Here’s a thought

Paul McGowan writes: Here’s another thought on the continuing discussion of why a preamp matters in the chain. Perhaps it’s the DAC’s volume control itself. One thing is obvious. A DAC without an integral volume control cannot be used without a preamplifier; either separate or integrated. Thus, when we think of why preamps matter with […]

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Jittered?

Paul McGowan writes: Probably time to cut back on the coffee. But if your jitter problems relate to your digital audio system then there’s hope. Jitter is all about timing. Digital audio depends heavily on an accurate clock. That clock meters out precise intervals, like a musical metronome, and the quality of your music depends […]

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“When a scientist wants to declare something as a fact, here’s the process they go through: observe, theorize, measure, repeat.”

Paul McGowan writes: As a follow up to yesterday’s post Just because, a few readers wrote to me defending both sides of their worldview of how things work. The objectivists reiterated “observations are not accepted fact until you can measure them” and the Observationalists  wrote to say “if I can repeatedly observe the same thing […]

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The Complete British Radio Broadcasts 1963-1965 (CD) by The Rolling Stones

We are informed ….. Legendary performances on various BBC radio shows from the 1960s. Includes the following shows. SATURDAY CLUB, OCTOBER 26th 1963 SATURDAY CLUB, FEBRUARY 8th 1964 SATURDAY CLUB, MARCH 8th 1964 BLUES IN RHYTHM, MARCH 19th 1964 THE JOE LOSS POP SHOW, APRIL 10th 1964 SATURDAY CLUB, APRIL 18th 1964 BIG BEAT 64, […]

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Did music evolve in the same way and for the same reason?

Paul McGowan writes:  There’s increasing evidence that rhymes, poems, meter and cadence in stories were created not because they are beautiful but because they helped us keep the words straight before the advent of written language.  It is how our civilization kept important lessons, histories, messages and stories intact without writing anything down. Imagine any […]

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The Strathearn Story

Many will remember the British Leyland Motor Corporation, the nineteen seventies state owned purveyor of such automotive design masterpieces as the Morris Marina and Austin Allegro. A decade of industrial strife and dreadful quality ensured that BLMC’s dalliance with disaster was well publicised, but what many don’t know is that hi-fi had its very own […]

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Oh, the lengths we go to

Paul McGowan writes: I have seen some crazy stuff in the 40 plus years I have been around audiophiles and high-end systems. Exotic room conditioning, trinkets aplenty, cables the size of my leg, claims of subatomic effects, components that sound different depending on their earthly orientation, low-frequency waves said to resonate with the Earth. In […]

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Battling our preconceptions

Paul McGowan writes: Do you fall into the trap of judging things based on a preconception? Do you buy into stereotypes? I do. All the time. I think it’s in our nature as humans to categorize life’s complexities based on our experiences: cables make a difference/cables can’t make a difference. Electrostats are transparent sounding/electrostats require […]

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When people ask me now I try and be as gentle as possible and focus more on being supportive without being cruel or dismissive.

Paul McGowan writes: Let me set the scene for you. You’re at a dinner party, the folks that invited you have worked their hearts out to make a lovely meal, but it’s not to your liking. And then your worst fears come true. “How was your food?” She asks so nicely, filled with expectations (and hope). […]

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Equal-loudness contour – explained

An equal-loudness contour is a measure of sound pressure (dB SPL), over the frequency spectrum, for which a listener perceives a constant loudness when presented with pure steady tones. The unit of measurement for loudness levels is the phon, and is arrived at by reference to equal-loudness contours. By definition, two sine waves of differing […]

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But, guess what? That’s perfect for a moving coil which wants a low input impedance in the first place. Voila!

Paul McGowan writes: Of all the questions we are asked by customers, finding and fixing hum is perhaps number one. Ground loops would be our first suspect, but a close second is hum and noise from turntables. Ground loops occur when two pieces of interconnected equipment find themselves grounded at different levels (one slightly higher […]

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Is the BBC dip still used in speakers?

When BBC launched their famous BBC Monitors they incorporated an unconventional dip in frequency response nicknamed the BBC Dip. Is that famous dip still in use by manufacturers and designers of today’s speakers as well? Watch Now   EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial […]

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What can be done to better recordings?

The three pillars of reproduced music are the recording, storage, and reproduction. Which of these pillars can be improved upon? Paul suggests the recordings themselves could be. Watch Now   EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team – just in case you wondered. Neil […]

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THORENS: TD 135

A new thread about a recently acquired TD135 which I hope will be of interest. There seemed to me to be lots of good reasons to buy one of these turntables: they share many of the components of the better know TD124 and although lacking some of its refinements, have some extra features which make […]

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