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The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers
The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers
by Nicholas G. Irving
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.11
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short, but Deadly Spec-Ops Deployment …, November 26, 2015
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With plenty of modern combat narratives to read these days, it’s just a matter of finding the right one. I saw Nicholas Irving speak as a guest on a news show a month ago and was impressed with his no-nonsense manner of speaking. I decided to pick up THE REAPER to learn a little more about how he earned his credentials. While the book was a little slow to start, Irving’s account of his brief deployment in Afghanistan provides several gripping moments that offer another unique perspective of what the US military faces in Afghanistan.

Irving is credited with 33+ kills over a four month span in Afghanistan as an Army Ranger. While his kill tally may have earned him the “Reaper” nickname, this book is not a kill-by-kill record. Instead, Irving opts to summarize seminal events that led him to become a Ranger and a sniper and focus on the moments that impacted him the most. Much of the book centers on the bond and mutual dependency experienced on a sniper team. Irving was paired with two individuals during the course his tour that were quite different. Irving does a good job illustrating his thoughts and actions throughout, giving readers a simplified, but comprehensive view of his experience in Afghanistan. We get a vivid depiction of the harrowing uncertainty facing those serving in such a desolate place.

Irving tells his story matter-of-factly … there are no chest-thumping moments. Despite his prowess with a rifle, Irving presents himself as quite humble, even to the point of relaxing his rank around lower-ranked team-members with longer service records. Rather than detailing every mission, Irving opts to focus on those that he obviously felt were the most challenging and dangerous. His encounter with an enemy sniper known as “the Chechen” is one such mission; one that the author was fortunate enough to live through. Another close call that was particularly interesting was his being hunted by a roaming truck-mounted “Dushka” (heavy machine gun) that had him pinned down in a ditch of raw sewage with no avenue of escape. He details the elimination of some targets, but doesn’t dwell on tallies. In fact, one of the more memorable moments in the book didn’t even involve eliminating a target, but centered on his spotter falling into a “hole” while they were heading to an assigned location at night. This seemingly innocent event proved to be much more involved because the “hole” was estimated to be up to 80 ft. deep and required a difficult/dangerous helicopter extraction. Irving’s last mission proved to be one of the most bizarre combat encounters I’ve ever read about.

THE REAPER is a solid combat memoir; it is certainly worth reading. I found Irving’s account providing a unique viewpoint of the war in Afghanistan. It illustrates that the danger being faced doesn’t simply come from the Taliban, but the environment itself. The book also re-affirms the competence, leadership and fortitude that the American Special Operations soldier is known for.

SPRI Chest Expander Exercise Band
SPRI Chest Expander Exercise Band
Price: $29.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Limited, but Effective … if Used Properly …, November 24, 2015
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As a gym rat, I have mixed views of portable exercise products as they are generally limited in what they offer and the repetitive nature of their use frequently results in boredom, ineffective use and even injury. With that being said, if properly used, exercise bands can be a terrific supplement to most any exercise regimen and can do wonders in terms of rehabbing from an injury. The SPRI CHEST EXPANDER EXERCISE BAND offers solid resistance in a convenient package, especially for an occasional home workout or travel, but I find its purpose rather restrictive.


The SPRI CHEST EXPANDER is an exercise tool that targets the shoulders and the upper back. The device is essentially two specially designed handles that connect up to 3 equally resistant rubber “tubes”. When the tube(s) are in place, pulling the handles apart increases resistance. The user can opt to use only a single tube for minimal resistance, two tubes for “medium” resistance or all three tubes for maximum resistance. When connected, the distance between the exercise handles is approximately 24”.


- The handles. Spaced foam-grip handles are solidly built and allow sure handling … something that is extremely important considering the dangerous sling-shot effect that would be caused by losing grip of a handle when the band is expanded. The locking mechanism that holds the bands in place is unique and well-thought out, with safety in mind. Another aspect of the handles I like is that the nylon strap which passes through the grip is connected at two points creating a “squared” effect that keeps the grip in place. Grips that connect at a single point create a “triangle” effect that can cause the grip to slide to one side which can result in injury.

- The bands are solid and offer significant resistance, even when only a single band is used. Using all three bands will prove to be significantly challenging to most users.

