Ken C. Pohlmann

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Mar 24, 2015 0 comments
Last time, we took a quick look at some of the workings of Meridian's new MQA (Master Quality Assurance) technology. As we observed, MQA claims to shoehorn all the fidelity of a high-res file into a standard-res file size. Terrific. But with 24/192 and lossless formats already well established, what is the incentive to introduce a new format? It turns out that there are plenty of incentives.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Mar 10, 2015 2 comments
Meridian Audio Ltd. does some pretty cool stuff. Its hardware products are well known in audio circles, but it is their innovation at the further reaches of audio frontiers that really catches my eye. The latest example of Meridian's creativity, via Bob Stuart, is Master Quality Authenticated (MQA). MQA is an infrastructure of technologies designed to promote a high-quality signal path from the master recording to playback loudspeaker. More specifically, MQA is designed to stream hi-res files more efficiently than a brute-force transfer, and Meridian claims that it can improve the playback quality of the original file.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Feb 24, 2015 5 comments
"I think we should just be friends."
"You're going to make someone really happy someday."
"We should start seeing other people."
"It's not you, it's me."

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Feb 10, 2015 0 comments
The numbers don't lie. One look at sales figures will verify that Apple and Samsung rule the world of high-end smartphones. Every new phone is eagerly anticipated, and phone companies compete for first dibs on new models. Apple and Samsung - when it comes to smartphones, those are the names you think of. Sony - not so much. That is truly unfortunate, because in some ways, Sony is making far better phones.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jan 27, 2015 4 comments
Do you know what Tizen is? Tizen might be in your home right now. You might even be looking at it this very moment. Do you know why Samsung dearly wants to put Tizen in your home theater, and even, if possible, in your pocket? Hmm, my fellow citizens of Troy, maybe we should take a look at that big wooden horse sitting outside our city gates.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jan 20, 2015 13 comments
I am shopping for a new car. For me, a car is more than basic transportation. In fact, getting from point A to point B is far down on my list. For example, I would gladly trade a practical item such as a spare tire in return for a bit more performance. Things like cargo capacity and riding comfort are unimportant, while horsepower and 0-to-60 times are critical. I’ve always appreciated slick audio/video gear. Same thing with cars.
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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jan 13, 2015 2 comments
Much like puberty, the Consumer Electronics Show can be awkward, embarrassing, something to look forward to, and something to be glad about when it's finally over. During puberty, your voice gets deeper, hair starts to appear in new places, and you learn what the word “gonads” means. CES is exactly the same. However, unlike puberty, CES happens every year. To help you cope with the strangeness of CES, my curious young friend, here are some pointers from the show floor.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jan 09, 2015 0 comments
When it comes to guitars, Gibson knows a thing or two. And perhaps no guitar in its inventory is as well known as the Les Paul series. Les Paul, as you know, pioneered the solid-body guitar (as well as multi-track recording) and the world of music has never been the same. Now, Gibson is honoring the Les Paul guitars with three reference monitors with the same signature style

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jan 09, 2015 0 comments
There is no shortage of all-weather Bluetooth speakers but the Boomjacket takes longevity to a new level with 40 hours of playback time on a single charge. (Moreover, Altec Lansing claims that you don't have to lower the volume to achieve that.) The Boomjacket is the sequel to the Life Jacket; like its predecessor, the Boomjacket features rain/dirt/shock-proof construction; in addition to its improved playing time, it has improved sound quality and more mounting capabilities.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jan 09, 2015 0 comments
I like to sweat. Sweating is good. I like to listen to music. Most earbuds are destroyed by sweat, or else if they are sweatproof, they sound bad. Sennheiser has overcome that conundrum and sold some excellent sports earbuds in the past, but they have doubled-down on the product category with their new Sport Series comprising four new models, all aimed at our inner athlete clamoring to get stronger, fitter and faster.

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