The Beach Boys – Live In The Eighties (2CD)

Brilliant performances at the Philadelphia Spectrum and The Mall, Washington DC Includes the entire WNEW-FM broadcast, with 6 bonus tracks broadcast on Q107-FM It’s presented here together with background notes and images. The Beach Boys, live at the Philadelphia Spectrum, April 18th 1980 and The Mall, Washington DC on 4th July 1981 Following the turbulent […]

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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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Au Revoir Dave Wilson (1944-2018)

Wilson Audio founder, Dave Wilson, 73, died of metastatic bone cancer on Saturday evening, May 26. Dave was receiving hospice care at his Utah home, and took his leave with his beloved wife and partner, Sheryl Lee Wilson, and other family members at his side. Dave’s exit came after he had overseen the 2006 expansion […]

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PS AUDIO: ” ……. if it sounds real, how can it get better than real?”

Paul McGowan writes: You’ve just finished polishing your system and settling down to enjoy it.  But how do you know it’s right? The short answer is: when it’s real. Imaging, tonal balance, toe in, toe out all matter to achieve only one thing: reality in your living room. Does that singer sound like she is […]

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Steve Jobs on the iTunes Music Store: The Unpublished Interview

On April 28th, 2003, moments before I was about to interview Steve Jobs at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, I was jittery. Anticipation? Nerves? Excitement? You bet. All of those visceral emotions were firing. Knowing Jobs’ storied reputation as an irascible and exacting Silicon Valley CEO had me on edge. But I had prepared a tight […]

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LFD AUDIO: The Practical Reality (Unpalatable Truth) About Resale Values Of Pre-Owned Audio Equipment. Part #2 Or …. What Price Will You Actually Get For Your Surplus Lfd Equipment?

Good question, right? Right! Since 2011 I have been monitoring the AVERAGE ACHIEVED prices for pre-owned LFD Audio equipment SOLD PRIVATELY. Here are some examples. If what you are looking for isn’t listed here please send me a private message and I’ll give it some thought. Linestage LS1 £244 Linestage LS2 £490 Any other LFD […]

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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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The Practical Reality (Unpalatable Truth) About Resale Values Of Pre-Owned Audio Equipment. PART #1

It’s not unusual for owners wishing to dispose of surplus equipment to expect the highest possible prices. Unfortunately they are, in the main, unrealistic in their expectations. The owner’s perception of value may well (a frequently does) differ significantly from the buying public’s perspective. There are as I see it the following facets contributing to […]

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Wipe the slate clean and ….. see what you get!

Paul McGowan:  How the sound of clapping can be so hard for an amplifier to properly reproduce when music should be ultimate challenge. And equally hard to imagine how the noise between FM radio stations can help us design better amplifiers and cables; yet I am reminded it can. This whole notion of designer’s improving […]

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Howard Popeck interviews one of the world’s truly great audiophile retailers – The Audio Alternative

From the 2011 archives: Introduction Obviously those knowing me will expect a brief introductory rant. So here it is. Just one paragraph. Feel free to skip that bit. i won’t mind. Not even a little bit! You’ll rarely see editorial coverage of retailers in the audiophile magazines. My guess is that the publishers / editors […]

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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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