PS AUDIO: Is it ethical to spend time at your local stereo dealer and then buy online at a lower price?

Paul McGowan Is it ethical to spend time at your local stereo dealer and then buy online at a lower price? This question is at the core of the situation dealers and customers find themselves in today and you might be surprised at Paul’s answer. Watch Now

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PS AUDIO: “I am not a speaker designer. But if I were, I would start to figure out how to make this the new standard for all loudspeakers I produced at my company”

Paul McGowan writes: In an earlier post we talked about how most of us aspire to have a dedicated listening room but don’t have the real estate to build one.  Instead, we have the shared living room to work with. Problem with this is the need for the loudspeakers to be placed 1/3 the way […]

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PS AUDIO: The worst

From the archives: I am visiting the high-end show in Tokyo at the moment and last night, between demonstrations of the system, I was wandering the halls of the show when the strains of one of my all time favorite operas came drifting down the hall.  La Boheme, as performed by Renata Tebaldi in 1951 […]

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PS AUDIO: “So the loudspeakers are at fault? No, not entirely. Here’s what I suspect. The ear/brain is just sensitive enough to ……. “

Paul McGowan writes: In my post “Through and open window” I mentioned that if I am walking down the street and hear a piano through an open window I know immediately if that’s the sound of a real piano or a recorded one.  Odd that we can do this even from affar and through a […]

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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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PS AUDIO: Being safe is easy but uneventful

Paul McGowan writes: Ever notice how we all tend to gravitate towards the safe solution?  It’s something I am certainly consistent with. We are more comfortable following Stereophile’s Recommended Component list (just to be safe), we keep our preamp’s balance control right in the middle (safer, in case we’re wrong), we use the recommended filter […]

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SPEED: I wanted to touch briefly on matching the “speed” of the subwoofer with that of your main speaker

We should be at the point in our subwoofer quest to kick back and enjoy our new found extra octave or two of bass – and what a great thing that is once you’re in tune with it. I wanted to touch briefly on matching the “speed” of the subwoofer with that of your main […]

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STUDIO MONITORS: Have you ever wondered what recording studio engineers use for monitors?

Have you ever wondered what recording studio engineers use for monitors? I’ll tell you – probably nothing you’d have in your home or system. For the most part they are anything but high-end. A few loudspeaker manufacturers proudly show us their products in the studios and mastering rooms of the world, but this is done […]

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PS AUDIO: “Traditionalist companies add technology only when forced into it by lagging sales and are dragged along – they too are in the minority”

Paul McGowan writes:  When it comes to implementing or even inventing new technology how does the High-End industry react?  Are we pushed, pulled or dragged? It is different for each company. For example, pushing the latest technology is something PS Audio and a few other forward thinking companies do – we are in the minority.  […]

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PS AUDIO: “it struck me how little high-end audio plays any sort of role here.”

Paul McGowan: It’s been said that CEDIA is where the growth area in consumer audio electronics is. As I wandered the halls yesterday, setup day, it struck me how little high-end audio plays any sort of role here.  In every case, manufacturers boast “great sound, high resolution, music and video at the touch of a […]

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