TRICKY: Euphoric Realism vs. Euphonic Romanticism

The 300B amp that I am using has a magical euphoric (not euphonic) realism and I am looking for a linestage and phonostage with the same qualities. The amp is not euphonic, romantic, ‘golden’, ‘vintage,’ soft, fuzzy, or veiled. It is immediate, transparent and fast, yet beautiful, ‘human,’ and emotionally communicative. I have tried the […]

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Could you downsize?

I’ve been looking hard and fast at my collection of 2000+ CD’s and 1200 vinyl albums with a view to stripping out what I don’t really need or want. If I purely focus on the items I really couldn’t live without under any circumstances, I’m down to 150 albums and 250 CD’s. Whilst I don’t […]

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STUDIO / DOMESTIC: Pro amplifiers vs. home audio amplifiers?

Editor’s note 09/05/19: Hello colleague members ….. Although the link nudges towards an ‘old’ thread, I did find it interesting and hopefully some of you will find it useful too having just checked it for relevance. =================== This might seem like a strange question, but why do people seem to prefer to buy a home […]

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Ever hook up some components where you’re expecting the results to be dreck and instead you’re pleasantly surprised by the results?

Ever hook up some components where you’re expecting the results to be dreck and instead you’re pleasantly surprised by the results? I’ll share mine; Klipsch loudspeakers and naim. In the store naim (olive series) always leaned on the more forward and (to be fair with out nasty power and 120v operation) bright-ish. Klipsch of course […]

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How loud is loud?

  Seems like a rhetorical question, but I’m curious what other folks think is “ok, now that’s loud” For me, if something’s hitting 100dB as measured from where I’m seated while listening, and not just for a brief moments, but with some regularity, that’s loud. I used to listen at higher average volume than I […]

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DAC priorities

Paul McGowan writes: All DACs are not equal yet many of today’s most popular digital to analog converters are based on the same off-the-shelf chipset like those from ESS, Cirrus Logic, or Analog Devices. Yet those DACs using identical chips often sound as if cut from very different cloth. What makes them different? We might get […]

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It might not seem like anything special but that’s because it’s one of those little things

Paul McGowan writes: Sometimes it’s the little things that make something special. A smile, just at the right moment, or perhaps a helping hand when one wasn’t expected. When I think about what makes a piece of audio equipment special it’s often the little unnoticed touches that, together, make a product worth owning. Take for […]

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I think the answer is that the data, if identical, cannot be different. Therefore, we are looking in the wrong place for our answers.

Paul McGowan writes: My friend Andy sent me this link to the new Samsung 2TB solid state drive that’s smaller than a business card, launched this morning at CES. That’s amazing. A sold state drive capable of storing well over 2000 complete albums–and it’s smaller than a business card. Bit banging. It’s a term used […]

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Can’t get no…

Paul McGowan writes: Satisfaction? Don’t feel badly, the Stones apparently couldn’t either. But is satisfaction the end game? And what happens after you achieve it? Are you ready for more? Something better? I don’t know about you, but I tend to categorize my achievements into three groups. The first is short, repetitive tasks with known outcomes, […]

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Armchair critics

Paul McGowan writes: It’s easy to ignore–often criticize–the hard won victories of creative people designing leading edge technology. In fact, it’s one of the double edged swords of our abundantly-connected society that empowers readers with just enough information to miss the bigger picture. And this is part of the problem I find in helping unravel the […]

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Our path was not an easy one. Where classic tales of well-funded business plans and successful entrepreneurs might describe a lot of companies, it sure didn’t reflect our own.

Paul McGowan writes: Turning a good idea into a company is not easy. The devil, they say, is in the details; something Stan and I found to be true. In this video, Part II of the History of PS Audio, we learn how two wild-eyed hippie audiophiles turned a phono preamplifier into a business that today […]

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Round of applause

Paul McGowan:  Dave Paananen, who directs our engineering, and I were in Music Room One auditioning a couple of changes to circuitry recently. We were trying to figure out which, of several types of op amps, were more musically correct. Of course we do this by simply gain matching and then listening to the same […]

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