System Tuning Tips

Galen Carol writes ….. “The magic is in the details. Nowhere is this statement truer than in the context of a high-end audio or video system. Many fine systems perform at sub-optimal levels due to a few overlooked details. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a collection of superb equipment fail to […]

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PS Audio: It’s about bucking trends

Paul McGowan writes: In yesterday’s post we learned that the size of a switching power supply is so much smaller than a conventional linear supply because the power transformer shrunk an order of several magnitudes – and it did this because we’ve managed to chop up the incoming AC into little tiny on/off bits through […]

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PS AUDIOThe last thing you want to do to a power amplifier is put something with impedance between it and the loudspeaker

Paul McGowan writes: The last thing you want to do to a power amplifier is put something with impedance between it and the loudspeaker.  It’s one of the reasons we spend so much time and money making sure the speaker cables we use are as thick as a horse leg, impede nothing and connect our […]

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PS Audio: Golden age of recordings

Paul McGowan: Mark Waldrup of AIX Records, Cookie Marenco of Blue Coast, Keith Johnson of Reference, Bruce Leek of Studio in the Forest, Peter McGrath of Wilson, Tod Garfinkle of M and A and John Atkinson of Stereophile are among a handful of excellent recordists who care that music sounds as if it were live […]

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PS AUDIO: How to explain the high-end?

Paul McGowan:  “The justification for a great music system is the same as for a great instrument: It makes possible a musical experience that cannot be duplicated by lesser means” My friend Jim McCullough who owns the Cello brand sent me that quote which reflect the philosophy his company and its products are based on. […]

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PS AUDIO: Oh!

Paul McGowan writes: Mark Lewis our resident Brit working in our sales department and helping me with the Reference system installed a pair of Anthony Gallo Strada loudspeakers for me to hear – having never heard a pair.  He’s really quite enamored with these odd looking loudspeakers and for good reason. I gave a listen […]

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PS AUDIO: ” ……. our little conspiracy is called a sample rate converter or SRC”

Paul McGowan writes:  There’s a quiet conspiracy afoot and something you should be aware of.  The conspiracy is one of “don’t ask don’t tell” from DAC manufacturers.  PS Audio is just as guilty as the rest. The issue is one I bring up consistently when I speak to audio groups and I am always surprised […]

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PS AUDIO: Direct to disc

Paul McGowan writes: In yesterday’s post we mentioned a Sheffield Direct To Disc recording and several readers asked me just what that was.  It was the most direct method of recording possible before the advent of digital and interestingly enough it was a throwback to the original recording technique.  Perhaps a bit of history is […]

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PS AUDIO: Paul McGowan been ‘Looking in the wrong place’?

The question came up why some amplifiers seem to sound better despite their higher levels of THD and IM distortions than others.  In fact, if you were around in the 1970′s when we had the “distortion wars” in consumer electronics, you’d probably remember how these battles created some of the worst sounding audio equipment ever […]

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TRACK AUDIO: Isolation feet

They say ….. Track Audio isolation feet feature a unique design based around an ingenious viscous damping system. Undesirable vibrations that would normally diminish the performance of you hi-fi are absorbed and converted into heat, leaving you free to hear from your loudspeakers only what the speaker designer intended. The result: an instant upgrade to […]

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PS AUDIO: The two mysteries I am plagued with at the moment are upper energy loss and polarity

Paul McGowan writes: There are many great mysteries in the world: how the pyramids were built, the Easter Island Moai, why whatever hair I lose on my head seems to pop up somewhere else, and I am sure there are plenty more.  There are two great mysteries in audio that are currently bugging me and, […]

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Placebo-philes

Audiophiles have gotten a lot of bad press recently, what with the apparently silly Pono music player (which plays much higher quality audio files despite almost no one being able to hear the difference) and the news from Wired magazine that “burning in” your headphones has no discernible effect on sound quality. Reading about the […]

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PS AUDIO “My friend and future partner, Arnie Nudell, took me under his wing and made a ……… “

Paul McGowan writes:  This post doesn’t really have anything to do with either broccoli or opera.  What it does have to do with is expanding your musical horizons. When I was growing up I hated broccoli; gave me a gag reflex.  Now I love everything about it.  My tastes haven’t changed, rather my field of […]

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