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Drive Home [Blu-ray] [2013]
Drive Home [Blu-ray] [2013]
Dvd ~ Steven Wilson
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £8.39

2 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars S.W. ripping off his "worshippers"....., 12 Nov. 2013
.....just 8 months down the line, ( most of today's artists, at least wait till 12 months has elapsed ! Must need the money ?? ) with this re-hash ! It's a sort of "deluxe" version, without the "luxe" ! It's a shame S.W. has resorted to jumping on the "lets get more money out of people" bandwagon !
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Sony MDR10RC Overhead Lightweight Folding Headphones - White
Sony MDR10RC Overhead Lightweight Folding Headphones - White
Offered by TUFFskinz
Price: £38.31

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DETAIL & CLARITY, with Hi Res Audio..., 16 Oct. 2013
I received these new Sony MDR-10RC Headphones yesterday, and I have to say i'm very impressed !!
This is the first product in Sony's new "Hi Res Audio" format. If i'm honest, I didn't know quite what to expect, and wasn't going to get too carried away with Sony's literature, but I have to say I had an immediate positive surprise, on the first listen.
If Hi Res means more detail & clarity, then you certainly get that ! I can hear every little nuance in the musical instrumentation & vocals. The soundstage really is enhanced, and there's a live / controlled feel to all different music genre's. I've tried out many musical styles and formats, from SACD, DVD-A, to Flac & WAV files, and get good results with all.
They are on ear type phones, and very comfortable to wear, for long periods. They're also foldable for storage, and come with a storage cloth type bag. There's two cables, one suitable for iphones e.t.c. to take calls.
There is a choice of three different colours, black, white & red. ( I decided on the red...they look really nice & stylish. )
I purchased some Sony MDR-1NC headphones earlier this year, almost double the price, and I have to say, if these new Hi Res headphones were available then, I probably would not have bought the expensive NC one's.
Well worth the purchase....all I hope now, is to be able to buy one of Sony's forthcoming Hi Res Audio players.

UPDATE : FLAC / WAV files, really are exceptional, listening through these beauties !!


Songbook No. 1
Songbook No. 1
Price: £17.53

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No originality, and trying to be too clever !!, 17 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Songbook No. 1 (Audio CD)
This cd lacks any originality. It's copying a number of musical styles, very "Beatle'esque, in places, reminds me a lot of Rufus Wainwright. It's trying to be everything to everyone, but ends up with no identity of it's own.
Not even a 5.1 surround mix, can save this very average offering !


The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free]
The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Steven Wilson
Price: £12.99

1 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Is Steven Wilson the "Saviour" of Surround Sound music ??, 17 Jun. 2013
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For me, the answer is NO.
There's one very good song on this disc, and that's "Drive Home" Ironically, it's not a Prog Rock song, ( along with the title track ? ) but SW has tried to give it a Prog Rock feel towards the end of it, which spoils the "body" of a very good song. If I were SW i'd ditch the Prog Rock elements of his music. ( along with his drummer !!...but that's another story !! )
I also expected the surround mix to be better, from reviews that i'd read beforehand. I wasn't blown away by them. SW's not a bad vocalist at all, probably one of the pluses, but the vocals are too low in the mix, and overwhelmed by the musical instrumentation.
If it wasn't for "Drive Home" I would have given this one star.
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Afterthoughts
Afterthoughts
Price: £13.71

1 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Would anyone buy this, if it was not in Surround Sound ??, 17 Jun. 2013
This review is from: Afterthoughts (Audio CD)
....and the answer is, NO !!
This music would have trouble qualifying for the Eurovision Contest. That's how bad it is ! The vocalist is beyond dreadful ! Appreciate his not English, but that's where the problem lies !
Any promising musical elements are destroyed by the same old, same old, Prog Rock style...no real originality at all !
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Plays Ennio Morricone (Hybr) (Snys)
Plays Ennio Morricone (Hybr) (Snys)
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £14.87

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the most beautiful music ever witten....., 30 Mar. 2013
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I'd always associated Ennio Morricone with soundtracks for Western's and had never seriously considered checking out his music....until now.
I collect multi channel SACD's ( the best format to listen to music ! ) and came across this title. I had never heard anything by Yo Yo Ma before.
All i can say is, this is one of the most beautiful SACD's i've ever heard. There's not too many pieces of music that brings me to tears, but this does everytime.
I think Yo Yo Ma is an amazing cellist / talent. Combine that with one of the greatest composers ever, ( I come to this judgement, purely on the basis of this disc. ) and you have something that is trully wonderful !
Has to be in my all time top 10 favouriteS. I own very little in the way of soundtracks or classical music, but this is a disc that everyone should have in their collection, regardless of their musical tastes. I defy anyone not to like this....it's simply a thing of sheer beauty !


