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BeoPlay H3 Red
BeoPlay H3 Red
Offered by Bang & Olufsen
Price: $199.00
3 used & new from $199.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly perfect for the right demographic, April 12, 2014
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This review is from: BeoPlay H3 Red (Electronics)
After trying countless pairs and brands of "earbuds", "in-ear monitors", "cans", "headphones", and speakers -- particularly in the post Beats by Dr Dre era, I have come to realize something -- there are folks that believe that the true testament and quality of a headphone is by how much bass it can put out (seemingly the majority of consumers based on what is offered these days).

And then there are consumers who are looking for the most accurate representation of their music. It comes into the "monitors" vs "headphones". Monitors try to get the most pure sound from the sound source -- to let the listener control which frequencies sound best based on equalizer settings. Headphones assume all you want is the most rump-shaking bass possible.

Most current ear-buds and headphones seem to optimize bass at the expense of the rest of the music. If you ever have had a car pull up to year where you are rocked to the very core by the bass, then most consumer-grade "headphones" try to reproduce the effect for your ears.

If you are looking for heavy bass and rump-shaking -- these are not the headphones you want -- you should search for Dr Dre or Monster. These are definitely at the "monitor"-end of the spectrum.

However, if you are looking for the purity of the music and the recording to which you are listening, then these are a very solid choice -- literally and figuratively.

B&O is known for producing the most accurate sound representation possible. I read many reviews that these aren't "targeted towards audiophiles"... I'm not sure what that means because they definitely eschew emphasizing bass at the expense of the rest of the music. "Balance" is a word that is used to frequently describe the sound of these earbuds and I would agree.

if you are just listening to these "stock", they will sound a little weak because we have gotten SOOOOO used to overbearing bass. However, through the use of Neutron Music player or other apps that provide a parametric equalizer, you can adjust these to what YOU think sounds best -- not what the manufacturer or the device think you should hear.

I listen to a diverse mixture of music -- with a lot of classical music (Bach Unaccompanied Violin, Chicago Symphony Orchestra playing Mahler and Brahms -- but a fair amount of Guns & Roses or Rage Against the Machine, and Adele, Annie Lennox, and yes, Alanis Morrisette (just saying because you oughta know!). These earbuds/monitors (whatever you want to call them) allows me to pick the right mix of settings to emphasize my preferences. Everything sounds pure -- just as the artist intended (whether that artist lived back in the 1600s or in the 2000s).

Build quality of the earpieces are solid as many of pointed out -- much like the build quality of my Macbook Pro -- solid aluminum. The cables and joins are pretty wimpy compared to the new breed of ear-buds -- they are comparable to my much beloved Shures from 6 years ago. However, with a 3-year warranty, I'm willing to take my chances (especially considering that I have tried exactly 2 different pair of Klipsch in-ear monitors and both have been defective out of the box where one of the channels was dead -- going to show that a big ole fat cable doesn't translate to build quality)

I wish there was a better choice of tips for the ear buds -- I prefer the Shure triple-flange tips because they tend to seal and stay in the best -- these just come with the standard shape in extra small, small, medium, and large. They fit pretty well as it is. The carrying case is excellent and I presume that they will help protect from the abuse while carrying them in my purse. Of course, they look and feel worthy of the B&O name.

So like everything in life, it comes down to what you want: do you want to listen to the music they way you feel it sounds best to you and the way it was recorded -- or do you want the bass to drown out everything else. If you are a bass-head, then you are not going to like these and their are less expensive choices available. However, if you are more into the purity of the music and you have a configurable music player, then you will find these to be very very good for your needs.

[NCJAR]


Amazon Fire TV
Amazon Fire TV
Price: $99.00

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Message to Time Warner Cable: Cutting the Cord and setting it on Fire!, April 10, 2014
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This review is from: Amazon Fire TV (Electronics)
So when I moved into my house last year, I made the obligatory call to TWC for internet and cable TV. The "bundled me" into a 200 dollar per month bill which includes 30 Mbs internet (in theory -- in reality, I never see that), telephone (which I don't use because I have Verizon home phone connect, and TV with whole house DVR, all the premium channels (which I never watch), HDTV etc.

After losing my job and having Time Warner get extremely nasty because I chose to spend what 200 bucks I had left on food and gas rather than paying them, AND the fact that they have THE WORST SERVICE (I had to swap out my box and waited in line for over an hour just to swap it out and then when the new box didn't work, wait yet another hour in line to get a 3rd box), I have decided NO MORE TWC.

