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Tom's Ware Mens Stylish Fashion Classic Wool Double Breasted Pea Coat TWCC06-CHARCOAL-US XL
Tom's Ware Mens Stylish Fashion Classic Wool Double Breasted Pea Coat TWCC06-CHARCOAL-US XL

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing; not quite what it purports to be......, 4 Feb. 2015
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I was very disappointed with this when it arrived. It must be said this is not an expensive jacket by any means. The feel of the fabric is pleasant, soft, not too rough. But the construction is poor overall with a tailored structure that may not keep its shape well; it seems insubstantial, thin and lacking in purpose. It might be an OK cool summer's evening jacket, but without any meaningful insulating properties as it feels as though it is only made from the thin outer layer and a single lining.

I am 6' 3", light build and long arms. This is completely the opposite of the XL I ordered (I found the size guide misleading). The sleeves were surprisingly short, and the body was incredibly wide and square. This jacket may fit your shape but sadly not mine - the result was a little comic. Here I take particular issue with the photo supplied on the website: it appears to show a very slim and tailored silhouette, narrow waisted for a slim build. This is incredibly misleading and was the deciding factor in my choice because it looked as though it should fit me. Amazon, please change this picture for a more representative one. There is a belt on the back that suggests it could be pulled in, but I would have had to get the belt substantially altered to be able to use it at all as it contains no extra button holes.

Big shame because it looked like a super buy, but had to be returned immediately.


Apple 802.11AC Airport Extreme (Launched June 2013)
Apple 802.11AC Airport Extreme (Launched June 2013)
Offered by Albion/iStore
Price: £184.48

4.0 out of 5 stars packaged well with a good instruction manual written very well in plain English, 23 Jan. 2015
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Arrived as expected, packaged well with a good instruction manual written very well in plain English. This Airport Extreme has boosted the home network as hoped. Without resorting to objective testing, the network does seem a little more stable and can just about cope with a couple of i-devices trying to share the available network. The bandwidth from our provider is not great, and not what anyone would call fast, but this Extreme does seem to have maximised the relatively meagre overall "speed". The range throughout the house has been boosted, with my son using the network at a neighbour's, 10 metres away through a couple of brick walls. Crucially for me, although the Extreme is now only one metre from an original D-Premier, the Devialet "sees" a strong network and appears completely stable, wi-fi steaming at 16 bit, 44.1 KHz (CD). The only problem was setting the bloody thing up, but this seems to be common with all home networks..... Manufacturers and Apple take note!


Origin
Origin
Price: £14.12

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult third album? Best so far!, 24 April 2014
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This review is from: Origin (Audio CD)
MUSIC
Echaskech really should be so much better known. They specialise in extremely well put together, electronic music that falls into the Intelligent camp. It is soulful, reflective, groovy and gutsy in ways that very few other writers and producers are. I have to admit to being a big fan from the two previous albums, 2007's Skechbook and 2009's Shatterproof. Both are 5 stars and are must-owns. They rate as amongst the best albums of the last 10 years and I am pleased to say that Origin is at least as good. It took about 4 complete listen throughs for some reason, perhaps more me than the album, but once it "clicked", it has really stayed. I just keep playing and playing it. They manage that trick of sounding a bit like so many of the electronic greats (nods to Jarre, hints at Orbital, a bit of Mode or a something like Union Jack and Platypus stablemates), but still sounding like their own original selves. I can't rate an album more highly than that.

SOUND
I read a lot of Hi-fi magazines, I'm very interested in sound quality. Audiophiles tend to obsess about the minutiae of sound; the dynamics or the compression used in the recording, the acoustic if it was "naturally" recorded in a real physical space, the tone, the resolution, etc etc. This is a great album simply because it is great music and is a perfect example of just enjoying the art and not pulling everything to pieces by analysing it. Heard through the regular dCS/ Bryston/ ATC system, all the nasties have been minimised and all the positives accentuated. Technically it sounds brilliant for an electronic album and all the "compromises" that this entails (This is electronic music; it was never real and absolute in the way an acoustic instrument in a room might be recorded or described for example). There's some compression but not a lot, it's clean and open, and it'll test the low frequency control of you room and speakers: but the most important thing is it'll put a smile on your face and make your life a tiny bit better as a result. Hugely recommended.


The Masters Series: Nick Warren
The Masters Series: Nick Warren
Price: £16.39

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best mixes of the past 5 years........, 30 Jan. 2014
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I have to admit that I really, really like this one. It stands out amongst what is often very mediocre competition as subtle, progressive, intelligent, and quietly emotional. The result: its my go-to album at the moment. Disc one starts off with a superb, slow-burning and atmospheric introduction across the first few tracks (by Aurtas, DFRNT and Tripswitch), and the mix thereafter gently morphs through a very similar tempo and feel. At times its almost laugh-out-loud Blade Runner / Vangelis, but for me any music that can evoke that film score and mood is on to a winner. Disc two kicks off with Levente's Tunneling; a thought provoking sample of the NASA commentary from the Space Shuttle's last flight as the main theme. Reflective stuff.......

