source & its surprisingly good in straight 2ch stereo,i can't decide if PQLS makes a difference,but it sounds like it has good grip with the feature turned on... Or if you want to punch it with your subwoofer, try extended-stereo if you like a bit more punch with a little less refinement..

Now in my opinion this great movie/music sound is only possible after running MCACC & tweaking it to your liking...eq. adjust is brilliant for fine tuning the overall sound.Ive heard this vsx-2020 being compared to the vsx-lx53...the fact is the only difference is the aluminium fascia & free bluetooth adapter on the '53.Pioneer have used this chassis & amp section on this vsx-2020,vsx-lx53,the vsx-2021, & vsx-lx55. So its proper mid-high end build quality.

The internet radio is more trouble than its worth & its a shame theres zero DLNA for such a well specified av reciever,but USB high bit-rate music & photos with album art are a bit of fun.I probably wont ever bother with the tuner as i dont reckon theres a place for analogue fm/mw radio anymore on av amplifiers. So over-all a very classy AVR from pioneer with great sound,build & looks...still stands up until 4k takes hold...aah.

I would have docked a star but i dont reckon its niggling lack of DLNA & terrible i-net radio interface,or lack of... is enough to dock 20% of the score in this ample,media-components network age.But,honestly it delivers on many promises like sound quality,obviously,multi ch movies,2ch music,great auto set-up with eq adjustment & excellent build quality for the s


Stay Alive [DVD]
Stay Alive [DVD]
Dvd ~ Movie
Offered by FUNTIME MEDIA
Price: 2.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars original effort on small budget?Oh yeah., 7 May 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Stay Alive [DVD] (DVD)
All seriousness aside if youre looking for a spooky original horror movie,look no further.It looks as though its made on a small budget but that doesn't stop it being an enjoyable romp & can be quite gruesome.Its about Countess Elizabeth Bathory's revenge tied into a horror video game.Its not bad & a more than a little original for the genre involved.
Comment Comments (7) | Permalink | Most recent comment: May 18, 2013 11:37 PM BST


Sony BDPS480B.CEK 3D Blu-Ray Disc/DVD Player BRAVIA Internet Video (Wireless LAN Ready)
Sony BDPS480B.CEK 3D Blu-Ray Disc/DVD Player BRAVIA Internet Video (Wireless LAN Ready)

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars another great sony bd player..., 7 May 2012
Simply put,this Sony BDP-S480 is an amazing budget player with splendid high-quality pictures from both Bluray & DVD. Really,upscaling dvd quality is top drawer,no worries there!!- While also holding a tune,having musical rythym with CD playback.Until 4k (ahem) arrives this little deck has all the smart features you need to go with an older,or new tv,at its pricepoint that is.Only negative is the remote,while comfortable,response can lag a bit with the XMB GUI,but go ahead you wont get a better player for around 80-90.


Sony TDGBR250 Rechargeable 3D Glasses
Sony TDGBR250 Rechargeable 3D Glasses
Offered by DealZone
Price: 18.21

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars better than br-100s Much better!!!, 6 May 2012
Being using these specs on 2 of sonys 3D TVs. HX803 & HX823 (much better quality effects on latter) & zero hassle so far.Top quality build & reliability as usual for sony. The only thing:Even though they are lighter than their predecessors,they weigh a bit on the bridge of your nose,but nothing else to complain about here.Quality product in bundle pack.


Sony Europe Ltd KDL46HX823 Sony 46" 3D Freeview HD LED Television
Sony Europe Ltd KDL46HX823 Sony 46" 3D Freeview HD LED Television

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sony are Smart with top range 3D-TV/Bluray player package!!, 16 April 2012
No point turning this review into a novel BUT...Sony has put together an unbelievable tv & bdp package.The tv is the 46 HX823,one rung down from its flagship HX923.The beautiful monolithic design range suffered from what came to be known as "the crease",a cm line that could show up on any 4 sides of the tv.When a source is shown it rears its head as a faint black or see-through cm wide line on left,right,top or bottom.It was even known to show around complete screen.But if the tv i recieved is anything to go by,sony have managed to right things in spectacular fashion for a fault that the tv should never have had.Now down to the opinion: Picture quality for an edge-led set is astounding,esp in HD2D or a bluray movie like AVATAR obviously,this bd movie is the movie by which every tv's P-Q is assessed. All 3D incl. HSBS are really good but 3D bluray is amazing to look at,excellent quality.

Dynamic edge-LED is certainly no gimmick,as sony has garnered critical acclaim for how well it works. Pitch dark,inky blacks are on display here with good unifofmity after a few minutes calibration,in cinema 1 mode. Combining lush vibrant pictures in 3D with serious depth & detail,with pictures somtimes popping out into the room with very faithful colours. Motion & clarity along with sharp edges drawn with ease,something thats become a speciality for sony LCD tv's. X-Reality pro with Digital reality creation makes bad analogue 2D pictures look clean & colourful,almost hd like,amazing stuff. YoutubeHD looks great but can load a bit slower than usual ,but a minor gripe here. Sound is fairly good for a 27mm slim set with a quality hold without harsh grating at high volumes. Although an home cinema amp will always do a cinematic job.

