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LP-2020A + Lepai Tripath Class-T Hi-Fi Audio Mini Amplifier with Power Supply
LP-2020A + Lepai Tripath Class-T Hi-Fi Audio Mini Amplifier with Power Supply

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Value for Money, 21 April 2015
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I bought the smaller Lepai amp, which, to be fair only cost a tenner, and found that the sound was okay but volume nowhere near what would be expected from 20w RMS. So I tried again with their next model up, this one which is, at 24 quid more than double the price - but still cheaper than chips.

And it is far better than the lower end model. Not that this could be described as high end, mind you.

First things first, its got enough power to drive a couple of small hifi speakers to a volume above a whisper without chopping or distorting. Not likely to trouble your neighbours, but enough to actually hear the music.

Sound quality is pretty good considering the cost of the amp. I don't think the likes of Naim are going to sweat about it, but it does offer great sound per pound.

I don't think that you could really look at this amp as anything other than a bit of fun for playing around with or maybe as part of a multi room media system where it could be used for driving something like inset bathroom speakers when you might just want a bit of chilled out music whilst you lie back and soak.


20mm 4:1 Large Size Heat Shrink -Glue/Adhesive Heavy Duty Thick- Sleeving/Tubing
20mm 4:1 Large Size Heat Shrink -Glue/Adhesive Heavy Duty Thick- Sleeving/Tubing
Offered by CableFinder
Price: £12.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Good Product, 21 April 2015
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Quickly delivered and perfect for the job. Good seller.


Mini Car Motorcycle Hi-Fi Stereo Audio Amplifier w/ Super Bass Out / Lightweight and Matt Aluminum Casing with Overheating, Overload and Short Circuit Protection-Perfect for Handling Your Audio Demands in Style
Mini Car Motorcycle Hi-Fi Stereo Audio Amplifier w/ Super Bass Out / Lightweight and Matt Aluminum Casing with Overheating, Overload and Short Circuit Protection-Perfect for Handling Your Audio Demands in Style
Offered by STK e-Shop
Price: £9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and Cheerful, 15 April 2015
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Well its cheap and I guess you get what you pay for. I sort of had the idea of using a few of these amps around the house as part of a home media system, but truth be told they are not really up to that role. Sound is fine - certainly better than the price suggests - however the power output is low. Really low. And on high volume distorted and all the way up the power 'chops,' The blurb says 20w but that for sure isn't the RMS. Tops 5w RMS I'd say.

Build quality is dirt heap - which I expected. You need to find a 12v DC supply as well.

Where this amp would work well would be for PC speakers. You don't need ear shattering volume and as long as you keep the volume knob in the moderate position the sound is remarkably good for the price.

Overall, this is a fun and cheap little amp that would just about work for something like a caravan if your choice of music begins and ends at Barry Manilow.


DC 12V 10A Switching Power Supply Regulated Transformer w/ Short Circuit and Over Current Protection
DC 12V 10A Switching Power Supply Regulated Transformer w/ Short Circuit and Over Current Protection
Offered by coolindi
Price: £8.10

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value, Great Quality, 14 April 2015
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Five star product, two star packaging. When I got this the outer safety cover was slightly bent, which I removed and straightened up. Once I'd done that I flashed it up (steam engineer term for starting up a boiler) and hey presto, 12v DC. For me it was spot on accurate but you can tweek the output if you need too.

Thing is take look at this. For about a tenner you get a 10 amp switch mode power supply that appears to be well made and accurate. It actually looks like an industrial power supply used on high end installations which I have bought for over a grand.

Overall, top class value.


Mighty Mug Go - The Travel Mug That Won't Fall Over (0.47 Litre), Pearl
Mighty Mug Go - The Travel Mug That Won't Fall Over (0.47 Litre), Pearl
Price: £13.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Works Well on a Perfect Surface, 13 April 2015
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Pretty good but....in some ways limited. I bought this as I am a seafarer and clearly cups that fall over are a bit of a pain. Sometimes literally. When I spotted this I thought that iI would give it a go if nothing else for interests sake. And it does work well on really smooth surfaces but less so with the likes of a kitchen worktop where there is a very slight 'grain' in the surface. It still sticks but is easier to knock. On a very polished computer or office table this combined with the water tight lid - with lift up drinking flap - could well save you a knackered computer or coffee stained company paperwork. For me as an engineer I have allocated a super smooth bit of steel in the workshop for my mug with strict instructions on pain of future job prospects that remains clean and free of the usual debris that any ships workshop accumulates.

The mug works by having a rubber seal with centre vent closed by a ball sitting on it as the weight of the mug presses down. As long as the ball seals the ring the mug is vacuumed onto the surface when it is knocked. When you lift up the mug the sea is broken and it lifts clear. And this is where you have to ensure that you keep the crap out of the base, because any dirt or lint will stop the ball sealing the rubber ring.

