- 1970 - 1975)
of the all-time Sony design icons and well-remembered stereo separates.
sized, terribly good-looking, not that bad sounding, lightweight
and - successful : Sony sold many TA-88 and ST-80F and ST-88
The SQA-100 surround-sound adapter is a bit more rare (but directly
made to fit these original '88s) ; the SS-5088 two-way loudspeakers
are more of the invisibilia kind and were available only in several
original ST-80 (1967) and ST-80F (1969,
shown below, F for FET) already were stereo tuners but didn't have
a LED to confirm stereo reception ; the 1970 ST-88
did, and so did the european ST-88L
version (L for LW, long-wave).
The 1970 TA-88 only saw one
version and was to be complemented by the 1971 SQA-100
4-Channel decoder/amplifier - the former powering the front channels,
the latter the two rear speakers and the connection being the 88's
of these represent full-size high-fidelity, nor sonic powerhouses,
of course, but their imprint on small-size audio design was big
enough to launch a continuous series of "me-too" products
from other brands throughout the 1970s.
Even the (sadly unproduced) Hitachi, Victor and Kenwood 1980/81
equivalent systems did clearly bear the mark of Sony's little 1960s
the current crop of mini systems can't replicate the solid simplicity
of the 88s.