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K-14: Process used to develop Kodachrome slide film. See Kodachrome.

Klipschorn:  Iconic speaker created by audio legend Paul Klipsch in 1946.  The Klipschorn used three horn drivers and was configured for corner placement only as the bass horn was folded and used the walls as part of the speaker.  It is also referred to as a “corner horn.” The Klipschorn was developed to compensate for the very low powered amplifiers of the time and is very efficient at 105 dB/wM, enabling it to play loudly with very little power.  (Compared to a typical 87 dB/wM speaker of today , the Klipshorn plays at the same volume with less that 1/50th the power.)   The Klipshorn is still in production today, over 50 years later and is a key part of our audio heritage. See dB/wM, Sensitivity.

Kodachrome: Slide film developed by Kodak. For many years Kodachrome was the industry standard for resolution, color accuracy, and archival storage properties. The K-14 process used to develop Kodachrome film is extremely complex and uses subtractive dyes that are added during processing. See Subtractive Colors.

KURO: Name brand given to plasma sets manufactured by Pioneer Electronics. KURO is a Japanese word for black and is meant to describe the ability of the sets to reproduce convincing blacks, a deficiency in most plasma TVs. KURO sets are widely regarded as being among the best plasma televisions available. See Plasma Television.