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Balanced vs. Unbalanced cables 1

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Have you ever wondered what the differences are between the RCA single-ended connections and the XLR balanced connections in audio? PS Audio CEO and founder Paul McGowan shares with us the what's, whys and wherefores of this subject.

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Are there synergies in software? 1

Posted 19 hours ago

Is it possible that the same digital audio bits sound different depending on the processor used and the software running it? Many think it's impossible. Digital is digital, but the truth is really quite different. Find out why.

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Can you measure sound quality? 4

Posted 1 day ago

We hear differences in audio equipment, cables, and other related items but can those differences be measured? Sure, simple measurements like THD, IM, and TIM are measurable, but actual sound quality? Imaging? The holy grail of audio engineering would be a meter to measure what we hear, but is it possible?

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What makes high-end better? 0

Posted 2 days ago

High-end audio products pride themselves as better than off-the-shelf mass market stereo equipment. What makes them better? Is that claim valid? Paul helps us understand what the differences are and why they matter.

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How to wire your home 2

Posted 3 days ago

We all understand the importance of clean power for our equipment, but what's the best way to wire up our rooms? What's a home run wiring? Paul answers our questions on the best way to wire our stereo systems.

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Audiophile fuses 1

Posted 4 days ago

Ever heard about an expensive audiophile fuse? Some costing hundreds of dollars for…wait for it…a fricking fuse! Paul explains what they are, how they work, and what his experience with them has been.

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Active vs. passive preamps 0

Posted 5 days ago

Have you ever heard of a passive preamplifier? It's old school and not well known, but Paul brings us up to speed on what it is, its history, and why you should or should not choose one.

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Tube outputs in DACS 0

Posted 6 days ago

Paul has covered the importance of the DAC's output stage before, but what about specifics like tube output stages? And, for that matter, why is the output stage so important in the DAC? Which is best?

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Equalizing the room 5

Posted 1 week ago

The room is a critical component in the reproduction of music in our homes. It's both good and bad—yet necessary. Paul is asked what it means to digitally correct the room through the loudspeakers and what he thinks about the practice of room correction.

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The art of the recording engineer 2

Posted 1 week ago

Just what do recording engineers do? We see video of them working hard at flipping dials and moving volume controls at a frenzied pace, but why? Paul shares some history with Georgio Moroder and Musicland studios where Paul got his first taste of the recording environment and we learn how he threatened to burn down the network while in the army.

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Getting past subwoofer negativity 3

Posted 1 week ago

One negative experience is often enough to turn our opinions on a subject forever, yet that can be a bad thing. Find out how Paul helps one bad subwoofer experience into a win in this latest video.

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Class A bias in amplifiers 5

Posted 1 week ago

Can we safely suggest a 300-watt amplifier has more class A bias than a smaller, 100-watt amplifier? Inquiring minds want to know and design engineer Paul helps us understand in simple terms the correct answer.

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Should he give up his speakers? 1

Posted 1 week ago

Keeping the family peace can often be tricky when speakers are involved. Speakers take up precious real estate within the home and it's often a struggle to get a good pair installed. But, once installed should you cede what gains you might have achieved? Paul helps with harmony in the home.

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The importance of a word clock 0

Posted 1 week ago

Audiophiles spend sometimes small fortunes on improving their digital audio performance with external word clocks—atomic clocks—and the question is, are they helpful? Do they really bring better sound? Paul helps us understand this complex subject.

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Big speakers in small rooms 3

Posted 2 weeks ago

There's a common myth that speakers size has to match room size. Most people believe that a big pair of speakers should never be installed in a big room. Paul's here to set us straight.

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How to improve vintage speakers 4

Posted 2 weeks ago

Vintage speakers can be a lot of fun and a wonderful source of musical pleasure, but should we leave them exactly as they were built or improve on them? And if improved upon, how?

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The best way to connect separates 2

Posted 2 weeks ago

Separates are almost always better than integrateds and receivers but certainly more hassle to interconnect. What should we watch out for when connecting separates?

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Do transistors age like tubes? 0

Posted 2 weeks ago

We all know that vacuum tubes need replacing about once a year for optimum sonic performance, but what about transistors? Do they need replacing after a time?

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Tour PS Audio Music Room 8

Posted 2 weeks ago

PS Audio has one of the finest listening rooms in the world replete with the mighty Infinity IRSV at its heart. People from all over the world come to visit and hear the system. Here's an opportunity to see for yourself what's inside.

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Starting a company 14

Posted 2 weeks ago

Starting a new company is tough, especially if you haven't got any money. PS Audio CEO shares how he managed to restart PS Audio in the late 1990s on a shoestring and build the company into its present-day success story. Follow along as Paul walks us through the step-by-step process of financing without a pot to piss in.

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PS Audio’s history Part 2 8

Posted 3 weeks ago

In this, the last of a two-part series, PS Audio co-founder Paul McGowan gives us a personalized tour through the formative years of high-end audio as we learn the secrets and insider information of how PS Audio began.

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PS Audio’s History Part 1 2

Posted 3 weeks ago

PS Audio was founded in 1974, which seems like a century ago. Its birth was during the formative years of the high-end industry and co-founder Paul McGowan gives us a personal journey through those times and how it all began.

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How to refurbish vintage speakers 2

Posted 3 weeks ago

If you have a pair of vintage speakers and the cones are in good shape, what else needs to be done? Plenty as you'll soon learn in this latest video from Paul McGowan.

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