Sound
In my experience the genre of the DJ mix is a minefield to try and get a really decent sounding result (Sasha's Involver series and John Digweed's Northern Exposure are still the benchmarks for me). Heard through dCS, Bryston, ATC, these discs sound heavily compressed with a re-EQ'd top end. The highest frequencies sound like they've been rolled off and the result is a very clubby sounding album; very heavy in the lowest frequencies and overall very warm and close. What this balance does seem to have resulted in is a pronounced low end with lots of shape and texture, including a few bits to challenge even big full range monitors, that will benefit from a carefully integrated sub'. Technically, it may not be the highest fidelity if you mostly listen to well recorded material, but as modern contemporary music I do love it!


Immunity
Immunity
Price: £7.99

21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This guy should be far better known than he is......., 14 July 2013
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This review is from: Immunity (Audio CD)
Music
There seem to be two periods that Hopkin's solo albums fall into; "Opalescent" and "Contact Note" are the first pair and shimmer with an elegiac beauty that transcends nearly all other electronica. Hopkins was reputedly disenchanted with the lukewarm response to these works and responded with 2009's "Insides" and this latest "Immunity" this year (2013). Both are harder sounding, crunchy, and superficially more edgy than the warm and immersive comfort of the first two. "Immunity" is a superb album, rhythmically intricate, sparse at times, but always underpinned by a classical sensibility that comes through with the use of piano and poignant melodies. This is no Basic Channel: this is the sound of a fantastic British artist producing wonderful music that is staggering under-recognised.

Sound
Heard through dCS/Bryston/ATC, this is an extremely clean, dynamic and sharply etched modern recording, full of spatial and textural detail, but never sounding coarse or uncomfortable. There is little musical hyperbole with loads of low frequency speaker-stretching, but not so crude as to become comic. This is a wonderfully subtle and maturely recorded electronica album, with plenty of contrast in the mix. Overall levels have not compressed things too much so there's a good dynamic range to be heard. A great system test if you're into that kind of thing.....


Pylon Pigs
Pylon Pigs

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal album of the last 5 years, 19 Feb. 2013
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MUSIC
We really do think this is one of the best albums of the last 5, maybe even 10 years. It stands out amongst its contemporaries as one of the finest examples of its kind: modern "British" electronic music which is neither derivative nor facile. It manages that very rare balance of sounding somehow similar to many things you've heard before, but really can't quite place where from. It is even more unusual still in that there is no filling material here whatsoever: every track is as solid as the one preceding it. It starts on a high and just never lets up, with welcome changes of pace and emphasis. Even the tongue-in-cheek cliche of "Mainlining" can't upset the originality and creative drive that underscores the album. We just can't praise it highly enough!

SOUND
Here's the real find: if you value sound quality and love electronic music, then this is one of the best we've heard to date. Heard via dCS-Bryston-ATC, and Accuphase-Spectral-Peak Consult, this is one of the best sounding examples of electronic music we can think of. The low-end is full of impact, reach, variety and texture. There's a wealth of midband information replete with fine detail and thoughtful production signatures. The top end just continues on up with the craft of whats happening lower down. Electronic music nearly always necessitates a degree of compression otherwise it struggles to make sense - there are often few analogue corollaries after all. Pylon Pigs is rare because it has not had the life squeezed out of it and sounds dynamic, clean and open as a result.

A brilliant must-have album, and beautifully recorded too. Essentially, a gem.
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Ku: Palm
Ku: Palm

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic British D&B, shines a bright light on a very clever producer's art, 19 Feb. 2013
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MUSIC
Rupert Parkes has been creating this type of music for years; refined, surgical, but still with enough emotion and funk to hook the listener in. If you have never knowingly listened to a Photek album before think of a fusion of English breakbeat, soul and D&B meticulously layered by a very very clever producer. It's not all head though, as like previous Photek albums before, (Solaris), we found ourselves literally bouncing along to the funkier and meatier tracks like the opener "Signals", and the mid-way lynch pin "Mistral". It still feels like a collection of well ordered tracks as opposed to an album, but that's increasingly modern electronic music isn't it? At its finest it has real guts and impact.

SOUND
A good clear, clean recording of its type. Heard through our reference dCS-Bryston-ATC, the ubiquitous compression is not too heavy-handed allowing some dynamic range and room to breathe. It avoids the worst pit-falls of its contemporaries but is not quite a new bench mark. Don't be fooled though: this is a really good example of its type. If you'd like to know if your system can handle rhythm and timing, plus frequency extremes, this is an inspired workout.

A really good album equaled by very few others, only missing 5 star excellence by a small margin. Thoroughly recommended.


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