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50 Years - 5 Songs - 50 Weeks: 2014

This is week three of our 50 week journey to explore the music of the last 50 years. Every Friday during 2017 we’re going to offer up five songs from each of the last fifty years that tell the story of music as it existed during that year, and how that music ultimately played a role in getting us to where we are today.

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How An Analog-to-Digital Converter Works: A Digital Music Primer

With the release of our powerful new active music system, the LS50W, we thought it might be a good time to take an in-depth look at some of the technology that makes the LS50W a product we are so proud of. So, over the next few weeks we’re going to examine the technology behind the product. The LS50W is a high-end digital music system that allows you to play music from an amazing variety of formats.

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The Whispering Gallery

The term Whispering Gallery Wave was coined by John William Strutt (Lord Rayleigh) in 1878 after he dispelled a common misconception that you could hear whispers from across the room in any part of the dome at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Strutt, an English physicist and pioneer in the field of interaural audio dynamics, found that sound waves traveled along the edge of the smooth surface of the arch of the dome without dissipating as they would in air, hence arriving at a listener's ear placed near the smooth edge of the arch on the opposite side of the dome with much the same volume as when they left the speaker's mouth. 

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Greatness. Amplified

Greatness. Amplified.

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Why Do Fingernails Scraped On A Chalkboard Bother Us So Much?

Cringing at the sound of fingernails being scraped on a chalkboard is an evolutionary remnant of the time when danger lurked just outside the cave and the quicker we responded the better our chances of survival. So the next time you hear one of these offensive noises, after you're done cringing thank your ancestors for developing an auditory alarm system that made you possible.

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Masters of Sound with Henry Jackman

Last month KEF Masters of Sound took the show on the road to Hollywood where we were honored to sit down with Henry Jackman for a conversation that covered the art and philosophy of scoring music for film and the science of how it all comes together for a seamless cinematic experience. With an amazing list of credits to his name, including Captain America: Civil War, Wreck-It Ralph, Captain Phillips, Pixels and the soon to be released Birth of A Nation, Henry Jackman is the fast becoming the pre-emiment composer for film.

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