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Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jun 07, 2021  |  1 comments
Suppose you're head honcho of an orchestra. Cool gig! Then Covid arrives. You cancel your season and shut down the hall. You manage to keep the musicians on payroll, albeit at a reduced salary, but your revenue drops to zero. What do you do? You speed-dial an architectural firm.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  May 17, 2021  |  1 comments
As the saying goes, it sucks to grow old, but the alternative is much worse. And as we grow old, our hearing acuity declines. Ergo, we have hearing aids. But that product category is about to undergo rapid change, thanks to Bose and other audio companies.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  May 03, 2021  |  2 comments
I'm old enough to remember walking to the neighborhood record shop, buying a record, taking it home, and listening to it. My biggest worry was that the record might have a scratch on it, or might even be warped. Oh, how times have changed.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Apr 19, 2021  |  0 comments
Global pandemics and lockdowns have consequences. Who knew? Apparently, not everyone.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Apr 12, 2021  |  0 comments
You can admit it. You are intrigued. Of course, it can’t be true. But is it purely nonsensical? Is it a “pigs can fly” kind of declaration? Or is there someway, somehow, a grain of truth in it? And if that’s the case, how on earth could you conceivably connect the dots between the Little Corporal and the Compact Disc?
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Apr 05, 2021  |  2 comments
Which of these do not belong together?

  • Peanut butter / Jelly
  • Horse / Saddle
  • Hand / Glove
  • Movie theaters / The future

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Mar 29, 2021  |  1 comments
Okay, children! Time for a bedtime story! Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Goldilocks. While walking through the forest, she came upon a quaint little village. In that village there were three ways to watch movies...
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Mar 15, 2021  |  2 comments
Juxtaposition: noun. The fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect. The Dutch inventor of the Compact Cassette tape recorder has died. The Perseverance rover has transmitted an acoustic recording of laser shots on Mars.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Mar 01, 2021  |  4 comments
First, congratulations on your company's many successes, including your recent decisions that helped you to weather the lock-down storm. You strike me as a company that is well-run, and I hope you will agree that every well-run company listens to its customers. So, on behalf of audio/videophiles everywhere, I am asking you – begging you – to take into account one very special need of our community.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Feb 15, 2021  |  1 comments
The rover Perseverance is scheduled to touch down on the surface of Mars this Thursday, February 18 at approximately 12:55 pm, PST. I dare you to watch this NASA trailer, and tell me these landings aren't the coolest things ever. Also, this rover carries two microphones. If all goes well, for the first time, we'll be able to listen to sounds from the red planet.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Feb 01, 2021  |  5 comments
There is much speculation that, thanks to Covid, the era of the Hollywood blockbuster is over. While some may rejoice, I'm not so sure.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 18, 2021  |  0 comments
The War to End All Wars, finally, is over. The world breathes a sigh of relief. But what if, impossibly, there is another war? What if that new form of warfare, aerial warfare, is again unleashed against Britain? Surely we must prepare a defense against it. A sonic defense.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 04, 2021  |  0 comments
When it was first introduced, digital audio was criticized as sounding “cold” or “sterile.” I vehemently disagreed. What some listeners heard as cold, I heard as a lack of distortion. Even after all these years, I suppose that's something we can still debate. But digital audio is indeed cold and sterile. Not the sound quality - the fact that it isn't nearly as funky, quirky, and weird as analog audio. Which brings us to George Peckham.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Dec 28, 2020  |  4 comments
Because everything must be controversial, I am going to be controversial. This blog discusses God, politics, climate change, and Enzo Ferrari. Furthermore, if it causes lightning to strike you, so be it.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Dec 21, 2020  |  2 comments
2020 was not a particularly good year. In fact it was a horrible year. Normally, at year's end, we're supposed to reminisce about the year. But I think we'd all rather forget that 2020 ever happened. Let's ignore it, and instead skip back all the way to 1984, to a story about a Christian rock band, an LP record, and a very mysterious inner groove.

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