PS Audio: DACs driving power amps

Paul McGowan writes: I have gotten a lot of mail, as of late, regarding our stance on the DAC feeding the power amplifier directly.  There are clearly two camps on this issue: those that believe less is more and those that believe more is better.  I have always found myself in the camp of less […]

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It’s coming from everywhere!

Paul McGowan writes: There are two primary types of reflections in a loudspeaker based stereo system: those that are created from the loudspeakers and those captured on the recording.  To get proper imaging in your system you don’t need both, as any good set of headphones would demonstrate, but since most of us have loudspeakers […]

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Our systems are setup like microscopes first and enjoyment second.

Paul McGowan: In the January 2012 edition of TAS Robert Harley wrote a great article entitled the Price of Progress wherein he details the steady decline of recording quality after the late 1970′s. This really brings to light one of the conundrums Audiophiles face: play it like it is – warts and all – or […]

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…… but not all products lend themselves to online sales.

Paul McGowan writes: My son Scott bought a really cool watch online for his girlfriend’s birthday.  He took it to a watch repair shop to have the band adjusted and got scolded for buying online. “Shame on you”.  This admonishment despite the fact the watch repair shop didn’t carry the brand bought and had no […]

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If you build what the end user wants, everything else just falls into place.

Paul McGowan: Netflix has started making their own content in the same fashion that HBO and the other premium paid channels are. What’s interesting to me is that the big networks who used to own the audiences have fewer and fewer good shows and decreasing audiences while the paid channels have more and more good […]

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There was nothing electrical involved with the old Gramophones

Paul McGowan writes: Most of us have an idea how our ear works.  We have an eardrum, which is a diaphragm or membrane, and sound pressure moves this membrane back and forth stimulating nerves and generating electrical signals the brain can recognize as sound.  Our brains act as recorders storing the sounds we hear for […]

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The Man Cave

Paul McGowan writes: A fellow manufacturer dropped me a note recently in response to one of my posts regarding the declining acceptance of high-end audio in the home.  He writes: “Audio-as-a-destination-activity is the enemy of the rest of the household. It takes both money and the listener away from the family. Home Theater is a […]

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Ignorance and confidence

When we set our sights far in the future the world looks nice and rosy. Imagine that new pair of speakers gracing your living room, the new amplifier, the rebuilt room. According to Mark Twain imagining the future takes a combination of things. “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind […]

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That’s a big difference and one we should explore a bit more.

Paul McGowan writes: I’ve been thinking hard about how to simply and easily explain DSD, 1-bit, Pulse Density (all pretty much the same thing) and decided it’ll be easier to break it up into a few small posts.  Let me first explain why we’re talking about it, what it is and why it matters. PCM […]

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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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