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Tresor Compilation Vol. 7
Tresor Compilation Vol. 7

5.0 out of 5 stars Like a fine wine, classic late 90's techno at it's best, 1 Oct 2013
If you like your techno pounding and above 130bpms, you can't go wrong here. Tresor set the bar high back in those days. Worth the money alone for the classic M4 by Maurizio, another standout is the final track, the Surgeon's mix of Savvas Ysatis' 'Alright'.
Quality European no nonsense four to the floor!


Masterpiece
Masterpiece
Price: 10.86

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you're expecting a 3-disc 'Sessions', look elsewhere, 1 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Masterpiece (Audio CD)
Well I'm trying to love this because I'm an admirer of Craig's work and was very much looking forward to a 3 disc contemporary techno journey, but I'm not surprised that he's tried to make a statement using this package by taking a completely different approach, however disappointed it has left me feeling.

So...
Disc 1 - old school house and tech house electro with a few Craig remixes - so so.
Disc 2 - old school soul, blues, R&B then oddly a dub techno track from Von Oswald and a couple of average detroit techno tracks from back in the day
Disc 3.... experimental original work that is ultimately lacking in fresh ideas and themes to carry it over it's 70-odd minutes.

Does it work cohesively, or is it disjointed...looking at the above, what do you think?

Brave indeed, but it fails to be a classic Craig work.


Sony XBA2 Premium Quality In-Ear Headphones
Sony XBA2 Premium Quality In-Ear Headphones
Offered by PADNOTE
Price: 89.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mature, rich presentation from the big gun., 30 Sep 2013
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On purchasing the XBA-2s I burned them in for a few hours. I used an A-B test comparison. My conclusion is that they are confident IEMs. The bass is there alright, nice and tight - not face-melting - but good. The mids - vocals guitars synths are smooth, they have a greater degree of finesse than the budget IEMs currently on the market. The upper frequencies are well behaved, if a touch shy, and so as has been said before by certain other reviewers, the overall presentation may be considered restrained, a tad dark. A bit of gentle EQ can help. Imagery and width is good, although I can't comment too much as I've yet to have the pleasure of testing truly high-end esoteric IEMs to see where one can go with these type of headphones.

Reading through the reviews, and then having given the XBA-2's a decent critical listen, I'm still astounded, and also sometimes very amused, with the ease by which a majority of so-called reviewers utterly fail to grasp what actually constitutes a balanced quality sonic presentation through a pair of IEMs.

Listen to your 20-30 buds by all means; the majority of the time regardless of manufacturer, be it Senns, Denons, SoundMagics, Klipschs or whatever, you'll get a lively, gutsy, brave, but ultimately slightly lacking, immature performance that stumbles and falls before the finish line - like a cocky teenager who thinks he can mix it with the adult athletes.

Step up in price and everything changes however. The XBA-2's are kinda similar to my Shure SE315s, and that's not surprising - they both have similar architecture and both come at the 100+ RRP, (sure (sic) you can now pick the Sony's up for a lot less than that, but I think that speaks a lot more about Shure's success in controlling their supply chain, more than it does say about the products performance in itself).

Let's get some things straight. It appears the XBA-2's will not take too kindly to being fed a poor quality sound source - yes that includes your smartphone - and regardless of the bitrate of your compressed files (for no doubt they will be compressed if your choice of music player happens to be your mobile phone).

Try not to go below 256 kbps. Go lossless if you can and the XBA-2s will reward your ears by filling in those digital gaps. Especially if your music of choice is acoustic, classical, jazz. The natural reverbs suffer badly from compression and will be ruthlessly exposed by the XBA-2s.

On-the-go I use an 80GB 5th generation iPod (the last one to use the Wolfson DAC from 2005) which feeds into a FiiO headphone amp using a Line Out Dock connector, which I then use to drive my IEMs. From an impedance perspective the FiiO is not needed as most IEMs are low (the XBA-2s are rated 12 ohms) but I use it to warm up and add a richness to the overall presentation, as I still find digital music players - regardless which one - a tad cold.

And you get a nice hard case and a good selection of tips, although I found the one's actually fitted a good match to my ear canals.

Highly recommended.
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Philips Fidelio L1/00 High Fidelity Headband Headphones
Philips Fidelio L1/00 High Fidelity Headband Headphones
Offered by Ipall
Price: 125.39

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Physical beauty, sonic subtlety., 13 Feb 2013
Philips have done themselves proud with the Fidelio L1 semi-open circumaural headphone. As a piece of product design they are truly a thing of beauty - the attention to detail is astounding and you could easily be looking at phones costing upwards of 250. No swathes of cheap feel plastics here, oh no. It's all soft dark brown leather and laser etched aluminium. And the only plastic is machined with funky retro style grooves like a 7 inch single or something.

And the sound quality is laid back velvety smooth as a baby's bottom, yet it still commands authority - drive the L1's hard and the bottom end stays deep and tight, the mids are slightly recessed yet buttery smooth in their richness, guitars and vocals really come across with panache, and the tops are fast and crystal clear with no sense of nasty fizz. The soundstage and overall presentation is impressive. But they're not perfect. And a lot of people will probably find them a little too laid back, especially with todays (unfortunate) propensity for a lively and fun sound with swathes of bass and everything else boosted to the max. Subtlety over brashness is not everyone's cup of tea when all you see is Monster Beats everywhere...

However compared to other pro brands with more kudos than Philips (let's be honest, who goes to Philips for quality pro-sumer cans?) the L1's will most likely be overlooked. Which is shame.

