Have you ever stopped to notice that your high-end audio system has a personality? Mine sure does.

Paul McGowan writes: Have you ever stopped to notice that your high-end audio system has a personality?  Mine sure does. Just about everything we interact with has a story or a personality that describes the way we relate to it.  Your hi-fi system’s no different. I have two listening systems, the first is my big […]

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The answer to this puzzle is interesting. The number does not describe the size of the wire, but the number of process needed to get it there

Paul McGowan: When it comes to wire sizes, numbers are confusing. Take for example our power cords. Our lowest cost power cable is based on 12 gauge wire, the next up 10 gauge, then 8. And from these numbers you’d imagine the size of each power cord is getting smaller, corresponding to the smaller number, […]

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Rarely does a loudspeaker or electronics manufacturer go to great lengths to design a classical music speaker, for example, because it limits the market and what the heck does one do if ….. ?

  Writes Paul McGowan ….. One of my readers, Mark S, asks the question of why we manufacturers seem to work so hard at building kit that serves all music and all tastes equally well. I think it’s a good question and one worth thinking about. In most fields a “one size fits all” mentality […]

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This is the same technique used by a magician trying to trick you

Originally published 2016 Paul McGowan ….. In a recent post I apparently gave out a bad link to this fellow’s video so here’s another.   In the video, when you get a chance to watch it, you’ll probably pickup quite a few valuable tidbits of information and get a good view of how an engineer might […]

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Developing critical listening skills

When Alon Sagee was a wet behind the ears audiophile he spent his days hanging around stereo shops. Today he is the president of the San Francisco Audiophile Society. “At 20, I bought my first audiophile gear at HiFi Haven, a high-end audio dealer in my college neighborhood in New Jersey. This was definitely not a […]

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The thing about digital volume controls is …..

Paul McGowan writes: I struggled with how to write this because the subject’s rather complicated and in the end decided to keep it simple.  Heck, it’s Sunday after all and we’re supposed to be taking a day off. Yesterday we covered analog volume controls and how they, by virtue of adding something into the signal […]

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…. are there any differences to be heard between live and recorded? Both are reproduced through an amplified chain.”

Paul McGowan writes: Last night we’re walking by a hotel and through an open window I hear the sound of a live piano. The folks I am with hear the same thing and comment on the fact it’s live. How is it we can tell something is live vs. recorded and reproduced from a distance […]

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Everything is extremely complex – we just tend to keep it simple so we can grasp it.

Paul McGowan: I am always fascinated by macro views – those all encompassing views of complex interactions we tend to think of as simple and explainable when in reality they are terribly complicated and intertwined.  Let me give you some examples. Ever stop and wonder what the rules and mechanisms of automobile traffic patterns might […]

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Our emotional state affects our emotional experiences

Paul McGowan writes: Have you ever noticed how much better your car runs after you wash it? Or how about how much better your audio system sounds after you’ve cleaned, dusted, and taken some time to groom the room? Maybe I am the only one on this planet that feels this, but I suspect not. […]

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