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    • Sennheiser HD 238 / Headphones / 14 Readings / 14 Ratings
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      20.01.2012 00:47
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      Great pair of headphones

      Sennheiser is obviously a very prestigious brand when it comes to audio equipment, especially headphones. Even at the relatively low price to what most good Sennheiser headphones cost, these do not lose the quality with it.

      They provide clear distinction between high frequencies and low bass frequencies even in the most distorted of songs. Some songs can overpower headphones, in particular smaller in ear headphones which rattle when the bass is too strong which can get annoying very quickly.This is not the case with these. You get a crisp sound from both earphones when in stereo and in mono versions of songs.
      The headphones cup the ears with a soft pad so after a few minutes you hardly notice they are attached to your head due to the comfy adding which also aids in cancelling out background noise if you are in a noisy environment. These do not however have active noise cancellation.

      They can be manually adjusted to fit your head comfortably and have the same padded cushion at the top of the headphone so it rests nicely. The cable provided with headphones is of good quality and is approximately 1 metre long. You can also get an extra extension cable which adds another metre on if you so wish without any interference to the quality of the sound.

      Aesthetically they are relatively large and chunky for portable earphones but if style is not an issue for you then these are great.
      The HD 238's balance both cost and quality in a very appealing way so for any audiophiles, this is a good value pair of headphones which won't disappoint when it comes to listening to your songs. A great buy which is well worth the money.

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      19.01.2012 18:47
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      Brilliant piece of kit

      The western Digital 1TB Desktop External Hard Drive provides an ideal solution to many data storage problems that are encountered with computers. I myself own a laptop which has a 250GB hard drive but after a while i found that the computer was slowing down and found that one way of keeping it fast was to have a free hard drive. This piece of knowledge led me to go and spend £50 on this 1TB (1000GB) external hard drive and i copied over all of my data to it.
      It was as though i had bought a new computer, the difference it made. It knocked time off both startup and opening programs when multiple items were open.

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      I mainly use the hard drive for holding all of my photos, music and movies which now take up around 380GB worth of data. I also put any large programs such as plane simulators or music editing software on to it. They key is to make sure that the hard drive is connected via the USB cable before startup and this allows the user to quickly open a program or file in the normal fashion. 1000GB holds a lot of data, so maybe have a look at smaller sizes such as 750GB or 500GB before purchasing this one. Alternatively WD provide 2TB hard drives for around £80 however i have heard that the 2TB drive occasionally crashes for no apparent reason after around 6 months usage...

      Size:

      The hard drive is around the size of an english dictionary so takes up hardly any space on your desktop. The downside to this hard drive is that it needs a plug to power it up which means that if you have a laptop, it will be a real hassle taking the hard drive around the house let alone with you out and about as you will need a plug socket for it to work. However this is ideal for a desktop PC that is stationary.

      A word of warning: DO NOT copy all of your programs onto the hard drive. If you are not confident with what you are doing then just select the hard drive when you are installing a new program. If you try to copy parts of the operating system across to the hard drive and then start up the computer/laptop without the hard drive plugged into it, you may screw up the computer.

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      The hard drive does not produce much noise however when it starts up you can hear whirring and such like which is completely normal. Compared to normal computer noise however, it is almost inaudible. It has a little light that flickers at the back when the hard drive is on and doing things.

      Overall:

      One downside i have found is that if you have been using your computer for a while and the hard drive has been left dormant then it can take a fair few seconds to start up again/eject but nothing major.
      This is ideal for any desktop PC that needs a new lease of life without forking out hundreds for an upgrade and it is compatible with both PC's and Mac's which isn't common enough when it comes to hard drives. I would highly recommend this to any computer/laptop user but i would also urge you to look around and see what your requirements are because this is a big drive to have and it is not portable.

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      17.01.2012 22:59
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      A fantastic flash drive

      I decided to buy this Flash drive down to two main reasons. This first is the price, from play.com you can purchase this drive for a mere £6.99 which is stunning considering what this capacity would have cost two years ago (£16.99). The second was it's ability to work with both PC and Mac's. What i've found with a lot of flash drives is that they will work with one but not the other. This one allows the user to copy a file onto it say from a mac and then plug it straight into a PC and will be able to open and copy the file back off of the pen drive.

      It is a generic flash drive which play.com have put their brand upon and reduced the price of (no bad thing). It is a standard inch and a half long and a half an inch wide so nice and small to just slot into your pocket or keep on your keyring.

      Speed-wise, there is no difference between this and a top brand flash drive which may cost you another ten quid, it took around 5 minutes to copy a 1.6GB file to my mac so no complaints from that side of things.

