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What is Ferrofluid? 2

Posted 3 days ago

Ferrofluid in loudspeaker drivers was all the rage years ago. What is it and is it really a magic potion for speaker performance or BS?

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Do automatic voltage regulators work? 0

Posted 6 days ago

An automatic voltage regulator can provide long term stability for the house when voltages are unsteady, but are they needed or even desirable in a high-end stereo system?

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Should rooms be dead or alive? 7

Posted 1 week ago

What's the perfect listening room? Is it acoustically dead or alive? Paul shares with us the secrets of achieving the perfect listening room.

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The Big Move 13

Posted 1 week ago

After more than a decade and a half of faithful service to PS Audio and our guests, and playing host to designing every product we currently manufacture, Music Room One is finally at its end of life. Watch as we dismantle this iconic room and move it across the street to its new home.

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Is it time to rethink our power grid? 3

Posted 1 week ago

Back in the days of Thomas Edison and Nicola Tesla there was a huge debate whether to go AC or DC with our power grid. Paul answers if we should be rethinking this when it comes to our audio systems.

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Can compressed music be used for voicing? 3

Posted 1 week ago

The age old problem of high resolution speakers and audio gear is the better the system the worse bad recordings sound. This is a real problem because so much good music is poorly recorded.

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Does DSD have a future? 5

Posted 2 weeks ago

DSD is the finest sounding recording medium. Far better and more analog-like than PCM which is everywhere. But, does it have a future in the recording industry?

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Is Bluetooth high-end? 2

Posted 2 weeks ago

With the advent of Bluetooth 5 is it time to consider Bluetooth as good as wired audio? Is there a chance we can ever get high fidelity out of this low resolution streaming media?

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Should rock music have a soundstage? 5

Posted 2 weeks ago

It's apparent that classical music should have a soundstage because most of it is recorded on a stage, but what about rock and modern music close mic'ed in a recording studio and without benefit of a soundstage to begin with?

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Are PS amplifiers designed to meet a price? 0

Posted 2 weeks ago

When PS Audio designs an amplifier or preamplifier is it to a predefined price point or does the designer get free reign with however much they wish to spend and make the best they know how?

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Do double blind tests work? 6

Posted 2 weeks ago

The double blind test where neither the subject nor the interviewer knows what's being tested is assumed to be the gold standard in unbiased testing. Yet, there are problems with this method when evaluating sound quality.

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Would dedicated lines cause ground loops? 0

Posted 3 weeks ago

Running separate ground and power lines for each piece of audio or video equipment is a smart way to run your system for best sound quality. But are there problems from ground loops and their hum?

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Why should tweeters be ear level? 2

Posted 3 weeks ago

Tweeters are said to be best when at the same vertical height as the listener's ears. Is that true and if so why? This viewer disagrees with that assessment and grilles Paul.

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Has Paul McGowan become jaded? 3

Posted 3 weeks ago

With nearly 50 years of experience in the high-performance audio field this viewer wants to know Paul's level of commitment and enjoyment of what he does for a living.

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