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It's gotta happen in 3 minutes! 12

Posted 5 years ago

We wanted to be able to explain how a Power Plant regenerator works in less than 3 minutes to people who had zero technical knowledge. I didn’t want an ad or a fluff piece, but something fun, interesting and most important – informative. The challenge, it turns out, is quite hard. In fact, I have […]
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Why everything matters in today's high-end systems 4

Posted 5 years ago

In 1973 when we first started PS Audio everything mattered to the sound quality path: types of capacitors, types of transistors, resistors, circuit topology, connectors, power supplies, chassis builds and so on. Then we moved to digital audio and the pundits of the day proclaimed that bits are bits it wouldn’t matter what we did […]
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Here's what Apple is going to do next 11

Posted 5 years ago

Fundamentally change the form factor of their mobile devices from backlit LCD to see-through OLED. How do I know that? Because it’s the obvious thing to do to solve a basic irritation. Let me give you a little background. In yesterday’s post I dropped an idea on you about creating a paper thin OLED touch […]
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The problem with good ideas 1

Posted 5 years ago

There are just too many. I have lots of them especially when it comes to new products and new directions for our industry – and I am sure many of you reading this post have them as well. They are like an itch that cannot be scratched. Perhaps the most difficult lesson I am still […]
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Enjoying it all 7

Posted 5 years ago

In response to our little series on purity and musical truth one of our Australian readers posted this comment: “It’s all about enjoyment. I have listened to a number of systems that are very detailed and analytical and I hear things that I don’t hear on my system but they are cold and emotionless and […]
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Opening up an age old debate 6

Posted 5 years ago

Several of you have written me suggesting the issue we’ve been discussing on purity has more to do with the playback equipment than the way it was recorded. I think it’s more complicated than that. There was a time when we could accurately say that most all digital was inferior to most all analog – […]
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How to prove a point 12

Posted 5 years ago

I am convinced Bob Carver is a crazy genius. He’s given more to our industry than most and always surprises and delights with his innovative approach. His tiny cube amplifier, his miniature room shaking subwoofers and to the point of this post, his amplifier shootout. I remember back to 1985 when several reviewer challenged Carver […]
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Is purity a myth? 14

Posted 5 years ago

In yesterday’s post Are vinyl records filtersI think we struck a nerve. In that post I pointed out that many of us find vinyl records to sound more musical than a digital recording – yet most of todays vinyl records started out as digital recordings – an obvious problem if you believe vinyl gets you […]
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Are vinyl records filters? 21

Posted 5 years ago

Have you ever pondered the fact that many new vinyl releases today actually are recorded, mixed and mastered digitally before being transferred to vinyl? Because many studios today are digital based it’s easier for musicians to record digitally and then master the results onto both CD and vinyl if they care about sound quality enough […]
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The Hi Fi season 5

Posted 5 years ago

As spring hits and summers is nearing hi fi manufacturers and dealers have to start figuring out how they will make it though the long hot summer of the hi fi season. Sales of hi fi equipment drop of sharply sometime in May and don’t really pickup again until October. The theory I operate under […]
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If it's not personal is it high-end? 7

Posted 5 years ago

Most high-end audio systems are very personal because they are hand assembled by the owner. Rarely are any two alike and that’s kind of what makes this sport fun. But if dealers sold pre-assembled “cookie cutter” systems that the owner did not personalize, would they still be high-end? I believe so. I believe high-end has […]
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What's wrong with the two magazines? 7

Posted 5 years ago

In yesterday’s post Separating the wheat from the chaff, I mentioned that the retailer is the perfect sorting house – choosing and selling only those products that perfectly reflect the dealer’s brand promise and makes it easy for customers, especially new customers, to make easy choices getting involved with high-end audio. Several of you asked […]
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How to separate wheat from chaff 0

Posted 5 years ago

For those non-farmers out there (like me) the wheat is the good part and the chaff is the throw away not worthy of eating. So if we were ever to set up some certification standards for 3D Stereo products, as mentioned a few weeks ago in this post, wouldn’t every product in the high-end qualify […]
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To see or not to see 0

Posted 5 years ago

…that is the question from a great article just published on our magazine PS Tracks. Lawrence Schenbeck, our resident musicologist and fellow Audiophile, writes a wonderful thought piece about Blu Ray opening up the possibility of watching AND enjoying high-resolution audio. To see or not to seeis a great piece of literature that’s worth your […]
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Why should I have to pay? 5

Posted 5 years ago

On the PS Community Forums we’ve been discussing a new product to serve music and how that product gained some features that not everyone agrees with: specifically a headphone amplifier. The question asked is “why should I be required to pay for a feature I don’t want?” This is an age old question and one […]
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Here's a whacky idea 13

Posted 5 years ago

We’ve been focusing on the importance of the room to a stereo system over the past couple of days. Let’s dive a little deeper. Nelson Pass designed an interesting product called the Shadow a while ago. It was an active bass correction device that made sense – because instead of correcting the output of the […]
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Where did they all go? 6

Posted 5 years ago

Yesterday’s post about rooms and loudspeakerssparked a lot of questions about what diffusors to use and how to place them. Funny thing is, there’s really no good answer any more. I used to advocate RPG diffusors and personally I use a combination of RPG and DAAD Diffusors but it seems RPG has gone away from […]
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You might find this a bit shocking ….. 25

Posted 5 years ago

Good speakers in a bad room won’t sound as good as bad speakers in a good room. Sorry, I know that’s perhaps not something you want to read. We spend a lot of time and money researching and then purchasing our loudspeakers and when we get them home they most certainly are not living up […]
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Is anything ever simple? 4

Posted 5 years ago

A great writer once said in a note to his friend: “I apologize for the long letter. I didn’t have time to write you a shorter one.” That note was from someone who commented on the site and I have been thinking about it for a couple of weeks now: why is simple so hard? […]
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What's the value when it's free? 10

Posted 5 years ago

Free advice is worth exactly what you paid for it: nothing. But is that true? If I recommend a technique to help your high-end system sound better and it works for you, what was that worth? What you paid for that advice – which was nothing? I struggle with the idea that we get what […]
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How you can tell a servo sub from a slug 6

Posted 5 years ago

There are not many subwoofers out there that have servos running them and that’s a shame. A servo is like a little microphone placed right on the woofer that listens to what the woofer is doing, compares that with what it should be doing and then makes corrections to get it perfect. Woofers are one […]
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Pet peeves and credibility 4

Posted 5 years ago

I get a lot of SPAM in my inbox. When I go to unsubscribe I sometimes get a notice that my request will be processed in 24 to 48 hours. This implies there is some human being involved – a clerk perhaps sitting behind a desk with a big inbox overflowing because of all the […]
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Beware the mattress police 4

Posted 5 years ago

Yesterday’s post Perfectly Legalhad a few of you scratching your heads about being law breakers. If you rip a CD and then sell it or give it away, technically you should delete the stored copy as you no longer own the rights to listen to the music you bought. I still cringe every time I […]
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Perfectly legal? 9

Posted 5 years ago

If you own a CD it is perfectly legal to sell that CD. It’s your property. It is also perfectly legal for you to make a copy of that CD for your own use on your iPod, a server or computer. You do not have the legal right to copy the CD and sell or […]
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Personality of vinyl 11

Posted 5 years ago

Hard to imagine that a piece of plastic has a personality but if you play vinyl records, each is an individual separate and distinct from all others. Vinyl personalities depend on the pressing, the number of times its been played, the environment, the particulars of the stylus plying the grooves of the record and any […]
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