Ken C. Pohlmann

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Nov 04, 2005 0 comments

Digital amplifiers are nothing new - they've been around for years in powered subwoofers and, more recently, home theater box systems. But standalone digital receivers are a somewhat new revelation.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Oct 05, 2005 0 comments

Walk down any city street and you'll see nearly everyone sprouting earbuds and singing along to music heard only by themselves. Call me old-fashioned, but that bugs me. Back in the day, people who heard voices and music in their heads were thought to be witches and were burned at the stake. Today, they're just "Podding."

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Oct 02, 2005 0 comments

As I unpacked the box, I kept asking myself, "Yes, but where are all the speakers?" Your friends will ask, too, when they see the SurroundWorks 200 from Cambridge SoundWorks - and might wonder if you've decamped from the 21st century and returned to the days of mono.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Sep 06, 2005 0 comments

Sorry to break the news, but your shiny, spiffy iPod is an obsolete piece of junk. Ditto the other electronic toys you tote in your L.L. Bean knapsack. They'll soon be vacuumed up, integrated, and reissued as a new paradigm that we can't live without.

Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Sep 05, 2005 0 comments

Last time I checked, there were five different recordable-DVD disc types - a potential compatibility catastrophe. Wouldn't it be great if someone invented a player that could play all kinds of DVDs? Even better, what if it was also a recorder?

Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Sep 04, 2005 0 comments

Starved for new music? For talk (left, right, or center)? Sports? Comedy? Weather and traffic? Satellite radio delivers all these and more by the dozen. Yamaha is among the first A/V receiver makers to bring satellite radio home, via a new XM-ready line that includes the RX-V657 model here.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jun 17, 2005 0 comments
Fast Facts

RATED POWER 150 W x 7 into 8 ohms with maximum 0.05 THD (channels driven in pairs) DIMENSIONS

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: May 18, 2005 0 comments

Over 10 million of them have been sold, and it seems like everybody has one. Some are pink, some are green, some are blue, some are black, but most are white. Owners caress them, lovingly running their fingers back and forth across "my precious." Some can hold 10,000 of your favorite songs, and they'll follow you wherever you go.

Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Apr 30, 2005 0 comments

Although many manufacturers claim their products are revolutionary, the truth is that most audio/video components are fairly generic. DVD players, surround receivers, and even speakers tend to be interchangeable parts of your system. It's rare - very rare - that a truly unique product comes along, one that radically departs from the norm.

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