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What are Audiophiles really chasing? 1

Posted 2 months ago

It has been said that audiophiles are sometimes obsessive. But, obsessive about what? What is it they are really chasing after and is it possible to get where they hope to go? Paul spends some time discussing his views on what audiophiles are after and shares some personal stories along the way.

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Finding and fixing turntable hum 0

Posted 2 months ago

Few things irritate people more than unwanted noises in their stereo system. Like hum, buzz, and hiss. What we'd like is a dead quiet performance so only the music shines through. Turntables are rather notorious when it comes to hum and noise, and Paul shares with us some of the techniques for reducing hum in this short video.

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Why are power amps so difficult to design? 1

Posted 2 months ago

We don't read or hear much about power amps. Sexier, newer fangled gear take center stage far more often than the lowly seeming power amplifier that sits in on the floor or rack and just does its job. Yet, power amps have one of the most difficult tasks of any in a music system.

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Tour Japan with Paul 5

Posted 2 months ago

Join PS Audio's CEO and founder, Paul McGowan, in Japan as he tours the PS Audio dealers and surveys the state of the high-end audio scene in the land of the rising sun.

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The advantages of an external power supply 1

Posted 2 months ago

PS Audio introduced to the world the idea of a larger, external power supply, over 40 years ago. Today, some companies still practice its use in high-end audio equipment. What's the idea behind a bigger external power supply?

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How can you reduce vibrations? 0

Posted 2 months ago

Loudspeakers create vibrations when they move the air. This is how we hear music, but there's a darker side to these vibrations. Find out from Paul what can be done about it and learn how he got tricked at a CES.

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Optimal distance between loudspeakers 0

Posted 2 months ago

Ever wonder about speaker setup? How far away from the front wall should your pair be? How about the distance between left and right channels? And, for that matter, what about toe in? Few things in high-end audio are as important as proper loudspeaker setup and this video helps us understand what the parameters are and how each affects the sound.

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Is no DAC the best DAC? 5

Posted 2 months ago

There's been recent discussion on the DIY sites about the idea of using no DAC to reproduce digital audio. Is that even possible? How can you convert digital audio to analog without the benefit of a DAC?

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Is it possible to get the same sound as the IRSV for less? 5

Posted 2 months ago

The mighty IRSV in PS Audio's Music Room One is something to behold, bringing a sense of awe and wonder to all who get to experience the sheer dynamics and effortless beauty of the system. But the IRSV is 1.2 tons, consisting of 4 seven and a half foot tall columns, rare, and expensive. Can you get the same sound for less? Find out how in this interesting video.

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Why are internal speaker cables thin? 1

Posted 2 months ago

We spend a lot of money and energy choosing the right speaker cables. They are typically big and fat cables so we don't restrict the energy between the power amplifier and the loudspeaker. But, if you have the opportunity to take a peek inside your speakers, you'll likely notice the internal cabling is anything but fat. In fact, it's thin and wimpy. Find out why in this video

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Do you need two subwoofers? 0

Posted 3 months ago

Low frequencies like those produced by subwoofers tend to be non-directional. So, why not just have one subwoofer if directionality is not an issue? You might be surprised at the answer. Watch this video as Paul explains why stereo subs might be exactly what you need.

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How do vinyl records make stereo? 4

Posted 3 months ago

Have you ever wondered how the single needle in single record groove can make stereo? It's probably not something often thought about but now that you are, is it obvious? Can you explain it to others? Come along with Paul as he explains in simple detail how stereo comes from single grooves on a vinyl record.

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How to get the best bang for the buck 1

Posted 3 months ago

How do you make a buying decision when you're on a limited budget? Which component gets the love of the pricey upgrade, or do you settle on spending less on multiple items? It's a touph call knowing how to get the biggest bang for the buck, but it makes for a great video.

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What’s the best listening room floor? 1

Posted 3 months ago

Most of us haven't any choice in what our flooring materials are in our listening environments. Yet, if we had a choice, what might be best for sound quality? Cement? Hardwoods? Carpet? Join Paul in this video as we discuss the best materials for your listening room floor.

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The difference between DSD and Class D 3

Posted 3 months ago

All these damned acronyms! They are enough to drive one crazy and certainly, they're confusing. DSD and Class D are close only in name. The two are radically different processes and easily mistaken for the same. In this short five-minute video, Paul helps us understand the difference between the two and we get a brief and easy to understand primer on how each works.

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Optical discs vs. ripping 8

Posted 3 months ago

Which medium sounds best? Optical discs or ripped and stored digital audio? And if ripped and stored digital audio is your answer, how can it be better than what it started from, an optical disc? In this short five-minute video Paul discusses some of the reasons why this seesaw of audio quality is moving between different digital audio storage techniques.

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How long do tubes last? 3

Posted 3 months ago

Vacuum tubes, unlike solid state devices, have a much shorter lifespan. Over time their sound quality lessens and they need to be replaced. How long does a tube last? How can you tell when they are done or starting to lose their magic? Join us for this short five-minute video and find out what Paul has to say on the life of vacuum tubes.

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Hearing aids and high end audio 4

Posted 3 months ago

As we age our hearing tends to get worse and sometimes, it's necessary to get hearing aids. Does that spell the end of enjoyment of high-end audio? After all, we spend thousands of dollars acquiring the finest in loudspeaker and amplification systems, only to then listen through questionable-fidelity hearing aids. What's interesting is the facts of hearing aids and high-end audio are quite different than what we might assume. Find out why in this short video.

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Why don’t more speakers have servos? 2

Posted 3 months ago

Woofers—especially subwoofers—can be uncontrolled and distortion prone if they do not have an active servo to help them. Fact is, almost no subwoofers and active loudspeakers have servo systems today. Why is that? How hard is it to build and how do they work? PS Audio CEO and designer, Paul McGowan explains active motional feedback systems known as servos.

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How driver materials affect sound quality 4

Posted 3 months ago

Our loudspeakers are constructed from combinations of both manmade and natural materials like plastic, metal, diamond, wood, and paper. How does each of these materials affect sound quality in our loudspeakers? Find out in this latest video

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Choosing a UPS for the system 9

Posted 3 months ago

When it comes to the occasional power outage, how important is it the system stays live? Paul answers this common question and gives some advice on what type of UPS battery backup system is the right one. Not all are appropriate and there's one type to stay away from entirely.

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The lowdown on subwoofers 9

Posted 3 months ago

Subwoofers, whether built in or separate, are often either over looked or—worse—scoffed at and ridiculed as excessive. Nothing could be further from the truth. Learn why adding a subwoofer might be the most important missing element in your system.

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How important are speaker cable gauges? 3

Posted 3 months ago

Connecting your power amplifier to your loudspeakers requires a cable. Just how important is the size and construction of that cable to good sound? Paul explains the hows and whys of loudspeaker cable designs and requirements.

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Optimizing small room acoustics 0

Posted 3 months ago

The rooms we play our stereo systems in influence how they sound. In fact, they have a huge impact. Paul helps us with a few tricks of the trade to optimizing imaging and tonal balance even in a small room.

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