If you are familiar with sony's XMB set-up will be easy but if your new to sony tv you'll catch on quickly with every setting incl. fully WI-FI ready,smart apps,bravia internet video,now sony entertainment network (S.E.N),widgets,photos & music,all having their place horizontal then opening up vertically. The latter having a handy track-id via gracenote. Sony entertainment network (S.E.N) smart features could be tidied up a bit though. AND that design,top drawer build quality,with a single pane of corning gorilla glass covering the front panel,whats called an opticontrast panel,absolutely gorgeous design.

The BDP-S480 bluray player complements the tv no end,with again 100s of features incl smart apps,BIV,again aka (S.E.N) smart features & above its grade P-Q with excellent dvd upscaling & HD2D/SD & great 3D with impressive depth. Then with brilliant DTS-HD MA & Dolby TrueHD & 96khz sound. I can only mention minor niggles with a cheap feeling remote & somtimes sluggish response. When tv prices dropped early 2012,this was the dark horse bargain all edge-LED tv's should have been (incl. samsungs D8000). VERY HIGHLY RECOMMONDED.


Sony TMR-BR100 3D Transmitter for 3D BRAVIA Full HD 3D TV compatible with HX800 and HX900 Series TVs
Sony TMR-BR100 3D Transmitter for 3D BRAVIA Full HD 3D TV compatible with HX800 and HX900 Series TVs
Offered by Esale Express
Price: 12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars hx803 money transmitter for the big S!, 4 Dec 2011
Got this transmitter in bundle so no complaints here...but....apparently the lx903 uses the built-in unit which shows up as a thin red bar,spread across a few inchs of the bottom of the tv screen,displayed by 5 red bars.Now im not sure on this creating better alround 3D ,but it doesn't appear integrated in the tv screen,for nothing.IMO the hx803 should have the same method,esp what this tv cost in late 2010.


Sony KDL46HX803U - 46` Bravia LCD Television
Sony KDL46HX803U - 46` Bravia LCD Television

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Sony 3D Bargain!, 5 Sep 2011
This KDL46-HX803 prematurely replaced a KDL46-W5500,not because there was any fault with the W5,but the price that hit me when i opened up a certain webpage.Im not going to talk price exactly,but lets say it swayed my decision to buy the 46"HX803,incl.Transmitter & 2 Glasses with a 5yr Warranty.Im not gonna go on & on,but 1st PICTURE QUALITY:2D-SD DVD/CABLE & General viewing = Excellent,depending on source obviously.UPSCALED DVD/TV & GENERAL = again excellent,really clean,vibrant picture. BLURAY 2D-HD = absolutely stunningly beautiful,little more can be said.Blew my previous TV away in this dept.I dont really play games but my lads were chuffed with the picture experience/atmosphere & that there was little or no lag with 2D & 3D Games.Side by side 3D (various 5-12 minute demos from quality source) = Very good performance,colourful,detailed & stable,zero crosstalk. BLURAY3D Absolutely vibrant,lush,beautifully colourful & pin-sharp picture,with excellent contrast throughout,went way over expectation here.No Clouding issue at all or non-uniformity to get bothered about,Pitch black uniform screen with screen savers etc. except when displaying movies,obviously.INTERNET ACCESS = good for what i could get on to as no on demand here in Ireland.MENU SYSTEM = Improved XROSSMEDIABAR,Easy access to input sources & settings,with good user experience.Features like Motionflow 200HZ-PRO,Dynamic led backlight,LED/LCD wide colour gamut(wcg) all seem like high-end extras,not to be sniffed at. SOUND = Good for a slim flatscreen,but an AV system will suit it all the more!Now DESIGN = It definately doesn't have the on-shelf presence of say,the Samsung C/D-7000/8000,But its a nice looking TV & it has got it where it counts picturewise & thats most important in my book!The 3D glasses are a little sore at first & they should have the transmitter built-in & the USB player isn't very good,but how many ways do we need to see a movie,honestly?Putting a file onto a disc isn't very much trouble is it? .So a couple of very minor quibbles aside,thats it really,so 5 stars all day long,Well done Sony!


Ocean's Trilogy [Blu-ray] [2007] [Region Free]
Ocean's Trilogy [Blu-ray] [2007] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ George Clooney
Price: 11.25

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grainy but good!, 9 May 2011
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I agree with whats being said here,it seems like they were directly transfared from an already average DVD film quality,but for OCEAN fans & the v. reasonable cost its a recommended buy provided your happy with DVD quality film & Dolby Digital 5.1 surround(no pcm original),which is fine by me for the movies that they are:Funny crime capers.
Comment Comments (5) | Permalink | Most recent comment: May 17, 2013 12:49 PM BST


Damper Sustain Pedal for Yamaha, Casio, Roland, Korg, M-Audio, Gear4Music keyboards & digital piano
Damper Sustain Pedal for Yamaha, Casio, Roland, Korg, M-Audio, Gear4Music keyboards & digital piano
Offered by Jack Leo
Price: 16.78

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars well worth the small !, 9 May 2011
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This pedel i got for my son & he reckons it does exactly what its supposed to.Fairly well made for such a cheap product,but beware of the packing,it comes displayed in an open box,so check before you sign,but overall a decent product.


Page: 1 | 2