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Can a Milwaukee museum play a role in racial healing?

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Introducing the 2017 Oscar Nominations for Music (Original Score)

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Celebrating 10 years: Anime Milwaukee is more than just cosplay

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Are headphones at the end of an era?

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It seems a bit odd that a decision by one company to change a piece of their hardware could have such a wide-ranging effect. However, Apple’s decision to pull the cord on the aux jack could change the future of headphones as we know it.

The headphone jack actually started right here in Milwaukee. John Koss pioneered and standardized the use of the headphone jack across the world. So, in a way, removing the headphone jack is the end of an era.

 

John Koss

 

“In reality my grandfather is the one responsible for standardizing the aux headphone jacks on hardware,” says Michael Koss, Vice President of Marketing and Product at Koss Corporation. “When he introduced the world first SP3 Stereo-phone in 1958, zero record players had a headphone jack. People had to take the thing apart if they wanted to connect them. So that was one of the biggest challenges early on. He got the headphone jack to be standardized. So it’s something the goes down with the history of our brand.”

Koss has been a worldwide manufacturer of headphones since 1958, almost 20 years before Apple was founded. Seeing it’s industry changing due to Apple’s decision may seem a bit like the tail wagging the dog.

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City hall to honor Milwaukee Black history makers during February

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