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Western Digital My Book World Edition 1TB Home Network Storage
Western Digital My Book World Edition 1TB Home Network Storage

12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless, 19 Oct. 2009
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If you have a lot of data to backup, say 700GB, it will take you nearly a week at the rate of 6GB per hour. There is no way to trasnfer at a faster rate as the USB port is only for adding extra storage. That is, you can't connect it with your PC and transfer data quickly.
The automatic backup software included is not free.
You can't run Squeezecenter despite claims from another reviewer.
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Drag Me to Hell
Drag Me to Hell

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding, 8 Sept. 2009
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This review is from: Drag Me to Hell (Audio CD)
Once I saw the film I couldn't wait for the soundtrack to be released and as it turned out it is nothing short of amazing. I do recommend however if you like horror movies to see the film first. Better not to be prepared...

I really hope it gets a nomination for best original score but thriller/horror movies are generally overlooked.


Logitech Squeezebox Duet - WiFi Internet Radio receiver with wireless MP3 music streaming
Logitech Squeezebox Duet - WiFi Internet Radio receiver with wireless MP3 music streaming

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far from perfect, but what's the alternative?, 6 Sept. 2009
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A lot of reviewers have expressed some concerns about the duet controller. All these are true although different users will experience some of these problems to a different extend. Hopefully some of the issues will be resolved with future firmware updates. In the meantime the Duet it's the only affordable product of its kind (one of the alternative is the more expensive Sonos) and if you already own the Classic or the Boom the Duet will be a valuable addition.
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Logitech Squeezebox Boom
Logitech Squeezebox Boom

43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Logitech Squeezebox Boom versus Pure Avanti Flow, 25 Aug. 2009
If you are looking for an Internet radio with the option to stream your own music you are likely to choose between the Logitech Squeezebox Boom and the Pure Avanti Flow.

The first thing to say is that the Avanti flow also includes Dab Radio, FM radio as well as an integrated iPod dock that charges the latest nano version. If these are paramount to you then the Pure becomes the only option really. The iPod playback is very good and the Dab reception is also good. On the other hand if you prefer streaming music as opposed to using a portable player and if you find that wifi radio makes Dab and FM no longer a necessity then the following comparison might be of some assistance.

The software: The Avanti relies on the "lounge website" in conjunction with the "flow server" software. The latter is only required for streaming music from one's PC. The Squeezebox Boom works via the "Squeezebox Network" or the "Squeezebox Center". The latter is the software running on your PC. After using both it didn't take long to realize how primitive the Pure Software is in comparison to the Squeezebox one. This greatly affects the quality and functionality of both Internet Radio and Mp3 streaming that these systems offer.

Internet Radio: The Lounge works by storing your preferences: favorite music stations, etc. You can search for stations via genre but the design is cumbersome and finding what you want is a lot harder than in the Logitech. Furthermore, there are many bugs in the program. For instance adding/deleting a station to your favorites is not always straightforward. It might take a day for the change to appear. The main drawback of the Avanti is that you cannot control it via your PC. You need to do so via the main unit or the remote and its screen is not large enough for that. PC control is one of the main advantages of the Squeezebox family. In addition, Internet radio is very well organized within the logitech system with the advantage of using Music services such as Last.FM, Deezer, Napster, Classical.com ... This is not an option if you choose the Avanti Flow. Even though connectivity issues and errors may occur they are a lot easier and quicker to resolve as opposed those in the Pure. Another issue is the slow buffering times of the Pure that can be an annoyance if you frequently switch stations. Reception is very good in both and is rarely interrupted.

Streaming Mp3 files: Again controlling the device from your own PC is one of the main advantages of the Squeezebox. Furthermore, thsqueezebox allows streaming in lossless formats. Another advantage is that non-Latin characters will always be displayed native or converted to Latin ones on the Squeezebox screen or your PC screen. This is not the case with the Pure where you might end up seeing boxes instead and makes it hard to decipher names of artist, songs form your library.

Sound Quality : Very good for both within their price range. The Avanti is somewhat brighter while the Boom is warmer. Treble/Bass can be adjusted in both. I find the the Pure sounds better with low bitrate Internet Radio than the Logitech. The Avanti has an integrated Subwoofer but this actually may be a disadvantage for some people who would prefer to use their own sub. The squeezebox has a sub out.