      It does tend to get quite hot if copying over a long period of time (15 minutes) so bear this in mind if you have it in your laptop.
      Overall this flash drive is exactly what i was after and really i have no quarrels with it or its performance, so i would highly recommend this product to anyone after a large capacity drive with very little cost.

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    • Hoover HNWL7146 / Washer Dryer / 8 Readings / 6 Ratings
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      17.01.2012 21:43

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      A functional machine which provides a good service

      I had this washing the Hoover HNWL7146 washing machine/dryer in my house in my second year at university. It came with the house so i don't really know how much it cost but it was an extremely good washing machine for a year. It was run around 20 times per week as we had 8 people using it to both wash and dry their clothes. As you can imagine being a student, the amount of dirty clothes per wash is roughly a bedroom floors worth and the hoover dealt with them brilliantly.
      It has no digital display but a dial instead which has 15 different programmes to choose from, even though most people will only ever use one or two. You can wash at 90 degrees all the way down to 30 degrees depending on what type of material you are putting in to be washed. I used the 30 degree wash as i was never confident of what could be washed at high temperatures and it gave clean clothes every time. The powder tray seems fairly flimsy but easy to clean and has a tray for softener should you want to use that instead of placing it on top of clothes in the drum. In terms of size, the specifications say that it can take up to 6kg but that is wet weight, not dry, so bear that in mind. It can do 1400 revs/minute and so gets rid of excess water fairly swiftly but makes quite a bit of racket in the process.
      On average the time the machine took to complete a wash on thirty degrees was around an hour and a half, but for some reason it can sometimes be longer or shorter, the machine can be temperamental in terms of time. However it always does a good wash. For the drying cycle this takes around 50 minutes for an average load and sometimes you have to do a second run because too many clothes have been put in to dry at once.
      The door locks whilst washing/drying and you have to wait a few minutes for it to release a lock before you can open it which is frustrating if you are in a rush. It has a pause/stop button but this has never worked for me, not sure if that is a common problem with this machine.

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      13.01.2012 13:32
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      A brilliant toothbrush

      I used to use an electric toothbrush several years ago but changed back to manual. I recently went to the dentists to have a check up, all my teeth were good however i was brushing my teeth too hard and my gums were starting to recede earlier than they should so he recommended investing back in an electric toothbrush for christmas. After doing a lot of research, i chose to buy the £70 oral-b Triumph 5000 for christmas last year. Boy was it worth the money! After only the first brush my mouth felt cleaner and i started to wonder why i had ever gone back to manual. It came with three different brush heads, with two of them having little plastic flappy bits which get knocked about by the vibrations and helps to remove unwanted food lodgers in the back of your mouth. The toothbrush also has a built in timer which vibrates at 30 second intervals before doing a big vibrate at 2 minutes to let you know that your time is up.
      What i found amazing was that the charging area at the bottom of the toothbrush was covered in plastic, as was the base unit which means that there is no risk of an electric shock should water be accidentally spilt onto it. This is a big upgrade form the old electric toothbrushes. You also get an electric timer which sits on the side in the bathroom which indicates which area of your mouth you should be brushing at the the given time which i found helps you to clean areas of your teeth which you may not have bothered with if you had a manual brush. The stop/start button is very robust and depending on the number of times you press it, it gives a different setting of speed if you have particularly sensitive teeth like me. This is useful because sometimes i find that the high speed can hurt my teeth when they're feeling extra sensitive but normally it's fine.
      The weight and size of the brush is good which because i have big hands means i'm not fiddling around with manoeuvres all the time.
      Extras that are included are the holdall for the brush heads which is attached to the base unit so you can tidy the away each morning and night without them touching the bathroom tiles or other contaminent-infested areas. The base unit is all dishwasher-able if it gets really mucky and the plastic charging bit means you can just wipe off with a damp cloth any muck that gets on it making this brush extremely easy to clean. All-in all a brilliant toothbrush which has reinstated my trust in electric toothbrushes and i probably won't go back to manual again.

