September, 2017

 



 

MORE THAN ANY OTHER MANUFACTURER

What’s remarkable about the October issue of Stereophile is not the fantastic full reviews of our DirectStream Memory Player and our latest DirectStream DAC firmware.

What’s remarkable is the fact that PS Audio has more components listed in the 2017 Stereophile Recommended Components list than any other manufacturer.

Even better, of the components that landed in a category with a ratings system, all but one received the highest possible rating.

Consider how floored we are to be regarded so highly by the industry’s best-known publication. Consider what it means when a company has nearly every product rated as high as the ratings go.

All we can say is “Wow!” And a heartfelt thank you to our staff and engineers. And of course to you, our customer.

Take a look

 The new Huron firmware review isn’t quite online yet (make sure to pick up a print copy!), but it should be soon — keep an eye on Stereophile.com for the release.

DirectStream Memory Player | Class A+ (highest possible rating)

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DirectStream DAC | Class A (highest possible rating)

BHK Signature Preamplifier | Class A (highest possible rating)

BHK Signature 300 monoblocks | Class A (highest possible rating)

Sprout integrated amplifier | Class C (respectable price-skewed rating) but with a $$$ notation, indicating performance far better than expected at price

P10 Power Plant | (no rankings in category)



Ask Paul

As you may know, I have been writing a daily post about high-end audio and music for more than five years. That’s a lot of posts and I’ve enjoyed writing every one of them. And more than that, I’ve been rewarded with a continuing conversation in the comments section. There I have learned a great deal through the community. Call it the ongoing mutual education society. It’s been great and I hope to keep these going for another five years.

In the meantime, I’ve added another way to communicate between you and me. Videos. I give anyone the opportunity to ask me a question and then I will videotape (boy! that’s an old term) a personal answer then share it online for you (and everyone else). It’s been fun and I think it’s a great way to get closer to each other.

If you’d like to watch any of the Ask Paul Videos or ask your own question, click here and watch or ask. I will answer one question per day, so it might be awhile before I get to yours, but rest assured I will.

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MQA just ruined my stereo! Noted author Seth Godin shares his thoughts on MQA and it what it means to his system. Read about it here.

Dippermouth! Louis Satchmo Armstrong started his musical career not on the trumpet, but as a tambourine player where he learned rhythm under the watchful eye of Peter Davis. A little-known story of one of music’s greats!  Read the story here.

LP playback: is it really reference-quality? Audio guru Jim Smith has never seen a properly setup turntable. How can that be? Read the story here.

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Japan Audio Tour

Japan is a great place to learn about high-end audio. Japanese audiophiles are among the most passionate in the world. I recently spent a week in Japan touring dealers, learning about the people and its culture and put together a 12-minute video about my trip that you might enjoy—and learn something about the Japanese audio culture as well.

In that video, we see some pretty exotic audio gear, but the best sounding system I found might surprise you.

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Streaming audio

While we’re on the subject of Japan—a country that seems like they are always ahead of the technology curve—we weren’t surprised to learn they’ve replaced the CD with streaming audio, but we were rather shocked to learn about their choice of streaming services.

It turns out that our fellow music lovers in Japan aren’t using Tidal, Spotify, Deezer, or Quobuz as we might imagine. Instead, nearly half of the Japanese surveyed are listening to YouTube. Now, we cannot imagine this applies to audiophiles but the fact is, a surprising number of people are hooked on Google’s video platform instead!

Find out why.

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