BIAMPING: I remember my delight the first time biamping speakers was explained to me

Paul McGowan The notion of using one amplifier perfectly matched to the tweeter and another to the woofer made such elegant sense. Tubes for the top end, solid state grunt for the bottom. Brilliant. That was at a time when the choices in amplifiers were limited. Big, powerful solid state amps sounded pretty poor reproducing […]

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READERS’ LETTERS: Switch mode versus traditional power supplies

A member writes: My new Class D GaNFET amp (Starkrimson Ultra) has dual mono SMPS that are deadly quiet (very black backgrounds), provide tremendous headroom (1000wpc clean peak power-4 ohms), and produce sonic realism and presentations that are jaw-dropping Live…all with a Total package weight of just 18#! 😉 —//— A member writes: Almost every […]

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READERS’ LETTERS: Does the CD layer of an SACD sound better?

A member writes: I think in order to store a DSD recording onto a disk it has to be stored on a SACD disk and played back on an SACD capable player otherwise if played on a standard CD player you would only hear the standard pressing and not DSD. —//— A member writes: SACD […]

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READERS’ LETTERS: Understanding series and parallel speaker connections

A member writes: Damping Factor(DF) is equal to the impedance of the load divided by the out put impedance of the amp. For example if an amp has an output impedance of say0.1 ohms and the speaker is 8 ohms the DF is 80. If you have 2 8 ohm speakers in series the total […]

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THE PERFECT SPOT: Your seating position IS compromised

Paul McGowan … If you’ve done your system setup homework your chair sits at a comfortable distance from the loudspeakers. With the precision of a ruler, you’ve tweaked and adjusted the speaker’s position for best imaging. Though we call it the sweet spot, it’s certainly not the perfect spot. Within the boundaries of most rooms, the perfect […]

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EXTERNAL vs INTERNAL / Is it better to have the loudspeaker crossover inside or outside the loudspeaker?

PAUL McGOWAN / PS AUDIO I was recently asked an interesting question. Is it better to have the loudspeaker crossover inside or outside the loudspeaker? At first, the answer seemed rather simple. Inside, of course. Shorter wires, fewer binding posts, etc. Yet, in thinking about it, I can see at least one advantage to an […]

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POLK / RESERVE SERIES: News

They write ….. With the custom transducers from Polk’s flagship Legend Series and new Polk innovations in cabinet and port design, Reserve delivers flagship music and movie sound.  Designed by Polk for the flagship Legend Series, the Pinnacle Tweeter features a finely tuned waveguide that dramatically improves the dispersion of high frequency energy, ensuring a […]

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MoFI ELECTRONICS: News

DRIVEN TO ACHIEVE INCREDIBLE PERFORMANCE The heart of the SourcePoint 10 is the innovative Twin-Drive high-flux neodymium magnet system. It is not enough to simply optimize the frequency response of the woofer and tweeter. It is also critically important to minimize distortion in the motor structure of the drive unit. If the motor has distortion, […]

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LEMAY AUDIO / HOMMAGE DAYTON WRIGHT ELECTROSTATICS: News

The new Lemay Audio Hommage Electrostatic loudspeaker is a complete rethinking of the famous Dayton Wright XG-10 loudspeaker introduced in 1975 by Michael Wright. Only original restored ultra high-performance electrostatic cells and audio transformer are retained. The rest is completely reinvented for the ultimate music lover . No crossover, no box resonance, no electrostatic sound, […]

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ACORA ACOUSTICS / SRC-2: News

We are told … SRC-2  2.5-way Floorstanding Loudspeaker  As you listen to the Acora Acoustics SRC-2 loudspeaker, you will hear immersive space and imaging. You will hear deep, authoritative yet articulate bass. You will hear fine detail and depth.  Acora loudspeakers will reveal many things you simply haven’t heard before. What you won’t hear is the enclosure. Acora Acoustics loudspeakers […]

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PS AUDIO: Lighter than air

PAUL McGOWAN Here’s something crazy. The mass of the FR30 and FR20’s tweeter and midrange diaphragms is less than the air being moved. Compare that with the heavier mass of even the best diamond-encrusted tweeter in the world, and, at least for me, I experience a moment’s pause. A pause for two reasons. First, I never thought […]

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UNDERSTANDING: Image height

PS AUDIO: It is not difficult to imagine left, right, and center imaging on a stereo system. It’s also likely not too much of a stretch to understand depth. After all, a proper stereo recording reproduces depth as a measure of how far away from the recording microphones the instruments or performers are. Harder for […]

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PS AUDIO: Infinity IRSV + Genesis Technology’s Gen II

Golden opportunities don’t often come our way but, when they do, we should grab them. Life’s short enough as it is. One of our HiFi Family members had emailed me a few weeks ago asking if I knew anyone that might be interested in owning a pair of Genesis Technology’s Gen II speakers. He was […]

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TOO WIDE A GAP

Between a high-performance audiophile system and the casual plop-it-down-and-listen setup, there seems to be a pretty wide gap. Which makes me wonder why there isn’t something in the middle. Imagine a single wireless all-in-one floor-standing speaker. You unbox it, set it up along a living room wall, connect to your WiFi, and voila! A great, […]

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