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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PS AUDIO: What is listener fatigue, why does it occur and what is it we can do about it?

Paul McGowan writes: The term “listener fatigue” is something we’re all familiar with and something none of us want.  What is listener fatigue, why does it occur and what is it we can do about it? What’s interesting to me about this subject is there are no measurements, no rules, no clear answers to the […]

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PS AUDIO: Truth or preference?

In our search for sonic truth, there comes a point where the systems get so good their “truth” is more about our personal preference. In fact, personal preferences often trump truth. We know we’ve gotten closer to the truth when it matches what we believe to be the musical truth. Of course, no one knows what musical truth is. […]

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“When a scientist wants to declare something as a fact, here’s the process they go through: observe, theorize, measure, repeat.”

Paul McGowan writes: As a follow up to yesterday’s post Just because, a few readers wrote to me defending both sides of their worldview of how things work. The objectivists reiterated “observations are not accepted fact until you can measure them” and the Observationalists  wrote to say “if I can repeatedly observe the same thing […]

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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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POWER LINES: The dedicated ones

Paul McGowan: If you’re serious about building a high-performance audio system you have to pay attention to the AC power. It’s a constant theme with me because power is the foundation of our systems. There aren’t many great structures standing on weak foundations. Power Plants solve many problems but they need a head start. One […]

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SOME MAKERS WILL HATE THIS: How does one measure the differences between amplifiers when they clearly sound different?

How does one measure the differences between amplifiers when they clearly sound different? The first and simplest measurements are frequency response and noise levels: frequency response shows us that everything we put in makes it through to the output and noise levels are an obvious thing to measure so we don’t have hiss. Fancier measurements […]

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One of the most difficult to reproduce bits of music is massed strings

Paul McGowan: One of the most difficult to reproduce bits of music is massed strings, whether they be cellos, violas, or violins.  It takes a complete and near perfect chain to get these right and they represent to me the biggest challenge and what I always turn to for the “final test” when designing product. […]

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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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