The Sony SS-A5 La Voce Speakers

“It’s a Sony” Ok, unless you’re talking about flat screen TVs or their new Xperia phones, this statement might not catch a second notice. When talking about speakers, Sony usually gets that ho-hum bland reception. Understandably though, since this Japanese giant was not really known for high-end audio stuff, moreso speakers. But being the giant … Continue reading

A Short Story (2)

  A little boy once dreamt of building a sand castle…   ” He was building the castle with his friend and they both decided that the castle be a grand one.  Starting  with a huge base, they slowly built their way up.  They were both laughing, joking, and simply enjoying themselves as the sand … Continue reading

Monster Receivers

Excerpt from Vintage Stereo Collection To see full article: Monster Receivers I had already obtained a decent collection of these middle-of-the-line units when I stumbled upon the Monster Receiver Forum. Members of this forum are enthusiasts of the >100 watts/ channel top-of-the-line models. Affectionately called “Monsters”, these were gargantuan beasts both in size and weight. Highly … Continue reading

Shape Shifter (Santana)

June 2012 Ok, I admit I enjoy Santana’s collaboration with Michelle Branch, Rob Thomas etc. – and am happy for the success of these alliances. But I terribly miss what the man does best – play the guitar! Well the maestro is back – and back in vintage form if I may say so. Santana’s … Continue reading

Reinventing a Classic

   by MYKA D, BASCO January 21, 2015 “There is a certain romance in the character of discarded timber”, said Boy Bustamante, the man behind the unique and classy products of Woodstocks. Woodstocks is an online brand that produces furniture for audio applications – record/audio equipment racks, record cabinets, storage chests, etc.  All these are … Continue reading

The Sansui Eight Receiver

The Sansui Eight receiver is truly a class act. The Eight was the last receiver manufactured by Sansui before the 1973 oil embargo enabling the company to go all-out in the design and features of this model. Sansui, as well as other audio outfits, did not have this luxury on succeeding models due to the … Continue reading

Gingerbread Man

Sometimes, life hands you a worn-out mitt. You’re the catcher on left field with butter fingers – stumbling, fumbling, bungling to catch that elusive ball all game day. As the ninth inning’s about to wind up, all bases loaded, the batter whacks the ball. Fate pulls a fast one and wills the ball towards you. … Continue reading

Weekend Parties (circa early 70’s)

Before the advent of Disco, we awkwardly stomped our feet -as an excuse for dancing 🙂 –  to some R&B/rock tunes like KJee’s Niteliters, Rare Earth’s Get Ready,  The Tempt’s Cloud Nine, Cold Blood’s Valdez In The Country, etc. Pati Smoke on the Water at In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, pinagpipilitan nating isayaw. 🙂 Faded jeans, shoulder length locks, … Continue reading

Records of Time: Slow and steady resurgence of vinyl albums

Online Article Vinyl records have not ridden the lightning just yet. It has, almost faded to obscurity, through the rise of cassette tapes and music CDs, driving the medium to an underground settlement where audiophiles kept its spirit alive in the trunk of their cars. Now, there is a resurgence of vinyl records. Not a … Continue reading