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The AMP3 Product Sleepover!

I bet you are sitting there wondering what a product Sleepover is!? Well not to fear you are about to find out!
Here at AMP3 we value giving our customers an informed, open and honest opinion. How can we give you the whole picture if our staff members haven’t had first hand experience with the products we are offering you? Well now we can! We are encouraging our staff members to take home and trial products for themselves, and everyday we will post up our results right here!

Now you know what the AMP3 Product Sleepover is, let’s see some of our staff posts!

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Almost here, the latest Android 4.0 Storage Options Elite tablet!

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£199

 

The Storage Options Scroll Elite is the latest uncatchily named but impressive in performance budget tablet from Storage Options. The tablet boasts Android Ice Cream Sandwhich 4.0 – the cream of the crop in terms of Android operating systems – which gives endless possibilities for entertainment with access to the Android App store. Download all of your favourite social media apps including Facebook and Twitter or have video conversations with Skype using the high quality in-built camera.

 

The Scroll Elite is a multimedia powerhouse with advanced features including the ability to play music and video in super high quality. Even take your entire e-bookshelf with you to read on the already installed book reader app.

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Browse the internet, answer emails, play games, watch YouTube and more with the Storage Options Scroll Elite available Friday 25 May.

 

For an in-depth review check back to the Amp3 Sleepover section of our blog for a detailed analysis by Amp3’s in-house reviewer, Elliot. Or check out this video review here.

 

 

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In-depth review of Cowon Z2 has arrived from Amp3! Elliot puts the hotly anticipated Z2 through its paces.

Cowon Z2

 

£259 32GB

£219 16GB

 

The best way to describe the looks of the Cowon Z2 is to imagine that the Cowon J3 has had a baby with the Nokia Lumia 800 as the two look very similarRead Elliot’s full review here.

 

After what has been a period of intense testing, our very own, Elliot, has put the Cowon Z2 through its paces. The hotly anticipated Z2 device boasts the amazing sound quality that Cowon is renowned for. The video is presented on an AMOLED screen delivering high quality and crisp images when both still and moving.

 

Cowon typically produce high functioning devices with an aesthetic to match. They already have a long list of design awards and the Z2 has already done its part in contributing to it – winning the prestigious Japan Good Design Award 2012.

 

For more information on the Cowon Z2 click here.

 

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AMP3 Sleepover: Freedom From Wires with Jaybirds Latest Offering…

I bet you are sitting there wondering what a ‘product sleep over’ is!? Well not to fear you are about to find out!

Here at AMP3 we value giving our customers an informed, open and honest opinion. How can we give you the whole picture if our staff members haven’t had first-hand experience with the products we are offering you? Well now we can! We are encouraging our staff members to take home and trial products for themselves, and every day we will post up our results right here on our blog

Elliot, our Sales Supervisor grabbed a set of Wireless Jaybird Freedom headphones as soon as they were available…Brief Review

PROS:

  • Their small, unobtrusive size and lightweight body make these ideal for both mobile phone users, people with bluetooth enabled MP3 players and fitness enthusiasts.
  • Jaybird offer a lifetime sweat warranty.
  • The GeckoGrip ear tips keep the Freedom earphones in place while you’re moving about.
  • You can use apt-X technology to avoid loss of sound quality.
  • Enjoy your music without becoming tangled in a web of cables.
CONS:

  • If you don’t have a bluetooth enabled device you’d need an adapter to use the Freedom earphones.
  • Not great if you don’t like putting earphones in to your ear canal (check out the Jaybird Sportsband 2 if you want a standard wireless headphones solution).
Verdict:

These are the ideal product for anyone who wants to enjoy music wirelessly and they’re highly recommended for gym use thanks to the sweat warranty and passive noise isolation.

Full review…

Ahoy! I’ve got some good news for sports enthusiasts and bluetooth users: the Jaybird Freedom wireless bluetooth buds have come in to stock.

Now those of you lucky enough to have spent a day or two at the Gadget Show Live would have had the chance to be among the first in the country to play around with these little beauties. However, what if you weren’t able to tunnel out of work to spend a day in the wonderful world of technological marvels? Well you’ve got uncle AMP3 to tell you all about them.

