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Marvel's Jessica Jones Season 1 [Blu-ray] [2016]
Marvel's Jessica Jones Season 1 [Blu-ray] [2016]
Dvd ~ Krysten Ritter
Price: £13.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent., 7 Mar. 2017
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Others have reviewed this to death. I'll just say "Ignore the naysayers who say it's too slow and that the lead character is unlikeably miserable". Yeah, it takes its time, but that's fine, it allows time for character and texture to develop. Why should everything be glitzy crash-boom-bang and a rush to the next scene? Despite the implausibility of the overall plot arc - mind control - the best possible praise I can give this is to say that it feels absolutely real. And I intend that as high praise for the producers, directors, writers and actors.

Offered by DVDMAX-UK
Price: £9.69

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Badly over-compressed, 7 Mar. 2017
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This review is from: Human (Audio CD)
I confess I like the music here, but - and I'm reviewing the CD - it's been really heavily compressed. It's been completely shorn of any sort of genuine musical dynamics; whether it's a quiet bit or a noisy bit, it all plays at exactly the same volume, with added bright sharp compression artefacts. Why oh why do they do this? OK you might want to compress for an MP3 download, but for a CD nowadays, why not do it properly? Why not respect the master tape, why squash it like it's playing on an old AM radio...?

Doro PhoneEasy 508 UK SIM-Free Mobile Phone - White
Doro PhoneEasy 508 UK SIM-Free Mobile Phone - White
Offered by Buyur
Price: £28.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple basic phone for the hard-of-hearing, 1 April 2016
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I bought this for a relative who's 90 years old and in a care home. I pre-programmed the numbers into it that he might want to call. The phone has big buttons, an easy-to-navigate contacts list, and goes (very) loud. I can't comment on battery life, as the relative mostly keeps it turned off except when he wants to make a call, on the wholly reasonable grounds that he'll probably never hear it ring! And that would probably be true noi matter how loud the ring tone was. But when he has it to his ear, he can hear conversations quite acceptably; in that respect it is very much louder than a "normal" phone, and the quality when it does so is fine, it doesn't distort terribly.

I certainly wouldn't want it for my own phone, but it's well suited for the job I needed it to do.

WESTERN DIGITAL WD10EURX Western Digital AV-GP 1TB 3.5" Internal Hard drive SATA 6Gb/s (SATA 3) 64MB Cache - (Components > Internal Hard Drives)
WESTERN DIGITAL WD10EURX Western Digital AV-GP 1TB 3.5" Internal Hard drive SATA 6Gb/s (SATA 3) 64MB Cache - (Components > Internal Hard Drives)
Offered by Buyur
Price: £52.69

4.0 out of 5 stars Straightforward replacement into Humax PVR, 5 Feb. 2016
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Excellent. Just used it to replace a failed Seagate drive in a Humax HDR-Fox-T2 PVR. Dropped straight in with no hassle, and the Humax found it and formatted it and it seems to be working fine. Seems to be quieter than the Seagate drive that it replaced.

Minus a star because it's clearly old stock from somewhere; though sealed in a bag just fine, it's dated November 2014 (and I bought it in Feb 2016). But that shouldn't be a problem.

Offered by Springwood Media
Price: £5.74

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing production and mastering..., 19 Nov. 2015
This review is from: Perfectamundo (Audio CD)
Some interesting musical ideas here, but rather spoilt by the production. Almost every instrument (including Billy's voice and the percussion) seems to have been gated and/or processed in some way, then the whole thing has been over-eq'd and compressed within an inch of its life. Very disappointing, and I speak as a long-time ZZ Top fan. This, sadly, is almost unlistenable on a decent hifi. Any real sense of a group of musicians playing together, breathing (musically speaking) together as a band, has been lost in the production and mastering and general "fiddling around" that has clearly gone on. That style of production is completely inappropriate for the stated aims of this album...

It's a totally different genre, I know, but to hear what can be done when a good band go "vintage" in the studio, I suggest that the reader take a listen to Melody Gardot's "Currency Of Man". That was recorded and produced by someone who (a) gave a damn and (b) still had working hearing...

Supra LoRad SWF-10 IEC In-line Connector
Supra LoRad SWF-10 IEC In-line Connector
Offered by MCRU
Price: £11.87

5.0 out of 5 stars Well made and easy-to-wire IEC connector., 14 Jun. 2015
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Great IEC connector. Very simple to wire, very difficult to accidentally get wrong and get stray strands of cable in the "wrong" place. I wish that they were all this good. The connector happily accepts very fat (12mm O.D) cables, the strain relief grips them well.

I only wish that someone made a UK 13A plug (ideally axial) that was as easy.