Be part of an exclusive club and get the L1. I'd even wage a bet that they will be a limited production run and will become collectible classics in the future.
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Mdr-V6 Lightweight Stereo Headphones - Sony
Mdr-V6 Lightweight Stereo Headphones - Sony
Offered by Smart Shop UK
Price: 69.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Design classics that still astound, 13 Feb 2013
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What can be said about the 'venerable' Sony MDR-V6 circumaural studio headphones that has not been said already over the past 25 years? Well one question that must be answered is how the hell can Sony sell these cans for a paltry 50 when the MDR-V6's quality of construction and delivery of crystal clear and neutrally balanced audio embarrass headphones from other manufacturers that typically are priced at 3, 4 and even 5 times more?

The answer is probably found when one considers that Sony's Research & Development investment was most likely recouped many years ago. Sony sees this headphone's cult following and the sales figures don't let up year on year, so why stop production or indeed raise the recommended retail price? In all honesty if these headphones were designed and released today they would most likely retail for well over 100. The V6 was designed during the mid 1980's, and so therefore many parts that would now most probably suffer cost cutting measures are retained.

I've A-B tested these phones with many other cans costing a hell of lot more and I can say this with confidence: if your budget is up to 150 you would be doing yourself - and your wallet - a favour by giving these classic headphones a try.
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AKG K414P Closed-Back, Folding Mobile Headphones
AKG K414P Closed-Back, Folding Mobile Headphones

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bass-driven, loud phones designed for the ipod generation, 21 Aug 2008
I bought the AKG K414Ps after researching the supra-aural phones on the market today. Having developed an ear-infection, I didn't want to stick anything inside my ears, so it was a good excuse to splash out on an upgrade to my in-ear panasonics (which were a lot brighter and louder than the ipod phones, however had no bottom end, again like the ipod the phones).

It was throw up between the Koss Portapros (cheaper at under 20), Sennheiser PX-200 and a pair of Audio-Techica's (which I can't remember the model of!) and the iGrado's.

The K414P is the replacement of the K26Ps, and I bought them knowing they had a reputation for serious bass. The first thing I'll say is that these phones most definitely do not have a flat response - they are not studio headphones to be used for monitoring, that's for sure. They have a very pronounced low frequency range boost in excess of 3dBs from around 2000Hz. For such small drivers, impressive.

When I first plugged them into my computer at work and listened through iTunes, I ripped them off my head after a few minutes in disappointment. The bass is fatiguing to listen to, and 'boxes in' the mid freqs. The Hi freqs roll off pronouncibly. So you can see the EQ curve is unbalanced. I Eq'd iTunes and it was an improvement, and I found on the iPod the Eq was best set to 'Treble Booster'.

I read that the phones could be improved with use, so I plugged them into our HI-FI at home, cranked up the volume and left them pumping for a couple of days...

...plugged back into the iPod. By this stage I was considering going out and buying the PortaPro's. My contemplation of an extra purchase was in haste. The AKGs now sounded mellower. The bass had softened, sweetened, the soundstage was noticeably more open, the top end more purposeful and forward.

AKG have set out to design the K414P's for the Ipod and other MP3 players, that's for sure. I have since compared them to other Sennheisers, and I must say, these are louder and have the bottom end than many other small phones do not possess, and that the iPod and other player's need to compensate for their low freq roll-off.

They are comfortable, affordable, well designed (if a little fragile-looking), and I would highly recommend them for music on the go, especially dance music.


Grobag Egg
Grobag Egg
Offered by Buy It Wise
Price: 19.45

39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Form Over Function, 28 Dec 2007
This review is from: Grobag Egg (Baby Product)
Why can't manufacturer's make products that just work?! This thermometer is a classic case in hand. It looks fantastic but doesn't give the correct temperature, and therefore as a product it fails in it's one reason to exist. As a bloke I thought I'd correlate it's temperature with two digital barometric thermometers when I noticed during the first day that the egg was giving me a reading of 24 degrees celcius when it was obvious that the room wasn't that warm - the egg constantly gave a reading between 1 -3 degrees celcius higher than the other thermometers, which incidently correlated.
When the product's manufacturer emphasises that your baby mustn't be too hot or cold, then their product could be construed to be dangerous, let alone useless.
Unfortunately, many mothers (and some fathers also I imagine) will be seduced by this products looks alone. I, however, have more of a pragmatic and stoic approach to products - if they don't work, then I don't want one, however pretty they look.
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Ambient Dub Volume 1 - The Big Chill
Ambient Dub Volume 1 - The Big Chill
Offered by Music-Club
Price: 59.90

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars deep in the ambient dub..., 25 May 2007
This album compiled by the small independent 'beyond' label back in 1993 is indicative of the style of chill-out of the time and very similar to other labels such as R&S's Apollo - their output was amazing, and this particular album, for me personally, harks back to those long, hot, lazy days spent in the ibizan sun during the summer of that year.

Taking influences from early ambient classics; synth washes, add subsonically low dub basses, plus a sprinkling of techno attitude and middle and far eastern touches, clever vocal sampling and the results were quite arresting. Indeed, this is smoking music of the finest kind, immersing you in an underwater dreamscape, or soaring sky-high in endless blue...

- the stand-out tracks for me are 'Tree of the Sun, Tree of the Moon' by Mimoid, a ambitious 10 minute journey that will make you wonder what these guys were on! Also an early appearance from Banco de Gaia, a track called Soufie that leaves you gasping at the beauty of the bass and the eastern samples - at taster of what was to come from the talent that is Toby Marks. Also the Higher Intelligence Agency contribute with a corker.

Some people look back at this and think some parts of it are ever so slightly dated and dare i say pretentious, but not me!

Check Vol. 2 out also....


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