What are the Freedom Headphones?

The idea behind the Jaybird Freedom buds is really quite simple. They are bluetooth earphones so allow you to listen to your music without becoming tangled in wires. Sure, bluetooth headphones have been around for a few years now but up until now the options have all been a little bulky. This is where the Jaybird Freedom bluetooth buds step in.

They are small and unobtrusive with a lightweight body which make them barely heavier than a standard set of inner ear monitors. The nice glossy body also means they look fantastic and high end. Moreover, the cabling which connects the earpieces together is a nifty tangle free one so no longer will you have to pick apart knots when you could be enjoy your tunes.

Sound Quality

And that leads us neatly in to how they sound; which is excellent to my ears. There is a decent amount of definition between the frequencies and the overall quality of sound is strong. So far I’ve experimented with different music styles from my collection (everything from soul to noise) and so far they all sound as good as each other so they should please most tastes. They even have the ability to use apt-X technology to make sure that you don’t have to compromise sound quality for the convenience of bluetooth.

Wire Free & Hands Free

Jaybird don’t stop there though, oh no they don’t. With more and more people using mobile phones for listening to music they deliver some pretty nifty hands-free options. You can answer phone calls, with the music automatically pausing and resuming afterwards, and the high quality mic means your sweet voice is clearly delivered to the ears of your friends and family. The 6 hour battery life will keep you happily chatting away for…well…6 hours. When you’re not on the phone tracks can be skipped and paused from the ear buds themselves as well as controlling the volume so your player or phone need never leave your pocket.

Jaybird’s Sports Guarentee

Now you might remember that I mentioned sports enthusiasts at the start of the review; well fear not I haven’t forgotten about you good folks and neither have Jaybird (they’re never gonna give you up, let you down, turn around and hurt you…sorry that’s stuck in my head).

Like their other earphones you’re covered by the lifetime sweat guarantee meaning that if the Freedom buds break down due to you working up a good sweat in the gym, like a knight in shining armour, Jaybird will replace them for you. On top of that piece of mind they bundle in the nifty GeckoGrip ear inserts which stay put in your ear while you work out.

Nothing But Your Music

I’m reliably informed by my gym going colleagues that often they’re quite noisy places which often don’t play the music you like. Well you don’t have to worry about this with the Freedoms as they will passively block out background noise by acting as earplugs meaning your own music won’t be drowned out.

I could sing the praises of these earphones all day long but instead I’ll end by simply saying: if you want a great set of inner ear bluetooth earphones then get the Jaybird Freedom wireless bluetooth buds. You won’t be disappointed.

Check out some of the pics below…

Inside the box


Tiny and Portable


Very comfortable and secure fit

The Jaybird Freedom is available now at AMP3 for only £99.
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Review by Elliot Holmes, Sales Supervisor.
Edited by Euan D’Arcy.

AMP3 Sleepover: The Arnova 10…The Extinction of the ‘Shanpad’

I bet you are sitting there wondering what a ‘product sleep over’ is!? Well not to fear you are about to find out!

Here at AMP3 we value giving our customers an informed, open and honest opinion. How can we give you the whole picture if our staff members haven’t had first-hand experience with the products we are offering you? Well now we can! We are encouraging our staff members to take home and trial products for themselves, and every day we will post up our results right here on our blog

Elliot, our Sales Supervisor managed to grab one of the few Arnovas available on the market and give us a brief on the product.

Archos Arnova 10 Sleepover Review

PROS:

  • A solid choice if you want an Internet Tablet on a tight budget.
  • Quick enough to run most applications without a lag.
  • Features a large touch screen for easy typing and navigation (less eye-strain too we’d say).

CONS:

  • The built quality is not quite as strong as the Archos 101 as the body is largely plastic rather than metal.
  • The lack of a stand at the back means you’d have to hold the player while watching movies so you can see the screen (or pick up a case with a stand to remedy this).