Iiyama XB2776QS-B1 27 inch IPS LD/TFT Monitor (1000:1, 350 cd/m, 5ms)
Iiyama XB2776QS-B1 27 inch IPS LD/TFT Monitor (1000:1, 350 cd/m, 5ms)

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but an excellent piece of kit for the price, 2 Oct. 2013
I've been using one of these for a few months now. I'm a digital photography hobbyist, and not a gamer, so I can't talk about response-time, but I can say that the IPS screen is delivering excellent colour rendition. It really is a huge step forward over cheap TN screens, and is as good (if not better) than my old Trinitron CRT, which I intend as high praise.

Criticisms? Well, it's hardly a criticism, but obviously if you haven't had a monitor of this resolution before then you might, as I did, need to go and buy another graphics card that supports the dual-link interface. But they're not expensive (I repeat, I'm not a gamer).

I own a monitor calibrator (X-rite i1) and it declared itself quite happy with the monitor, very little tweaking was required to get the colours right. The only major problem is that, out of the box, the monitor is far, far too bright. Eye-piercingly, headache-inducingly bright. At least this one was. With brightness turned right down to 8, and contrast on full, the i1 was then able to get on with its job and deliver excellent colour and contrast. There's a little backlight bleeding into the blacks in the corners, but once the brightness is turned down to something sensible then it's not excessive, and my photoprocessing tools tend to put menus, not actual photo, in the corners anyway.

The Essential Paul Simon
The Essential Paul Simon
Price: £10.99

55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic music, massacred by the mastering, 26 Jun. 2013
This is awful. I'm not reviewing Paul Simon's music, that is what it is - the work of a genius - and doesn't need someone like me to describe it.

But the sound quality here. Oh dearie me. Paul Simon is something of an audiophile, and he and his engineer and producer took great pains, in most of their recordings, over a very long career to do the best that they possibly could. And then some cloth-eared imbeciles - and let's name and shame them, since they have put their names on the CD sleeve, they're Dan Hersch and Bill Inglot at Digiprep - have ruined it. Compressed and flattened within an inch of its life, over-eq'd, a travesty. A victim of the "loudness wars" between the record companies.

Avoid at all costs. If you love Paul Simon's music, this really is hard to listen to at anything other than "background noise" levels.

And, bizarrely, Sony have labelled this a "legacy" edition. What sort of legacy, for Paul Simon, is this supposed to be...?
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HP Q5456A Advanced Glossy Photo Paper A4 210x297mm (25 Sheets)
HP Q5456A Advanced Glossy Photo Paper A4 210x297mm (25 Sheets)
Price: £11.40

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing, 20 Jun. 2013
Bought this by accident instead of the HP Premium / Premium Plus photo paper that we normally use in our HP C5280 (with genuine HP-351XL colour cartridge). Very very disappointing. Dark, dingy, un-vibrant, poor contrast, poor detail, poor saturation. Dull, Dull, Dull. And, yes, my monitor is calibrated, and I'm used to getting decent images out of the system on the Premium/Plus papers. Given that the one thing that you want photo paper to do is to reproduce photos, I can only give this one star.

Reading HP's blurb, the emphasis seems to have been on making it quick-drying while retaining acceptable image quality. Well, I agree it's quick drying. If that's all you want, it'll tick your box.

The Gift Band Live On Tour - The Union Chapel November 2010 [DVD] [NTSC] [2012]
The Gift Band Live On Tour - The Union Chapel November 2010 [DVD] [NTSC] [2012]
Dvd ~ Eliza Carthy
Offered by Bella Salute
Price: £12.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful performance, 9 May 2012
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What a great gig. Norma and Eliza share singing duties, with Eliza also playing fiddle, and it's a warm and wonderful affair.

It's a good-length show, there's a lot of songs and, crucially, a lot of chat between the songs as well, as Norma and Eliza introduce the songs to the audience, explain where they're from and why they mean something. There's a mixture of traditional songs and more modern ones, with Richard Thompson being the most-used modern writer, though Clive Gregson gets a look-in as well with "Fred Astaire". The band are good - clearly very talented, and with enough sense to not get in the way. Martin Carthy (Norma's husband, Eliza's dad) plays gently in the background, it's emphatically not his show, he's just there to help his girls.

If you don't know anything about the Watersons and think it's all going to be terribly po-faced, just give it a go. If you need convincing, look up an online bio of Norma - this is a woman who did CND and Amnesty gigs before they were fashionable, and threw it all in for a while to be a DJ in the West Indies in the 70s. It may be Traditional, but it's fun and actually remarkably moving.

Would have been a 5 star review, but docked one star for slightly iffy sound on the first couple of songs - which presumably reflects the live mix - and also because the video jumps. On my BD player, at least, it looks like there's been some sort of frame-rate conversion problem and it's dropping a frame every second or so. It's not actually very distracting, and certainly doesn't ruin the experience or anything like that, but you can just see it when there's close-up shots of moving things, generally faces. To authentically create the ambience of a gig, the sound could probably have done with a little more of the audience buzz mixed into it, some of the jokes seem to fall flat because you can't hear the audience reaction. But none of that really matters compared to the music, which is great.

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