Amazon Fire TV is the corner stone of my plan to cut the cord. I've only had it for awhile tonight but I am so far blown away. The voice recognition works flawlessly (ok -- 1400 reviewers here... raise your hand if your first search term was "Porn" -- yeah, I'm immature) Regardless of what inappropriate word or attempts to baffle the system my teenage son and I threw at it, it recognized EVERYTHING (with the exception of his Latin -- ok, Amazon fire doesn't recognize Latin ... but neither do I!)

Went to the YouTube app because that is a part of my plan to ditch TWC -- could I play shows that were on YouTube that I currently watch via cable. Check. Paired with my computer (a mac), I just searched for the video that I want, hit play on the computer and it automatically is displayed on my TV.

I've only had it unboxed for 1 hour so haven't tried Netflix or Hulu etc yet but one of the key activities I do a lot of is watching VOD from Amazon and it is SOOOOO much easier to do it using this device that via my BluRay player. Picture quality (even of standard def YouTube videos is nearly as good as cable).

The next step of my plan to ditch TWC is getting Fiber Optic DSL installed. Once that has occurred, I will be going from a 200 dollar per month monopoly to 55 bucks per month plus whatever I choose to spend on renting movies etc on demand. AND, I never have to wait in line for hours to swap out hardware that I'm "renting" from the cable company...

So for half the cost of 1 months worth of Time Warner, I'm going to be able to preserve what little is left of my sanity (which isn't much, given that I tried testing this out with "bad words" like a kindergartener) and the most fun I have had in awhile is listening to the cable customer service rep spend nearly an hour in trying to talk me out of not leaving (HIM: "what if we gave you everything you have now for 160? Then would you stay?" ME: "No... if you could provide the same level of service for 40 bucks less than you have been for the last year, why didn't you just do it then rather than making me pay over 40 bucks a month more than I needed to?" HIM: "What if I bumped up your internet bandwidth to the next tier for free?" ME: "Because I'm not even getting the advertised speed as it is")

Sorry, TWC -- you are no longer a monopoly. There is another game in town. Thank you Amazon for giving me that ability to cut the cord!

p.s. (BTW, based on my little "Porn" experience, I will DEFINITELY be setting up the parental controls!!)

[NCJAR]


God is Able
God is Able
by Priscilla Evans Shirer
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.69
59 used & new from $5.32

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little too perky and superficial, April 5, 2014
This review is from: God is Able (Paperback)
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I ordered this book because I was recently laid off without warning which has really shaken me to my core. I guess I responded by interpreting it as a wake up call to turn to God since my way wasn't working so well. I found a church... Again I figured that I had asked God to come to my house so much that it was time I visited His... Particularly since his was a lot cleaner than mine!

So I have really been looking for positive messages about the greatness of God. This book definitely provides that... However, I found it a little too simplistic and perky... Much like the "prosperity Gospel" that seems so pervasive.

The author writes well in a very accessible tone. However her examples of "overcoming adversity through God just seemed so shallow..., for example, finding the perfect house in the perfect neighbourhood for her family of 5... And being given a great deal to buy adjoining property at less than the owner originally wanted (perhaps the seller was really moved by God to lower his price... However, it is likely that the implosion of the real estate market also played a role). Another example was a random stranger giving her a check so that she could afford to have her kids travel around the world with her on her speaking engagements. I guess I was left thinking, "if this is the worst thing wrong with your life, then I would be happy to trade..." Her problems were not my problems.

I do believe God is able but I prefer a message that is a little more relevant to real world problems... Not just first world problems where God lets everyone live happily ever after I nice suburban homes while having strangers pay for your children to travel all over tagged world.

I find much more relevant and Biblically based teaching from Pastor James McDonald's books such as "when life if hard" to be what I need at this point in my life.

[NCJVR]
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Kyjen 2870 Slo-Bowl Slow Feeder Slow Feed Interactive Bloat Stop Dog Bowl, Large, Caribbean Blue Drop
Kyjen 2870 Slo-Bowl Slow Feeder Slow Feed Interactive Bloat Stop Dog Bowl, Large, Caribbean Blue Drop
Offered by stores123
Price: $13.13
15 used & new from $12.15

3.0 out of 5 stars Dogs still getting used to it but so far, not helping`, April 4, 2014
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I have 2 flat-coat retriever mixes -- one of them looks EXACTLY like the dog on the box -- and one of them in particular tends to wolf down his food and water and then it all comes up shortly thereafter. Not fun (though the other dog thinks "cool! Hot Lunch!")

When I first put this out for them, they both looked at me pretty baffled. The one who tends to throw up a lot wouldn't even touch the food for several hours -- I guess that is one way to keep him from throwing up.

