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TRYM II - The Rechargeable Modern Hair Clipper Kit - Ultra-sleek Hair, Body, Mustache, and Beard Trimmer Looks Great in Any Bathroom - AC Adapter, Base Dock, and Trimming Attachments Included
TRYM II - The Rechargeable Modern Hair Clipper Kit - Ultra-sleek Hair, Body, Mustache, and Beard Trimmer Looks Great in Any Bathroom - AC Adapter, Base Dock, and Trimming Attachments Included
Offered by SKUniverse
Price: $49.99
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Defective Clippers Replaced, but still not Recommended, October 19, 2014
I originally gave this product a 1 star review and really tore into it.

I wrote: "It only cuts through my hair if I have thoroughly washed, shampooed and dried my hair (something I was able to do Afterwards with my previous clippers). Even then it can barely cut through the hair and painfully pinches and pulls hair from the scalp. It takes many times longer than any other trimmer I have used. The battery holds enough of a charge for one haircut, and loses its charge whether it is used or not."

The company that makes the trym contacted me and offered to replace the unit; they believed (correctly) that I had received a defective trimmer. the replacement unit has a battery that holds its charge indefinitely and a strong motor. I edited my review from calling it a "p.o.s." to "ok for facial grooming, but not for those with curly or wavy hair" and upgraded the review to three stars.

However, upon using the product again, I still had terrible pinching issues cutting my hair with the replacement set; it was still a painful experience, and it barely cut through my hair, causing me to alter the intended cut. The Panasonic/Sharper Image clippers I used before had a similar form factor and accessory kit as the Trym but cut through my hair effortlessly and without pinching or causing pain.

The Trym II is inexpensive and possibly ok for beard trimming --I didn't try. I cannot recommend it, however, for cutting hair; in that capacity I found it to be an inferior, almost useless, product.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great and Unique, March 20, 2014
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This review is from: Versions (Audio CD)
Sounds more like dub with vocal stylings than an electronic recording which it mostly is.
Quite blissed out and peaceful in the vein of Intrusion's 'Sound of Silence', but with vocals placed perfectly for
texture, rather than being a reggae record with songs, as such.

One caveat, the bass is as subterranean as it gets. If you're not going to rip and playback through equalization, it may make
your woofers chuff at almost any volume --my speakers go down to 40Hz and handle pretty much any Jamaican dub I can throw at them.

I live in an apt. so a subwoofer is out of the question for me. But if you have a sub, or big speakers, this is a dub that Thomas Koner could appreciate.

Still a beautiful record by any means.

Peachtree Audio X1 Asynchronous 24/192 USB to SPDIF Converter
Peachtree Audio X1 Asynchronous 24/192 USB to SPDIF Converter
Price: $149.00
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 minutes, January 28, 2014
This sounds great from my windows 8.1 laptop to a cambridge 840c (not a peachtree) dac. The usb cord in use is a wireworld starlight 6.

It also sounds surprisingly good via toslink (inexpensive wireworld nova cable --curious about rebuying the glass cable I used to own) going into a ps audio nuwave (again not a peachtree) dac. You can hook it up simultaneously to two different devices --great feature.

It took all of 15 minutes to break in. The clocks are at least as good sounding as the standard asynchronous XMOS USB setups in many current DACs.

Sun Moon
Sun Moon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible use of three instruments, January 28, 2014
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3) koto: played as sympathetically as one can expect.

2) shakuhachi: this is the best, most nuanced minimal shakuhachi playing in my large and growing collection.

3) silence: is this an instrument? yes it is. the silence/space in this music is virtuosic.

A recording that you can listen to when you can't listen to anything.

Descending Into Crevasse
Descending Into Crevasse
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3.0 out of 5 stars multifaceted but who cares?, November 19, 2013
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I may get to like this better after more than just the few spins so far.
I find the mixture of beautifully airy, floaty gentleness mixed with dank old school isolationism
a bit worn. But what's light without dark? Sun w/o clouds? Yang w/o yin? Still I am weary of albums
that require you to listen to Robert Rich's 'Stalker' to get to the soothing stuff --getting soft, perhaps (a hundred similar cd's to unload ?)

Dichotomies & Dreamland
Dichotomies & Dreamland
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dodgeresque, November 19, 2013
This review is from: Dichotomies & Dreamland (Audio CD)
This is my favorite soundpool release. I rank it higher than 'mirrors' (also excellent) due to
the song-writing hitting both the dance and r&r nerves just right, kind of like an upbeat LCD Soundsystem.
"Mirrors in your Eyes" sounds great, has great hooks, but slightly less melodic (and lyrical) depth than 'D&D'.
This band sounds so LA to me, it's hard to remember they're based in NYC (translation: they're optimists not brooders, and still sound cool).