Verdict:

The Arnova 10 is highly recommended for people interested in the emerging tablet market without spending upwards of £300. Feature wise you can expect quite a full packet with lots of room to expand with downloadable apps from Android.
Full review follows…

Hi there – how are you doing? If you don’t mind I’d like to borrow a few moments of your time to talk a little bit about the Arnova 10 Internet Tablet.

So what is the Arnova 10? Well it’s a new tablet device from Archos and by all accounts we’re pretty lucky to have them in at the moment as Archos are still considering whether to mass produce them or not. Hopefully they see sense and get these out into circulation.

Now, many of you will already be pretty familiar with the current range of Archos Internet Tablets which are out at the moment as they’ve been very popular with both customers and reviewers. But what if you can’t justify spending that sort of money on a tablet player? Until now you were basically left with the iPad knock-offs and all of their little quirks (I’m half-seriously hoping the term ‘Shanpad’ takes off to describe these…). Wait…there’s a knock at the door…oh hello Arnova 10 – nice to meet you…

I’ve been tinkering with this player for several days now and really quite like what I’ve seen so far. The screen is large enough for my clumsy-fingered brethren at 10” and while it may not be a fancy capacitive touch screen, like its cousin the Archos 101, the resistive screens really is good. However, I would say that if you were watching a movie you might want to consider using ones of decent quality to stop them looking a bit stretched.

Internet browsing is very simple and pretty quick over WIFI and those extra screen inches really help when it comes to typing so you can easily take the office with you while out and about (there’s a myriad of apps available for most work needs). You’re also given 4GB of flash storage for your music and films with a handy slot for a memory card when you run out of space. Plus if you get bored of working, watching films or surfing the interwebs then there’s always the forward facing camera to play around with…and of course downloadable games such as Angry Birds et al.

I suppose the moral of this story is: Want a large screen tablet without having to stroll down the scary woods-at-midnight road of the Shanpad? Then seriously consider picking up an Arnova 10 (there is a 8” version) – it’s pretty swish.

ARCHOS ARNOVA 10

Want to see more on this product? Check out its full features and specs at AMP3 – Click Here

Review by Elliot Holmes, Sales Supervisor

AMP3 Product Sleepover: 30W USB Desktop Speakers by QSB!

I bet you are sitting there wondering what a ‘product sleep over’ is!? Well not to fear you are about to find out!
Here at AMP3 we value giving our customers an informed, open and honest opinion. How can we give you the whole picture if our staff members haven’t had first-hand experience with the products we are offering you? Well now we can! We are encouraging our staff members to take home and trial products for themselves, and every day we will post up our results right here on our blog!
This week, our PR Manager Pauline is astonished by the power of the QSB USB 30W speaker system!
SoundScience QSB Speakers – Sleepover review
Pros: the sound clarity, the premium case to carry the speakers, the USB port, the sleek and neat design.
Cons: too heavy. Restrictive usage: for pc / laptop only.
Verdict: These little “plug and play” speakers are highly recommended for people who commute and travel a lot (premium travel case) and for those who fancy transform their living-room in a mini house-club.  The sound is amazing even at maximum volume!
Full Review
I have in my hands a premium box with the colours of the brand “red and black”. It is quite heavy but the box is hard and designed to protect the tiny speakers when you travel.
SoundScience QSB Speakers

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Once I opened this nice box which looks like a jewel case, I had sparkles in my eyes. I discovered two little gems! Cube-shaped, mainly black – silver on the edges – those two tiny speakers look gorgeous and reflect SoundScience premium branding. I am truly amazed by the design of these speakers – sleek and neat!

QSB USB Speakers - Out the Box

QSB USB Speakers - Out the Box

But design is not everything. These are travel speakers, but are they ‘travel friendly’? The QSB Speakers once again impressed me: they are unique as you plug them to your pc / laptop via a USB port! You don’t need to charge them before using them and there is no need to worry about the battery! Thanks to the USB port, the speakers are automatically charged via your device and they are ready to be used. Impressive isn’t it?

