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Are MOSFET amps as good as tubed amps? 2

Posted 1 hour ago

Both MOSFET as well as vacuum tube power amplifiers have their strengths and weakness. But, which one is ultimately the best for an output stage? Paul explains which he believes to be the best and why.

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Replacing capacitors in vintage equipment 0

Posted 3 days ago

After 20 years of faithful service, this viewer wants to know if he should replace the capacitors in his equipment and what to look for in new ones. Paul gives us some insights into when it's a good time to switch and what to replace them with.

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Using a UPS for power conditioning 0

Posted 4 days ago

Double conversion UPS are AC regenerators like the Power Plant, so why not save money and use one of those instead of a more expensive device from PS Audio? Paul gives us a quick lesson in power factor and Class D amplifiers.

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What makes an audio system revealing? 1

Posted 6 days ago

Many audio systems are just mediocre, masking inner details and audible cues that allow the listener to look deeper into the recording. A revealing system is an exact opposite and Paul explains how.

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What type of cable terminations are best? 2

Posted 1 week ago

There are many types of speaker cable terminations ranging from the bare speaker cable to spade lugs and banana plugs. Do they make a difference in sound quality and if so which are best?

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Audio tweaks and budget electronics 3

Posted 1 week ago

There are hundreds of audio tweaks to improve sound quality. Are they worth applying to budget electronics and speakers? Paul gives perhaps a surprising answer.

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Should speaker cabinets be dead? 0

Posted 1 week ago

Musical instruments rely on their wooden bodies for the resonance that gives them their particular sonic characteristics. So why shouldn't wooden speaker cabinets act in the same way as the musical instruments they want to emulate?

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The best wireless multi-room system 6

Posted 1 week ago

There are many multi-room wireless products to choose from but which one is best? Paul takes us through the list and explains how to get the best sounding and easiest setup for wireless audio.

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RMAF 2018 and isolation demo 19

Posted 1 week ago

Paul takes us on a quick tour of Infinity Founder Arnie Nudell's personal audio system and then we get to hear what an actual; AB demo of isolation sounds like.

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The best way to connect a subwoofer 1

Posted 2 weeks ago

Rumor has it that connecting the powerful output of the main power amplifier to the sensitive input of a subwoofer can cause damage. Is there any truth to this and what precautions should you take?

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How does the Devialet Phantom work? 4

Posted 2 weeks ago

The luxury brand Devialet is a French company making boutique stereo equipment. Their $3,000 Bluetooth speaker pair has everyone talking and Paul explains how it works.

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Are multiple driver headphones any good? 0

Posted 2 weeks ago

Headphones can range from single to multiple drivers and everything in between planners, electrostatic, dynamics. Why would a designer of headphones decide to use multiple drivers or only a few?

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Are expensive DACs worth the money? 1

Posted 2 weeks ago

High-end audio DACs range in price from a few hundred to a few hundred thousand dollars. Are they worth it? Where does one draw the line on quality and deciding how much to spend on their new DAC?

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Are Class D amplifiers digital? 0

Posted 2 weeks ago

Many people believe that Class D amplifiers are actually digital when Paul argues just the opposite. Find out how a class D amplifiers work and what the differences between Class D and digital are.

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What are good room dimensions? 0

Posted 2 weeks ago

If you could design a listening or video room from scratch how would you calculate the perfect dimensions and what process would you use to design the room?

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