The Next Day
The Next Day
Price: £5.79

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply....THE Benchmark !, 23 Mar. 2013
This review is from: The Next Day (Audio CD)
It's only March, but this has to be the album of the year ! It gets better & better with each listen, and reveals more each time.
DB is 66 now, and leaves most of todays artists trailing behind, with his still fresh talent / songwriting. If this is what we get after 10 years....then roll on when he is 76 !!


Born And Raised
Born And Raised
Offered by Great Price Media EU
Price: £3.89

5.0 out of 5 stars My first taste of John Mayer....., 4 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: Born And Raised (Audio CD)
...and it's a very, very good one ! So much so, that i've ordered the rest of his albums.
This has to be one of the best releases of 2012. A very chilled out feel, but not boring in anyway, holds your attention all the way through. No weak songs, or filler tracks. Lyricly conjures up all kinds of images, good story telling, great muscisianship, very well produced & mixed.
Same style running throughout the album, which is often best, because too diverse albums, can become disjointed. This is a release that is like a complete work of art.
Very highly recommended. Look forward to hearing Mr. Mayer's back catalogue.


Prometheus (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) [Region Free]
Prometheus (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Noomi Rapace
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.96

8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A very bad prequel to the Alien franchise !!!, 14 Dec. 2012
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I don't want to write too much of a review, because this film is so bad in every aspect that it's not worth the time or the effort !!
Can't belive that Ridley Scott would make a prequel that would have so little substance, ( and copies idea's from other films & Alien it's self. ) all i can say is, the sequel has to be a whole lot better than this bore fest ! I fear the motivation behind this film ( and others to come ) is purely money. It must be, because the storyline is dreadful...like a very bad rehash of Alien....with a poor " Sigourney Weaver, a repeat of another " is he a dodgy android, or not " ? A badly conceived monster, from which the Alien has we know it, is born...cue...the sequel !
I certainly won't bother with it. It's almost like Ridley Scott thought i want to bring back the Alien franchise, but we can't just repeat ourselves ( we'll save that for the sequel ! ) so i'll just think of some lame introduction.
If i watched this a second time, it just wouldn't get any better ! A film cannot get by on just good visuals & sets, it has to have a interesting plot, good actors, e.t.c. Overblown hype, that is a huge, disappointing let down ! A complete waste of £12.50 !
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2011 OPPO BDP-93 3D PRO MOD MultiZone Blu Ray Zone A/B/C & Multi Region Code Free DVD 012345678. Dual HDMI eSATA SA-CD HDCD AVI DivX XviD MKV Comes with EU & UK mains power plugs for World-Wide use 100~240V 50/60Hz. (Free HDMI Cable)
2011 OPPO BDP-93 3D PRO MOD MultiZone Blu Ray Zone A/B/C & Multi Region Code Free DVD 012345678. Dual HDMI eSATA SA-CD HDCD AVI DivX XviD MKV Comes with EU & UK mains power plugs for World-Wide use 100~240V 50/60Hz. (Free HDMI Cable)

5.0 out of 5 stars Simply, the best universal player money can buy !, 16 Nov. 2012
I've owned this Blu ray player a few months now & i have to say it's the best i've ever purchased.
It plays virtually every format imaginable, from Blu Ray, 3D Blu Ray, CD, SACD, DVD-A plus an extensive list of music files, WAV, FLAC, e.t.c. Playback visually, is the best & most natural i've ever seen & the audio is superb.
There's also connectivity to your pc network & network streaming, You Tube, e.t.c.
I'd say it's as good, if not better, than many high end players, that cost double or more. The build quality is of a exceptional standard. ( steel outercasing...no plastic in sight !.... i'm sure it will last a lifetime !
Very highly recommended. ( Latest model BD103, has been released with even more features, for the same price. )


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