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    • Monitor Audio BR5 / Speaker / 18 Readings / 15 Ratings
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      08.01.2012 16:39
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      A top notch buy

      These speakers provide an ideal solution for somebody wanting high quality sound whilst not paying extortionate amounts of money for it. These are usually priced at £400 but i managed to pick them up for £350 after looking around for a bit. They are floor-based speakers and are quite large and come in three colours. The ones shown are cherry vinyl but these also come in black and walnut which i purchased. It deals very well with both high pitch vocals as well as low bass sound with neither dominating the other. With the vocals, the stereo speakers give a crisp, pleasant sound with no high pitched vibrations making it painful to listen too. The bass produced is good and not overpowering but if you're a real audiophile then obviously it's worthwhile getting a sub-woofer if you can afford it. I like to listen to classical music through them and you can hear every instrument perfectly clear without any distortion or anything being more prominent than another. As an aside it is worth spending sometime placing them in the right position as you gain a nice balance between the two sounds coming from either speaker. The cables provided with them can stretch a fair way so can be manoeuvred to an ideal spot for enjoying the music.
      They are highly reliable and responsive,with the sound quality not deteriorating over the time i have had them (4 years) and have felt the were a real bargain for the quality of sound they produce. Of course Monitor Audio have a good reputation for quality and these speakers are no exception to the high standards you can expect from the company.

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        08.01.2012 16:06

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        A good purchase if you're on a budget

        When i was at University there could be up to 6 hour queues to use the printers when an assignment was due in. This led me to go out and buy this printer in a bundle so that i could have the ease of use whenever i fancied it. During my time there i used all three functions - printing, scanning and copying, all of which worked perfectly well for my needs. The setup and installation of the software is very easy and hassle free which was a big plus in my eyes. The printing, when you've finally purchased a USB cable for the printer as they don't come with one, is of a good quality with very little fading or streaking. It can do photos as well on glossed paper but if you really care that much about photos i would buy a printer specifically for photos as this one doesn't produce great quality. The scanning is also of good quality producing clear images on your computer which can then be reprinted to near enough the same quality as the original document. The copying is also of good quality and very useful if you want something copied quickly and reliably.
        The big advantage of this printer is not only is it a three-in-one but it is also wifi enabled. This means you can have the printer anywhere in the house and it will still print without cables providing you have a home network. At University i didn't have wifi, hence why i had to go out and buy a USB cable before i could use it.
        Other features which the printer has includes a memory card slot on the front for MS, MMC as well as SD/HC cards which can be plugged straight into the printer and the colour screen menu allows you to navigate and print them manually without the requirement for a computer.

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        31.12.2011 11:26
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        A neat little tablet

        I was bought the new ipad 2 for my birthday and christmas present as i am a huge apple product fan. Even so, i had been skeptical about getting an ipad2 as i didn't want it to effectively nullify my macbook and my ipod (as it is in-between the two).

        Suffice to say once i got it out of the box, i was delighted with the design and the functionality of the Ipad 2.

        Functionality:

        To start with, the screen is just a bit bigger than a normal reading book size which is ideal if,like me, you were thinking of using it for reading books/newspapers on. The touchscreen is highly responsive to gestures made with your fingers however this can sometimes be a little bit annoying if you don't mean to double tap the screen... You also get two cameras - one at the front and one at the back with the back camera being able to zoom in on objects and able to record HD video. The 64GB storage is more than ample for most needs even if you wanted to use this as your ipod too. The battery life provides several hours of web browsing and is a great object for catching up on programmes on bbc iplayer. It makes next to no noise whatsoever.

        There is a lock button on the top of the device and volume control buttons, including a silence/screen lock button, on the side of the Ipad 2 for ease of use as well as a headphone jack on the top. It also has built in Wifi, built in speakers and a built in microphone so it can be used without headphones if you don't have them to hand. This model doesn't have 3G but if you feel like you would be doing a lot of travelling/commuting and wanted internet then the extra hundred pounds for the 3G might be worth the investment.

        In terms of apps the basic ones such as safari, apples' web browsing programme, which offers multi-tab browsing and address book, itunes, maps, ical, notes, mail, newstand, facetime, app store and photobooth. These basic apps provided give the Ipad 2 usability straight out of the box. You can then download other apps including games, weather, reference.. the list is pretty big so i won't bore you but check it out if you're thinking of buying one beforehand. It might just sway you.

        The multi-task feature has to be the best part about the Ipad 2. You can several apps open at once and with the multi-task feature, you can flick between the different apps as though it was turning a page. Absolutely fantastic if you are doing homework or whatever.

        Now the cloud has been introduced you can sync all apple devices together so if you were on your Ipad 2 and you downloaded a song from the itunes store, then (providing your computer was on and connected to the internet) it would automatically be added to your itunes library on your computer.

        Downsides:

        There aren't many but here they are -

        The glare off of the screen if in the wrong light can be very off-putting. This is the big difference between a kindle and an Ipad 2 for reading books.
        The price is hefty if you are just looking for something to use for web browsing or if you want something that will process pictures/videos. For £600 there are a lot of good desktop/laptops out there which will do it faster but of course it's not as portable.
        Compared to other tablets which may use android, you are restricted as to what software you can use.


