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Understanding that Troublesome Decibel

by Daniel Kumin The decibel, “dB” for short, is all over audio like flies on a forgotten Twinkie. Sure, you can ignore it, or sort-of understand it, but if your really want to know who’s who and what’s what in audio, it really ain’t that hard. Work, in the physics...

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Which Watts?

By Daniel Kumin More amplifier power will reproduce music louder (and more importantly, cleaner-at-the-limit) than less power; everybody knows that. But how much do you really need? I can’t answer that---not without knowing what speakers in what room; how placed; how furnished, and what ...

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The Best Way to Burn a CD in iTunes

By Geoffrey Morrison With storage space on computers and phones at levels that would have seemed absurd just a few years ago, there are fewer and fewer reasons to settle for compressed music. Whether you still buy CDs and import them, or if your CD collection has been collecting dust since you co...

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Living Without Wires: A Bluetooth Primer

By Darryl Wilkinson I hate cords, cables, and wires. Wires and cables collect dust, trip you, are never long enough (or are way too long), and in general make living with electronics a tangled mess. If you’ve ever had headphones wrenched from your ears when the cord got snagged on something...

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