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FiiO A1 Mini Portable Headphone Amplifier. (Upgrade of FiiO E6)
FiiO A1 Mini Portable Headphone Amplifier. (Upgrade of FiiO E6)
Offered by Advanced MP3 Players
Price: £25.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic budget headphone amp, but not for heavy, high-impedance cans., 15 July 2016
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As a proud owner of the E11K, and E06, I can safely say FiiO have once again come out with a fantastic product that I should imagine will be well respected in the audio community for years to come.

Offering a substantially sleeker and mature aluminium chassis, the A1 looks much like it's distant brother the FiiO E5, which was replaced by the FiiO E6. The little amp, weighing just 20g, offers 3 "Bass EQ" modes. The first one with a 2.7dB boost, the second with a 5.2dB boost, and the third with a 5.2dB reduction. Overall, the operation is satisfying with a modest 160mAH battery lasting some 6-7 hours in tests at reasonable volumes. Listening to songs with dominant bass signatures puts quite the stress on this little amp but it handles it with confidence up to very questionable volumes.

My personal recommendation would be to couple this amplifier with some competent mid-range headphones. It brought out the true depth and scale I expected from my tried and trusted Shure SRH840s when monitoring tracks and put a bit more energy into the bass heavy tracks on my AKG K550s. Overall I would not recommend this amp for higher impedance headphones as my K612 PROs (120Ohm), whilst experiencing a bit of joy compared to the iPhone 6S output, really didn't ramp it up to anything I would consider exciting. That being said, the bass was brought out wonderfully using the first EQ mode.

I did not experience much sibilance during my tests, and found the sound to be quite close and intimate at times, so folks looking to enjoy ambient music with expansive sound-stages might be dissapointed. But otherwise, it's a very formidable amplifier at the £30 price point and I sincerely believe you'd struggle to find anything better at the same range.
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Ekho VX15SUB 15" Inch Passive PA Subwoofer Party Disco DJ Speaker Low Frequency Bass Bin 800W
Ekho VX15SUB 15" Inch Passive PA Subwoofer Party Disco DJ Speaker Low Frequency Bass Bin 800W

4.0 out of 5 stars better screws and wood glue helped secure it in place ..., 25 Oct. 2015
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I have two of these running on a 300W channel each. The cabinets are cheaply constructed, on delivery the chipboard for one of them was heavily damaged and the 15" driver was practically falling off. A bit of care, better screws and wood glue helped secure it in place but honestly you get what you pay for. As far as sound is concerned, they do pack a punch, sound quality isn't terrible and two of these as bass reinforcement for some 10" full rangers mounted on top does make for a nice confident setup. There's also a crossover inside the cabinet loosely screwed in, I removed this completely fed this input straight to the sub, as my amps didn't like whatever was going on with it, it had a detrimental effect to the sound and bass was much more punctual with it removed.

But honestly my main desire for these cabinets was to replace the drivers with more competent loudspeaker drivers from the likes of Eminence and Peavey. I have since considered otherwise as I don't think the quality of the cabinets is really good enough to take the kind of power you'd get from a better 15" LF driver. I have instead fitted one with this cheap car subwoofer: Bass Face SPL15.1 1500W 15 inch Car Subwoofer Sub and it's a good improvement over the stock speaker, about as much as I'm happy putting in cheap cabinets like these.

Not to say these aren't great value, if yours arrives in good condition it's well worth the money. But beware they are cheaply constructed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does a good job powering a modest rig., 25 Oct. 2015
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Using this to power an overclocked i5-6600K and R9 270X Toxic. Near silent operation at full load despite it's 500W rating. This is a quality PSU at a budget price and I can't recommend it more.


Intel Celeron G1840 Processor 2.8 GHz LGA1150 2 MB Cache Boxed
Intel Celeron G1840 Processor 2.8 GHz LGA1150 2 MB Cache Boxed
Offered by IT LAB
Price: £31.83

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Will do the job., 25 Oct. 2015
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Because this is a haswell based Celeron - even though it looks puny, it has comparable performance to the old quad core Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600s. It does run games relatively well when paired with a discrete GPU and would also make a good processor for HTPCs because the integrated graphics handle high bitrate 1080p video just fine. For the money you can't go wrong really, and as far as CPU power is concerned, it blows any similarly priced AMD chip out of the water, with performance comparable to an A6 class AMD APU or a third generation i3 from Intel.
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ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro Rev 2 - 150 Watt Multicompatible Low Noise CPU Cooler for AMD and Intel Sockets
ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro Rev 2 - 150 Watt Multicompatible Low Noise CPU Cooler for AMD and Intel Sockets
Price: £16.89

5.0 out of 5 stars As expected, works fine with Skylake motherboards. Adequate cooling for mild overclocking., 25 Oct. 2015
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I'm using this to cool a Core i5-6600K clocked at 4.3GHz in a case without much decent airflow. Most of the time the fans don't even need to spin, this cooler seems to be able to passively cool my 6600K even when running at 40-60% for a long while (playing Witcher 3: Wild Hunt), though I suspect this is being bottlenecked by a stopgap 270X. I do advise it if you're looking for a relatively decent cooler but you're on a budget.


Bass Face SPL15.1 1500W 15 inch Car Subwoofer Sub
Bass Face SPL15.1 1500W 15 inch Car Subwoofer Sub
Price: £44.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Modest Power for the music lover., 25 Oct. 2015
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Astonishing price for 15 inch sub woofer. Clear cuts have been made to meet this price, but not as much as you'd expect with it's generous £35 price tag. If you're looking for deep bass for your modern electronic, rap or trill stuff - this is a pretty good sub.

