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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jan 06, 2016 1 comments
Beyer’s T5p was an excellent headphone and gained a certain audiophile following. According to Beyer, the Second Generation version offers improved tuning with slightly more bass, and some different building materials, as well as the ability to operate in a balanced mode.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jan 06, 2016 0 comments
Sennheiser advises that the new and improved version of its HD 800 is “one step closer to perfection.” It’s dangerous for marketing people to throw around the “p-word” but in the case of the HD 800, the claim isn’t entirely specious. The HD 800 is very highly regarded and the new HD 800 S is said to be even better.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jan 06, 2016 0 comments
Everyone and their brother (and mother) are making headphones these days, but Audio-Technica has been doing it for far longer than most. They continue to refine their designs, and are showing five new or upgraded headphones in their High Fidelity line.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jan 05, 2016 Published: Jan 06, 2016 0 comments
Shure is showing two very upscale products at CES: the KSE1500 electrostatic earphone system (MSRP $2,999) and SHA900 portable listening amplifier (MSRP $999).

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jan 05, 2016 0 comments
MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) is continuing its march toward sonic superiority. It announced that new partners will provide MQA content, and that HTC is demonstrating a smartphone equipped with a "proof of concept" MQA decoder.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jan 05, 2016 0 comments
70 years is a long time. Few companies make it that far. Klipsch, one of the survivors, and a storied company at that, is now under the VOXX corporate umbrella, and VOXX is celebrating its 70th anniversary.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Dec 22, 2015 4 comments
A couple of days ago, I was sitting in my home theater listening to some music—a recording of Beethoven’s 6th Symphony, actually—and it hit me: The symphony orchestra is the greatest analog audio playback machine ever invented.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Dec 15, 2015 2 comments
The UHD Alliance, a coalition of 30+ companies, is developing the technical standards that define the ecosystem of 4K Ultra HD television comprising displays, content, and distribution. The group has previously published various specifications, but the complete 4K Ultra HD specification has only just been completed, and will be debuted at the upcoming CES in 2016. The spec took forever to hammer out because of a curious disparity in display technologies. Exactly what the hold up? Brightness.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Dec 01, 2015 10 comments
I recently blogged about Millennials, the demographic that is displacing Boomers at the top of the consumer food chain. I described how Millennial purchasing will increasingly define the audio/video markets and their preferences will increasingly define the nature of those products. Predicting the future is a dangerous game, but much like watching a bunny passing through a python, we can observe demographic bulges passing through the consumer market. Let's take a closer look at Millennials.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Nov 24, 2015 3 comments
When you buy a Blu-ray Disc for $25, you expect the very best quality. When you rent a Blu-ray for $2, do you still expect the best? Or would the budget pricing lower your expectations? Do you simply assume that the bits comprising a rental movie are the same as the retail movie? You might be surprised to learn that not all bits are created equal. And therein lies a mystery.

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