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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Sep 24, 2003 0 comments
Photos by Tony Cordoza Take a good look at the Yamaha MusicCAST system: it just might be a glimpse into the future of home audio entertainment. The MCX-1000 server (above), essentially a CD recorder on steroids crossed with a digital music server, provides two main improvements over traditional playback devices.
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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Apr 05, 2008 0 comments

Personal hovercraft. Jet-propelled backpacks. Robots that automatically prepare your meals and clean up afterwards. And everyone's favorite - weekend junkets to the orbting Hilton space station. Back in the optimistic 1950s, technology writers were confident that by the 21st century, such things would be a part of daily life.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Oct 03, 2006 0 comments

Point the finger almost anywhere you want. After all, there's plenty of blame to go around. Cable companies didn't really support it. TV manufacturers charged extra for it. The people who designed it left out a few things. And the federal government - it started the whole mess.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Nov 10, 2004 0 comments

This is not your father's stereo - or your iPod. The Bose Lifestyle 38 combines elements of both and adds its own share of functionality and flexibility. The Lifestyle series has been a Bose mainstay for years, offering DVD playback with 5.1-channel surround sound in an attractive, easy-to-use package.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Oct 19, 2011 0 comments

The iPhone 4S was released last week. Of course, people were camping out at Apple stores to buy it. Of course, Apple sold a zillion of them in the first five minutes. Of course, you already have one, and you're probably reading this blog on it.

Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: May 21, 2007 0 comments

Let's be honest: No one really cares about treble response. What's that all about anyway? "Air" or something? Give me a break. Frankly, if you are a real music lover or movie buff, you've been listening at loud levels for plenty long enough to fry your ears' high-frequency response anyway. Good riddance. And what's the deal with midrange?

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jan 26, 2011 0 comments

Ah, the remote control. The gizmo that gets no respect. Lost under the sofa cushions, berated when its batteries are dead, made into a chew toy by the dog, cursed at for having too many buttons, cursed at for having too few. And now the poor thing seems destined to become yet another fine piece of technological roadkill.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Apr 16, 2013 0 comments

Back in the day, as you drove off the dealer's lot, you turned on the radio. And that radio stayed on, all the time, for the life of the vehicle. Whether or not you were actually listening to it, the sound of the radio was as reassuringly present as the purr of the motor. That is changing.

Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jan 05, 2008 0 comments

Who or what is Alcyone? I would have accepted the following answers: 1) In Greek mythology, the daughter of Aeolus. 2) The brightest star in the Pleiades cluster.

I would also have accepted: 3) A compact home theater system with speakers that look like softballs.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Feb 29, 2012 0 comments

8-track tape, cassette, MiniDisc, DAT. They all have two things in common. You don’t find them in new cars anymore. And, like lots of other technologies that have come and gone, car radios have easily outlasted them. Actually, add CD to that list. Within a few years, that’ll be gone. But is AM/FM radio on the endangered species list too?


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