        Overall this is fantastic product that is of great benefit to me and like all apple products, you pay for the quality and durability at that price. This will last several years if treated properly so a worthy purchase in my view.

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        29.12.2011 21:50
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        A great camera

        I bought this camera for use in my month travelling across Europe the summer just gone. I wanted something better than a point and shoot but my budget couldn't stretch to a full blown SLR so after much deliberation i opted for the hybrid. All i can say is WOW! I am a beginner when it comes to photography but even i noticed the functional capability of the FZ45. The lens is made by a well known and prestigious company Leica so quality is guaranteed.

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        The camera itself has many different programs on the dial which i had to spend a good two days of playing around with the camera to really appreciate. It has a 24x optical zoom and then on top of that the intelligent zoom kicks in and brings it to 32x. This will produce a 14.1 Megapixel photograph which can then be zoomed in on further to incredible detail; enough to see a piece of pollen on a leaf from standing 15ft away. It is versatile in many different light settings as well as still or moving shots. Once the menu is opened for the settings, nearly anything can be changed to exactly how you want it for instance ISO, face recognition/detection etc.
        It also takes HD quality movies as well which are accompanied by a powerful microphone that is very sensitive to noise.

        Hardware-wise the camera has a 3inch screen on the back and a pop-up flash which can get a bit annoying sometimes and feels quite flimsy. The big downside to this camera i feel is that the lens cannot be removed so if it gets scratched then you will have to buy a new camera... This is not good news and so as i was on a budget i bought a UV filter for 5 pounds to attach onto the front of the lens to prevent any scratching. This also makes it easier to clean. You can buy lenses to attach onto the existing lens however these, like all lenses, are expensive. I think this is the main thing which differentiates this hybrid from the full blown SLR cameras.

        Back on to the plus side, the camera is small enough to carry round on your person without being too much of a hassle and quick to turn on when taking the photos. If you feel as though you will be taking lots of moving shots and you want the biggest file format RAW, then i would highly recommend splashing out on a good class 10 SDHC memory card as this will be able to handle the shots. If you get anything lower then you will find a lag when trying to take the second or third fast shot and the moment will have gone as i experienced with my cheap £17 memory card.

        All in all this is a brilliant camera for anyone looking to bridge the gap between the point and shoot and the SLR but feels that they don't know enough about photography to be able to utilise the camera fully. The camera will do the work for you, and if you want to explore photography then the camera will let you do that too but at your own pace.

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        • Sony ICD UX300 / Dictaphone / 6 Readings / 4 Ratings
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          13.03.2011 17:03

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          Nice handy ptoduct

          I bought this so that i could use it in lectures at university for when i wanted to recall something which had been taught to me.

          To start off it is not the most stylish of dictaphones but once you get past the outside, the features are well worth the eyesore. It has a 4GB flash memory which allows for 45-1000 hours of recording. It varies so much becuase it depends on what quality you record it in as you can choose from recording straight away in MP3, AAC or WMA format, all 3 of which are acceptable quality. This little device managed to pick up the voice of a very quiet lecturer from about 8m away so it has a very good range on it.

          In terms of power it has two options, you can use just a single normal AAA battery and replace them each time or you can buy a rechargeable AAA battery and recharge it every time via the USB socket, which is also how you download everything you have recorded back onto your PC or Mac. One battery will last around 70 hours recording time

          It has a built-in 90mW speaker, built-in microphone as well as a built in LCD display. It weighs roughly 60 grams which is hardly noticeable when it's in your pocket so overall a great little product.

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        • Sony RDR-HXD790 / DVD Recorder / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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          13.03.2011 16:40

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          A fantastic box of technology

          I bought this box for the intended purpose to record tv whilst i was away driving or doing other things so i could watch them at a later date and that's exactly what it allowed me to do.

          The Recorder itself is a good looking, versatile box with lots of neat little features which can be accessed through the menu on the remote. Setup is quick, easy and is ready to go with both analogue and digital tuners picking up a good 100 or so channels between them (although the analogue one won't be of any use after the digital switchover). It worked seamlessly with the sky box allowing me to access the sky tv guide and select the programs i wanted to watch. It has a series link option which is really handy for anyone who wants to record a whole series as the recorder will automatically pick up each episode for you! In terms of dubbing quality you have a wide range of choice between very low quality to extremely high quality, although it's hard to fit more than one tv show onto a dvd at extremely high quality. It plays back dvds too so this can replace any existing dvd player you may own and has a 160gb hard drive to store all the recorded shows on.