I travel most of my weekends and when I have time off so music on the go and listening to my favourite radios stations online are vital for me. I use my netbook when I’m traveling, unfortunately its integrated speakers don’t sound very good; I also don’t feel very comfortable with earphones and their wires make your life harder – you have to be attached to your laptop! With speakers, freedom is guaranteed!

QSB USB Speakers - Connected

QSB USB Speakers - Connected

Tonight I decided to test these gems while listening to the news. I plugged them to my netbook and put the volume up! Unbelievable – these tiny speakers filled the room with a pure and clear sound! It was very enjoyable to (finally!) listen to the news and then music with a stunning sound.
I started a small test (it was already quite late and I didn’t want to bother all my neighbours) – I cranked the volume to its maximum. These speakers would also be ideal for a flat party with a bunch of friends during the weekend and on holiday. Even at full volume the clarity of the sound is still amazing!
These little “plug and play” speakers are highly recommended for people who commute and travel a lot (remember the premium box to carry them) and for those who fancy transform their living-room in a mini house-club!

QSB USB Speaker
Review by Pauline Monchy – PR Manager
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AMP3 Product Sleepover: EXTREMELY LOUD! Andrea Trials the X-mini Happy!

I bet you are sitting there wondering what a ‘product sleep over’ is!?  Well not to fear you are about to find out!

Here at AMP3 we value giving our customers an informed, open and honest opinion.  How can we give you the whole picture if our staff members haven’t had first-hand experience with the products we are offering you?  Well now we can!  We are encouraging our staff members to take home and trial products for themselves, and every day we will post up our results right here on our blog!

This week, our Key Accountant Andrea is blown away by the Xmini Happy!  Can she talk over the immense sound this little capsule speaker produces?

Video Review Guide – Xmini Happy

Pros: Unbelievably loud, drop and drag file transfer, retractable audio cable enables connection to any 3.5mm line out connector, perfect for festivals, holidays and a get-away, 12 hours music playback when played through MP3 Player.

Cons: Only 5 hours battery life if playing music direct from SD card

Verdict: Well I’m suitably impressed with the X-mini Happy Capsule Speaker, it has most definitely lived up to the ‘Sound Beyond Size’ label that comes with it.  Recommended? I would have to say yes! It really is the perfect travel companion. The Happy gives you an unlimited source of music wherever you are via SD card or any other device with a 3.5mm audio out port!  The battery lasts up to 12 hours and the volume is more than enough for to fill any room you are staying in – you might even get told to turn it down!

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Want to see more on this product? Check out its full features and specs at AMP3 – Click Here

 
Review by Andrea Keir - Key Accountant
 
 

 

     

 

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An often over looked Gem – Tiger Eyes Review by Andy Gordon

An often over looked Gem – Tiger Eyes

With Bluetooth so often getting the nod for people choice of Smartphone headset, its often easy to overlook some of the other options out there.

Not so BestBuy in the states.

Recognising the booming demand for Smartphone accessories, Best Buy have taken the exclusive option on the new Tiger Eye model.

Yes, the consumer, who has recognised for a long time that the biggest drawback to the iPod/iPhone were appalling headphones supplied in the box, has started to reach out for luxury earphones that also double up as a wired headset. The best of both worlds.

Shure for a good while now have offered their mic connection to allow their headphones to also have a microphone for this purpose, but what if I was to tell you that actually for not a huge amount more than that cable accessory, you could get a cracking set of earphones with mic in built, that sound as good as the Shure SE210 product if not better??

Yes Tiger Eyes is this product.

The 8mm Titanium drivers provide suitable punch for your Eye of the Tiger work out song, while allowing you to hear your friends, family, or customers in full stereo, with staggering clarity.

Bass response is sold and crisp, the level of definition is truly impressive, for something sub £100, let alone the mere £69 Jaybird are asking.

And I’m not alone in thinking this; check out the review on JAMM.

Now in addition to the mic they also let you control your music, and volume, meaning the iPhone/iPod or other smartphone can remain in your pocket, armband or bag.

In keeping with their development with the US triathlon team, they are also sweet and perspiration resistant, and have a lifetime guarantee to back up this claim. Like old car speakers the speaker diaphragms can determinate over time, especially if introduced to sweat – hence the titanium coating! Clever stuff indeed!

