The Kumin Factor

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Daniel Kumin Posted: Apr 07, 2014 1 comments
When shopping for amplifier power, most of us calculate, consciously or otherwise, watts-per-dollar. I’m here to suggest another metric: pounds-per-watt, (kilos, if you prefer), divided by dollars. Amplification by the pound.
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Daniel Kumin Posted: Jun 27, 2016 3 comments
And the last shall be first....
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Daniel Kumin Posted: Oct 12, 2015 4 comments
A return to live playing reiterates how far we have to go.
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Daniel Kumin Posted: Nov 09, 2015 1 comments
Our own Nostradamus on the perils of prognostication.
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Daniel Kumin Posted: Sep 02, 2014 16 comments
I’m mad as hell, and I have no choice but to keep taking it.
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Daniel Kumin Posted: Mar 21, 2016 3 comments
While computer algorithms, given adequate input, have generated more-or-less recognizable Bach counterpoint in two and even three voices, the synthesis of an entire, musically coherent two-part invention, let alone a form as complex as a Bach-style Fugue, appears to remain beyond them…for now.
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Daniel Kumin Posted: Jun 08, 2015 2 comments
It’s a self-administered “quiz” on file-format and audio quality, with six music segments presented, each with three clickable, on-screen “Play” buttons…
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Daniel Kumin Posted: Mar 30, 2015 4 comments
A new screen reinforces an old truth...
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Daniel Kumin Posted: Aug 01, 2016 13 comments
Multiple new surround formats pile on an already confused consumer. Can home theater survive it?
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Daniel Kumin Posted: Apr 22, 2015 3 comments
How high is high-resolution? How stereo is stereo? How many bits are really dancing around inside your DAC?
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Daniel Kumin Posted: Dec 08, 2015 2 comments
A pair of musical deaths you may have missed.
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Daniel Kumin Posted: Mar 24, 2014 2 comments
It’s the music, stupid. This is what I try to remember whenever I start worrying about audio.
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Daniel Kumin Posted: Jul 27, 2015 1 comments
Sure, everybody knows Ludwig van Beethoven. But how about his slightly less famous baroque predecessor (Johann) Ludwig Krebs?
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Daniel Kumin Posted: Jul 14, 2014 1 comments

Get comfortable, everybody; it’s story time.

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Daniel Kumin Posted: Aug 31, 2015 7 comments
It's what's inside that counts.

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