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Intempo Rebel Music Sampling System
I bought this to record from my Sagem internet radio. It says that it must be connected to the radio for at least 12 hours so that it can learn that particular station. I used the line in option to connect to my radio and after 14 hours nothing had recorded. The instructions aren't very clear for line in/internet radio recording. So through trial and error I found that before you connect your line in cable, use the on board fm radio and tune into a strong signal (for me it was 101.9 fm), then connect the line in cable to the rebel and the other end to the headphone socket on the internet radio. Make sure the volume on the internet radio is at a reasonable level. Put the volume of the rebel to zero and press the menu button until you see the radio frequency on the display (101.9 fm). Within 1 hour I had 2 tracks recorded. I left it on overnight and it recorded 6 tracks, I'm hoping as time goes by it will record more tracks per hour. The tracks aren't the best quality in the world but for what this machine does, I am very happy with it and Play.com have this at an excellent price. It is also a stand alone fm radio and it can play mp3 tracks from a flash drive or sd card. To copy the tracks from the internal memory, just insert a flashdrive or sd card and it automatically copies. I haven't tried this yet but I read that if you unplug the rebel, you lose all your tracks on the internal memory, also you have to relearn your favourite station, you also have to relearn the station if you don't listen to it within 3 days. As I have only had this 2 days, it is going to take a bit of time to get it working the way I want it to. I gave it 4 stars as it shouldn't take so long to learn a station and it doesn't name the tracks.
A quick update, I have the Rebel tuned into and internet station playing 80's songs and it practically records every song with the exception of 1 or 2, so once it learns the station it will record more and more. 90% of the time, they are full tracks, faded in and out.
Once it learns the station the PopCatcher logo is lit on the display and will flash when it starts to record.
I put my flashdrive into the Rebel, copy the songs onto it and take it to the car and plug it in and I have to say the sound is great.
I am very pleased with this product, so much so I have ordered another one for a Family member.
Guinness World Records: The Videogame
6 New from
After getting this game for the Wii I decided to try it on the DS. I wasn't disappointed at all. The games are great fun and once hooked up to wifi, I was able to submit my records. It's so much better when you compete against people around the world. I am totally addicted to this game and I won't rest until I get a Regional record at the very least. If you are competitive then this game is definitely for you.
I absolutely love this game, it brings out my competitive side, which really doesn't take much to be honest. I won't rest until I have achieved a regional record at least. If you can, hook it up to the internet to update your score, you will be very surprised at the scores around the world, some are so unbelievable but it keeps you on your toes. Sheep shearing, washing machine toss, plunger throwing, tearing phone books, all great games. I guarantee you will end up with aching arms but you soon forget about the pain when someone beats your score. Definitely worth buying this game, it's one of the best Wii games at the moment.
4 New from
This game is such fun, whether you play alone or against others, you won't be disappointed. I have had this game 1 day and my arms are aching. Not the best selection of songs in the world but it will appeal to all ages. The only downside in my opinion is the fact that you can't enter your name, so no one knows who got the highest score, maybe that's just my competitive side but it would be nice to use your Mii character instead of an icon. Overall I think this is a game that will get lots of use.
Sling Media SlingBox Pro
I recently purchased the Slingbox Pro HD. The setup was quite easy, I am using a Netgear router and installation went smoothly. The picture quality on my Blackberry is excellent, as for PC/Laptop the quality is satisfactory but that could be down to my internet speed, I'm with AOL so say no more. I've connected it to my security camera, so I can view my property whenever I choose, either on my mobile phone or a PC. The only downside with the Slingbox is their list of compatible remote controls (hence the 4 star rating). I have a GBsat DUET satellite receiver which can be viewed but not controlled over the internet. You can ask Slingmedia support to find the code for your device but some people have been waiting 2 years for a reply. The guys at Slingcommunity are really helpful, they helped me find a file for my DVD recorder and if possible they can make a virtual remote for you. They can also tell you how to make your own remote control for devices not on the Slingbox database but it's not for the faint hearted. I would definitely recommend this little beauty.
Also if you have relatives abroad, get them to download the Slingplayer onto their PC and whatever you are watching at home, whether it be a movie or a home movie of the kids, they can watch along with you.