Seems as if Best Buy has the march on this product. Might explain why, with 2700 stores worldwide they are the largest CE retailer it he world

Review By Andy Gordon.

AMP3 Product Sleepover: Sportsband 2 – A Runners Red Revolution!

I bet you are sitting there wondering what a ‘product sleep over’ is!?  Well not to fear you are about to find out!

Here at AMP3 we value giving our customers an informed, open and honest opinion.  How can we give you the whole picture if our staff members haven’t had first hand experience with the products we are offering you?  Well now we can!  We are encouraging our staff members to take home and trial products for themselves, and everyday we will post up our results right here on our blog!

This week, our Accounts Manager, Zach gets some hands on time with the Jaybird Sportsband 2 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones.

Sportsband 2 – A Runners Red Revolution

Pros: Easy to connect, Wire-free, exceptional sound quality with deep bass and crisp trebles,  crystal clear calls, hook them up to two devices, music and call control on the headset, stylish, Life changing in terms of how you exercise!

Cons: If you can find one let me know, I cant see past these!

Verdict: I’m pretty pleased with my purchase. Not only have they changed the way I exercise, but they’ve allowed me to enjoy my music at the same time. In addition to everything else, they are light and comfortable to wear for extended periods and no matter how hard you train, they are guaranteed to be sweat resistant, so no more excuses, get a pair and get running!

Full Review

I’ve never been much of a runner, mainly because the thought of spending an hour on the treadmill bores me to insanity, however…after being inadvertently signed up for the Edinburgh half-marathon,  it was inevitable that I would have to do some running at some point. But how would I motivate myself to run those long 13.1 miles…cue a motivational play-list on my Nokia music phone, held securely on my arm with a made to measure Nokia case, and my newly acquired Jaybird Sportsband 2 Bluetooth Headphones (in a very appropriately named Runner’s Red colour).

I can’t remember using the Bluetooth function on my phone before, but in the blink of an eye phone and headphones were effortlessly signing to each other…completely wirelessly!

Now I have done a few short sessions on the treadmill in the past, helped along with music and some wired ‘sports earphones’ and that’s the first difference right there. You really don’t realise just how annoying running with wired headphones is until the wires are gone. No more clipping wires to your shirt, no more stuffing wires down your back and out your sleeve and most importantly of all no more yanking the earphones out your ears during a spirited sprint finish!

The advantages don’t stop there!  Not only can you say hello to wire-free music, you’ll also be pleased to hear that you can say a very big hello to exceptional sound quality…no really!  They may not look like they are going to dazzle you with deep bass and rich treble, but get ready for a very pleasant surprise. And there’s more! The sportsbands also have a built in microphone, which, when connected (wirelessly) to you mobile phone allows you to receive crystal clear calls at the touch of a button.  But what if you are using some other bluetooth enabled music device, how will you hear your phone ringing I hear you ask? Step forward the sportsbands penultimate party piece. These clever little headphones get round this little dilemma by allowing you to connect them to two bluetooth devices…at the same time. So you can be reading an e-book on you iPad while listening to the melodic tones of Mozart and at the touch of a button can answer a call, to let the Mrs know that you’ll be home soon and that you like your steak medium ;-)

Back to the training though…the sportsbands final party piece lets you control your music device without having to take it out of your pocket. Stylishly incorporated onto the side of the right side headphone are controls for skipping tracks, forward and back and volume controls…yes you guessed it, up and down.

So if you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m pretty pleased with my purchase. Not only have they changed the way I exercise, but they’ve allowed me to enjoy my music at the same time. In addition to everything else, they are light and comfortable to wear for extended periods and no matter how hard you train, they are guaranteed to be sweat resistant, so no more excuses, get a pair and get running!

  Want to see more on this product? Check out its full features and specs at AMP3 – Click Here

 
 Review by Zach Welensky – Accounts Manager

 

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AMP3 Product Sleepover: Elliot takes the Archos 43 16GB Internet Tablet home for a night and tells us what he thinks…

I bet you are sitting there wondering what a ‘product sleep over’ is!?  Well not to fear you are about to find out!

