PMC: Wafer

They say ….. PMC has brought its ATL technology, found in the world’s leading studios to a range of discreet, stylish in-wall and on-wall loudspeakers. The slim-line wafer series are capable of astounding room-filling richness and clarity, ideal to recreate the surround sound cinema experience or an audiophile two channel system. The two size options […]

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Change of pace

Paul McGowan writes: Not all of us are fortunate enough to have turned our passions into a lifestyle—but a few have—and it seems quite prevalent in the high-end audio field. If you have a chance to visit this week’s Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver, keep an eye out for the passion and excitement you find […]

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From the archives: Dear diary – Lentek • Christopher Breunig • Editor Messenger • Harbeth • PRaT – and a piece of fan mail.

This first appeared here in 2008 Good day, yesterday. No sales, but no cause for concern either. Happily noticed that this site has just recorded the highest number of unique visitors and the highest number of visitor actions so far this year. I wonder why? Took a quick look at Hifi Critic magazine. Very pleased […]

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The best way to connect a sub

Paul McGowan writes: Years ago, there were mostly passive subs, but over time this changed. Modern subwoofers are internally amplified. So it might seem intuitive to connect them as you would any power amplifier, with an interconnect to the preamp or DAC. This works, but would not be my first choice. The problem with cables and […]

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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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TANNOY: Vintage ones; what’s all the fuss about?

The thread starts ….. I am getting fed up reading about vintage Tannoys, as a person who has never had the pleasure to hear a pair, can any AOSers please educate me as to why they seem to have such a cult following- and do l need to listen to a pair? http://theartofsound.net/forum/showthread.php?32756-What-is-so-special-about-vintage-Tannoys ===//=== Please […]

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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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PS Audio: No DC here

Paul McGowan writes:  Number 4 on our list of 9 areas to pay attention to is making sure there’s no DC on the output of the DAC.  This might seem meaningless and something everyone just sort of does as a matter of course but how you do this can have a sonic impact and it’s […]

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Focus

Paul McGowan writes: It’s no surprise that vinyl and digital are different. Different mastering techniques, playback equipment, recording chain (often), bandwidth, dynamics. So it should be no surprise that a system optimized for one, doesn’t sound as good playing back the other. Music Room One, for example, has been optimized for digital audio reproduction. Michael […]

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PS Audio: Can it get better?

Paul McGowan writes: I was chatting with one of our customers on a recent tour of our facilities and he asked if it would be overkill to strive for higher sampling rates and greater bit depth in recordings given the fact current 192kHz 24 bit recordings exceed (by far) the limits of human hearing and […]

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Bowers and Wilkins: All boom and tizz? What’s your view?

The thread starts as follows: I’ve been reading alot of forums etc regarding peoples view of B&W. Main comments gleaned so far bloated bass and enamel stripping treble round earth – no FEP’s for me mass market produced = midfi huge marketing campaign allied to huge number of dealers is reason for their popularity poor […]

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Havana and beyond

Fans of Cuban jazz may think first of pianist, composer and producer Chucho Valdés, who presides over the Havana Jazz Festival and the steady flow of North American jazz artists to the island. Those who’ve traveled to woodshed, network and sometimes record in Cuba include Jane Bunnett, George Benson, Terence Blanchard, Steve Coleman, Roy Hargrove, […]

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DIY speakers

Paul McGowan writes: How hard can it be to build your own speakers? Heck, the drivers themselves are easy enough to get—Parts Express has just about every cool driver, crossover, and enclosure you might want. Many are identical to what’s found in the most expensive products in the world. Pick the best you can afford, solder […]

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