“When less is less”

Paul McGowan …… Thanks for all the kind words about my recent post about music and how smart I must be to have written such a piece.  Sorry to disappoint but that article was actually written by our resident musicologist Larry  Schenbeck, who IS really smart.  Thanks Larry, the mailing service grabbed his article instead […]

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A recipe for high-end

Paul McGowan ….. Words, tastes, sights, sounds are specific recipes that activate neuro transmitters in our brains that bring meaning to each.  I know it’s the engineer in me that brings this to your attention, but how things work fascinates me. When you taste something it is a specific formulation of the 5 primary tastes […]

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Single or double?

Paul McGowan writes ….. Number 7 in our list of design challenges for a DAC or a preamplifier output stage is providing a single ended or balanced output. As in everything we designers do there are multiple ways to achieve this: some simple others more complex and each with different audible results. First let’s remember […]

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PS AUDIOThe last thing you want to do to a power amplifier is put something with impedance between it and the loudspeaker

Paul McGowan writes: The last thing you want to do to a power amplifier is put something with impedance between it and the loudspeaker.  It’s one of the reasons we spend so much time and money making sure the speaker cables we use are as thick as a horse leg, impede nothing and connect our […]

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PS AUDIO: Good stories are worth repeating; and I think this one qualifies in light of our most recent posts on the oil of snakes and cables – says Paul McGowan

Paul McGowan writes: The summer of 1977 found my partner Stan and I looking to increase our sales of phono stages and we thought we would try and entice a few dealers to carry the product.  Up until this day we were 100% direct-to-customer, something you see more of today in high-end audio, but back […]

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Do long cables matter?

Paul McGowan writes: Now you’ve gotten your main speaker system in order and imaging properly, according to yesterday’s post, it’s time to think about adding our subwoofer.  Let’s start with a fairly broad overview and then later we can dig down deep. Your subwoofers are going to be placed behind and to the outside of […]

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