NOT AN OXYMORON: Can modern music be high-end?

Paul McGowan: If our definition of high-end is lifted from The Absolute Sound Magazine’s tenet: “the sound of unamplified instruments and/or voices as heard in a natural, acoustic performance space” then does it make sense that modern electronic or multitracked music can ever be considered high-end? I believe it can, but not before broadening our definition. […]

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PS AUDIO: The sound of magnets

Note: As with all trade writers, we are happy to publish but …. doing so does not mean we necessarily agree with their observations and conclusions. ====== We know that every element in the signal chain imparts a sonic fingerprint: bipolars, tubes, JEFETS, MOSFETS. And let’s not to forget film, foil, beeswax, ceramic, and electrolytic […]

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Speakers with plugs?

Note: As with all trade writers, we are happy to publish but …. doing so does not mean we necessarily agree with their observations and conclusions. ====== Paul McGowan writes: The secret to selecting the perfect amplifier chassis, location, topology, and wattage rating can be found inside the loudspeaker—not in the form of a hidden […]

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While not as overall full and harmonically rich as some …..

Originally published October 2015 Paul McGowan writes: There’s perhaps nothing more important to the success of a hi fi system than the synergy of its parts. We’ve been discussing how the addition of some preamps help the sound of some DACs; a perfect example of the synergistic quality of parts within a system. The speakers […]

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PS AUDIO: “Keep it isolated as best you can and leave the microphones to the recording side of things.”

Paul McGowan writes: Most of us are familiar with the concept of mechanically isolating our equipment from vibrations; but do you know why it’s important? Microphonics.  Certainly not the only reason, but clearly the most important.  Microphonics is the tendency of something to act like a microphone; picking up and reproducing sounds it “hears”. The […]

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PS AUDIO: The second most common bass extender for loudspeakers is called a passive radiator

Paul McGowan writes:  Recently we covered the basics of ports in speaker boxes that would otherwise be called sealed boxes were it not for the hole and associated tube punched into the speaker box to extend the bass. Port calculations used to be a black art but today the science is well known and there […]

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The audio show dream

Paul McGowan writes: My revelation of the simple truth that we can never believe we are actually in the same room as live musicians, no matter how good the recording and the reproduction chains are, really shook up my world.  I had assumed all along that we could get very close to building a believable […]

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PS AUDIO: As consumers we tend to take for granted how simple something is and wonder why everything cannot be designed that way

Paul McGowan:  Perhaps one of the most difficult challenges faced by any design team is how to keep something simple yet meet or exceed people’s expectations. Apple’s products are famous more for what they did not include then what they did – but at the same time exceeding expectations.  That’s a really hard thing to […]

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PS Audio: Ports are used a great deal because they really work and, in the hands of an excellent speaker designer, can be very effective

Paul McGowan writes:  I am in the beginning of a new series that will give my readers an overview of starting fresh with a new sound room: the steps I am taking to build the room, the decisions being made and why. I mentioned that the Maggies I am leaving and the Infinity IRS I […]

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We call it imagination and when our imaginations create repetitive frequency based patterns we call that music.

Paul McGowan writes: I mentioned recently that we recognize what type of instrument is playing a note not so much by its harmonic content – which most of us believe is what distinguishes the sound of one instrument from another – but rather by its transient nature.  I think this is a fascinating subject and […]

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Winning

To some, winning is everything. It was that way with my mentor, and former business partner, Arnie Nudell. Arnie hated losing. Which is likely why he had so many wins, like building the biggest loudspeaker company in the world, Infinity. One of my fondest memories centers around a ping-pong table. Arnie and I both loved […]

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Directionality of fuses

Directionality is a controversial topic.  For those unfamiliar with it, the basic idea is that cables and fuses sound different depending on the direction they are used.  Reverse an RCA cable’s direction or a speaker cable’s direction and the system will sound different. This is controversial because in most cases the cables or fuses are […]

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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

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Never in all my years of playing with stereos have I heard such music – the waves of singers and instruments, tympani’s gone wild – it was a truly remarkable experience

Paul McGowan writes: I’ll continue with the story of the invention of an electronically scalable room but today wanted to tell you about something I’ve been listening to that has me running around the PS offices grabbing whomever I can to come and listen.  One of my readers wrote: “For a real sense of a […]

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