A POINT OF VIEW: Each separated player has her own space and you can plainly “see” the individual and their space they are allotted.

Paul McGowan ….. After a recent post I was thinking about the term Separation as it applies to the instruments and singers on a soundstage.  I spoke of how the elements in the recording were rounded and separate such that they seemed as if I could reach out and touch them.  They were palpable. It […]

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PS AUDIO: Tuning out problems

Paul McGowan …… If you had a chance to read yesterday’s post you’ll remember we’re in the process of setting up Music Room number Two, where we have a pair of floor standing 2-way Thiel loudspeakers.  That room is considerably smaller than Music Room One, measuring 12 x 15 feet, compared to Music Room One’s […]

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DECISIONS: Tough ones!

Paul McGowan writes …… My son Scott loves music; perhaps more than I.  He’s willing to listen even if the recording is awful and is able to turn off the rejection mechanism so ingrained in my head as an Audiophile.  Part of me wishes I was just as able to be that selective – because […]

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Why do tubes sound different than transistors?

Paul McGowan: Most recognize the difference in sound quality between tubes and transistors, but why? They both amplify, they both make music, can be used in any electronic circuit, yet perform differently. Paul does his best to explain the inner workings of tubes and differences with transistors. Watch Now ▸

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“When less is less”

Paul McGowan …… Thanks for all the kind words about my recent post about music and how smart I must be to have written such a piece.  Sorry to disappoint but that article was actually written by our resident musicologist Larry  Schenbeck, who IS really smart.  Thanks Larry, the mailing service grabbed his article instead […]

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A recipe for high-end

Paul McGowan ….. Words, tastes, sights, sounds are specific recipes that activate neuro transmitters in our brains that bring meaning to each.  I know it’s the engineer in me that brings this to your attention, but how things work fascinates me. When you taste something it is a specific formulation of the 5 primary tastes […]

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Single or double?

Paul McGowan writes ….. Number 7 in our list of design challenges for a DAC or a preamplifier output stage is providing a single ended or balanced output. As in everything we designers do there are multiple ways to achieve this: some simple others more complex and each with different audible results. First let’s remember […]

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PS AUDIOThe last thing you want to do to a power amplifier is put something with impedance between it and the loudspeaker

Paul McGowan writes: The last thing you want to do to a power amplifier is put something with impedance between it and the loudspeaker.  It’s one of the reasons we spend so much time and money making sure the speaker cables we use are as thick as a horse leg, impede nothing and connect our […]

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