Well, he got hungry enough and did start eating out of it. I've been using it for a few days and last night he had one of his massive episodes... In short, I'm not convinced that this is really helping.

The other thing is that the "canals" where the food goes are pretty narrow. One of my dogs as a "pointier" nose than the other so he doesn't seem to have a problem with it. But the dog with the broader wider nose (they are both about 70 pounds -- one just has a boxier head/muzzle than the other) has more trouble getting the food out if there isn't much in there. Ironically, he is the one that tends to eat too quickly...

I think it is good for one of my dogs because he does like to use his nose to throw the food out of a regular bowl onto the floor. This has stopped that behavior. However, it hasn't stopped what it was really designed to stop in the first place -- rapid eating followed up by ... well, hot lunch!

[NCJVR]
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Yamaha TSX-B72DR Desktop Audio System (Dark Red)
Yamaha TSX-B72DR Desktop Audio System (Dark Red)
Price: $199.95
5 used & new from $164.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing sound but so/so as an Alarm, March 27, 2014
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This is a great sounding speaker system for your portable music player. I had the older version that I had gotten for my son and had always been tempted to steal because the sound quality blows other "clock radios" out of the water.

However, as an Alarm clock, this may not be the best choice in the world. Unlike my Philips iPod/iPad dock, this only has limited alarm settings -- you can wake up to the radio or the beeper -- not any other source.

Also, unless you have the app installed on your iPhone or tablet, you don't have much control over the alarm. I will admit it... I like to have 2 different alarms because sometimes I'm in denial when the first goes off. With this clock radio, you have once chance to wake up or you are done!

The size of the system is amazingly compact and as I said, the sound quality is wonderful -- much better than many bluetooth speakers costing substantially more and occupying a much larger footprint. I really want to love it for my bedroom but sadly, it just doesn't quite have the functionality/flexibility that I want/need in an alarm.


Purina Pro Plan Dry Adult Dog Food, Shredded Blend Lamb and Rice Formula, 18-Pound Bag
Purina Pro Plan Dry Adult Dog Food, Shredded Blend Lamb and Rice Formula, 18-Pound Bag
Price: $35.98
7 used & new from $28.66

5.0 out of 5 stars Vet recommended, Dog Approved, March 27, 2014
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I have actually been using this food for years -- or more to the point, my dogs have!

It was recommended by my vet (who I have known longer than my own teenage children!) as it is the top of the Purina line. I have a flat-coat retriever who has a bit of a sensitive stomach and this seems to agree with him much better than the other foods I have tried -- including "premium" brands. I was told that the Lamb is probably the easiest / blandest on the stomach so I stick with that.

By purchasing this via Amazon's subscribe and save, the food costs less than purchasing locally at the store -- with free shipping due to prime.

This is the only food I will feed my dogs.

[NCJVR]


Savora Pizza Wheel, Persimmon
Savora Pizza Wheel, Persimmon
Price: $29.95

4.0 out of 5 stars The Lexus/Swiss Army Knives of Pizza Cutters!, March 27, 2014
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I have a nasty habit of leaving pizza cutters in the pizza box and then they get thrown out -- so was very happy to be able to receive this one...

However, like others here, I had no idea what I was getting when I opened the box. This thing is HUGE and heavy. I can honestly say that with the heft and weight, I doubt I will make the mistake of carrying out a pizza box with this hiding in side.

It has great balance and feel and does a great job (if not a bit overkill) cutting pizza. Calling it a pizza cutter is kind of like calling a swiss army knife just a pocket knife... it can be used for chopping vegetables (mincing onions is a breeze with this), cutting through casseroles or pie or even if you want to use cookie dough mix that comes in the tube and you want to slice nice precise round circles.

Would I CHOOSE to purchase this? Not sure... Julia Child I am not! However, it makes a great gift -- a bit of a simple pleasure/luxury item for the foodie in your life.

[NCJVR]


Yamaha RX-S600 Home Theater Receiver
Yamaha RX-S600 Home Theater Receiver
Price: $599.95
8 used & new from $456.58

4.0 out of 5 stars Yamaha vs Sony: Sound vs Ease of Use, March 27, 2014
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This has been the year of the AV Receiver for me. Over the last year, I have had the opportunity to try 2 different Yamaha receivers, Marantz, and Sony. With the exception of my Yamaha that I purchased last year, all were about the same as this price point.

From all of those receivers, I stuck with the Sony primarily because I felt it provided the best combination of sound, features, and ease of use.

However, I have officially switched to the Yamaha because I felt the sound is truly superior to the Sony. However, the choice to go with the Yamaha has come with some ambivalence.