- The overall simplicity and portability of the product. Two handles, three bands … that’s it. The ease of connecting/removing the bands allows you keep everything together. If you only need to use one band? Simply take off the other two bands, do your exercises and reattach the two bands when you’re done … no storage bag is needed.


- There are only a handful of specific exercises this band is designed to perform. The single page instruction sheet that accompanies the chest expander graphically shows the 4 main exercises. While one can be creative and test other exercises at their own risk (like stepping on one handle to perform curls), I would recommend sticking to exercises that require both handles to be held. This limited number of exercises, combined with the considerable number of reps required to actually be effective can get rather boring.

- The specific exercises used with the chest expander all incorporate the rather delicate muscles involved with shoulder rotation and even testing the resistance of two or three bands can cause injury. I would seriously recommend starting with a single band and perfect the exercises for extended repetitions before considering any additional bands. I have yet to find the specific resistance the bands offer weight-wise, but it is considerable.

While the use of the SPRI CHEST EXPANDER is limited to a handful of exercises, it still serves a purpose. I like the design and the easy of adjusting resistance. This device is a nice, portable addition to a home gym and is great for those who can’t use a gym when traveling.

Swiss Legend Men's 21819P-11-SB Neptune Force Analog Display Swiss Quartz Silver Watch
Swiss Legend Men's 21819P-11-SB Neptune Force Analog Display Swiss Quartz Silver Watch
Price: $72.85

4.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Bold and Massive …, November 12, 2015
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For those who like to wear watches that command attention (apparently an on-going trend these days), the SWISS LEGEND NEPTUNE FORCE is definitely a watch worth considering … it’s an “in your face” timepiece that offers the bare essentials (time and date).

With a face that is 52mm in diameter and a 19mm thick case body, this stainless steel watch feels as heavy as it looks. For me, the simplicity of the watch is what stands out the most. Silver band and case, offset by a black face with large white numbers in the 3, 6, 9 and 12 positions that, unfortunately, don’t glow in darkness. A date window is in the 4:00 position. Time and date … no superfluous gadgetry and multiple mini-dials to fool with … just the essentials.

Accenting the NEPTUNE FORCE is a silver bezel with black numbers; the bezel can be moved counter-clockwise. Like the date, the watch crown is in the 4:00 position and must be unscrewed and pulled to operate. The wall of the case body is banded in black rubber that offers a gripping surface that makes it easier to turn the bezel as well as offering an aesthetic visual counter to the silver watchband and case.

I found the watchband (dual push button with a fold over clasp) somewhat tricky to operate one-handed … it takes a little practice to get comfortable with its operation. Like the watch, the band is huge as well. I’m a 5’11” 220lb male with a powerlifting and bodybuilding background and I needed to remove 4 links from the band to ensure a snug fit. Getting the watch to secure firmly on the wrist was important as the weight of the case will take advantage of any slack and move freely. If you plan to adjust the band yourself, be aware that the pins cannot simply be pushed through … they need to be unscrewed with a tiny flathead screwdriver and pulled out with pliers (pins need to be pushed and screwed-in to re-insert). I was also a little disappointed that as rugged as it appears, it is only water resistant to 330 feet, not that it really matters, but another Swiss Legend watch (a dress watch) I own is water resistant up to 660 feet.

Honestly, for most people, the NEPTUNE FORCE may be too big and heavy for everyday use … it’s more of a showpiece for occasional use (can’t imagine the size of a watch named after Zeus). Regardless, if you want a massive watch that grabs attention, looks good and covers the basics (time and date) … look no further.

Swiss Legend Men's 16526SM-SR-104 Legasea Two-Tone Stainless Steel Watch
Swiss Legend Men's 16526SM-SR-104 Legasea Two-Tone Stainless Steel Watch
Price: $148.83
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4.0 out of 5 stars Professional and Sporty …, November 12, 2015
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I’m not familiar with Swiss Legend watches, but the LEGASEA is a fine-looking and well-functioning timekeeper.

This watch is a nice accessory for anyone wanting a flexible watch that is suitable for a professional environment and a casual evening out. The mother-of-pearl face, combined with the gold bezel, gold numbered dials and the two-tone (gold/silver) segmented band is quite eye-catching. While the watch is subtly sophisticated, the case body is rather thick at 11mm … this, combined with the stainless-steel band adds a degree of heft that makes the watch shift on the wrist if the band isn’t sized for a snug fit (I had to remove one link).

