FACT, OR FICTION: Directional speaker wires

I’ve been aware for a long time that some speaker cables are designated as “directional”. To a limited extent I can understand the rational behind choices based on wire size and construction, biwiring, etc. but don’t understand how any conductor can have directional characteristics even in a DC circuit. I’m not denying the possibility but […]

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BENCHMARK MEDIA DAC: What about better power cords?

Does improving the power cord from the one that is supplied improve the sound?  Yes, it does seem to in my systems here. I have experienced dramatic improvements, in terms of subtle detail retrieval, a faster bass and so on with many other DACs through the years and so I suppose I quite naturally expect […]

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CABLES: Loudspeaker cable directionality and the golden days of TRIO LO7C & LO7M amplification

At the time that the Trio LO7D arrived (I was their most successful retailer at that time) TRIO released the LO7C preamp and the LO7 and LO5 mono power amps. These were a very fine combination and as is typically of those times with so many of the great and legendary Japanese makers, it seemed […]

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CABLES: If a 12 gauge cable sounded fuller, what would happen with a bigger, fatter 10 gauge, or an 8 gauge?

Paul McGowan ……… In my new found quest to figure out why power cables made a difference in my preamplifier circuit I began to suspect that I wasn’t adding fullness or, for that matter, anything to the preamp’s sound but rather guessed that what must be happening is one of degrading in the first place.  […]

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PS AUDIO: Before the Monster

Paul McGowan: Here’s an interesting piece of history for you. Before the cable companies existed, no one paid any attention to the wires or cables used to connect our systems. Speakers were connected to power amps through lamp cord purchased at the local electrical store without any fanfare. We knew heavier sounded better, but that […]

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POWER CORDS: Neil McCauley expresses a view

Neil, have you been surprised by the effects of different types of mains cable and IEC termination on the sound that comes from electronics driving speakers? I have been rather surprised because I don’t reckon I have anything like the acuity of some of my friends for acoustic things, I will usually arrive at conclusions; […]

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WISHFUL THINKING: Can exceptional interconnects compensate for a mediocre CD player?

Dear Colin, An audiophile friend made the following argument to me: “Stop looking for a new CD player. With a very good to excellent high-end interconnect you will not only improve the performance of the CD, but other downstream components.” I had to disagree with my friend claiming a $400 or $500 IC is not […]

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DANGEROUS TOPIC: But this is not about cable wars, rather about the logic of the debate

Dangerous topic; but this is not about cable wars, rather about the logic of the debate. There are two basic disputes (a) whether properly designed cables sound different at all, and (b) if they can sound different, what preference should be attached to that difference. Note here that the debate about whether a category of […]

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MICROPHONY: In speaker cables … the definitive proof, with a sting in the tail

CABLE ELEVATORS Permit me, if I may, to offer a different (but not necessarily superior) perspective on this. A few years back, I was invited by a designer of high-end speakers, to visit his development suite in Salzburg, Austria. All expenses paid. Unlimited coffee and cake and so on. An opinion on a new idea […]

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COLIN WONFOR: LS-25 speaker cables

It is amusing watching forum members casually slagging off such things, but Colin Wonfor is certainly no ‘subjectivist quack’, and it is very interesting indeed how well his cables are received and positively regarded. Dip in and out HERE See what Colin is up to HERE and … HERE colinwonfor@gmail.com   Audio cables / buy […]

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INTERCONNECT: Balanced vs. unbalanced audio

Which is the better interconnect for home audio systems? Balanced XLR or unbalanced RCA? Paul voices his opinion and explains the differences between the two and their reason for existence. Have a question you’d like Paul to answer for you? Go to https://www.psaudio.com/ask-paul/ and post it. Watch Now Paul McGowan Audio cables / buy / […]

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DIY: Cables?

Gentlemen, can home made cables really offer quality as distinct from value? Here’s what Paul McGowan (PS Audio) says on the subject. Fatter wire sounds fuller, skinnier wire sounds thin, shielded wire sounds cleaner but veiled, stranded wire sounds one way and solid core thicker wire sounds yet another.  These findings were very suspicious to […]

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OXYMORON? Audiophile power cords?

In your experience, do mains leads really make a difference, and are the expensive ones really capable of offering value? Mains cables do change the sound of audio equipment. Unfortunately there’s a lot claims made about mains cables that are exaggerated. I suggest that the effect of a mains cable is not as important as […]

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