There are no hard feelings on our part if they are returned

We wouldn’t need laws if everyone did the right thing. Unfortunately, people justify all kinds of behavior that’s socially unacceptable: greed, selfishness, every-man-for-himself, self-aggrandizing at the expense of others. We make laws and rules to even the playing field—then those same people spend their days figuring out how to work around them. An endless circular battle that benefits […]

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CRITICAL: Developing critical listening skills

When Alon Sagee was a wet behind the ears audiophile he spent his days hanging around stereo shops. Today he is the president of the San Francisco Audiophile Society. “At 20, I bought my first audiophile gear at HiFi Haven, a high-end audio dealer in my college neighborhood in New Jersey. This was definitely not a […]

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Better than the original

Paul McGowan writes: With yesterday’s announcement of the P20 Power Plant’s launch, inevitable questions fly. One that piqued my interest is “how could any device improve upon the pure output of a power generator?” It’s a great question and one that requires a bit of explanation.  In yesterday’s post, I had offered a bit of history when […]

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THE VERTICAL: So where does the sense of vertical come from?

Paul McGowan writes: We discussed the effects of depth of soundstage, characterized by some as “layered depth” to describe the spacing in the horizontal plane that we hear in our high end audio systems.  I mentioned that there is yet another dimension to the depth aspect of our systems, that of height. The height of […]

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Here’s the funny thing. I don’t need PRaT qualities to tap my toe

We judge our stereo system’s performance by a long list of criteria. There’s tonal balance, imaging, dynamics (both micro and macro), soundstaging, top end, bottom end, midrange bloom, noise levels, and of course pacing and rhythm. When I was first got involved in high-end audio no one spoke of pacing and rhythm as a measure of quality, […]

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PS AUDIO: Relegating LP’s, tuners and tape decks to a secondary role in the music chain

The secret to getting a perfect copy of an analog recording is found in the converter that takes in the analog and spits out the digital.  This converter is called an Analog to Digital Converter, or ADC, and is the exact opposite of what you’re no doubt familiar with a DAC or Digital to Analog […]

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Not a chance ….. without a servo!

Originally published in 2015 Paul McGowan: No, this post isn’t about some lame track about ‘dat bass‘, but it is about ‘dat bass’. Over dinner last night with Infinity founder Arnie Nudell and PS Audio’s Bill Leebens, the discussion turned to bass. Better put, the lack of it in today’s speakers, something I constantly harp […]

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The answer to this puzzle is interesting. The number does not describe the size of the wire, but the number of process needed to get it there

Paul McGowan: When it comes to wire sizes, numbers are confusing. Take for example our power cords. Our lowest cost power cable is based on 12 gauge wire, the next up 10 gauge, then 8. And from these numbers you’d imagine the size of each power cord is getting smaller, corresponding to the smaller number, […]

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Rarely does a loudspeaker or electronics manufacturer go to great lengths to design a classical music speaker, for example, because it limits the market and what the heck does one do if ….. ?

  Writes Paul McGowan ….. One of my readers, Mark S, asks the question of why we manufacturers seem to work so hard at building kit that serves all music and all tastes equally well. I think it’s a good question and one worth thinking about. In most fields a “one size fits all” mentality […]

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