A. Charles

Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (218 of 235)
Location: London, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 21,721 - Total Helpful Votes: 218 of 235
Morning Phase ~ Beck
Morning Phase ~ Beck
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I won't actually review the album as if you're a Beck fan you already know it's great, and up there with 'Sea Change'. Unfortunately for me like so many recent releases it's let down in places by 'brick wall' compression/limiting, either in the recording or mastering process, causing distorted sound and limited dynamic range. (the latest Pixies album is another offender) This might not be a big deal for your average smartphone listener but it's a shame for those of us who enjoy listening to a well-recorded album on good equipment. Hopefully record companies/artists will start to notice these poor-quality recordings and do something about it soon.
Anyway, the songs are great, it's just… Read more
Fujifilm FUJINON XF18-55mm Lens suitable for X-Pro&hellip by FujiFilm
43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait, 27 Nov 2012
As of the time of writing there's only the one zoom available in the Fuji X-mount, thankfully after what seems a very long wait it's a good 'un.
The XF 18-55 is the first release in the second round of x-mount lenses from Fujifilm, and coincides with the release of the XE-1 body. It's a decently fast f2.8 (f4 @ 55) lens with image stabilisation, covering the 35mm equivalent of 27-84mm.

Included in the understated but high-quality box you have the lens of course, front & end caps, a plastic twist-on petal lens hood, a cloth pouch, manual and firmware SD update card for the X-pro 1. The lens feels like something special as soon as you hold it- it has a nice heft to it without… Read more
Pioneer DEH-X6500DAB CD RDS Tuner with Integrated &hellip by Pioneer
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
As a fan of Pioneer car radios I've been waiting for them to put out a single DIN DAB/MP3 CD head unit for a while. I sadly retired my previous Pioneer MP3 player a year ago and replaced it with Blaupunkt DAB, but this new unit blows that one away for speed and sound quality.

You get of course a CD player with MP3/WMA playback, DAB+ tuner, FM/AM analogue tuner, front USB in and front 3.5mm aux. in. It does not have Bluetooth but that's not something I needed. As with previous Pioneers it is swift switching between sources and using MP3 cds and USB sticks quick selecting tracks. I have not used it with an iPod but the literature suggests it'll work fine with one and no doubt any… Read more

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