Buddy Guy – ‘I Worry About The Future Of Blues Music’

Buddy Guy is the blues, and he’s our connection to a genre that’s embedded in the history of America. But it’s a sound the guitarist fears is fading. Born and raised in Louisiana without running water or electricity, Guy tells NPR’s David Greene, “They got some mosquitoes in Louisiana that can almost lift you out […]

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Digital Music Renaissance Dick Burwen’s algorithms may bring back analog’s rich, complex sounds

Mark Anderson writes: Neil Young has called the digital recording era the “dark ages” of music. Bob Dylan, in a 2006 Rolling Stone interview, called music from CDs “static” and “small.” Just a couple of grumpy old rockers who can’t get with the program—or visionaries who see that the times, they are a-changin’? A retired […]

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Why I Don’t Infer a Speaker’s Sound from Its Measurements

Doug Schneider (Soundstage) writes ….. A few months ago, our main copy editor asked me why we publish subjective reviews and objective measurements, but don’t try to make precise correlations between what the measurements indicate and what the reviewer heard. His question is a good one, particularly as audio magazines past and present have attempted […]

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Are servo woofers BS?

Paul McGowan writes: There are very few servo controlled woofer systems on the market today. They have long been touted as the best woofer performance in the world. Is it true or hokum? And, if true, why don’t more woofer systems employ servos? Paul explains how they work and why they perform the way they […]

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Do wires sound better than PC boards?

Paul McGowan writes: Audio equipment used to be hand wired in a process known as point to point wiring, but now most everything is without wires using thin strips of copper clad to fiberglass instead. What’s better, point-to-point or PC boards when it comes to sound quality? Watch Now

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Live in New York 1989 Live (CD) by The Desert Rose Band

We are told ….. As a founder member of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, Chris Hillman requires no introduction to fans of folk and country-infused rock. Launched in 1985, his Desert Rose Band blended bluegrass with traditional country and country-rock, as well as topical lyrics. Originally broadcast on syndicated radio, this superb live […]

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If it quacks like a duck…

Paul McGowan writes: Daniel von Recklinghausen, the renowned audio engineer at EAD and KLH is famous for this old chestnut: “If it measures good and sounds bad, — it is bad. If it sounds good and measures bad, — you’ve measured the wrong thing.” Hard to argue with the man’s logic. One of the ways […]

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The death of hand wiring

Paul McGowan writes: Printed circuit boards, those thin copper strips laminated to fiberglass, paper, or ceramic plates routing complex electrical signals are common today. It wasn’t always so. PCBs, as they are known, poked their collective heads out of infancy in the late 1950s after being invented by an Australian engineer, Paul Eisler, in 1936. […]

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ESSENTIAL READING: When Albums Ruled the World

Between the mid 1960s and the late 1970s, the long-playing record and the albums that graced its grooves changed popular music for ever. For the first time, musicians could escape the confines of the three-minute pop single and express themselves as never before across the expanded artistic canvas of the album. The LP allowed popular […]

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Are there any good bookshelf speakers?

Paul McGowan writes: Some of the best bookshelf speakers on the market tell you not to place them on bookshelves! Absurd! Why is that and are there any truly good 2-0way bookshelf speakers to be had? Find out the whys and wherefores from PS Audio CEO Paul McGowan. Watch Now  

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Open baffle vs. closed box. Most loudspeakers are trapped inside sealed boxes where the woofer’s rear wave cannot interfere with its front wave. But, there is another type of speaker called an open baffle that has no box. Find out what Paul thinks of open baffle loudspeakers. Watch Now

Paul McGowan writes: Most loudspeakers are trapped inside sealed boxes where the woofer’s rear wave cannot interfere with its front wave. But, there is another type of speaker called an open baffle that has no box. Find out what Paul thinks of open baffle loudspeakers. Watch Now

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Setup matters

Paul McGowan writes: There are very few pieces of hifi kit that won’t benefit from a great deal of care and attention. But one benefits far more than anything else I can think of. The turntable. Vinyl’s playback is almost entirely dependent on proper setup. Getting the arm and cartridge combination playing nice together is […]

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Filtering

Paul McGowan writes: Our brains edit what we see and hear like a film director’s viewfinder. You’re probably familiar with this concept every time you take a picture of a distant mountain, seascape, or harvest moon and are disappointed with the outcome. What your vision records is entirely different than what the camera sees. Our brains […]

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What in the world is I2S?

Paul McGowan writes: We’ve all heard of S/PDIF and AES/EBU but not many realize how those formats work and why they are inferior to what’s at their core, I2S. Paul explains this somewhat complex subject in simple terms anyone can understand and its knowledge worth absorbing. Watch Now  

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Is modern music high-end?

Paul McGowan writes: We all love live music recordings and work hard to get our high-performance audio systems to sound like the real deal. But how can modern music recorded on multitrack machines and studios ever be considered high end or even close to live? Watch Now

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Are there any good bookshelf speakers?

Paul McGowan writes: Some of the best bookshelf speakers on the market tell you not to place them on bookshelves! Absurd! Why is that and are there any truly good 2-0way bookshelf speakers to be had? Find out the whys and wherefores from PS Audio CEO Paul McGowan. Watch Now  

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Taking it personally

Paul McGowan writes: Most of us take our systems personally. We’re proud of our achievements. We’ve worked hard learning, listening, and setting up. It’s the rare music lover that doesn’t feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. I think that’s awesome, and I’ll be the first to bust my buttons over the performance of Music […]

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