Some of the features this watch possesses are more visually appealing than necessary. For example, the face of the watch includes 3 separate smaller dials for day of the week, date of the month and a 24 hour clock. My issue with these dials is that they are so small; the small gold numbers/letters are washed-out by the mother-of-pearl background and the dials are difficult to read. For me, these separate dials (and their push-button adjustors on the watch side are more for appearance-sake than anything important.

What I do like is the watchband’s release clasp that requires two “buttons” to be pinched simultaneously. The design eliminates the clasp normally associated with stainless steel watchbands and doesn’t disrupt the link pattern of the band (gives the appearance of an elastic wristband, but with a much more secure fit). I also like that this watch is water resistant up to 200m … since this isn’t the type of watch one would likely wear to go deep sea diving, water damage isn’t an issue.

Understanding that watches are more of an accessory than a necessity these days, I definitely think the LEGASEA is a nice addition for those wanting a versatile timekeeper that combines sophistication with a hint of ruggedness.

The Lonely Planet Kids Travel Book: Mind-Blowing Stuff on Every Country in the World
The Lonely Planet Kids Travel Book: Mind-Blowing Stuff on Every Country in the World
by Lonely Planet Kids
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.02
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3.0 out of 5 stars What Defines a “Country”?, November 12, 2015
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Superficially, THE LONELY PLANET KIDS TRAVEL BOOK offers a fun, graphic-intensive and trivia-laden presentation of “every country in the world”. Unfortunately, this nicely packaged resource is marred by editors who took it upon themselves to interpret what is and isn’t a country. While the book definitely has redeeming qualities, it contains selective and misleading information.


- A single fact-filled page designated to each region/country that is chock full of interesting bits of information. Each page includes a “fact card” that offers basic information: a general synopsis, a drawing of the country and flag, population and area data (with their rank in the world). Oddly, the average life expectancy (and its world rank) is also included.

- Each page has several photos and drawings that illustrate identifiable, lesser-known and even obscure aspects of each place being depicted. Every graphic is accompanied with a brief, but informative textual explanation. I found the presentation quite appealing and like the succinctness the page-per-place format offers. The factoids are certainly interesting in that they are varied and unique (food, traditions, structures, native animals, global contributions, etc.)


- The places are grouped by continent. Within each continent, the places appear to be organized in a geographical nature instead of alphabetically. This makes it more difficult to quickly reference a specific place without looking it up in the index.

- The biggest issue I have is that the editors personally decided what was and wasn’t a country. Tibet is a region of China, like it or not. Hong Kong is a special administrative region. People may want Palestine to be recognized as country, but, as of now, it isn’t. The inhabitants of the United Kingdom may not be happily “united”, but Northern Ireland, Wales, England and Scotland are not countries. Other questionable “countries” include Kosovo and Taiwan. For true educational purposes, the editors could have/should have included an additional chapter that explained the reality of disputed and/or autonomous regions. Instead of being up-front and accurate, the editors opt to for a feel-good approach and simply present the world in the manner they believe it should be (try bypassing Chinese authority when travelling to Tibet). Considering what regions are labeled as countries, I’m surprised Greenland gets the “cold-shoulder”.

This book’s potential is tainted by politics and that’s a shame, because it could be great. It calls itself a travel book, but comes across more like a selective encyclopedic resource. Maybe the editors should have used PLACE instead of the word “country” in the book’s title … and drop the beef with Greenland … you can travel there too.

GGI International Watch Repair Tool Kit
GGI International Watch Repair Tool Kit
Offered by Jomashop
Price: $9.98
15 used & new from $3.38

4.0 out of 5 stars A Tremendous Value …, November 10, 2015
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If you want to do simple watch repairs like replacing batteries and/or adjusting watch bands, you can’t beat the value of this watch repair tool kit. All the tools in this kit are sufficient and of decent enough quality to conduct general repairs/adjustments on most all common watch bands (even Rolex). While some watches may be delicate or expensive enough to warrant a professional care, I’m all for doing something at home in lieu of driving somewhere to pay someone else to do it for me … on their schedule.

