Ask our editor Neil McCauley: Bi-wiring

Hello Neil. Can you suggest a practical, intelligent and understandable explanation of the pros and cons of biwiring please? Thanks.  AK Happy to help you Mr.K. I sniffed about a bit and below, written by Paul McGowan is the best I have found so far. Just when you thought I had abandoned everything high-end and […]

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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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Offended? Offended!

Paul McGowan writes: A while back I mentioned John Atkinson’s name and several of my readers were horrified–said they could not trust him–because he had heard a difference on a process that intellectually offended them. Rubbish. Let’s examine this notion. The offending item is the demagnetizing of CDs. I may be thrown out of the […]

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All power amplifiers share something in common: they are big valves connecting the amp’s power supply to the loudspeaker

Paul McGowan writes: All power amplifiers share something in common: they are big valves connecting the amp’s power supply to the loudspeaker.  How they do this is really all that differs between topologies in output stages: traditional amps use a variable valve that never reaches the maximum supply and class D amps use an on/off […]

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“No, in fact these products were tailored to meet the perceived needs of “ordinary people” who probably didn’t want music – they wanted sizzle and flash.”

Paul McGowan writes: I was reminded by one of our commenters to these posts about an era in audio I think of as the flavor of the month.  It was a period of time in the 1970′s and early 1980′s that found loudspeaker and audio electronic manufacturers designing products that were not especially true to […]

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PS Audio: Smaller is better?

Boy, that sounds like a no-win claim.  🙂  In the case of a transformer, however, bigger is always better relative to what the designer is trying to accomplish from the viewpoint of power delivery at a certain frequency – at least from a sonic standpoint that’s true. Years ago we pioneered the use of oversize […]

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PS Audio: The electronic room

Reader Mark Fisher writes: “those who have worked on the problem longest and are most familiar with it are often those stuck in the deepest most inescapable ruts of all they’ve dug for themselves over the better part of a lifetime. They’re the experts.”  Now there’s something all of us can not only relate to […]

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It’s the first time, every time

Paul McGowan: Have you ever considered that a turntable setup in your home is completely unique to you? Every record you listen to, every scratch, tick, pop and musical note played on your system is unlike what I hear on my system and unlike what your friends hear on theirs. Vinyl reproduction of LP’s are […]

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Where’s the music supposed to be?

Paul McGowan: Visiting audio clubs, dealers, trade shows and people’s homes is illuminating to me.  I am always learning. Recently I sat in front of a dealer’s high-end demo system and was amazed at how wrong the image was. The entire presentation of the music was between my seating position and the loudspeakers: a logical […]

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Not a chance ….. without a servo!

Originally published in 2015 Paul McGowan: No, this post isn’t about some lame track about ‘dat bass‘, but it is about ‘dat bass’. Over dinner last night with Infinity founder Arnie Nudell and PS Audio’s Bill Leebens, the discussion turned to bass. Better put, the lack of it in today’s speakers, something I constantly harp […]

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Treating the room or the speakers?

Paul McGowan: The main listening room at PS Audio is approximately 16 feet wide by 35 feet long – not a huge room but not too small either.  Left bare and with nothing more than just the loudspeakers and equipment to power them in place, the room is an OK venue for sound reproduction. Add […]

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