Alchemy of Happiness
Alchemy of Happiness
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sublime under the radar gem, January 9, 2013
This review is from: Alchemy of Happiness (Audio CD)
ethereal record feels like one long (but too short) track of breathy spiritual ambience.
idyllic wordless female vocals, intermittent (fairly sparse) sitar tastefully done. I would say this is
most similar to "kamasutra experience" (also at least equally as good as that masterpiece --not hyperbole--).
It is also quite similar to parts of "future lounge", but mastered better (f.l. needs to be remastered) and less a collection than a whole.
The ambience is bolstered by a deep fat bass exhalation from what sounds like the center of the earth.
I have hundreds of purely ambient non-new-age cds. This is in the top 5. AGK is in top form here; don't be put off by the recording being so late (2012) and unreviewed.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Atari Force ... Your Only Friends ..., March 13, 2012
This review is from: Lixiviation (Audio CD)
An important document of quite listenable early '80s sound-lab electro. The Buchla is quite a brain-grabbing synth and Ciani shows here far more than anywhere else that she's a master of her craft --and of the Buchla. The 1 star review was from someone who is a fan of Ciani's later new-age excursions --nothing wrong with that, but that's not what this is about. This collection is raw evidence of Ciani's genius. It is not "not music" --as the disappointed reviewer calls it. Lixiviation is cotton candy compared to purely conceptual electronic, eg. David Tudor, Morton Feldman. Lixiviation predates Ciani's endlessly flowing bedroom-bliss epics. It's an intellectually stimulating collection of experiments, curiosities, and sound-bytes that range from blissful to hilarious --and always brilliant.

The Knot
The Knot
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love This Gem, October 11, 2011
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On this album Wye Oak remind me of an inside-out Yo La Tengo (here a man on Mo Tucker's drums, woman main vox and stormy guitars) up to and including YLT's "Painless" combined with "C"/"3" era Rex. The Lyrics are sincere and usually clearly enunciated like Yo La's. The songwriting has that Rex-y murder-ballad feel. The slow, urgent bathos sometime even approaches that of Mark Kozalek --esp. on Sun Kil Moon's "April", though "The Knot" is on the whole a (mostly) more upbeat affair. I think Jenn Wasner's a brilliant singer and a powerful, creative instrumentalist. Andy Stack somehow manages to play perfectly appropriate drums while also holding down keyboard/keyboard-bass duties and probably plays a handful more instruments --well. As with YLT, there's a strong sense of collaboration not heard in many duo/trios. The whole album pretty much consists of restrained rockers with vocals that can shift from brutal honesty to the (somewhat) lighter side. The only reason I give this 4 stars --it really deserves 5-- is because I think WO's follow-up lp "Civilian" is a slightly better, more mature work, though time may prove my choice of favorite premature as I won't be getting sick of "the Knot" any time soon.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye J&M Chain, Cure, etc. Hello Electrofizz 3D, May 2, 2011
This review is from: Fission (Audio CD)
Sounds like someone's been to an exorcist or to primal therapy. The guitars are still there, but sparer and rarer. Film School have applied their restless talents to bubbly electronics and more insistent use of harmonies. Fission is a cheerful, sunny --read major keys-- album from a band that always sounded like they watched the blair witch or anything by m. night shyamalan in their spare time. Ok, to be fair, Fission is not a bad record; this band has always been able to craft a song or ten. Fishin' seems to cohere better than Hideout, though I can't help feeling that Hideout is still the better album, patchwork of obvious influences or not. The songs on the earlier record are just better crafted, with major atmosphere. Fission is what happens when you mess around with uranium 235 and explosives, in this case warm electronics and the Film School dynamic. Unfortunately the latter seems to have been --deliberately-- muted.
Who knows, I may yet warm up to the record. Their earlier efforts are more original than the two discussed here, but are more like post-rock and can feel a bit impersonal after a while. Sprawling though it may be, I still think Hideout is a success, in a different way than 'Film School' is a success. Fission is an attempt to make a leap into "indietronica" like the Notwist's 'Neon Golden' but remain large-sounding. Maybe it's the lyrics --I don't know. F.S. need to be more creative, engaging, and lyrically sincere all at the same time to make something that will influence someone else --also maybe change their name, fire their manager & conjure up some real ambition.

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