While I’ve read complaints about the lack of “quality” and of tools breaking, I learned the hard way that not knowing how or when to use the various tools is more likely the problem, not the tools themselves. For example, I tried to use the pin pushing tool and bent it, only to discover (with the assistance of a magnifying glass) that the pin couldn’t be pushed out … I needed the tiny screwdriver to unscrew the pin and the pull the pin out with the pliers. This presents the only real problem I have with this tool kit … the absence of any instructions explaining what each tool is designed to do and how/when to use it.

Factoring the cost of this kit, I really can’t complain about anything. The money I saved in gas, time and fees adjusting two watchbands at home represent a considerable return on such a small investment.

Aside from the lack of general instructions, my only complaint was that the pin pushing tool is coated with some sort of chalky blue substance that stained my fingers. Other than that, this kit was worth every penny.

Bogs Women's Sidney Lace Plaid Rain Boot, Black/Multi, 8 M US
Bogs Women's Sidney Lace Plaid Rain Boot, Black/Multi, 8 M US
Price: $119.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars These Boots are Made for Stompin’ …, November 10, 2015
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My wife has a pair of knee-high Bogs rain boots and she loves them more for their comfort and appeal than keeping her feet/lower legs completely dry (and warm). The SIDNEY LACE PLAID RAIN BOOT is exemplary of Bogs’ tradition of offering superbly designed, extremely functional and stylish rain boots.

These rugged rain boots look like something you’d see a Scottish military regiment sporting. Rubber lace-up combat boots with a tartan pattern panel on the boot’s outer sleeve and tongue. These boots are approximately 8 inches tall, with 5 rows of lace grommets topped by 2 rows of lace hooks that make the boots easier to get on and off. Also present are the BOGS standard cutout “handles” on the upper sides that assist with putting the boots on.

- They are totally waterproof … even the tartan material

- The upper half (toe-area) is extremely roomy

- The foot bed is well-cushioned and the upper interior is insulated with a material that wick moisture/sweat

- The boot sole is molded with layered heel. A floral design comprises the tread on the heel and the sole.

The SIDNEY LACE PLAID RAIN BOOT is a fashionable looking combat boot that is built to take on anything nature has to offer (rain, snow, mud, etc.) and still keep your feet warm and most importantly, DRY. These are favored over her knee-high BOGS because they easy-on/easy-off and are perfect with a pair of jeans. Aside from being extremely comfortable, they may contribute a desire to seek puddles to walk through.

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin
Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin
by Timothy Snyder
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.83
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5.0 out of 5 stars Explaining the Numbers …, November 10, 2015
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True or not, Joseph Stalin is often credited with stating: “If only one man dies of hunger, that is a tragedy. If millions die, that’s only statistics.” That broadly applied quote certainly rings true when one factors how little value human life had in Eastern Europe between 1930 and 1953 (encompassing the crux of Stalin and Hitler’s reigns). With BLOODLANDS, Timothy Snyder sifts through millions upon millions of needless deaths at the hands of two bloodthirsty regimes and draws logical conclusions as to how and why the simple statistics often overshadow the underlying tragedy.

The experience of reading “Black Earth” (Snyder’s most recent work) prompted me to go back and read BLOODLANDS; I was glad I did. While both books exemplify a deep, personal approach by the author to present the subject matter in a scholarly manner, I found “Black Earth” to be more provocative and ambitious than I would have preferred, with the author dragging the issue of “climate change” at the end of the book. BLOODLANDS, on the other hand, digs deep into the unimaginable horrors endured by those living in specific region of Europe. A region that, for 20+ years, served as a carcass that was ripped apart and fought over by two ravenous lions (Stalin and Hitler).

