Monday, 20 February 2012

My Review on the Ozaki WoW Dual Bass 2.2 Audio System

Being a (wannabe) musician and the go to guy when it comes to wiring up home theaters, I am certainly no stranger when it comes to speaker systems; heck, me and my cousin have built countless custom full or half stacks/cabinets of speakers back in the day (I'm talking like an old man again).

My custom 5.1 speaker system before was hooked up to my TV, DVD player, and my gaming systems, as well as my desktop (when it was still alive, R.I.P. Rinax 1.0 T.T), but was soon replaced with another 5.1 system, quite fittingly, the early generations of Ozaki speakers... but shockingly died along with my desktop (I've done a lot of customizing on my desktop, plus overclocking; customized how the power reached each of my systems, including the speakers, ultimately caused the death of them all).

So I reverted to my trusty 2.1 speakers I got for 10 bucks back at '06 in the States; though, it is built cheap, the sound quality was enough to make me happy since I can't buy any new speaker system or build 1 as of the moment.

Hearing better days with those speakers, I thought of finally getting me new speakers for my laptop; and stumbled into Ozaki WoW (Woofer of Woofer) Dual Bass 2.2 Audio System. Having used Ozaki in the past, I knew of their sound and build quality. But time sure flies, and they have indeed improved their build quality since then. As for the sound? Well, for something smaller than my previous Ozaki system, and lowered down the satellites from a 5 into a 2 satellites system, may make this speaker system the underdog, but no! This was more than what I expected, especially from the price I had to pay (P980 in Marquee), it made than made up for the lack of more satellites as they are loud enough, plus, instead of 1 subwoofer, you get 2 (hence, 2.2)!!

Really happy with how the sounds come off of this in general. But of course, I can't always sing praises...

As you should know by now, I am disappointed by the lack of more satellite speakers to create a full surround sound, but apart from that, as I may praise the sound quality, I feel that sounds from the higher end is a bit too... well... high. It's as if the treble is on the max (which it isn't); I did fix this with my many EQ presets. There are occasional "pop/crackling" sounds, but that might be my copy of the speaker system. The lower end of the sounds are great, owing to the dual bass, and for the mids, it could be better... but that's prolly just my ears and you can always fix that if you know your EQ settings.

With all that said, ehrm typed, I still love these speakers. Literally BANG (of the bass) for the buck! Apart from the subtle mids and highs needing a bit of tinkering with the EQ, this is indeed a well built, great sounding system.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone needing a cheap upgrade (yes, I consider this an upgrade) to their speakers.

I am not an official reviewer of electronic gears/gadgets, but if I were to rate this out of 10 (being the highest), I'd give this a solid 8 out of 10.

Here are some photos from my iPhone (bad quality, I know; LOL I won't use my DSLR just for these kinds of shots! Waste of actuations!)

The Box: In all it's yellow glory

The Gold Plated Ozaki Logo on the Dual Bass subwoofer cabinet

The whole system plus it's 3.5mm to RCA cable (I'm glad the guys at the shop weren't confused when I designated the wires base on their real names and not by their description; yes, geek moment). Ignore the messy living room LOL

 Close inspection... well not that close

Closer inspection... again, not really that close

The left satellite next to my current workstation, Acer Aspire 4920G (a beast in it's day; hope to upgrade by the end of the summer to an Acer Aspire AS4755G)

The right satellite next to my HP f1703 17" LCD monitor (now being used as a secondary since Rinax 1.0 died; hope to upgrade into an affordable AOC 20" LED by the end of summer... I like the idea of dual monitors nowadays LOL). NOTE: the wallpaper on the monitor is from a fellow flickr photographer and not mine.

My current setup

The subwoofer cab featuring not 1 but 2 subwoofers. The blinding (and in a few articles, cancerous) blue LED to signify it being powered on. And my eneloops on the floor just in from of Rinax 1.0 (A Quad Core Q9400, 4gb DDR2 800mhz, Geforce 8800gt... I built this myself T.T I miss her)

Sunday, 19 February 2012

If You Feel a Little Lonely...

Had a blast from the past when I went to Pangasinan. I stumbled upon the CD my Dad purchased here in Angeles years ago, "David Gates & Bread: Essentials". No, I wasn't born in the 70s to have a blast from the past when listening to them, I did, however listened to them a lot one summer break at '98 by way of a cassette tape my sister, Debbie, owned... yes, it was the same "David Gates & Bread: Essentials" but on cassette.

So, having been reunited with the heavenly melodic tunes from Mr. Gates, Mr. Griffin, Mr.Knechtel, Mr. Botts, and yes, even Mr. Royer, and being a lot older than I was when I listened to that cassette tape at '98, I grew to love their songs twice, no, ten times as much.

From the heartaching "Aubrey", to the song I feel inclined to me "Guitar Man"; each song has it's own atmosphere and it wasn't all too flashy or trying hard to impress. It was subtle yet powerful.

I became hooked to a song from Mr. Gates when he decided to have his solo album, I believe from his second solo album, the title is "Never Let Her Go"; how he sang this is perfect and the lyrics are justified.