Here at AMP3 we value giving our customers an informed, open and honest opinion.  How can we give you the whole picture if our staff members haven’t had first hand experience with the products we are offering you?  Well now we can!  We are encouraging our staff members to take home and trial products for themselves, and everyday we will post up our results right here on our blog!

This week, our Sales Supervisor, Eillot gets some hands on time with the Archos 43 16GB Internet Tablet.

Check out this excellent video review of the nifty little Internet tablet…

Pros: Decent sized screen, WiFi, Android App Market, G-Sensor works well, nice customizable features,

Cons: Resistive touch screen (I prefer a capacitive screen, like when the screen responds to the little touches!)

Verdict: Overall i did really like the player.  The price point makes it a very good choice if you are looking for a small portable multimedia tablet.   The size is perfect for slipping into your pocket and using it on-the-go is easy!  The sound quality is as good as anything out there in terms of the Internet tablet scene.  When it comes down to it, if you are in the market for a handy, portable Internet tablet that has loads of options and can be used for business then I do recommend the Archos 43!

 

 

 Want to see more on this product? Check out its full features and specs at AMP3 – Click Here

 

      

Archos 43
Archos 43 Internet Tablet

 

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MEElectronics HT-21 –My love will never be over!

12/03/11 – 9:00 PM – Snowing Happy Day in Edinburgh!

Tonight is gonna be a good night: I have finally got a superb sample of MEElectronics HT-21 Portable Headphones in my hands and the full night in front of me to experience them!

First look: the packaging has nothing fancy.  The headphones are wrapped in a simple black and plastic box. It also contains a small pouch, it’s plastic too, but it looks handy to carry the headphones on the go.

When I first grabbed the set of headphones. They looked fantastic and comfy: swivel cups, adjustable and foldable headband. I couldn’t wait to plug them to my netbook and test their sound quality comfort - on goes some Deezer!

15 minutes later and that’s me – with Jean Rock in my ears (small digression for your culture – Jean Rock is a French founder of nightclubs, disc jockey and singer-composer!) and his famous last composition “my love is over” – I am in love with the HT-21. One thing is sure: my love will never be over for you HT-21!

Despite my first feeling regarding the packaging – really sorry guys but I have come from a Marketing background and the small things make a difference for me – I can’t stop nodding my head to the beat of the music. I guess I even started singing, perhaps a little too loudly!? I have just glimpsed the face of one of my flat mates: “Are you training for the next X-factor?!”

The sound quality is excellent. It is clear and premium. MEElectronics didn’t leave the things half finished. Thanks to the addition of enhanced and deep bass, these headphones deliver a stunning sound!

2 hours later and I am feeling the happiest reviewer on earth because my very sensitive ears can still tolerate these headphones. MEElectronics’ secret: they have cleverly thought out the design of the cups. First the supra-aural shape enables any listener to wear the HT-21 with comfort for long hours. The cups rest on the ear. Secondly, the closed design cuts outside noise and reduces sound that others nearby can hear. I stopped singing and I am sure that I am not bothering my flat mates with my crazy French songs!

Finishing the test with “Rainbow of love” – thanks Bob for this great song so appropriate when looking at the Scottish weather – in ears, I have a look at the HT-21 compatibility. Once again MEElectronics adapted its newest technology according to the current trends: you can use them with iPod, iPhone, MP3/CD/DVD players, computers and all devices with a standard 3.5mm jack.

11:00 PM - It is time to repack.  Slipping these foldable portable headphones in its handy pouch is easy and they fit into my handbag rather neatly. Compact, lightweight, I know they will be ideal for my bus journey tomorrow morning.

Verdict:

  • I love: the portable, compact and very comfortable to wear for long hours of listening aspect; the stunning sound quality and the surprising price – very affordable; the wee pouch to carry them every day.
  • I hate: the packaging in plastic and not eyes catching!
  • Highly Recommended – a must have this year.

Want to see more information on this product?  Click Here – for the AMP3 Product Page.

AMP3 HT-21

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