Resurrect a Sony WM-F100 III with a $3.09 Belt

In the 80’s, Macy’s sold this particular Walkman for $225.00.   With an annual inflation of 2.74%, that’s $479.25 in 2014 dollars.  Unlike the clunky plastic-fantastic turquoise sensibilities of other 80’s electronics, the Sony WM-F100 III was made of metal and built to last.  It represented premium Japanese engineering, but with an unseen Achilles tendon. When […]

Bend the Harmony Smart Control to Your Will

This remote system has just enough flexibility to do the job in spite of itself.  My use case:  Sony KDL-55EX501 TV, Onkyo TX-SR508 Receiver, Sony PS3 and a Windows Media Center PC with an ORtek VRC-1100.  Tips:  Use the Windows app instead of the smartphone app for configuration, and make use of selective HDMI control […]

A Little Dot of Sonic Love

People spend ridiculous amounts of money on audio gear for many reasons, but for me, it comes down to the smile that involuntarily creeps up when I experience music in a new way. The first time you notice the genius of a killer groove, hear a new instant classic, or feel electric wizardry reveal  sonic […]