I certainly love nearly every single song in this "Essentials" album. Each song, a treat in their own right; perfect in any situation; and simply pleasing to the ears in the sense that you won't hear overkilled  distorted guitars, over the top solos, but instead, instruments doing what they are made to do... play in perfect harmony, along with the wonderful vocals, create an atmosphere that only my ultimate favorite, The Cure, band can do.

This is why my favorite genre of music is rock (and all it's subgenres, minus the emo stuff) from the '60s-'90s. It may be biased, and I may not be a true music fan since I like only one genre; to each his own, I say.

So here's "Never Let Her Go"...

And so! If you feel a little lonely, go out and find your one and only.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Bye Tatang

Yesterday, I was at my Grandfather's funeral. There were a lot of people that truly loved him; from his immediate family, distant relatives, and to friends and well wishers. It was almost comparable to a celebrity's funeral. 

It was hurtful, but I don't know why I can't even shed a tear; might be a sign of dehydration... I don't know.

To think that I also had to lead the responses in the Church Mass; I have no qualms about speaking in front of people, but of course, giving the circumstances, it was a new and difficult experience.

No photos were taking by me during this moment. No... I left that to others to take care of now.

This is a simple entry dedicated to my Grandfather, Simplicio, Sr.. Love you Tatang! I'm sure you're happy up there in Heaven. Together with my other Tatang (father side) and next to our good Lord.

We will take good care of eachother here. So both of you need not worry. And I will become a good surgeon some day. I will...

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Leader of the Band

As I was eager to get back on track with my blogging after my midterm examinations, but I had received news about my already ailing Grandfather. His cancer has turned for the worse; a Stage IV Gastric Adenocarcinoma with metastases in his liver. That being said, he is terminal. Most likely my next few blogs will for him. So, instead of a pure photography, medical school, or music entry, this is going to be for my Gramps.

Always By Your Side

As I am typing this (February 13, 2012 at 12:15am), I am sitting in my grandparents’ kitchen table, taking a break from my readings (yes, even if I am currently in Pangasinan and will ultimately be excused from school activities this week, I still need to read), my Grandpa is still fighting… even when he said so himself “I can’t fight any longer.”

The Leader of the Band

He was confined for over a month in AUFMC, where my sis, Debbie, is currently a resident in training in the Department of Internal Medicine, but requested to return home at Pangasinan to wait for the inevitable. I wasn’t planning on coming along with the entire family as I still had classes, but as a request from my family, and my grandpa himself, I certainly can’t turn a whim. So, just like that, packed my clothes, laptop, and my trusty camera (along with booooooooooooks) and ended up here.

Here with most of my family, missing in action for now are my Dad and my Uncle Dario. Dad will be here later in the day and Uncle Dario will most likely be here by Thursday, which might be too late for him to see Gramps… And I will make it back home at Angeles for 3 or so exams on Thursday as well; I will be back on Friday though…

Another leader of a band is about to go, as my Gramps from my Dad’s side of the family passed away when I was younger… very young, in fact, that I didn’t know the very concept of death. Not saying now I know how to deal with death, no, it’s harder now that I understand what death and dying is, and in this field that me and my sister chose for our careers, we will no doubt have patients that will die on us, but me being just a second year medical student, and my sister being a first year resident, I don’t think we’re quite ready to have this, let alone, have our Gramps die on us (well, even more so for me…). I’m also not saying that losing this grandpa is harder than that of my father’s side, they were both tough.

The Leader of the Band

I always told this to my friends in class that it’s wonderful to see all my relatives and have my eldest sister visit here (completed our pack) but given the circumstances that brought them here, it’s quite sad. But that’s just the way it is…

Apart from the song “Leader of the Band”, the other song that is running around my head is Third Eye Blind’s “How’s It Going To Be”; How’s it gonna be, when you are not around… Wonder how the world lives on the way it was when my Gramps leaves… How’s it gonna be, when there’s no one there to talk to between you and me… Our conversations, albeit, not always making sense and filled with a lot of needless conjunctions and the like, they did mean more than they ever made sense… if that makes sense.

Grandpa, or Tatang as I would like to call him, is now 88 and really at the end of the road; he lived a great, great life, that’s for sure. All his children, of course including my Mom, have all come a long way; they have or have had great careers in their respective professions; his children’s children, are reaching their goals; he has done a great job. He should have nothing left to teach his children, or even us; he has nothing left to worry about… we won’t abandon each other.

The Leader of the Band

This really puts perspective to my chosen career path. At first, I felt that I can’t handle this. But it’s natural seeing that he is my grandfather in all, that’s why I can’t be objective… everything becomes subjective and biased. Right now, my emotions are taking the best of me. I thought since I’m a guy, I can’t be this emotional, but was I wrong. With him... I promise, that I will become the best surgeon I can ever be.

To my Grandpa, Tatang, I salute one of the toughest trooper I have ever met. You fought hard and long; You became a great father and that of a grandfather; You are the Leader of this Band; and How’s It Going To Be when you are not around? That I am not too certain, but I can assure him, that we will take care of each other and make him proud.

The Leader of the Band

I love you, Tatang.

Friday, 3 February 2012

End of Midterms!

Ugh, I got nothing else to say but the fact that my midterms (bloody midterms) is done and dusted. Will be back adding entries related to my photography, musical, and medical life as I mature in each category.