Daniel Kumin

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Daniel Kumin Posted: Jan 27, 2003 0 comments
(Photos by Tony Cordoza) Let me tell you about my very first hard-disk drive. It was about the size of a VCR and made as much noise as a small refrigerator. It cost about as much as a refrigerator, too-but who cared?
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Daniel Kumin Posted: Aug 21, 2002 0 comments
Digital satellite receiver with high-definition digital outputs? Check. Widescreen HDTV with progressive-scan display? Check. Digital surround receiver with 100 watts each for six channels and lots of digital audio inputs and outputs? Check. DVD player with DVD-Audio and progressive-scan outputs? Check.

Great picture, but where's the sound? Oh, yeah - better throw in some speakers, too . .

Daniel Kumin Posted: Jul 29, 2002 0 comments
Photos by Tony Cordoza

Dreaming of a preamp/processor to anchor a high-performance home theater, you'd probably imagine some pretty sophisticated hardware. It would have 6.1-channel Dolby Digital EX and DTS-ES Discrete decoding, of course, along with outputs for either one or two back surround speakers.

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Daniel Kumin Posted: Jul 22, 2002 0 comments
Surely there are few more subjective tasks than evaluating speakers solely by listening. One audiophile's meat is another one's poison, after all.
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Daniel Kumin Posted: Apr 18, 2002 0 comments

There once was a time when audio/video components didn't have USB or Ethernet ports. When "kilobits per second" was not a hi-fi term. When a kid who stumbled over a stack of LPs in a dumpster actually knew what they were.

Daniel Kumin Posted: Mar 05, 2002 0 comments

The two-tiered THX certification system for A/V components reminds me of canned black olives: the smallest ones you can buy are labeled "large," and they range upward from there to "jumbo," "colossal," and, I suppose, "gargantuan." Similarly, the lowest THX rating, THX Select, is awarded to very good midprice gear, while THX Ultra2 (an upgrade of plain ol

Daniel Kumin Posted: Mar 03, 2002 0 comments

Sometimes boring is better, like Canada's boringly complete and universal health care, boringly low crime rates, and boringly high educational levels. And then there's the boringly predictable excellence and value of the speaker systems that march south from Canada to the showrooms and home theaters of the lower 48.

Daniel Kumin Posted: Dec 06, 2001 0 comments

The "trickle-down" economics theory didn't work, but it sure seems to describe what's happening in the world of home theater electronics. Take one of the latest multichannel refinements, those 6.1- and 7.1-channel surround modes that require adding one (or two) back surround speakers to the standard five-speaker-plus-subwoofer array.

Daniel Kumin Posted: Aug 05, 2001 0 comments

Almost 20 years ago matrix-encoded Dolby Surround videotapes and laserdiscs brought surround sound to home theaters. Almost 15 years ago Dolby Pro Logic decoding raised the ante by extracting a center-channel signal from Dolby Surround recordings. And more than half a decade has passed since Dolby Digital brought discrete digital 5.1-channel surround sound home.

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