To celebrate the end of the road for Ozzy, Tony and gang, and BMG’s The Ultimate Collection, we are giving away four sets of plus-ones for the final BLACK SABBATH shows at Manchester (22nd Jan), Glasgow (24th Jan), Leeds (26th Jan) and Birmingham (2nd Feb)
These will be given out on a first come first served basis with a closing date of 20th Jan.
To win answer this simple question: “Which band did Tony Iommi briefly leave Earth to join in December 1968?”
Email your answer to email@example.com with the email title “Black Sabbath / Required Town name”. Act fast, as this competition will received a huge response.
JON ‘MOJO’ MILLS’ sounds out German direct to consumer manufacturer TEUFEL’s latest Bluetooth headphones – the Move BT and the Mute BT
Translated as “Devil” this Berlin based brand have achieved monstrously great things in their homeland. Founded in 1979 as the manufacturers of DIY loudspeaker kits, Teufel then grew into a veritable direct sales company, which in the mid-90s focussed on the emerging home cinema market and continued to garner respect from an expanding line that now also encompass headphones and Bluetooth technology. The brand have become synonymous with quality at an affordable price – without the middle man costs are kept lower than the leading competitors, but the product is on par.
Shindig! first came across the company after finally responding to their mail shots and were both surprised and very happy to receive a set of the wireless in-ear Move BT (highly portable Bluetooth in-ear headphones) and Mute BT (noise-cancelling over-ear Bluetooth headphones). Both are excellent.
Having used decent enough Sennheiser in-ear headphones and some very expensive Bose Bluetooth Soundlink over-ears, the competition from Teufel was most noticeable. In fact, the care and attention to build quality and the innovative carry cases and product design puts the well-known brands to shame.
In an era where Apple, Samsung, Bose and little else rule the roost it really is refreshing to discover a smaller company, who without the presence of shops, huge marketing budgets and advertising campaigns create high quality product worthy of your attention. Although some readers from Switzerland and Germany have commented on the brilliance of Teufel, those from elsewhere draw a blank. Let that change.
If the in-ear Move BT (£99) ooze quality from the aluminium and rubber finish, sound more than decent and work a treat for jogging and in transit listening it’s the unbelievable value of the Mute BT (£159) that truly impresses. Compared to the Bose SoundLink wi-fi headphones everything about these affordable headphones trumps the far more known brand.
Remember; as in music, it’s not always the most popular things that are the best.
To win a pair of the Mute BT headphones please answer this simple question:
Win one of these beauties in the forthcoming Shindig! Readers Survey 2016
Not only does DAB sound great (with 10 presets) on this small box, but podcasts and internet radio are simple to access once logged into your home network too. I don’t have Spotify Premium, so have haven’t tested that, but I can say that streaming music from iTunes via Bluetooth is easy and gives great results. Although only mono the drivers in the speaker give more than enough of a punch in the sound department. It’s powerful, punchy, loud and certainly good enough for listening whilst cooking or washing-up; more than enough, in fact. Although not possessing sound quite as decent as Bose’s Soundlink Mini – which, of course, is only a bluetooth speaker – Pure give the buyer more than enough for the cost of this great little multi-tasker.
Internet radio is certainly the way things are heading, and it’s very easy to use. The Evoke F3 has access to thousands of internet only stations and the BBC podcasts. Having another bluetooth speaker is also another major plus. If you have a Bose Soundlink in the bedroom and want to continue playing music from your iPhone in the kitchen, this little box does the job admirably.
To win one of these all you have to do will be to provide your answers to the Shindig! Readers’ Survey which will be sent out to those on our newsletter and accessible here on Monday May 16th via our Reader Survey tab.
If you aren’t subscribed to our newsletter, it’s certainly worth doing now. Not only will you receive the monthly newsletter, you’ll also get the survey directly into your mailbox. Sign up here.
The kind folk at Toe Rag T Shirts have given us one Ronnie Lane Slim Chance in honour of issue #50 featuring The Faces on the cover. To win please answer this question: “What should have been the second hit for Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance but wasn’t due to a BBC cameraman strike hampering the band’s Top Of The Pops appearance?”
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Ronnie Lane” in the title and state whether you would like a small, medium or large T-shirt. Closing date is October 1st.
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