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The Bones Of What You Believe [Jewel Case]
The Bones Of What You Believe [Jewel Case]
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully crafted songs delivered with feeling in a great voice, 31 July 2014
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I'm 63 and have not been really "taken" by any music since the early Beatles. This is on a par with those heady days, I just hope they don't get destroyed by the industry. Wonderfully crafted songs delivered with feeling in a great voice, fantastic synth backdrop from Iain and Martin and they really nail their live gigs. Wonderful.


AVES SKYBK AVES DAB\/FM Radio
AVES SKYBK AVES DAB\/FM Radio

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars tinny sound which isn't too good, even for the size of the radio, 30 Jun. 2014
Advertised as having a 3 inch speaker when in fact it's just 3 cm. Consequently has a thin, tinny sound which isn't too good, even for the size of the radio. Badly designed controls mean that two hands are needed to do anything when pressing buttons. On/off control is in a non-intuitive place, right in the middle of the front panel, which makes it difficult to use in the dark. Battery life is hopeless when using DAB, I've changed the batteries three times in a month and the thing is only used for an hour a day at the most.
It's not expensive at 25 quid, hardly worth the hassle of sending it back. Don't buy it, get yourself a proper radio from Roberts or Sony, well worth a few pounds more. You get what you pay for I suppose.


Autoleads Iso - Iso Amplified Car Aerial Adaptor Pc5-52
Autoleads Iso - Iso Amplified Car Aerial Adaptor Pc5-52
Offered by Car Audio Warehouse
Price: £2.98

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not an amplifier, it's a filtered supply for an amplified arial, 12 Nov. 2013
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To Dave and all the silly sods above, this isn't an amplifier, it merely supplies a 12v supply to an amplified antenna via the antenna cable. These are fitted as standard to a lot of VWs and some Fords. You don't need it if you don't have an amplified antenna, that is an antenna with an amplifier built into it. The factory stereo on these models provided the 12v to the amplified antenna, so if you remove the factory stereo you need to replace the 12v supply, this item does just that. And it works. Don't give Halfords £10 for it, get it here for a third of the price.


Monolith Premium MX7000 1GB MP3 Player
Monolith Premium MX7000 1GB MP3 Player

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little DAP!, 23 Jan. 2006
GREAT LITTLE DAP !!!
This isn't really a review, its more of a personal comment about the MX7000 Premium MONOLITH.
Within my family we have a Sony NWA3000, a Sony Vaio Pocket Music Player, a Creative Zen Micro and an ipod nano. The MONOLITH beats all of them hands down on sound quality. And LOUDness.
For years I've been searching for a DAP which has sufficient woomph to drive my very expensive but inefficient headphones - now at last I have found one. It also drives a pair of mid-range Sony EX71SL buds so hard that they hurt.
It is also built like the proverbial brick sh*thouse, feels as solid as a rock and snuggles in your hand - it oozes quality, even compared to the Sony kit mentioned. It hasn't quite got the elegance or panache of the Sonys of the sexiness of the Creative, it's more of the little rugged type with a few minor rough edges, with a chunky feel even if it is very small. It makes the ipod nano feel like a cheap plastic toy.
The MONOLITH navigation system is more akin to using a PC than a DAP or mobile phone - being folder and filename based rather than using ID3 tags which suits me down to the ground. Life is too short to spend editing tags - I know by filename who the artist is and what the track is called, why should I need my DAP to tell me that?
The OLED screen is nice and bright and has a definite 3D effect probably caused by the contrasting blue and orange colours. The darker orange status line seems to be slightly behind the blue info display, which is a pleasing illusion and is a nice change from the pretty garish colour LCDs which are in DAP fashion these days. In my day I would have said that the MONOLITH display has a lot of class, my son just calls it cool.
My only gripes about the MONOLITH is the design of the fonts and symbols used on the screen and the lack of a carry-case. A slightly smaller font would improve things in my opinion, the folder names are restricted to 9 characters visible at a time and filenames start to auto-scroll if they are longer than 12 chars. Of course a better solution would be to have a bigger screen with the same size fonts, but that would probably increase the cost.
My old MONOLITH II came with a nice carry-case, but the Premium doesn't have one. The price has dropped by ten quid though and considering the general improvements to the player I'm not complaining. It doesn't really need a case being built the way it is.
If eStarlabs can just deliver a 60gb version of this DAP I would be in nirvana.
Thoroughly recommended.


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