Ken C. Pohlmann

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Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 06, 2017  |  0 comments
How many times has this happened to you? You ask your car to phone Peggy, and instead it orders a pizza? Or maybe you ask for directions to Rochester and instead it changes your radio station? How come car voice systems can’t work as well as all the other voice systems we use? Ford asked the same question, and Alexa answered the call.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 06, 2017  |  0 comments
High-Res Audio is alive and well, thank you very much. New hardware is arriving, as well as new high-res streaming services. Case in point, regarding the former, Pioneer showed the XDP-300R, its newest portable audio player. It joins the previous XDP-100R player but does not replace it.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 06, 2017  |  0 comments
Low, flat rectangular black boxes with a few buttons and displays. Boring. You need to add a little buzz to your stereo shelf. For example, how about a Beehive? If you’re looking for a tube-driven headphone amplifier and DAC, this might be the hive for you.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 06, 2017  |  0 comments
Congratulations on waking up from that 10-year coma. Big yawn. While you were sleeping, wireless in-ear headphones became a thing. Actually, they are now a big thing. The HD1 joins Sennheiser’s Momentum lineup as one of the newest offerings.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 05, 2017  |  0 comments
When the zombies attack, the most important thing is to have your playlist cranking. In particular, if your list is heavy with Abba, the zombies will fearfully run away and attack someone else. Thus, the good news is that you are saved. The bad news is that you have to listen to Abba. All of which brings us to the Ion Survival Rocker.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 04, 2017  |  Published: Jan 05, 2017  |  0 comments
As you might know, Blue Microphones makes microphones. Really good microphones, actually. The company also makes some darn nice headphones. The newest members of the family are Ella and Sadie, along with Satellite.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 05, 2017  |  0 comments
Subwoofers are big and heavy. You hurt your back when you pick them up. One of the most important reasons for having children is so you can have them move your subwoofer. Right? Well, how about a watch-size subwoofer that you wear on your wrist? No children needed. Meet the Basslet.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 04, 2017  |  Published: Jan 05, 2017  |  0 comments
Braven is joining the fitness craze with four new performance-oriented wireless earphones. The in-ear models are part of the Flyte Sport series, complementing Braven's ActiveSeries. The new models are the Flyte Sport, Flyte Sport Reflect, Flyte Sport Power, and Flyte Sport Glo.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 05, 2017  |  0 comments
And you thought that headphones were all the same – just two cans with magnetics and stuff inside. Audio-Technica politely, but urgently, wants to update that notion with a plethora of new headphones. Two in particular caught my attention with their innovative conversion technology, and support of 24-bit/48-kHz wireless.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 05, 2017  |  0 comments
First, let’s make sure everyone knows who Franz Mesmer was. Ok – good. Now, let’s consider the JBL Pulse 3. I wanted to post a video of the Pulse 3 in action, but S&V’s crack legal staff wouldn’t permit it. It’s just too darn mesmerizing, and hence poses a liability issue for the magazine. Instead, you’ll have to be content with a photo, and my wholly inadequate description.

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