Subwoofers are an unnecessary luxury. Fact or fiction?

Paul McGowan writes …. Fact or fiction? The very term luxury defines whatever it is added to as unnecessary. Air and water are necessities. Love and affection are luxuries. But while many would argue it’s the luxuries that make life worth living, I would extend that to subwoofers make stereos worth listening. Ok, that’s a […]

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Does parts quality really affect performance?

Paul McGowan writes …. When this particular Fact or Fiction proposition was originally proposed I passed it over because its answer seemed so evident. Yes, of course, parts quality affects performance. It’s a no-brainer, right? Maybe not to everyone. We can easily agree that low tolerance parts that change value depending on temperature or variability […]

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Speaker size should match the room

Paul McGowan writes …. This fact or fiction question is an interesting one because the notion of matching speaker size to room dimensions is so ingrained into our culture as to be taken for fact. But, some facts aren’t true no matter how much we want them to be. Here’s the deal. Any size loudspeaker […]

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Why don’t hifi systems sound live?

Here’s a problem Paul has struggled with for nearly 40 years and still, to this day, he only has succeeded in solving a partial bit of this terribly difficult problem. Find out his thoughts on why stereo systems do not replicate the sound of live music and what is being done to solve that problem. […]

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How to optimize a small room

Some of us are stuck with smaller sized rooms to place our 2-channel high-end audio systems. Is there a way to maximize that experience getting the most out of our system’s performance in a smaller room? Watch Now

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