What made BLOODLANDS such a compelling read? Mainly, it is the manner in which the author presents the material. After reading countless volumes addressing individual aspects of modern Eastern European history that includes Stalin’s purges, designed famine, World War II, ethnic cleansing and the Holocaust, I have yet to read a book that encompasses such a broad, yet thorough, analysis of the region that bore the brunt of all these tragedies. Snyder manages to examine the significant complexities associated with all these horrific events and merge them as one elongated period of suffering delivered by different hands. It is from this perspective that readers will better understand the more intricate nature of tragedy amid the gaudy death counts that characterize this period of time. Chronologically written, the book introduces the effects of Stalin’s failed attempts to industrialize the beleaguered Soviet Union by collectivizing farms and eventually starving, murdering or imprisoning entire rural regions. The death toll from famine and political purging is already in the millions before Adolph Hitler sets forth with his plans for Eastern Europe. Snyder bookends the disaster of World War II and the Holocaust with pre- and post-war actions directed by Stalin against his own people. Snyder purposefully makes it difficult to simply label either Stalin or Hitler as being “more evil” than the other … the book is too deep to draw such a simple conclusion. Starvation, mass murder, imprisonment and ethnic cleansing were tools used by both dictators to achieve desired goals and the mounting millions of dead simply became a tool of justification (you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs).

What I really appreciated about BLOODLANDS was that it provided a clearer understanding of the dilemma faced by those living between Hitler and Stalin (the “bloodlands”) … approximately 100 million people comprising large ethnic groups deemed undesirable in one way or another. Subject to being successively occupied by the Soviets and the Germans (and in places like Poland, Belarus and the Ukraine … the Soviets again) there was nowhere to go … no escape. Collaborating with one occupier generally meant death when the other occupier gained/re-gained control. The desperation described by those put in this position is quite palpable and summed up quite succinctly in a poem written by a Polish Home Army soldier fighting the Germans in Warsaw and waiting for relief from the Red Army: “We await you, red plague / To deliver us from the black death”. This region was where the majority of all deaths on the Eastern Front occurred … it is the site of the Katyn massacre, the pits of Babi Yar, all of the extermination camps, the Jewish ghettos and thousands of villages/towns burned to the ground. The Holocaust has its place in the book, but only represents a part of the whole story. Snyder does a good job in keeping focus on the plight of the overall region, not just the Jews (although anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe doesn’t end with Germany’s defeat). The history presented throughout the book, while sobering enough, is accentuated with individual accounts that provide a deeper perspective of the ongoing inhumanity that this part of Europe endured for more than 20 years.

The bulk of BLOODLANDS lends itself to the period of the Second World War, but, in essence the bloodshed didn’t start with the war and it doesn’t end with the war. Postwar Stalin directives led to many more deaths in the form of Gulag internments and forced relocations. Throughout the book, the death tolls from various actions (large and small) are hammered out on a regular basis and the reader is somewhat numbed by these figures from the beginning (they simply become statistics). At the book’s conclusion, Snyder examines the numbers and effectively manages to convey these statistics for what they truly are: millions of individual tragedies. He also offers clarification to the West, which tends to associate the concentration camps liberated in western Germany as examples of the killing in the East. He points out that concentration camps were never designed to kill and the deaths at those camps were more consequential than intentional … all the extermination camps were located in the “bloodlands”.

BLOODLANDS is one of the better history books I’ve read in years. While I have numerous volumes that detail specific events in the same period of history, none of them collectively illustrate the misery and atrocity as concisely as this book does. BLOODLANDS certainly provides a much better understanding of one of the darkest and most misunderstood periods of the modern era.

OtterBox MYSYMMETRY Series iPhone 6/6s Case - Retail Packaging - ROYAL CRYSTAL (CLEAR/ROYAL BLUE)
OtterBox MYSYMMETRY Series iPhone 6/6s Case - Retail Packaging - ROYAL CRYSTAL (CLEAR/ROYAL BLUE)
Price: $31.62

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3.0 out of 5 stars Neat Idea That Could Be Improved …, October 26, 2015
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I generally think OtterBox makes decent cases and I really like my OtterBox Defender case. Understandably, many prefer a less bulky case that still provides descent protection. The MYSYMMETRY SERIES case (for iPhone6/6s) is a step in the right direction with its practical protective design and ability to be infinitely customized. But, this case has the same problem I’ve experienced with other slim cases … it is harder to securely grip the phone.


A simple one-piece shell with a hard, colored plastic edge the snuggly surrounds the phone. The back of the case is enclosed with hard, clear plastic that exposes the entire back of the phone. You simply have to snap the phone into the case and it’s ready to use. The protective features are relatively simple. The case sides are made of hard plastic (curved at the corners) designed to absorb common drops (3-5 feet). The case’s wraparound edge is raised and beveled for modest screen protection … there is no screen cover. Other than the edging on the case’s face and a few parts on the sides where the buttons are, the case is smooth plastic and it is slick.