This speaker is neither musically or mechanically a stunner, but it's not something to scoff at either. I find perhaps the 1500W rating is a tad optimistic, as the speaker hit mechanical limits when driven by a PA amplifier bridged at max load where it's rated at 400 watts at 4ohms and I had to turn it down a drop as I could see it wasn't handling it at all when it hit the lower notes. But boy does it hit them, in a 2.5 ft^3 ported enclosure this thing cracked a smile from me, it was surfing 35Hz tones like they were nothing even towards the limit of my PA amplifier and the bass was succinct and warm.

As to be expected from a mass driven loudspeaker, the speakers strengths considering the size are comfortably within the 25-75Hz territory. The response above this range leaves much to be desired, so whilst this'll yield you a decent kick for your dance and trance tracks - this is more for the bass nut with proper deep lines going through. Listening to some Phaeleh and Culprate through this was exciting and I do believe just one of these in the boot will be more than enough to turn heads if you've got a modest amp to drive it with.

For the money you honestly can't get better as this is the cheapest 15" loudspeaker for LF sound I've seen on amazon so for that I hold it with high regards, but it's not without it's faults and explained and whilst the linear excursion and overall bass extension was better than I expected, it doesn't hold a candle to some more pricey subwoofers at similar power ratings for not much more, so I'm giving this four stars.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great buy, even if they were thrice the price., 1 Sept. 2015
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From a pure audio perspective, these earphones provide a natural, balanced sound with a solid but clean bass and crisp highs and mids. They are not ultra sensitive compared to some other earphones in the category but they instead offer a more modest sensitivity across the spectrum and this makes for a very enjoyable listening experience comparable to earphones thrice the price. In my humble opinion, producing music and having used headphones and earphones that dwarf these in terms of cost - these are worth the money.

The packaging was beautifully done and is something I'd expect from a product many orders of magnitude more expensive. I was skeptical, but these reviews honestly do have merit.


Deep Bass Foldable HD Headphones with Tangle free Cable (For iPhone, iPad, Ipod, Smartphone, Laptop and MP3) (White/Red)
Deep Bass Foldable HD Headphones with Tangle free Cable (For iPhone, iPad, Ipod, Smartphone, Laptop and MP3) (White/Red)
Offered by Output

1.0 out of 5 stars Save yourself the hassle, they sound terrible, are uncomfortable and not worth the cheap price., 1 Sept. 2015
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Absolutely atrocious pair of headphones. I bought these as something cheap to bump up the total order value to £20 for free delivery, but honestly should have just paid for postage. One would ask what I expect for this price, sure they were very cheap - but these headphones have set paint daubs, feel flimsy and are uncomfortable to wear, the sound quality is flat and muffled and the bass is truly terrible and muddy, for literally a few quid more you could get yourself a pair of much better headphones that you can wear for more than 5 minutes and save yourself the hassle.


Bass Face SPLBOX.1 200W 3-Way Mini Box Pod Speakers
Bass Face SPLBOX.1 200W 3-Way Mini Box Pod Speakers
Price: £19.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An honest review, objectively good, but not for music., 28 Aug. 2015
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TL;DR - Budget set of speakers, will require an amp, which thwarts some of the cost savings. They are only just musical, bass is weak and they lack brightness but would make a great set for filling tights spaces and have a fairly rugged enclosure. They excel at voice reproduction so could complement a basic PA setup, but if you are expecting music you will be disappointed.

I'd describe myself as an audio enthusiast, I produce music and have done for a number of years so am well acquainted to the intricacies of good sound and know a good set of speakers and headphones when I hear them. I bought these as a small, basic set of speakers to push some sound from the computer - and I can see a few good uses for this set.

For the money, they are an okay set of speakers. In this day and age you shouldn't be alarmed by the low £20 price tag, you can get semi-decent 2.1 sets of PC speakers that sound a darned sight better than these for just £10 more but looking at them objectively, that's not really what they're for. What you get here is a set of robust, fairly potent mini speakers which belts out sound - not necessarily musical. The high end response is flat and dull, the low end gives out at any reasonable volume. This is to be expected of 3" bass drivers and what seems to be a cheap dome tweeter but I have seen much better at this form factor, what these speakers are good for is getting sound in tight spaces, high places and generally places where the wear and tear of the world would be less fitting for a fair of more fragile PC speakers or budget bookshelf drivers. Because these are passive speakers, they require an amp - which is why they are not necessarily a cheap set of speakers, as you're looking at spending extra on an amplifier anywhere whereas PC speakers tend to have these built in. I'm using an S.M.S.L SA-50 amplifier which is 30W RMS per channel, turning it up just a tad exposes the fragility of these speakers, with any reasonable amount of space resulting in a weak fart and regardless of my attempts to brighten the sound with an EQ, a relatively flat, heavily mid biased sound. I would recommend these if you need clout and are trying to amplify voice, as this is essentially where they excel - they are definitely not a musical set of speakers.
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AVP M89 Micro ATX Case for PC - Black
AVP M89 Micro ATX Case for PC - Black

3.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and cheerful, does the job - for now., 20 Mar. 2015
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It's okay, I was not expecting miracles at this price and merely needed a cheap and cheerful chassis to house some makeshift machine, but I wished a little more went into the thickness of the chassis. The slightest pressure at the top of the chassis results in the entire unit warping forward. So it's very questionable whether this unit can at all be used as a long term enclosure.

Maybe a few extra £££s might be sensible to get something not so flimsy.


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