The Yamaha is an excellent sounding Receiver and it had me at the first sound of the timpani of Brahms 1st. Unfortunately, though, the ease of use of the Yamaha is really lacking -- particularly with the support of streaming wirelessly from your Apple device without requiring yet another app on your Apple device. The on-screen user interface is very primitive compared to the Sony (think the difference between DOS vs Windows). Setup was fairly straight forward -- even with the relatively ugly user interface.

Once setup, the display says things like "HDMI 1" and "HDMI 2" -- and you have to remember which is what (Yamaha defaults to having HDMI 1 be reserved for your BluRay player which seems backwards to me).

My ex always used to say that "the remote is the key" and this one has a terrible remote -- lots of microscopic buttons with labels you can't see (and most you don't need). Fortunately, I use the Harmony 600 remotes and so you can program the few features that you use regularly.

This is part of Yamaha's "slim-line" series and it is only slightly larger than my Cable DVR box. It is about 2/3 the height of the Sony and is your basic black hi-tech component look about it.

The upshot: you need to decide what is most important to you -- the sound or the features/ease of use. In this case, I opted for the sound but I do miss some the simplicity associated with using the Sony.

This has a GREAT sound -- I have it paired with Newform Research Ribbon speakers and it is spectacular. However, if you are looking for something that is really straightforward to use, then either the Marantz or the Sony might be a better choice.


IVSO Slim Smart Cover Case for Asus VivoTab Note 8 M80TA (windows 8.1) Tablet (Blue)
IVSO Slim Smart Cover Case for Asus VivoTab Note 8 M80TA (windows 8.1) Tablet (Blue)
Offered by Gambolex US
Price: $39.99
2 used & new from $14.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must have functional protection for your Asus, March 26, 2014
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when I got my Asus tablet, Immediately started looking for a case. I wanted leather like the iPad smart covers. No leather to be found so chose this case because it didn't require straps at the corner to hold the tablet. It fit' the Asus perfectly.

I was concerned about the magnets interfering with the towel stylus but that isn't an issue at all. I'm writing longhand on the tablet right now and am having no issues at all.

The cover is foldable like an Apple smart cover so you can stand it on a desk and pair it with a Bluetooth Keyboard if you wanted to but since the main selling point of this tablet is the handwriting capability, I'm not as interested in that.

It does have magnets to hold the case closed but unlike an Apple smart cover, it does not put the tablet to sleep. So you'll want to get in the habit of doing that manually.. so you don't drain the battery.

All in all, this is an excellent value for protecting your Asus while maintaining the functionality of the tablet design.

[NCJAR]


ASUS Vivo Tab Note 8 M80TA-B1-BK 8.0-Inch 32 GB Tablet (Black)
ASUS Vivo Tab Note 8 M80TA-B1-BK 8.0-Inch 32 GB Tablet (Black)
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37 used & new from $301.23

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definite advantages over ipad and preferable to android, March 24, 2014
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I have used both Android and iPad tablets and this is my first Windows tablet. I didn't expect to like it since prefer Apple at this point. But after just a few hours I am becoming a fan.

This tablet actually is more of a small PC. A tablet generally lacks full-featured programs that you use on your laptop. This tablet runs the same Office programs that you run on a regular computer. So you don't have to compromise on functionality for portability. That is a HUGE advantage over regular tablets to me-especially Android since that is not a mainstream desktop os at this point.

Though both Android and iPad have Apps that can approximate Office applications, Neither works as seamlessly as an actual PC /macbook.

The thing that makes this tablet truly amazing is the Wacom stylus and the ability to write naturally AND have that handwriting converted to text with a high degree of reliability. In fact, this entire review is written in my hybrid script/cursive handwriting. And it has translated every word flawlessly. This means for the first time, the tablet can be used for natural and fast note taking at work or school.

the hardware on this tablet is very limited. Applications run slowly compared to a full sized PC so this won't replace your PC. But you will love being able to just pull this out and jot down a few notes and have full access to your email and software you use everyday.

I wish it had -wireless LTE capability. Then it would truly be the perfect mobile device. However it is pretty close as it is.

Be sure to spring for the 64 Gb if you can since with the full 0S, you only have about 12 Gb left for your data. You can expand the capacity with an SD card but if you like to Carry lots of music etc, you will constantly be shuffling data and files around.

I love my Ipad. But this may make me switch -- particularly since I have to use Windows for work. The windows app store is still lacking compared to Apple or Android. But again, since you can run real PC applications you don't really need Apps to the same extent.

This tablet is definitely worth a look if you truly want a device that marries the best features of a pc and a tablet.

[NCJVR]


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