Avantegarde speakers: Observations sought and received

“It’s interesting (to me) that you guys really enjoyed the Avantegarde speakers because myself and a friend (who normally loves horn speakers) were entirely underwhelmed by them. Personally, I was too aware of odd colourations and they just didn’t have the immediacy, or intimacy, that I associate with really good horns. Perhaps if they had […]

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Class F amplification

Paul McGowan writes: I think one of the very basic problems with people’s opinions on class D amps is the hierarchy of labeling – I mean, as a child if you get an “A” in school you’re pretty happy; get a “D” or an “F” and you’ll probably be having a conversation with your parents.  […]

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PS AUDIO: Just ….. pluck it!

Paul McGowan:  Pluck or strum a stringed instrument and you get sound from the vibrating strings amplified by the attached hollow box.  As we have mentioned earlier the sound of that plucked string depends certainly on the type of string, its length, tension and sound of its mechanical amplifier, but more so on how that […]

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Is it possible?

Paul McGowan writes: Can we ever hope to achieve a two-channel experience with music so real as to fool ourselves into believing there is an actual musician playing in front of us?  I mean sure we can close our eyes and imagine a live event is happening, but in all the years I have never […]

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“Our chief engineer, Bob Stadtherr, always likes to remind us that every project has two phases: the first 90% and the second 90%. It always brings a smile.”

Paul McGowan: Our chief engineer, Bob Stadtherr, always likes to remind us that every project has two phases: the first 90% and the second 90%.  It always brings a smile. But he has a point, one you can probably relate to in your own life.  You get through the first 90% of your task and […]

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DIY Audio – “Projects by fanatics for fanatics”?

I’ve played with every concievable passive pot, Bournes, Alps Blue Velvet, Alps Black Beauty, Penny&Giles, Dact Switched resistors, and transformers. Nothing has beat the sound of a series/ shunt LDR arrangment in the attachement, it has no contacts in the signal path, I believe that is the secret. The only stipulation that all these passive […]

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“I wonder how much it matters to most of us to know and understand what’s going on inside a piece of audio kit.?

Paul McGowan writes: I wonder how much it matters to most of us to know and understand what’s going on inside a piece of audio kit. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly enjoy sharing my bits of knowledge with you about design, how things work and why – and frankly am always appreciative of even […]

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HARBETH: Their views re social media in our industry

This is the first in a series of articles canvassing industry opinion about topical issues. Attitudes toward the application of social media in brand promotion towards potential customers is the focus. Inevitably, the discussion embraces considerations of the relevance of Facebook and Twitter to end-users, and perceptions of their effectiveness in engaging with interested persons […]

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What’s the brand promise of high-end audio?

Paul McGowan: Much of the feedback on this subject centered around the name “high-end” and the general feeling the name’s a turn off because it equates to “high-priced” in people’s minds and doesn’t really describe the concept.  I agree.  But that just reinforces my first contention that we need a brand name. Brand names create […]

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Sorry to be the one that pops the bubble.

Paul McGowan writes: There’s a popular misconception amongst Audiophiles that analog is continuous and digital isn’t; ergo analog is better because nothing is missing as it must be in digital.  While this is a nice idea it is not a correct one. The first thing to understand is how an analog system captures and records […]

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