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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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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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 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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Has anyone has made measurements of linearity, distortion, dynamic ability of loudspeakers to play this range of sounds?

Paul McGowan writes: John Atkinson, editor of Stereophile magazine, made an observation that has me puzzled. Years ago he measured a live performance at London’s Festival Hall to see what actual dynamic range of an orchestra might be. The results were published in the October 1981 issue of Hi-Fi News. He found that the quietest […]

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The cheapest tweak

Paul McGowan David Pogue, one of my readers, suggested to me “the cheapest tweak” that he’s ever tried and I thought it might be interesting, this fine Sunday morning, to give this tweak a try if you’re looking for something to do. The tweak concerns extreme toe in of the loudspeakers – toe in that’s […]

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Schiit Audio has my admiration for several reasons: the brilliance and audacity of the name, their products and

Paul McGowan writes: “You won’t believe this Schiit” and so reads the front page of Schiit Audio’s website. Schiit Audio has my admiration for several reasons: the brilliance and audacity of the name, their products and the founders. I haven’t yet had the pleasure to try their Schiit, but people I respect highly have and […]

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