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 – says Paul McGowan

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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Do long cables matter?

Paul McGowan writes: Now you’ve gotten your main speaker system in order and imaging properly, according to yesterday’s post, it’s time to think about adding our subwoofer.  Let’s start with a fairly broad overview and then later we can dig down deep. Your subwoofers are going to be placed behind and to the outside of […]

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is it yours?

Paul McGowan …… When I first started PS Audio some 40 years ago, times were tough. The company was definitely a labor of love, one we not only didn’t make any money at, but instead, invested every nickel we had (and didn’t have) just to keep the dream alive. One of my regrets was selling […]

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Can you make something better than it is?

Paul McGowan writes: To enhance something means to intensify—exceed what we might find in a natural state. Which raises an interesting question. Is it actually better or merely different? Let us be clear. Enhancement is qualitatively different than what we generally look for in equipment: moving closer to purity. Lower noise, better linearity, are all moves […]

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This, in contrast to today’s high-end dealer who must do both

Paul McGowan …… Recently we discussed how the Frito-Lay company (makers of potato chips and snacks) funds all the inventory for all their retail locations.  The day before, we mentioned that giant retailer Wal Mart owns none of their inventory – instead they provide a marketplace for goods.  In both examples – manufacturers are funding […]

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Building cable tunnels

Paul McGowan writes: When we built Music Room One in 2013, we spent a lot of time, money, and effort creating the best listening environment we knew how to design. I even posted a series of videos on its step-by-step construction which you can watch here. During that construction, we were able to add a […]

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CABLES: If a 12 gauge cable sounded fuller, what would happen with a bigger, fatter 10 gauge, or an 8 gauge?

Paul McGowan ……… In my new found quest to figure out why power cables made a difference in my preamplifier circuit I began to suspect that I wasn’t adding fullness or, for that matter, anything to the preamp’s sound but rather guessed that what must be happening is one of degrading in the first place.  […]

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