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    • Bosch SKT5002GB / Dishwasher / 5 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      08.09.2010 22:23
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      wonderful for busy or housework allergic singles

      This is a brilliant time and effort saver if you are a single person household and have enough kitchen space for it - and in my view worth every penny of the cost, which is very high proportionate to full size dishwashers.
      It's size is about as large as an old fashioned draining board, so you either need to permanently give it space on a worktop close to the taps, or place it on a shelf in a cupboard under the sink or close to the water supply. Mine is on a shelf in the base unit adjacent to my sink unit and the plumbing has been done just as if it was a full size dishwasher by plumbing it to the mains for the inlet and to the undersink waste pipe for the outlet instead of attaching it to the sink taps. If there was worktop space this dishwasher would be ideal for someone who has difficulty bending to load, reach inside or empty a normal floorstanding dishwaasher
      In operation I have found it to be very quiet and very good at getting things clean provided they are packed sensibly so that the water can get at every surface. For economy I've mainly used the fastest programme and occasionally the rinse programme if not enough dirties have accumulated after 24 hours. Because of its width the dishwasher can take larger items than a slimline dishwasher - which I had at my previous home. So it swallows up a 10" frying pan with glass lid and the glass plate from the microwave. They all come out sparkling. The cutlery holder can be moved around to suit the load and there is a small upper rack which is convenient for long utensils and odd small items. As with any dishwasher it's best to remove the worst of the grease beforehand. The salt and rinse aid are easy to fill and the indicators are easy to read for top ups.
      As it's capacity is so much smaller than a conventional dishwasher, all the fancy tablets are too large - only a small amount of dishwasher powder is needed.
      Mine is still too new to report reliability - less than 12 months use, but I have a friend with a secondhand one which he has used 3 times a day for nearly 5 years problem free.

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    • Acoustic Energy Aego M / Speaker / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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      09.08.2010 14:55
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      amazing quality at very fair price,

      The sound quality from these speakers is just wonderful. I'm of an age to downsize and wanted to save space so I wanted a way to combine a stereo system with quality sound from TV, radio and laptop. And Acoustic Energy AegoM fits the bill to perfection. As the salesman said to me, this company are hi fi specialists who have moved into the computer market bringing their sound expertise with them. Other brands have started from the computer end to fill the market for games players who wanted loud crash whoosh kerplunk noises. I won't describe the set up in detail as earlier reviewers have done that. I have the white version which fits well with any décor. They aren't cheap but are worth every penny.

      I seem cursed with other equipment with poor or cheap sound systems. So the AE system is mainly used to substitute for the widescreen TV speakers. I also connect to a very old cheap radio and cassette deck from its microphone socket to the subwoofer input and the sound immediately becomes top quality. I also use the laptop to listen to music and connect in the same way. When I want to watch a DVD on the laptop, I also use the Creative Labs X Mod and get surround sound with no loss of quality

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    • Panasonic TX-32LE7FA / LCD TV / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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      09.08.2010 14:15
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      ok, but not wonderful for the price

      The TX-32LED7FA was bought from a local supplier who did the initial setting up and tuning in for me. It is proving fairly reliable and the picture quality is good. It's easy to use via the remote control. Start up takes a few seconds for the red light to go on, and a few seconds more for the green light which brings up the channels. Sometimes the green light doesn't come on and I have to switch off at the mains and start again. I always switch the TV off at the wall socket when not in use as these LCD TVs use a lot of electricity when left on standby and, according to the specification, this model uses 1 watt.
      Changing channels is easy and so is normal volume control- but see next paragraph. Otherwise, getting to grips with the intricacies of the remote control was a steep learning curve. Since buying the TV I've changed to cable and have learned how to re-name and re-order the channels to my preferences.
      The big criticism of the TV is the sound system. It is very poor. The speakers are set to either side of the screen and direct sound sideways so that when you sit in front of the screen you have to turn the sound up to hear well, but at the corners of the room it is blaring out. This is not good for getting on with the neighbours. My solution is to permanently connect my stereo sound system to the TV via the audio out connections and have placed my stereo speakers centrally under the TV screen. The downside of this is that I can no longer control the TV volume from the remote control.
      The instruction book says how to connect various external devices but does not include how to connect to a PC or laptop. This is possible, however, using the AV3 connection which is also used for connecting a DVD player, camcorder, set top box and game equipment (none of which I use). The onscreen menu did not make it clear how to access AV3 only AV1 and AV2 and I had to find a techie person to talk me through this (concealed options requiring a right click). The TV does not have a VGA input so I have had to go SVideo to SVideo and use a separate cable for the sound. This is not ideal.

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