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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jul 13, 2008 0 comments
JBL Classic Sound Redux ES80 JBL ES80 Having used JBL speakers in recording studios and at home for many years, there's something about them I've always found reassuring.
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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jul 02, 2008 0 comments

Congratulations! Way to go! You, the consumer, picked Blu-ray Disc over HD DVD as the high-def disc format of the future. And now, instead of two formats, we have one. Like it (those with cool, futuristic Blu-ray gear) or not (those with obsolete HD DVD junk), Blu-ray is the new world standard.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jun 11, 2008 0 comments

After 4 years of testy hostility and 2 more years of bare-knuckled conflict, the war between HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc came to an abrupt end. Hours before the start of the Consumer Electronics Show in January, Warner Bros. announced that it was abandoning HD DVD. Warner is the largest studio in the home-entertainment market, and its decision tipped the scales.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: May 21, 2008 0 comments

The Short Form

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Apr 30, 2008 0 comments

When your TV suddenly stops working at midnight on February 17, 2009, blame Vice President Dick Cheney. Back in 2005, the Senate's vote on a spending bill that included $1.5 billion to help people buy digital-TV converter boxes was deadlocked 50-50, so Cheney flew back from the Middle East to cast the tiebreaker.

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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: Apr 04, 2008 0 comments

I trudged through booth after booth, aisle after aisle, mile after mile, becoming increasingly depressed. The Consumer Electronics Show - held mainly in vast, warehouse-size buildings - was like an inventory manager's nightmare. Some idiot had leaned on the "TV" button and unwittingly ordered up a zillion screens.

Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Apr 02, 2008 0 comments
7 Soundbars: Simple to Lux 690283470999 Boston Acoustics Model 2 Think back to a time long ago (to a living room far, far away), and you might remember when TVs came in big, bulky cabinets.
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: Jan 03, 2008 0 comments

"Hey, stop hanging around! You're blocking the doorway!"

That's what shop owners were shouting at teenagers who were loitering outside stores and in malls. The kids were supposedly deterring adult customers - that is, the ones with more spending power.

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