Design, Built-in Quality : I like the looks in both. The Avanti has a retro style in a black gloss finish and is a more eye catching item. Yet I prefer the understated looks of the Boom as well as its screen. The both feel sturdy and the Avanti is a lot heavier and quite more sizable. One design problem of the Avanti is that the buttons are misplaced and that they operate in a counterintuitve fushion. The Boom, on the other hand, is very easy to operate from its scroll wheel that is similar to that of the iPod.

Conclusion

The Avanti is a more complete product, does nearly everything a mini hifi would do and is therefore the logical mini hifi replacement. However, if the typical hifi features are not important to you or if you plan to keep your CD player anyway and view streaming music as an addition to your current set-up then the Boom or any other Logitech Product is the one to go for. The Boom can be part of a multi-room set up where the Squeezebox Classic or the Squeezebox Duet receiver can take their place in your living room next to your hifi set up while the Boom can be used in the Bedroom/Office. Everything can be controlled from your PC or from the Duet controller and different players can also be synchronized. If you are ready to make the switch to the Squeezebox family you will enjoy your music in a whole new light.
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Creative Muvo T100 4GB MP3 Player
Creative Muvo T100 4GB MP3 Player

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!, 19 July 2009
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A very stylish and light MP3 player, much smaller that the Sony walkman NWZS or the Ipod Nano and a lot cheaper. It doesn't have a screen but would you really need a 2.0" screen? I have owned 2 ipods in the past and in terms of sound quality this is as good if not better. Another great point is that you can charge it directly from the usb input, without the need of an extra cable which you tend to misplace all the time... It really is a flash drive. No annoying software to deal with, like Itunes, in fact no software at all.
If you loose it you can always get another one without breaking the bank.
Just Perfect!


Audioengine 2 - PC multimedia speakers - 30 Watt (Total) - 2-way - black
Audioengine 2 - PC multimedia speakers - 30 Watt (Total) - 2-way - black

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for movies, 19 July 2009
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I used the A2 in conjunction with my squeezebox receiver. Although the listening experience was overall satisfying it was no more enjoyable than using my squeezebox boom and I had higher expectations from the speakers given the price. In a blind test with songs not heavy on bass, at low to mid volumes, I had a hard time distinguishing between the two. In general the bass is what set this system apart from other speakers of similar size/price. Unfortunately the bass also distorts at high volumes, depending the input. Even without the distortion I felt something was missing when listening to music.
What I found rather surprising is how well the A2s coped with movies.
The A2 accept twin inputs and once I connected them to my Bluray player I noticed a dramatic improvement over the TV sound. Having previously tried the Pure Avanti Flow or the Squeezebox Boom I had noticed no significant improvement over the standard TV sound. In that respect the A2s were almost as good as the Yamaha sound projector YSP600.
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Yamaha YSP600BL Black Home Cinema Digital Sound Projector
Yamaha YSP600BL Black Home Cinema Digital Sound Projector

29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Promising, 28 Jun. 2009
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The Yamaha does create surround sound effects with movies when used on the 5-beam, 3-beam or my surround mode. Even if your room configuration is not ideal the "my surround" mode will work. For normal TV viewing I found little difference between the TV speaker(Sony LCD) and the Yamaha which is to be expected. The Yamaha can also be used with music sources. I have a Squeezebox Duet connected to the unit via optical.
Music sounds better on Stereo than on the beam modes but "my surround" also works and creates a wider sound-field. I didn't find the music performance to be particularly thrilling however.
The YSP has very good connectivity, 2HDMI in , 1 out( so you can pass your Blu-ray or sky-hd signal to the YSP first and then output the video part via HDMI again to your TV. This will free 1 hdmi input on your TV and may simplify things a little bit. For instance, if you also own a projector you only need to switch the HDMI output to the projector instead. It also has optical, coaxial and stereo inputs. Thus it serves as an A/V receiver/amplifier.
The main problem I face with the YSP is that the sound distorts and strange noises appear at medium/high volume, especially with the surround modes. Most likely my unit is defective so perhaps this shouldn't deter you from getting that sound projector. I also found that it's not loud enough and that the sound clarity is not superb. I did not think that the YSP lacks bass as other reviewers have reported but perhaps the overall quality would improve with the addition of a sub-woofer. In retrospect I had rather gone for the more expensive YSP-30D that is possibly louder and has better quality speakers.
I also find the black box style of the Yamaha to be particularly attractive.