          I love the editing ability you have on the machine before you dub. It allows you to chop out all of the adverts within a minute or so and if there are little tail bits of adverts remaining afterwards you can do it frame by frame. You can delete any unwanted videos in a matter of seconds and the dubbing itself only takes about 10 minutes depending on the quality.You get so much control over what you can dub onto a dvd it's a great piece of kit to have in home.

          The downsides are that if you lose the remote, your recorder becomes pretty much useless in terms of dubbing and editing. You can still manually record and play dvds but not much else.

          If i could go back and purchase again the only thing i would change is the size of the hard drive. 160GB doesn't get you very far in this day and age. Personally i feel this is something much mroe worthwhile than a sky+ box as it is free to use minus the initial cost of course!

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        • LG 42LD490 / LCD TV / 15 Readings / 12 Ratings
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          A great tv

          With the screen being 42" LCD and 1080p, watching, gaming or viewing photos is a real pleasure. I have Sky HD with this tv and the football, movies and everything else just looks stunning. It comes with freeview HD built in so that if you don't want to pay the premium for Sky you can still enjoy high definition picture quality.

          It is very easy to setup with the screen being relatively light and the swivel stand attaching very easily. It tunes within a matter of minutes. The feature i like most about this tv is that it has parental control built into the set itself so that when the kids come home from school, i have the piece of mind they aren't seeing things they shouldn't be at a young age. It has built in speakers which are quite good but its better to have external speakers set up. All the sockets at the back are colour coded so it's easy to attach any external devices such as a set-top box or DVD player.

          It has a contrast ratio of 60000:1 which gives it great clarity on dark scenes in movies. The menus are all easily accessible and easy to navigate. In terms of looks, it's black with glossy edges making the screen seem that much bigger and its not so big that it dominates a room when you enter it.

          Overall a fantastic machine and would happily buy again in a flash.

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          a fantastic product

          The ipod touch 4G 32Gb is a must have mp3 player in modern society. Not only does it play your mp3 files but it lets you create playlists on the go but also allows you to have internet access, play games and even edit word documents before being able to wirelessly send them to your printer (assuming it's wireless too). It is essentially a pocket computer which enables the user to work, play and relax on the move. It has bluetooth built in as well as wifi access and has volume control buttons on both the headphones and the side of the ipod itself. It has two cameras, one on the front and one on the back which can be used for free internet video calling to other ipods/iphones and mac users. You can edit movies and photos as you take them and then post them online to either facebook or email them to other member of your family. The battery life is good with a lithium-ion battery lasting aorund 3 days on a fuill charge.

          Definitely worth the price tag for all these marvellous benefits all builtinto a stylish mp3 palyer.

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          • Dualit 72502 / Kettle / 5 Readings / 2 Ratings
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            13.02.2011 22:38

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            A good kettle to buy

            This model also comes in black but it is exactly the same in terms of features. It has a power outage of 2.3kw and can boil 1.5l of water (which is it's maximum capacity for water) within a couple of minutes. It has a limescale filter so it reduces the amount of limescale that ends up in your drink over a long period of time making tea taste better. It is cordless which helps to reduce accidents during pouring and the handle is perfectly placed so that you have control over the kettle whilst not at risk from a steam burn. The water level tells you when to stop adding water so that it doesn't bubble over when boiling and is relatively modern looking. On top of this you get a 1 year guarantee in case anything goes wrong with it so it gives you some peace of mind.

            For the price i think this kettle is relatively reasonable and the handle for me is the big plus as i get fed up with nearly scolding myself every time i pour a cup of tea. The size is pretty good and it's cordless so it is safe. I would recommend this.

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          • M-Audio AV 40 / Speaker / 8 Readings / 3 Ratings
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            A great set of speakers

            With speakers and other music-related products, money needs to be spent to get good quality. Speakers need to have a good range of high, mid-range and low pitches which can be distinctly identified by the listener. This is exactly what these speakers provide. A power outage of 40 watts provides a nice growly bass sound whilst still leaving room for the higher pitches. I play both classical and rock music through these speakers and both sound crystal clear with vocals sounding particularly good. The speakers in terms of structure are solidly built and can be turned up to high volumes without a loss of clarity or without added vibrato. They aren't too conspicuous but still don't stick out if using them for a cd player or computer.

            The price for the quality of the speakers is excellent as you can pay several hundred more pounds unnecessarily for something of a similar quality of sound. The only downside from my point of view is the looks but that's just a personal preference. Overall a lovely sounding set of speakers.

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