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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't make my mistake., 5 Feb. 2013
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I drunkenly pre-ordered this album a few months ago after listening through all the biffy albums during a rather inspiring evening. I saw two options, one which appeared to come with a bonus dvd, and one which cost a few quid less. Not thinking any more of it i spontaneously pre-ordered the cheaper of the two options. Some months later the album arrives and i'm excited to listen to it at last. Then i discover that only one disc exists, and only 14 tracks when i had been led to believe it would be a double album, with 20 tracks across two discs. I put this down to a last minute decision on the bands part and continued listening to the album. Several songs in and i'm loving it. And then the beauty that is Biblical gives way to the crashing of Stingin' Belle and something just doesn't quite feel right. These two songs just don't flow into each other at all, and the juxtaposition of these two totally different styles is off-putting. It leaves a bad my ears. Then i read up about the album and discover that there were two different releases, a double album and a single disc edition with just 14 tracks. I ask myself why? Why is there the option to miss out on 6 tracks, and in the process not hear either disc of the album as the band originally intended? There has to be some rational explanation for this, but searching the internet has not revealed anything. I have cheated myself out of the experience of listening to this album for the first time, and have yet to hear the 6 tracks that were not included in this edition. After getting myself psyched up for this album for months, i feel like i'm missing out big time. I will be selling this edition and with the money i will buy the 2 disc edition that i thought i was buying many months ago. I will not listen to this album until the correct unmolested edition arrives.

Don't get me wrong i'm massively impressed with what i've heard, i'm just ticked off that i heard some songs out of context. In the history of double albums i am struggling to think of any reason why cutting it down would make it better. The Wall would not be better if it were just 14 songs, it would feel altogether less substantial, the journey the music takes you on would be stunted and less effective. Maybe Stadium Arcadium had some filler, but cutting out a third of the songs would ruin the flow of the album, and i liked that the two discs had a completely different feel. Sign o the times by Prince...actually i'll stop right there.

I'm mostly annoyed that i foolishly bought the wrong edition when drunk after a night of listening to the previous albums, but in a big way i'm enraged that this single disc edition even exists. DO NOT BUY IT!
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HITACHI micro AX M136I hi-fi system
HITACHI micro AX M136I hi-fi system

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Okay sound, shame about the rest, 16 Oct. 2010
Okay, so before i slam this thing into the ground i'll say this. It's loud. It has that in it's favour but to call this thing a cd player is extremely far-fetched. Turn the volume down to about four and the music is diluted by the horrible sound of the disc spinning, which takes a lot away from a quiet track. Forget about gapless playback as well, every track will be preceded by the sound of the disc spinning, which is infuriating after a while. The cd player on this thing is years behind and a massive disappointment, there really is no excuse for this. Just buy an auxillary lead and listen to music off a computer, or hook up a walkman and listen to cds as they should be (i actually resorted to this).

As for the features they're okay. There are four sound presets (rock, pop, jazz and classical for a change) as well as a flat eq and two additional eq settings: a loudness setting and a bass booster. Annoyingly you can't combine these so it's either flat, a preset eq or loudness/bass boost. I can't explain how annoyed i was when i discovered this, there is virtually no freedom so i pretty much just stick it on bass boost all the time because it's marginally less offensive than the others. Having said that it's probably far too bassy for some. Also if you turn it up to full it sounds really tinny, and the speakers sound like they can't quite take it. Just don't ever do this. That said i don't hate the sound of it at reasonable volumes.

The DAB radio is a nice touch, though i set it up once and never used it again. It works. That surprised me. The Ipod dock is quite good, and to an extent you can control your ipod with the remote, but it's extremely temperamental and will often freeze up.

If you still want to buy this hifi after reading all this i have one last piece of advice for you. Find the remote and surgically attach it to yourself because it can do a million things that you can't do on the unit itself, and if you're the type of person to lose things often then this will annoy you. Also take a week off to figure out how all the buttons work.

I have just one last complaint and it's quite petty really. When the hifi is on, there is a blue light on the back which looks okay. When it's off there's a blue LED on the front which is just insanely bright and unnecessary. That one little blue LED was the first thing that made me realise how little sense this hifi makes.

All in all this hifi is nearly acceptable. It would make a good hifi for a child, or someone who thinks backwards and diagonally.


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