Essential Listening: Creedence Clearwater Revival – The CCR Box Set – Absolute Originals (200G 45RPM 8LP BOX SET)

All of these reissues were so critically acclaimed upon their release some 10 years back. And most have been sold out for a long time.Now they’re back and better than ever! Think these classic CCR songs sounded better than ever on Analogue Productions’ recent LP reissues? Well, you’re right of course. Or at least you […]

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Computer madness

Paul McGowan writes: Music servers are little more than computers in fancy boxes. So, what’s stopping us from simply buying a computer, installing some software and building our own media server at far lower prices than what we might pay a high-end audio company? Not too much, actually, but it turns out that won’t be […]

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PEARL JAM: Self Pollution Radio 1995 (CD)

We are told ….. The four-and-a-half hour show, broadcast on January 8, ‘95, was a Seattle scenester’s delight, featuring live sets from Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, The Fastbacks, and Mad Season, a spoken word piece from Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic, tracks from ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl’s ‘upcoming solo album’ (at least that was how it was […]

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Four letter words

We often joke around PS Audio’s halls that CODE is a four-letter word—especially when there’s a bug. In fact, we use other four-letter words not appropriate for these pages to describe uncooperating code. But, as much as we tongue-in-cheek bash-software code, we also have a deep appreciation for its power as well as its pervasiveness in […]

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Ask The Experts: Directional engineering – what is it and is it important?

Paul McGowan: There are two types of engineering directions if we take a broad stroke view: forward and reverse. Forward engineering might look like engineering a new product from a simple idea from scratch. Reverse engineering would look like the opposite: start with something that already works and take it apart to figure out how […]

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THE BLACK CROWES: Lost Crowes (2CD)

We are told:  1. Paint an 8   2. Grinnin’   3. If It Ever Stops Raining   4. Wyoming & Me   5. Predictable   6. Never Forget This Song   7. Life Vest   8. Another Roadside Tragedy   9. My Heart’s Killing Me   10. Peace Anyway   Disc: 2   1. A Conspiracy   2. Evil Eye   3. Cursed Diamond   4. London […]

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You pull out what appears to be a disposable diaper. What the hell?

What if you had just received your brand new P20 Power Plant, opened its packing box with high expectations of seeing your beautiful new product, but instead found something else: A small package you are asked to open first. Before you unseal the mysterious letter-sized envelope you notice there’s something lumpy inside and now your […]

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PS AUDIO: Just because you can’t measure something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

Paul McGowan writes: Just because you observe something doesn’t mean you understand how to measure and repeat it. We get confused a lot between the observations we make, the measurements we use to try and quantify those observations and the conclusions we draw from it all. For example, when a listener observes a change in […]

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The Mothers of Invention – Wollman Rink, Central Park NY, August 3rd 1968 (Vinyl 180g 2LP) Tracks listed here

‘Part hip vaudeville and part musical inspiration… His arrangements were imaginative embellishments of full-blown ideas… Among the freshest things to be heard in jazz-rock’ – New York Times, August 1968 Classic summer 1968 performance Remastered sound Background notes / photos included First time on Vinyl 2x 180g Vinyl w/ insert in sleeve This superb set […]

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Hearing aids and high-end audio

Paul McGowan writes ….. There are plenty of terms that don’t seem to fit together: literal interpretation, out like a light, self-help group, and my all time favorite, open secret. That said, let me add another: hearing aids for high-end audio. While the two terms together might be a head scratcher, there’s good news ahead. […]

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PS AUDIO: We’ve gone from thirsting for info to drowning in a sea of it.

Paul McGowan writes: In yesterday’s post we we lamented the shift away from the neighborhood dealer who provided our advice, information, opinions and service.  There are a number of reasons why this has taken place and one we’ve not yet touched upon is how we access information and form opinions today – it’s most certainly […]

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I have found myself rather addicted to these informative and entertaining means of consuming words

Podcast is a linguistic blend of two words: iPod and broadcast. It was first coined by British technologist Ben Hammersley and it’s since become somewhat of a household name in the same way tissues became Kleenex. I have found myself rather addicted to these informative and entertaining means of consuming words. My favorites are NPR’s […]

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Ask an expert: Arm Effective Mass and Resonant Frequency

Gentlemen. I have recently upgraded my Goldring 1042 moving magnet (MM) cartridge to a MC and was originally considering Denon DL-103R or Audio-Technica AT-OC9ML/II. After deeper investigation into Arm Effective Mass and Resonant Frequency due reports that the Denon only being suitable for med to high mass arms I found that my Roksan Tabriz (standard […]

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Essential Listening: I’m Walking, Complete Streetwalkers 1974-77 (15CD + Book Box Set) by Streetwalkers

Following on from its award winning Family box set Once Upon A Time, Snapper Music has created a new box of wonder on its Madfish imprint guaranteed to reinvigorate the reputation of one of the 1970s most underrated and ageless Rock bands. I’m Walking, Complete Streetwalkers 1974-77 is a gloriously packaged 15 CD collection of Streetwalkers entire […]

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Were you ever ‘blown away’ by sound?

Steve Guttenberg writes: Before multitasking, sound was a big deal, so it was easier to be blown away by it. CNET’s Geoff Morrison used the above image from a Maxell tape ad in his “Music multitasking: How ‘background’ listening enhances life” blog post a few weeks ago, and that image really took me back. Maxell’s […]

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