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Versus Resonance 2 LIVE OUT LOUD Vibrating Speaker
Versus Resonance 2 LIVE OUT LOUD Vibrating Speaker

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome piece of kit, 12 Jan. 2014
I bought one of these initially to see if it was capable of all it is advertised to do. I had in mind to make a glass panel speaker if it came up to spec.
It most definitely exceeds what I expected. When placed on the right surface (or using the adaptor to stick to something horizontal) it is quite stunning. So far (after walking round the house testing every available surface including fridges and tables :) ) I have found that the kitchen work top gives a nice even and warm bass response, a hollow stud wall gives a nice even sound, however, the best surface has to be a double glazed panel over 5ft high. Hearing such good quality sound actually come from the glass itself is jaw dropping. At the next barbecue at a friends place I'm going to turn his conservatory into a speaker :)
The only slight issue is that it's mono, it takes the stereo output and combines it - unlike some mono playback devices it uses both channels. The significant problem if a mono playback device uses only one of the stereo channels is that you end up with a 'dropping out' if the sound moves from one channel to the other - a simple example is playing 'Led Zeppelin' where the drum track at times is only on one channel, a single channel mono playback device would not play the drum track causing a 'dropping out' which radically changes how a track sounds (and significantly butchering it). Just to re-iterate, although this is a mono playback device it combines both stereo channels so you hear all the sound.
I have now purchased a second one and am in the process of making a splitter to make the two devices play in stereo, but that's just me and my OCD tendencies :) You really don't need two devices, one is perfectly sufficient.
Not only does this little gadget work a treat, actually hearing the sound come from a surface itself is quite eye opening. Makes a good conversation piece :)

Into the Wild
Into the Wild
by Jon Krakauer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just about a guy who made a few fatal mistakes., 26 May 2011
This review is from: Into the Wild (Paperback)
Christopher McCandless was born to relative wealth and comfort but began to hate the chains his birth had left encompassing him. This was his attempt, and eventually fatal attempt, to seek the answers he sought. As much as the story of McCandless has been brilliantly brought to life by Krakauer through his 'self admitted' almost obsession (and self echoes) with the life and death of this tragic young man, he shows that others (and not so few as you would imagine) have been driven in a similar way.
As a system gets bigger patterns emerge (it's a statistical inevitability), and perhaps McCandless' search should be an emerging subject of study. He was driven, of that there is little doubt - but why? Perhaps that is one of the reasons why this young mans tragic search for meaning rings chords in our own lives, not merely because of 'car crash mentality' and seeing things burn, he actually went out and searched when we merely sit in our chairs and read.

Existentialism For Dummies
Existentialism For Dummies
by Christopher Panza
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.78

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Excellant' - in a monty burns voice of course, 26 May 2011
I found this book to be very informative, wide ranging but not shallow, and full of self-deprecation with a great deal of humour to boot. It is an excellant foot-hold on the way for further study, or stands as it is if you want a decent idea of what this whole 'existentialism' thing is about. This book is excellantly written, so don't mistake lightness and accessibility for shallowness. I personally found that this book answered alot of questions for me and left me asking more, not such a bad thing really. Enjoy.

If You Meet Buddha on the Road, Kill Him
If You Meet Buddha on the Road, Kill Him
by Sheldon Kopp
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.49

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's good, but ... ... ..., 26 May 2011
The book is exactly as described in the pracy, however one feature was omitted. This book is distincly american in flavour, the chatty easy going style is a little hard to take for an english reader like myself, however it is well worth perseverance. The authors' own struggle with search for meaning and self-doubt let you know that he understands from a personal level. The fact that he takes the 'Guru/Teacher/God' status from therapists (although he himself is a therapist) is both humble and elucidating. Most recommended.
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