PURE AVANTI Flow Table-top Digital Music System
PURE AVANTI Flow Table-top Digital Music System

64 of 69 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Logitech Squeezebox Boom versus Pure Avanti Flow, 28 May 2009
If you are looking for an Internet radio with the option to stream your own music you are likely to choose between the Logitech Squeezebox Boom and the Pure Avanti Flow.

The first thing to say is that the Avanti flow also includes Dab Radio, FM radio as well as an integrated iPod dock that charges the latest nano version. If these are paramount to you then the Pure becomes the only option really. The iPod playback is very good and the Dab reception is also good. On the other hand if you prefer streaming music as opposed to using a portable player and if you find that wifi radio makes Dab and FM no longer a necessity then the following comparison might be of some assistance.

The software: The Avanti relies on the "lounge website" in conjunction with the "flow server" software. The latter is only required for streaming music from one's PC. The Squeezebox Boom works via the "Squeezebox Network" or the "Squeezebox Center". The latter is the software running on your PC. After using both it didn't take long to realize how primitive the Pure Software is in comparison to the Squeezebox one. This greatly affects the quality and functionality of both Internet Radio and Mp3 streaming that these systems offer.

Internet Radio: The Lounge works by storing your preferences: favorite music stations, etc. You can search for stations via genre but the design is cumbersome and finding what you want is a lot harder than in the Logitech. Furthermore, there are many bugs in the program. For instance adding/deleting a station to your favorites is not always straightforward. It might take a day for the change to appear. The main drawback of the Avanti is that you cannot control it via your PC. You need to do so via the main unit or the remote and its screen is not large enough for that. PC control is one of the main advantages of the Squeezebox family. In addition, Internet radio is very well organized within the logitech system with the advantage of using Music services such as Last.FM, Deezer, Napster, Classical.com ... This is not an option if you choose the Avanti Flow. Even though connectivity issues and errors may occur they are a lot easier and quicker to resolve as opposed those in the Pure. Another issue is the slow buffering times of the Pure that can be an annoyance if you frequently switch stations. Reception is very good in both and is rarely interrupted.

Streaming Mp3 files: Again controlling the device from your own PC is one of the main advantages of the Squeezebox. Furthermore, squeezebox allows streaming in lossless formats. Another advantage is that non-Latin characters will always be displayed native or converted to Latin ones on the Squeezebox screen or your PC screen. This is not the case with the Pure where you might end up seeing boxes instead and makes it hard to decipher names of artist, songs form your library.

Sound Quality : Very good for both within their price range. The Avanti is somewhat brighter while the Boom is warmer. Treble/Bass can be adjusted in both. I find the the Pure sounds better with low bitrate Internet Radio than the Logitech. The Avanti has an integrated Subwoofer but this actually may be a disadvantage for some people who would prefer to use their own sub. The squeezebox has a sub out.

Design, Built-in Quality : I like the looks in both. The Avanti has a retro style in a black gloss finish and is a more eye catching item. Yet I prefer the understated looks of the Boom as well as its screen. The both feel sturdy and the Avanti is a lot heavier and quite more sizable. One design problem of the Avanti is that the buttons are misplaced and that they operate in a counterintuitve fushion. The Boom, on the other hand, is very easy to operate from its scroll wheel that is similar to that of the iPod.

Conclusion

The Avanti is a more complete product, does nearly everything a mini hifi would do and is therefore the logical mini hifi replacement. However, if the typical hifi features are not important to you or if you plan to keep your CD player anyway and view streaming music as an addition to your current set-up then the Boom or any other Logitech Product is the one to go for. The Boom can be part of a multi-room set up where the Squeezebox Classic or the Squeezebox Duet receiver can take their place in your living room next to your hifi set up while the Boom can be used in the Bedroom/Office. Everything can be controlled from your PC or from the Duet controller and different players can also be synchronized. If you are ready to make the switch to the Squeezebox family you will enjoy your music in a whole new light.
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