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Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Around-Ear Wireless Headphones - Black
Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 Around-Ear Wireless Headphones - Black
Price: £379.99

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic set of IEMs which I managed to acquire at ..., 3 April 2017
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I ran these against my Sennheiser IE80s, a fantastic set of IEMs which I managed to acquire at a bargain price. The Momentum 2.0 wireless cans make the IE80s sound oppressive, with a narrow field and very thin mids and treble. The Momentums are simply a pleasure with whatever genre you listen to: a beautifully balanced and spacious soundscape with very good bass that isn't too obtrusive. Bluetooth is, in my experience so far, extremely reliable, and I've been surprised by how liberating not having the 'phones on a wire is. They are also extremely comfortable and do not cause sweating or hotness, as with some on-ears. There is a minimal hiss from the noise cancellation – which is good, but IEMs provide more isolation (albeit exaggerating the sounds of walking, etc.) – but this is in my view unobtrusive.

Are they eye-waveringly expensive? Yes, no question. But they are simply fantastic: highly recommended.


Stalker [Blu-ray]
Stalker [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Anatoli Solonitsyn
Price: £8.99

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent film, dreadful print, 30 Oct. 2016
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This review is from: Stalker [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Artificial Eye has missold this release. The print quality is dire, the sound quality is terrible. One of the truly great films of the post-war period has been given very poor treatment here. It's caused me to pause before buying the rest of AE's Tarkovsky blu-rays.


Light (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Light (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by M. John Harrison
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern masterpieces - will be read in 100 years, if there's anyone left to read!, 28 Sept. 2016
This review is from: Light (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Paperback)
I do not read science fiction generally, although I have no prejudice against the genre. Harrison's reputation precedes him, of course: I did read _The Course of the Heart_ years ago and thought it a classic of its kind. But the Kefahuchi Tract trilogy is simply head and shoulders above any other contemporary British fiction — and I have waded dutifully through the treacle produced by the supposedly major writers of the last twenty years. This is *real* writing and embarrasses the rest of British fiction. One enters a wholly original psychological domain across all three novels. The trilogy's intertexts are wittily selected and brilliantly manipulated, but the novels' real achievement is to translate the philosophical implications of contemporary physics — implications few physicists themselves understand — into an extraordinary exploration of life in the 21st century. Only Sebald has affected me to such an extent in the past twenty years. The finest and most intelligent writer of fiction in Britain today.


THESUPERLEGENDS(TM) E27 Edison Screw 7 Watt LED Wifi Super Smart Bulb
THESUPERLEGENDS(TM) E27 Edison Screw 7 Watt LED Wifi Super Smart Bulb
Offered by Data Direct
Price: £17.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars which (contrary to other reviews) is easily found on the AppStore ("superlegends superhome"), 11 Jan. 2016
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The app, which (contrary to other reviews) is easily found on the AppStore ("superlegends superhome"), discovered the bulb and synced with my wifi network instantly. This is easily the most impressive of these wifi-enabled home devices I've used. The app offers a superb level of customisation. Will be ordering half a dozen of these.


Synology RT1900AC Wireless Router
Synology RT1900AC Wireless Router
Price: £146.44

46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the rt1900ac's range is no better than a six year old AE, 6 Dec. 2015
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I bought this router because I'm a huge fan of Synology's NAS products, and the high level of customisation on the router appealed. I also wanted to be able to activate a VPN on the router (the drop in speed, however, from 100gbps on Virgin Broadband, to 10gbps, makes this less attractive than I imagined). I had been using two Airport Extremes, one a generation older than the other, with the older router extending the network. I had hoped to use the AEs to extend the rt1900ac network if necessary.

While wifi speeds on 5Ghz a/c are considerably higher than the n-networks broadcast by the AEs, the rt1900ac's range is no better than a six year old AE, which is a disappointment. In turn, the router takes forever (around 5 mins) to boot and where my devices joined the network instantly on the AEs, there's an annoying lag with the Synology. I decided to extend its network using the AEs, but to no avail. The AEs detect the network broadcast by the Synology and successfully connect to it, but the Synology appears to be preventing them from connecting to the internet. This killed the Sonos bridge I had added to the older AE and hence killed the Sonos network. I'm mystified why this should be the case, but the Synology forums report the same issue.

Finally, I would have expected some synergy between the router's OS and Synology's DSM but there doesn't appear to be anything in this product to enhance a Synology NAS owner's setup, which is a pity. Synology has released three firmware updates since release so hopefully features will continue to be added.

To conclude, if you already own a Synology NAS and have a stable wifi network, there is little to attract you to this router. If you want to dip your toe in a very straightforward network-attached storage setup by adding an external drive to the router, then this is a good option. But for current Synology users, the packages on the rt1900ac are of little use.
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Amazon Fire TV
Amazon Fire TV

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars As soon as I can throw the Fire on a fire the better., 2 Oct. 2015
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This review is from: Amazon Fire TV (Electronics)
Dire. I've had a second generation Apple TV for three years which has never crashed once. The Fire TV, on the other hand, is a piece of junk. It crashes at least once a week, losses network connection regularly, and the hdmi connection fails until the unit is rebooted.

The decision to not offer an app on the new Apple TV is a serious error. As soon as I can throw the Fire on a fire the better.


My Basque Cuisine: A Love Affair with Spanish Cooking
My Basque Cuisine: A Love Affair with Spanish Cooking
by Ash Mair
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Sloppily edited..., 21 Mar. 2015
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Great food. A pity about the shambolic copy-editing, with myriad typos, index errors, gaps in recipes.


Synology DS414 DiskStation 4 Bay Desktop NAS
Synology DS414 DiskStation 4 Bay Desktop NAS

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 9 May 2014
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Painless installation of hard-drives: two WD Red 3TB NAS drives installed under a minute. Slick software with intuitive user interface. There's a serious risk this will replace my paid subscription to Dropbox. Well done, Synology. It's so much more than network-attached storage: the extensibility of the server software is actually quite amazing.

The only drawback is the tireless proliferation of apps on iOS. One App To Rule Them All, please!


Gusti Leder nature "Warehouse Sale" Genuine Leather Vintage Tote Shoulder Casual Handbag Satchel Shopper Leisure City Bag Brown M22
Gusti Leder nature "Warehouse Sale" Genuine Leather Vintage Tote Shoulder Casual Handbag Satchel Shopper Leisure City Bag Brown M22

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A poor product, 17 Jun. 2013
This is made from a nice piece of goatskin, but unfortunately it is extremely poorly made. It is shoddily stitched and thick with glue. My wife decided to send it back.


Patience (After Sebald) [DVD]
Patience (After Sebald) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Grant Gee

13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not up to the job, 9 July 2012
There's a damning moment in this disappointing film when Iain Sinclair points out how crass it would be to recreate the journey of _The Rings of Saturn_. Clearly, this remark was made late in the production process, because it retrospectively demolishes Grant's whole project. As thevulturespeaks says, the last ten minutes are particularly poor: Jeremy Millar's naff 'Fireworks for Sebald' is tastelessly intercut with an image of Sebald, implying that Millar's final image manifests the ghostly likeness of Sebald. It's a knee-weakeningly risible moment, which must have horrified some of the participants. Read MacFarlane, Sinclair, Dean and even Moody on Sebald, and give this well-meaning but intellectually inadequate film a wide berth.


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