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October, 2012:

Odeon: fanatical about film maybe, but not quality

Skyfall: great film spoilt by a cinema that talks the talk but obviously doesn’t understand or care about reproduction quality.

Screen 4, the IMAX screen in the Odeon Wimbledon on Monday evening was a pretty sorry excuse for a quality cinema experience.  I suggest you avoid making my mistake and pay less (we paid for the, admittedly more comfy but still not enough legroom premium seats) to see Skyfall locally.

First we were let in with the lights up to see the place as you should never see a cinema – think nightclub in daylight.  Then we were asked to leave so the cleaners could finish. On being allowed to return the lights were still too high and it was a good 15 minutes before anything appeared on the screen to amuse us.

Twice they ran the IMAX – the picture and sound are so great reel.  Have they no idea or do they think that if they tell people they will believe it?

The image was grainy and the image went soft when any serious motion was occurring.  I thought we had got passed those poor motion artefacts years ago.

The sound quality however made the image quality seem irrelevant. It was too loud.

The sound had not subtlety at all and had a WAHH like character to the midband that remind me of over use of an equaliser.  The sound had no transparency; it was solid and slab like and generally unpleasant.  It distorted as it got louder.

Skyfall is a great film and the Bond legacy lives on but it’s difficult to believe that the Odeon Wimbledon and IMAX  have moved on that much in 50 years.

Skyfall IMAX


Navigation very pretty, but not a TomTom

I tried my iPhone 5 today to navigate from my office to an address in Ealing. The first 15 minutes or so were a complete disaster with misroutings followed by misroutings. Having been directed around the houses for a while, I got to a major route, then it worked fine.

So good enough for an emergency but not good enough to consider ditching the Tom Tom.

It is pretty though.

Focal UK moves to Salisbury

Focal UK moved from its traditional Coventry base to relocate in Salisbury during October 2012.  The new team and new site will be able to deliver a far greater service to their retailer partners.

After six years based in Coventry, Focal UK has moved its offices, service department and whole operation to Salisbury.

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It might be larger, thinner and lighter but it’s also dead

 I placed an order with Apple for extra Lightning cables and adapters well before my iPhone 5 arrived and I still do not have a confirmed shipping date other than October.

I left home this morning grabbing the lightning cable, stuffing it into my bag as there is no way my iPhone 5’s battery will last for two days. Tonight sitting in my hotel room I found the cable I had packed; a traditional iPhone cable, the one that had been in use charging my iPad.

So hello useless iPhone 5.  It will be on its last few percent of battery tomorrow morning and I will be without a phone for most of the day.

How could Apple, with its new CEO a manufacturing man, get its supply chain so badly wrong? And if it knew the delays were going to be this bad, why did it consider its bottom line before its customers.  A few weeks delay in launching the phone would have allowed a lot more stock of accessories to be manufactured in time for launch.

That’s the last time I upgrade until I know everything is in place.  Those new Dells are looking more attractive by the day.