In terms of drinking temperature this is good for about an hour with the lid on. For me that is plenty of time. I'm a bloke. I eat and drink in tune with my ancestors who had to get themselves fed and watered in between being eaten by sabre toothed tigers. If you need more than an hour to drink your coffee or tea then you need to think about speeding up.

If I'm being brutally honest the tradional ships mug which has a larger base than top works just as well. This is a bit more fun and a talking point though.


Model Trains: A Guide Book on How to Create a Model Train with Layouts (model railroad, modern railways)
Model Trains: A Guide Book on How to Create a Model Train with Layouts (model railroad, modern railways)
Price: £2.01

1.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth the Paper or Electrons it Comes On., 10 April 2015
If I could give zero stars I would. It's utter, utter rubbish. In fact it's not actually a book. I counted the Kindle pages - which are less than a real book in actual size and it came to a grand total of 24. In a book of this type in physical form it would amount to about 10 pages long. Basically a set of notes.

And they are pants. In fact beyond pants. Here is an excerpt, 'Paint the base gray (should be grey), earthy colors (must have used an American spell checker) to evoke the look of asphalt. No poo, Sherlock. That if you are wondering was a modelling tip. Here is another. 'Sprinkle bits of sand or gravel onto the surface of the painted track base to add texture.' And don't make the mistake of thinking these were introductions to a far more in depth guide. These are as good as it gets.

Now, fortunately I downloaded this book via Amazon Prime which meant I got to read it free through the lending library. If you have to actually buy it then you are looking a two quid for something that frankly should be dealt with for being less than clear in the title. It says 'How to create....' and that is further from the truth than Alpha Centaury is from my local boozer.


Interstellar (2014)
Interstellar (2014)
Dvd
Price: £9.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars I Didn't Notice the Time Fly By, 9 April 2015
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Firstly lets get out of the way what this movie is not. It's not a space opera action film. It is in reality a film that tries and mostly succeeds in being clever and heart string pulling. In tone it owes much more to 2001 than Star Wars, even to the choice of music.

The basic idea revolves around finding a new Earth for our dying planet. This is being carried out by NASA - secretly - as Earth has decided that technology is to blame for all their problems and it is politically incorrect to suggest that man should even consider space as an option. I'm not going into more detail as this would involve spoilers.

The emotive side regards the basic idea that space and time are interlinked and of course travelling to the stars at speed means that relativity comes into play and an hour in space travel equates to about 7 years on Earth. More in the grip of gravitional wells. This has huge implications for a father of young children and this is used to great effect as an emotional subtext.

Effects are superb - which is a given today in a big budget movie - and the cast are fine actors and actresses.

My one slight reservation revolves around a part of the film that tries to emulate 2001: A Space Odyssey just a bit too much and I nearly . It's certainly just as confusing. However, unlike the aforesaid film, this does not leave you hanging on the edge wondering what actually happened.

It is a long movie that I stupidly started watching around nine at night meaning it was close on midnight when I went to bed. I didn't notice the time at all - no pun intended - which says something for the overall standard. I agree that some of the hard science might be a little flaky but the basic tenant is correct and used to overall gripping effect.


How To Draw It
How To Draw It
Price: £0.65

2.0 out of 5 stars Save Your Phone Memory, 7 April 2015
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This review is from: How To Draw It (App)
A rather pointless app. Just go to a website and get better information.


16 Inch Neck Strap/Cord Lanyard for Mp3 MP4 Cell Phone Camera USB Flash Drive ID Card--Black
16 Inch Neck Strap/Cord Lanyard for Mp3 MP4 Cell Phone Camera USB Flash Drive ID Card--Black
Offered by Trend Mall
Price: £0.74

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Effective and Cheap, 7 April 2015
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Cheap as chips and strong enough for any gadget you are likely to hang around you neck.


Double Live Assassins
Double Live Assassins
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars WASP Rock Hard, 7 April 2015
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This review is from: Double Live Assassins (Audio CD)
Like most rock fans I often prefer a live album over the studio efforts because it often captures some of the raw energy that a decent band has that makes it special. And this CD certainly capture it well.

WASP have been a hugely underrated band possibly because they used a bit too much 'shock and awe,' early on. It might have grabbed the headlines but it probably unfairly pigeon holed them, ignoring the fact that they knocked out some first class heavy metal anthems that still sound fresh and great. Blackie himself has an excellent voice and having heard him play the small venue The Waterfront in Norwich where you can't hide behind a bank of electronic help without being caught out I can definitely say the man has it.

The album itself covers WASPs biggest years with some aplomb. The sound is superb and the entire band rock hard all the way through. Put simply this is a great live album by any standards and one of WASPs best records full stop.


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