CLONES AUDIO: AP2 ‘giant killer’ preamplifier test review by Neil McCauley

  UK importer is LW Audio (Mr. Iain Borthwick)  http://lwaudio.co.uk/clones-audio iainborthwick@me.com UK RRP £937.49 including VAT @ 20% This is part #1 of a two-part test review and is an investigation of the product in use without its logical partners, the 55PM mono power amps Part #2 is the AP2 / 55PM in combination and […]

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PS AUDIO: “So the loudspeakers are at fault? No, not entirely. Here’s what I suspect. The ear/brain is just sensitive enough to ……. “

Paul McGowan writes: In my post “Through and open window” I mentioned that if I am walking down the street and hear a piano through an open window I know immediately if that’s the sound of a real piano or a recorded one.  Odd that we can do this even from affar and through a […]

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PS AUDIO: “I am not a speaker designer. But if I were, I would start to figure out how to make this the new standard for all loudspeakers I produced at my company”

Paul McGowan writes: In an earlier post we talked about how most of us aspire to have a dedicated listening room but don’t have the real estate to build one.  Instead, we have the shared living room to work with. Problem with this is the need for the loudspeakers to be placed 1/3 the way […]

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PS AUDIO: “A balance control that does not add any degradation thus becomes a necessary tool to achieving perfection.”

Paul McGowan writes: I have always considered the balance control on a preamplifier like a useless apendage – even worse, the extra componentry required for its implementation degrades the sound. Why would anyone want a balance control?  How many people actually ever use it?  Come on, be honest, isn’t your balance control set dead-center? Recently […]

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A Hybrid Electroacoustic Lumped and Finite Element Model for Modeling Loudspeaker Drivers

A hybrid method for modeling the acoustic characteristics of a loudspeaker driver. The method uses an electroacoustic lumped circuit model for the magnet, voice coil, and spider system. This includes the electrical and mechanical properties. The lumped model is coupled to a finite element (FE) model of the speaker cone and surrounding air. The diaphragm, […]

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McINTOSH: New Blu-Ray player, its first turntable preamplifier and high-res-audio-ready digital preamp

They say ….. C2600 Tube Preamplifier MP100 Phono Preamplifier MVP901 Audio Video Player McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, is proud to announce three new products: the C2600 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier, the MP100 Phono Preamplifier and the MVP901 Audio Video Player. Each product combines the best-in-class […]

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McINTOSH: Their PRYMA headphones

They say: We know you appreciate world-class sound quality and we have some great news to share with you. McIntosh is proud to introduce our sister company PRYMA as the newest member of the McIntosh Group family. PRYMA is the maker of the world’s finest headphones, designed and handcrafted by Sonus faber in Italy. Enjoy […]

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PS AUDIO: “It’s a shame my favorite live recording comes from the 1950′s and that there aren’t …. “

Paul McGowan writes:  As Audiophiles we constantly search for what we consider the holy grail; reproducing the sound of live music in our homes. Yet is it even possible given that most recordings don’t actually contain enough live information that helps us identify the recording space?  We can have the very best equipment in our […]

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PS AUDIO: “I am not in the mood to sit by and idly hope they might get around to sharing their wisdom and knowledge with us in some compiled form”

Paul McGowan writes: These recent nostalgic posts got me to thinking about the remaining luminaries of High-End’s glory period.  People like Mike Kay, Arnie Nudell and Harry Pearson (HP) who helped define the High-End at its peak. The knowledge, experience and wisdom locked up in their heads will be lost when they’re gone and we’ll […]

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PS AUDIO: Building a reference level sound room is no small task and, while a fun project, it’s …

Paul McGowan writes:  I promised a series that included a video of the setup for our new reference system in the PS Listening room – and I will deliver on that promise for those of you interested in following along. Building a reference level sound room is no small task and, while a fun project, […]

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PS AUDIO: ”Can I get that for $1000? If so, sign me up.”

Paul McGowan: I am reminded about the inevitable followup questions people ask after first hearing a high-end stereo system.  ”Can I get that for $1000?  If so, sign me up.”  always feel so inadequate explaining how this system is a compilation of many hand-selected pieces of equipment, hours of hand tuning and thousands of Editdollars.  […]

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PS AUDIO: “…… let the power amp drive the long cables and don’t stress out the preamp if you can help it.”

Paul McGowan writes: We all know it’s not good to get stressed out, but did you know preamp’s and sources feel the same way? Nothing stresses a preamp or source out more than having to drive an uncomfortable load like a long cable.  Some preamps and sources have better designs than others, but in general, […]

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