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Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Sep 18, 2023  |  0 comments
Classical music has a problem. A tiny company, and the world’s largest technology company, both think they have the answer. They are strapping on their powdered wigs and stepping onto the podium. May the best baton win.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Sep 11, 2023  |  0 comments
What's the deal with the sound systems in Ford F-150 pickup trucks? You're driving along, minding your own business, when suddenly an ear-splitting noise erupts from your speakers. No, it's (probably) not a demon from hell. But whatever it is, something is very, very wrong with your truck.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Aug 28, 2023  |  5 comments
I remember it like it was yesterday. I was consulting for a car company and I needed to A/B two tweeters. I dashed over to the nearest RadioShack and picked up a speaker-switching box. Crazy to think about it now – a brick-and-mortar store selling something like that. Of course, RadioShack is just a distant memory now. Or is it? Is RadioShack making a comeback?

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Aug 14, 2023  |  0 comments
In 1697, in the play The Mourning Bride, British poet William Congreve wrote, “Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast. To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.” As it turns out, music also has the power to make us buy more stuff.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jul 31, 2023  |  7 comments
I guarantee that you will react to this news item in one of two ways:
First Way: “Oh, no! I wish they'd keep doing that!”
Second Way: “Wait. What? They're still doing that?”

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jul 17, 2023  |  0 comments
It is a fact that we all exist on the spectrum. That is, the spectrum of individuality. At the top of the spectrum are those rare individuals who are one of a kind, the nonconformists, the rebels. At the bottom of the spectrum are the common and docile ones, the sheeple. Where do you want to be?

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jun 27, 2023  |  0 comments
A few months ago, I described how a certain airline has devised a fiendish way to torment its passengers. That is, a type of torment beyond the usual run-of-the-mill torture of flying on any airplane. In a letter to the editor, alert reader Douglas Mandel commiserated with me but pointed out that I was overlooking another kind of torture that is much, much worse.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jun 19, 2023  |  3 comments
After decades of head scratching, chin rubbing, and extensively consulting the Magic 8-Ball, experts now agree that there is no such thing as a free lunch. However, somewhat unexpectedly, we now have free TVs. If you guessed that there are strings attached, you would be correct. Very correct.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jun 05, 2023  |  5 comments
So, I have this recurring nightmare where the spaceship's crew pushes me out of the airlock and, screaming, I am inexorably pulled into a black hole where I am transported into a new dimension where space and time cease to exist.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  May 22, 2023  |  0 comments
Mozart was a genius. Blah, blah, blah. You've heard it a million times. Well, whatever, if people say he was a genius, that's fine. But how would you like to watch a 5-minute video that shows why he was a genius? Right there – black notes on the white page – you can see exactly what genius looks (and sounds) like.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  May 07, 2023  |  1 comments
The dictionary defines a genius as someone who displays “exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability.” Nowhere in that definition does it say that a genius has to be infallible. That's something you and I share with a genius. Sometimes we are wrong.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Apr 24, 2023  |  3 comments
Like many of us, you are getting on in years. Whether through disease or simple wear and tear, the delicate mechanisms of your inner ears aren’t quite what they used to be. You might be hearing spurious tones, or just not hearing some things at all. If only you could get back your younger ears. Well, could I interest you in a neuroprosthesis?
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Apr 17, 2023  |  2 comments
Ohm's law describes the essential, bedrock principle upon which rests all things electrical. Consider the technological world around you. Everything that has electricity running through it owes its existence to this principle. And Georg Ohm was the guy who mathematically described it. Ohm's law. Pure genius. His contemporaries despised him.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Apr 03, 2023  |  1 comments
Here are the facts, which are not in dispute. Furthermore, I am not making this up. In a suburb of Richmond, Virginia, a man wearing a television on his head was leaving televisions on front porches.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Mar 20, 2023  |  1 comments
The year is 1964. Under a starry night sky, you are cruising down Route 66 in a new Mustang, listening to St Louis Cardinal baseball on KMOX-AM, the immortal Bob Gibson on the mound, throwing against the Cubs.