Flat vs. good

Paul McGowan: If you were designing a product used on small speaker systems (without full bass response) would you modify the design to make up for the system’s lack of bass at the expense of being “flat”? Let me ask the question in reverse. Would you design a product knowing that when it’s played there […]

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“What’s fascinating to me is that from a manufacturer’s perspective, the equipment we design and build is essentially the same for both groups”

  When we compare customer types like Audiophiles vs. the custom installation crowd, we find some interesting similarities and differences. What’s similar between these two groups is that both want high-end sound for their homes. What’s different is the level of involvement in the process of acquiring and using the equipment. Audiophiles are enthusiasts, the […]

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PS AUDIO: Borrowed slogans

Paul McGowan writes: I smiled when one of the posters on our Community Forums quoted another company’s slogan “no cable is better than any cable” explaining how their wireless approach is superior to a hard wired ethernet  connection.  I smiled because they lifted one of our long term slogans “there’s no preamp like no preamp”. […]

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The impact of background music on adult listeners?

Background music has been found to have beneficial, detrimental, or no effect on a variety of behavioral and psychological outcome measures. This article reports a meta-analysis that attempts to summarize the impact of background music. A global analysis shows a null effect, but a detailed examination of the studies that allow the calculation of effects […]

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We cling to our statements not out of an absolute truth, but out of truth as it has applied to you.

Paul McGowan: We all love to wrap thoughts and conclusions in blankets. It’s our brain’s way of categorizing complex data into chunks that can be more easily managed. But there’s often a downside to this. It can hold us back from experiencing that which is new to us. Silver is always bright, copper is always […]

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Squeeze my lemon? Pop’s five oddest sexual lyrics

Danny Wright: From Thom Yorke’s self-love shenanigans to Justin Timberlake’s nativity nookie to Led Zep’s fruity metaphors, here’s our pick of cringeworthy lines from writers who really should know better When Alt-J unveiled their new single, Every Other Freckle, last week, there was one lyric that stood out. “Turn you inside out and lick you […]

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Now you know why I don’t have an SACD player. I would be forced to listen to an analog output from a product I do not think sounds that great as such.

Originally published in 2015 Paul McGowan: Super Audio Compact Disc, better known as SACD, is the Blu-Ray based optical medium that Sony developed as a next generation storage mechanism to the original Compact Disc. Instead of PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) as the format, like that of CD’s and most high resolution audio today, SACDs use […]

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What does a £2,500 record sound like?

Killian Fox writes:  Audiophile Pete Hutchison has gone to extraordinary lengths to reissue golden era classical recordings in their purest form. He talks to Killian Fox about the price of perfection, the ‘digital con’, and the sound of a truly analogue recording Please click HERE to continue

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OH DEAR: Whatever Happened To The Audiophile?

Linton weeks writes: You may remember the type: Laid-back in an easy chair, soaking in Rachmaninoff, Reinhardt or the Rolling Stones, enveloped by the very best, primo, top-of-the-line stereo equipment an aficionado could afford. In robot-like, 1980s cadence, the audiophile could rattle off favorite components, which might include an all-tube Premier One power amp by […]

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What if no one was there?

Paul McGowan: I figure there’s perhaps 100,000 Audiophiles in the world.  700 or so of them read this daily post I write. I often wonder if it makes sense to write something that most people will not read. I guess it’s the same basic question philosophers have been asking for centuries: if a tree falls […]

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Hard to imagine that a piece of plastic has a personality but if you play vinyl records, each is an individual separate and distinct from all others.

Paul McGowan: Vinyl personalities depend on the pressing, the number of times its been played, the environment, the particulars of the stylus plying the grooves of the record and any number of unique circumstances of play and usage. The individual personalities of vinyl add a unique dimension to this analog medium – but the personality […]

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Album review: Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey Going Back Home (Chess)

The Guardian: If Going Back Home turns out to be Wilko Johnson’s last album then it’s a great final curtain. Recorded with his Blockhead rhythm section of drummer Dylan Howe and bassist Norman Watt-Roy, choice selections from the guitarist’s back catalogue are augmented by a lone cover, of Dylan’s “Can You Please Crawl Out Your […]

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