The clear plastic back makes it possible for users to customize the back of the phone with any design, picture or pattern they want. While OtterBox offers a number of unique inserts that can be purchased, one can go to a website ( that offers a template and instructions for people to create their own inserts. I really thought this was cool and I started making my own inserts shortly after receiving this case. I felt the template was a little “off”, but I played around with it until I found the perfect fit. In about an hour, I ended up making 20 custom inserts and laminated them with 5mm sheets. In my opinion, this was the case’s biggest attribute. It would be nice if you could change the inserts without having to remove the phone from the case to do so (maybe with a slit at the top or bottom of the case that you could open/close)


- I have large hands that are perpetually dry from work and/or the gym. This case’s slim plastic design makes it harder for me to securely hold my phone. With the entire back of the phone being smooth plastic, the scant rubber on the sides isn’t sufficient to keep my phone from slipping out of my hands.

- The clear plastic back is great for customization, but the slightly beveled edging is not enough to deter scratching that could really junk-up your phone’s appearance after a while.

- I honestly think OtterBox could address both of these issues and still keep the slim design.

While I love the ability to make my phone/case appear unique, the modest screen protection and the slick plastic sides makes my regular use of this case a disaster waiting to happen. I feel the MYSYMMETRY case is better suited for those with smaller, softer hands (more assured grip). I will definitely use this case on occasion (I’m having fun scaring my daughters with my creepy, homemade “Annabelle” insert), but I’m going back to my trusted OtterBox Defender case for every day use.

Planet Audio P395UAB Bluetooth Enabled, CD/MP3 Compatible, AM/FM Receiver
Planet Audio P395UAB Bluetooth Enabled, CD/MP3 Compatible, AM/FM Receiver
Offered by JB Tool Sales
Price: $58.09
16 used & new from $49.38

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4.0 out of 5 stars Installing Aside, a Solid Receiver …, October 26, 2015
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Tired of bland factory-installed brick of a stereo in your vehicle? The PLANET AUDIO P395UAB provides some extremely nice features that don’t cost a mint. This is a good thing as (depending on your vehicle make/model) you’ll likely need the extra cash to purchase the peripherals necessary to properly install the thing.

This receiver has some really nice features:

- Single CD drive
- Auxiliary, USB and SD card inputs
- Bluetooth capability
- Detachable face
- Remote control

This is a universally designed Single DIN receiver that fits a multitude of make/model vehicles. When properly installed, it functions quite well. I like the simplicity of this receiver’s design and, more importantly, its interface. Too many high-level after-market receivers look and operate like a mini-NASA command center … too many buttons, lights and unnecessary functions (texting isn’t the only distracted driving issue). The P395UAB provides nice features with little operational fuss … allowing you to focus more on the road. The Bluetooth is responsive and sounds crisp and I’m a big fan of the SD card option as I generally opt to keep an extensive, organized library on a small 32GB USB drive that juts out of the receiver. The SD card option gives me a much more subtle option for having my music library on hand (who needs CDs these days anyway?)

The only downside to this receiver was the installation process. Generally, I have always preferred to order after-market stereos that include custom-made installation kits suited to my vehicle’s specifics. This was being installed into a 2009 Nissan Altima. Unfortunately, while I love my Nissans, replacing the factory-installed garbage always requires additional accessories. In this particular vehicle’s case, the dashboard face not only incorporates the stereo, but the temp control system and 3 vents as well … a significant and sizeable part that needs to be replaced with a compatible dash that may or may not suitably match the color of your vehicle’s interior. Additionally, the vehicle has a steering wheel control system (and my wife wasn’t about to replace that convenience with a remote control) … another necessary (and costly) accessory. With this particular vehicle, the additional costs associated with installation proved to be more expensive than I initially anticipated. While the stereo is terrific, it is advisable to look a little deeper than simply seeing if the receiver is “compatible”. In my case, being compatible with the make and model didn’t factor the use of a steering wheel control. Ultimately, the PLANET AUDIO P395UAB proved to be a winner by delivering so many additional features my wife never really appreciated until she finally got a chance to experience them.

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