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Bob Ankosko  |  Jul 01, 2021  |  0 comments

15 Minutes with Jon Kiachian, VP, Hearing Health Technologies at Knowles Corp.

Jon Kiachian has spent the past 16 years working with the likes of National Semiconductor and Texas Instruments in technology-management positions. Today he is a vice president and general manager at Knowles, the global company responsible for developing the tiny microphones that allowed us to hear sound from the surface of Mars earlier this year. Kiachian oversees the business unit that develops technology to improve sound quality in a variety of electronics devices — a pursuit that’s more important than ever as high-resolution (hi-res) music reaches the masses through the likes of Amazon, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Qobuz, and other streaming services. In his role at Knowles, Kiachian has become a hi-res evangelist of sorts who believes audiophiles are “duty bound” to convince the millions of listeners who settle for bad sound that there’s a better option — a way to make the music they love really come alive.

Bob Ankosko  |  Jun 29, 2021  |  0 comments
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Bob Ankosko  |  Jun 24, 2021  |  0 comments
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Bob Ankosko  |  Jun 22, 2021  |  0 comments
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Bob Ankosko  |  Jun 17, 2021  |  2 comments
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Bob Ankosko  |  Jun 16, 2021  |  0 comments
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Bob Ankosko  |  Jun 14, 2021  |  0 comments
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Bob Ankosko  |  Jun 10, 2021  |  0 comments
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Bob Ankosko  |  Jun 08, 2021  |  1 comments
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Bob Ankosko  |  Jun 03, 2021  |  0 comments
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