INTERCONNECT: Balanced vs. unbalanced audio

Which is the better interconnect for home audio systems? Balanced XLR or unbalanced RCA? Paul voices his opinion and explains the differences between the two and their reason for existence. Have a question you’d like Paul to answer for you? Go to https://www.psaudio.com/ask-paul/ and post it. Watch Now Paul McGowan

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PS AUDIO: Good stories are worth repeating; and I think this one qualifies in light of our most recent posts on the oil of snakes and cables

Paul McGowan writes: The summer of 1977 found my partner Stan and I looking to increase our sales of phono stages and we thought we would try and entice a few dealers to carry the product.  Up until this day we were 100% direct-to-customer, something you see more of today in high-end audio, but back […]

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YAMAMURA SYSTEMS (US) INC: WHAT HAPPENED?

L. Sutherland tells us … Company founded in 1999 by Bé Yamamura and based in Lecanto, Florida, USA. The company continued making and selling the same cables and accessories as its predecessor Yamamura Systems S.R.L. had done in Italy but in addition handled the North American distribution of a number of exotic Japanese hi-fi brands […]

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POWER CORDS US_SPEC (76) PRE-OWNED VIA THE AUDIO MISER UPDATED  12/03/21

Today we have Atlas / Audience / Cardas / Kimber / Krell / Nordost and many more … ATLAS … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649667770-atlas-interconnects-and-power-cord/ AUDIENCE … https://www.trademe.co.nz/electronics-photography/home-audio/cables/listing-2879211438.htm AUDIENCE SX … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649711243-audience-sx-interconnects-selling-two-pairs-1m-and-75m/ AUDIOQUEST … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649679852-audioquest-audiotruth-rare-diamond-extreme-pair-1-meter-wxlr-interconnects/ AUDIOQUEST … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649714154-audioquest-water-rca-2m-interconnects-excellent/ AUDIOQUEST … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649714249-audioquest-golden-gate-rca-interconnects-one-06mt-pair-amp-one-2mt-pair/ AUDIOQUEST CARBON … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649712639-audioquest-carbon-upgraded-dbs-pack-for-aq-power-cords-amp-speaker-cables/ AUDIOQUEST WIDE BLUE YONDER … https://www.quoka.de/hifi-audio-tv-video-foto/verstaerker-equalizer-receiver/c7260a308987051/audioquest-wild-blue-yonder-analog.html AUDIOQUEST WILD … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649712147-audioquest-wild-power-cords-4-available/ BELDEN … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649668900-belden-8402-rca-interconnects-w-switchcraft-connectors-by-tuneful-cables-two-6ft-pairs-and-one-3ft-p/ CARDAS […]

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SPEAKER CABLES: 109 PRE-OWNED PAIRS FOR SALE 05/03/21 VIA THE AUDIO MISER

Today we include pre-owned speaker cable pairs from Chord / Linn / Naim / Rega / QED / Townshend and many more ALLNIC … https://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/649714876-allnic-audio-zl-3000-speaker-cables-3m-length/ AMPHION … https://www.gearslutz.com/board/gearslutz-secondhand-gear-classifieds/1337123-amphion-2-x-orange-2-5m-speaker-cables.html AUDIENCE … https://pinkfishmedia.net/forum/threads/audience-au-24-speaker-cables.248330/ AUDIO ART … https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lisa919c-audio-art-cable-statement-speaker-cables-speaker?refsource=hifishark AUDIOQUEST … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649663982-audioquest-rocket-88-8ft-speaker-cables-banana-ends/ AUDIOQUEST METEOR … https://www.audio-markt.de/market/audioquest-meteor-highend-audio-bi-wired-speaker-cables-20-metre-6088236345 AUDIOQUEST WILLIAM TELL … https://tmraudio.com/shop-new/accessories/speaker-cables/audioquest-william-tell-silver-speaker-cables-pair/ BE YAMAMURA 6000 … http://www.emporiumhifi.com/head-office-norfolk-suffolk/be-yamamura-6000-4m-pair-speaker-cables/ BELDEN 9497 … […]

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83 PRE-OWNED PAIRS OF INTERCONNECTS 03/03/21

Today we have Atlas / Audience / Belden / Black Rhodium /Cardas / Chord / Kimber / Krell /Linn / NAIM / Nordost /QED (and many more … ATLAS … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649667770-atlas-interconnects-and-power-cord/ AUDIENCE … https://www.trademe.co.nz/electronics-photography/home-audio/cables/listing-2879211438.htm AUDIENCE SX … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649711243-audience-sx-interconnects-selling-two-pairs-1m-and-75m/ AUDIOQUEST … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649679852-audioquest-audiotruth-rare-diamond-extreme-pair-1-meter-wxlr-interconnects/ AUDIOQUEST … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649714154-audioquest-water-rca-2m-interconnects-excellent/ AUDIOQUEST … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649714249-audioquest-golden-gate-rca-interconnects-one-06mt-pair-amp-one-2mt-pair/ AUDIOQUEST WIDE BLUE YONDER … https://www.quoka.de/hifi-audio-tv-video-foto/verstaerker-equalizer-receiver/c7260a308987051/audioquest-wild-blue-yonder-analog.html BELDEN … […]

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HARBETH: P3ESR – what really are the optimum speaker cables?

EDITOR’S NOTE: The opinions expressed below here do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team – just in case you wondered. Neil. hi all, just wondered which speaker cables would suit the harbeth p3esr, i have been using van den hul 352, but they seem very dull and very bassy, i next tried chord […]

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LAT Power distribution strips

The idea that a power distribution strip, even a heavily built one like the LAT can make a difference to the sound, let alone an improvement is ridiculous. Where’s the science behind the claims? LAT power distribution block have in my experience always made a positive difference. The degree of improvement, in terms of background […]

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YOU ARE GROUNDED, SON: Turntable grounding opinions?

Hi hoping to be spoon fed some nuggets of advice on grounding from a knowledgable fishie or 2 My turntable has a grounding wire attached to the underside of the bearing assembly, as well as the more traditional ground wire alongside the tonearm cable. I have 2 issues to try and fix – one is […]

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POWER CORDS: Neil McCauley expresses a view

Neil, have you been surprised by the effects of different types of mains cable and IEC termination on the sound that comes from electronics driving speakers? I have been rather surprised because I don’t reckon I have anything like the acuity of some of my friends for acoustic things, I will usually arrive at conclusions; […]

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PS AUDIO: Balanced is better

Paul McGowan writes … In my mind, there’s no question that between components the best connection is balanced. Balanced cables offer lower noise and better sound. I understand there are single-ended holdouts (wait, we disagree on something in audio?). Perhaps their equipment doesn’t support balanced. Perhaps their cable collection doesn’t include balanced. Or maybe they […]

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CABLES: Interconnect length vs speaker cable length

  I’m going to move my system to another room and have more flexibilty in component location. I have two amps, both Perreaux pmf1150b’s powering Magnepan mgIII’s. What is better: having the each amp near each speaker with short speaker cables and long interconnects to the preamp -or- shorter interconnects and long speaker cables to […]

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BIAMPING: I remember my delight the first time biamping speakers was explained to me

Paul McGowan The notion of using one amplifier perfectly matched to the tweeter and another to the woofer made such elegant sense. Tubes for the top end, solid state grunt for the bottom. Brilliant. That was at a time when the choices in amplifiers were limited. Big, powerful solid state amps sounded pretty poor reproducing […]

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