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Sony XDRS60 DAB/DAB+/FM Compact Retro Style Digital Radio - White
Sony XDRS60 DAB/DAB+/FM Compact Retro Style Digital Radio - White
Offered by TODO! TODO!
Price: £69.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well laid out controls for blind or partially-sighted people to use presets, 9 May 2014
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This radio was carefully chosen for an elderly person who has very little sight. She is delighted with the level of independence this simple device has provided her.

It's functionality was learned in a few minutes from a fully sighted person.

The separate arrangement of on/off button (slightly raised) and 5 preset buttons (flush but finger-tip sized) along the radio's top surface make changing stations by touch alone far easier than most radios. Likewise the large volume control 'wheel' on the side is well separated from other controls and easy to use by feel alone.

The sound is reasonable - a little thin and underpowered perhaps - and the radio is very portable, being about the size and weight of a concise dictionary. Being both mains and battery powered helps, and the radio being white also helps a partially sighted person to locate it.

The radio needed a sighted person (following written instructions) to set up the presets initially, and so in this respect it isn't perfect for blind or partially-sighted people. But hopefully, once set, a repertoire of 5 preset stations is sufficient for most people's listening.

In the past there have been radio's specifically designed for blind or partially-sighted people but highly-rated models seem to have disappeared from the market, and some were rather expensive in the first place.

Perhaps Sony can take the initiative and develop this radio further to suit the needs of a visually impaired audience, which seems likely to grow in number as our population ages.


StilGut UltraSlim Genuine Leather Case for Samsung S3 mini i8190 & i8200,Orange
StilGut UltraSlim Genuine Leather Case for Samsung S3 mini i8190 & i8200,Orange
Offered by StilGut
Price: £29.90

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One significant failing, 25 Mar 2014
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Clasp has broken after just three weeks of very light use by one careful, grown up owner.

The top clasp has to flex to hold in place and it has snapped.

By contrast and from personal experience, Spigen's similar 'Argos' cases (for iPhones) have clasps that are 50% larger and of heavier leather-encased metal. Unfortunately Spigen don't seem to make a case for the Samsung S3 mini.

Otherwise StilGut is well-made, close fitting and very neatly designed. Corners are fairly well-protected, importantly. But surprisingly the clasp is lacking in build quality for a German product at this price; given the thousands of times the clasp has to flex in normal use surely this has to be very robust.

Hoping this was just a one off flaw we're going to give a replacement a try and will report back...


Sennheiser PX 100-II Foldable Open Mini On-Ear Headphone - Black
Sennheiser PX 100-II Foldable Open Mini On-Ear Headphone - Black
Price: £29.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bass-heavy 'mush', 9 Feb 2012
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The sound quality of these PX100-IIs is surprisingly poor.

I am a Sennheiser fan. I have Sennheiser HD-25s. I bought Sennheiser CX300-II headphones for my son; they're similarly priced to the PX100-IIs and a good balanced sound with decent dynamic frequency range - 4 stars for the money. Side by side, playing same track, same source (Steely Dan's 'Everything Must Go' which is excellent at revealing dynamic frequency range and separating instruments) these PX 100-II are a bass-heavy 'mush' with no top to retrieve, even using a graphic equalizer. Jazz and classical tracks sounded equally mushy, unconvincing and tiring.

I cannot imagine who these PX100-IIs would appeal to given a side by side choice, but I assume Sennheiser have done their homework. My other benchmark is ATC-SCM50 speakers which I mention in case anyone else who appreciates hearing music's true full dynamic frequency range is thinking of buying these PX100-II headphones.

On the positive side the design is clever and beautiful and they seem well-made. Just the sound to work on now Sennheiser.
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You Had Me at Goodbye
You Had Me at Goodbye
Price: £13.58

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible, highly melodic & chilled jazz, 17 Jun 2010
This review is from: You Had Me at Goodbye (Audio CD)
I heard a track from this album on Radio 3's Late Junction in May 2010. I was immediately struck by the subtle beauty of the music and the quality and tastefulness of the performers. This is jazz that is tuneful, catchy and easy to access. All the tracks are short and highly melodic and the overall mood is very chilled. Almost everyone I've played this to has fallen in love with it, from my 10 year old son to jazz buffs. In my opinion this special recording deserves to become a jazz classic.

This music makes me think of Keith Jarrett, Eberhard Weber and even Donald Fagen without being a pastiche of any of them.

Good luck to the Espen Erikson Trio - please come and play for us in the UK.


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