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Is equipment burn in real? 0

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You've heard that equipment needs burn-in time to sound its best and you've also heard it's the listener burning in not the equipment. What's the truth of the matter and why?

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Musicians and high end audio 1

Posted 22 hours ago

Musicians love the sound of their instruments but few among them seem interested in high-end audio. Perhaps that's changing as we learn from Tim in Hackensack New Jersey and Paul helps him find a decent entry-level system.

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Best way to rip CDs 4

Posted 1 day ago

Paul gives us tips on the best format to rip CDs in, why it matters and for those Apple users, what AIFF is and why Bit Perfect is the best $10 you'll ever spend.

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House wiring for high-end audio 6

Posted 2 days ago

Does house wiring matter for sound quality and if so, is it a good idea to use grounded metal conduit? What about dedicated lines for audio quality? Do they matter? Circuit breakers?

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The Bose 901 3

Posted 3 days ago

The Bose 901 loudspeaker is perhaps one of the most famous speakers in the world. What does Paul think about its performance and along the way we get treated to another story.

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Do XLR cables sound different? 3

Posted 1 week ago

When we compare sound quality between a set of Mogami XLR cables and Audioquest WEL silver XLR cables is there a difference to be heard in Music Room One?

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How low bass affects midbass 0

Posted 1 week ago

It is said that subwoofers are double-edged swords, helping and harming the music in our systems. Paul gets down to the truth of the matter in this short video.

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Do audio tweaks really work? 4

Posted 1 week ago

This subject's bound to piss off or delight people so Paul just jumps into the thick of it with both feet. Shun Mooks? Tweaks? Magic audio potions? What's his feelings on the subject and are any in Music Room One?

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Do CDs and ripped sound the same? 1

Posted 1 week ago

We know CDs can sound great but what about copying them to a hard drive, NAS, or streaming them online? The bits are identical, so they should sound identical. Right? Wrong. Find out why when Paul invites us into the world of digital audio.

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How to fix problem rooms for speakers 1

Posted 1 week ago

Rooms and speakers go together but not always for the best. Sometimes we're stuck with a problematic room and there's not much we think we can do. Paul to the rescue. Here's advice how to think about and fix room problems and speakers.

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Do amplifiers sound different? 14

Posted 1 week ago

How can two 1000 watt amplifiers measure the same but sound different? And are there ways measurements can tell us what to expect in an amplifier's audible performance? Paul gives us some helpful advice when it comes to selecting a power amplifier in a high-end audio system.

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Are Y connectors bad sounding? 2

Posted 1 week ago

Subwoofers often require an extra output on the preamp or DAC that is unavailable and so we resort to splitting the output signal with a Y connector. Audiophile lore suggests this is a bad idea and Paul explains his thoughts on Y connectors as well as the best way to connect a subwoofer.

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Solar power and high-end audio 0

Posted 2 weeks ago

Solar energy is clean power uncontaminated by neighbors and industry as are our powerlines. So, would using solar energy to power our high-end audio systems be a good idea? How does it work? All will be answered in this short video by PS Audio CEO Paul McGowan.

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What in the world is I2S? 1

Posted 2 weeks ago

We've all heard of S/PDIF and AES/EBU but not many realize how those formats work and why they are inferior to what's at their core, I2S. Paul explains this somewhat complex subject in simple terms anyone can understand and its knowledge worth absorbing.

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Are there any good bookshelf speakers? 0

Posted 2 weeks ago

Some of the best bookshelf speakers on the market tell you not to place them on bookshelves! Absurd! Why is that and are there any truly good 2-0way bookshelf speakers to be had? Find out the whys and wherefores from PS Audio CEO Paul McGowan.

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Are servo woofers BS? 1

Posted 2 weeks ago

There are very few servo controlled woofer systems on the market today. They have long been touted as the best woofer performance in the world. Is it true or hokum? And, if true, why don't more woofer systems employ servos? Paul explains how they work and why they perform the way they do.

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What measurements can we hear? 3

Posted 2 weeks ago

Engineers don't yet know how to measure all we can hear on a resolving stereo system but we know a lot. What are the measurements that tell us what sounds good and what does not?

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The secrets behind PS speakers 20

Posted 2 weeks ago

What were legendary speaker designer Arnie Nudell and Paul up to just before his unexpected passing? Designing a new line of high-end speakers. See Arnie's IRS killers and learn what plans are for PS Audio's line of loudspeakers based on the legendary Nudell's designs.

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Why do tubes sound different than transistors? 0

Posted 2 weeks ago

Most recognize the difference in sound quality between tubes and transistors, but why? They both amplify, they both make music, can be used in any electronic circuit, yet perform differently. Paul does his best to explain the inner workings of tubes and differences with transistors.

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Is modern music high-end? 4

Posted 3 weeks ago

We all love live music recordings and work hard to get our high-performance audio systems to sound like the real deal. But how can modern music recorded on multitrack machines and studios ever be considered high end or even close to live?

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Open baffle vs. closed box 3

Posted 3 weeks ago

Most loudspeakers are trapped inside sealed boxes where the woofer's rear wave cannot interfere with its front wave. But, there is another type of speaker called an open baffle that has no box. Find out what Paul thinks of open baffle loudspeakers.

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Do wires sound better than PC boards? 5

Posted 3 weeks ago

Audio equipment used to be hand wired in a process known as point to point wiring, but now most everything is without wires using thin strips of copper clad to fiberglass instead. What's better, point-to-point or PC boards when it comes to sound quality?

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