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How to maximize system synergy 1

Posted 10 hours ago

If you have a combination of old and new equipment is it possible to mix and match for best performance and synergy? Or, should you stick with one manufacturer's vision of what's best?

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Is high resolution audio superior? 3

Posted 3 days ago

High resolution audio is supposed to sound significantly better than standard 44.1 CDs, but does it? And if so, how much and why? Paul tackles this gnarly subject with a few insights and a way to perhaps understand it better.

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AXPONA 2018 7

Posted 4 days ago

Come visit the AXPONA 2018 show with PS Audio's Paul McGowan. Here's a chance to walk the halls with him and meet the folks he knows and get the inside scoop on products and people at North America's biggest show.

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Why aren’t class D amps better liked? 4

Posted 4 days ago

Class D amplifiers have been around for many decades yet they haven't gotten much of a following in the high-end community. In fact, they are sometimes downright hated. Why is that?

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What are the ethics of buying stereo? 11

Posted 5 days ago

Is it ethical to spend time at your local stereo dealer and then buy online at a lower price? This question is at the core of the situation dealers and customers find themselves in today and you might be surprised at Paul's answer.

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What’s the perfect chair height for audio? 2

Posted 6 days ago

We don't typically listen to stereo standing up, so how important is the chair and its height in a high end audio setup? Paul tackles this interesting question with an answer that might surprise you.

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What’s the sweet spot for an amplifier? 1

Posted 1 week ago

Is there are perfect volume setting designers strive for when designing a power amplifier? This customer finds that a lower volume setting doesn't sound as good as higher levels and he wonders why.

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Can you get higher value with used equipment? 2

Posted 1 week ago

When you're on a limited hifi budget can you do better by investing your money in used equipment rather than new? This is an important question because new keeps up with technology while the older used equipment may or may not.

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Tour PS Audio’s new building 11

Posted 1 week ago

PS Audio is moving! Our new facility is nearly three times the size of our existing building and we're finally getting the room we need to continue the company's growth as well as enter into the speaker building business. Everything built in Boulder and here's your chance to see the new building before construction begins.

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Why don’t more preamps have XLR inputs? 0

Posted 1 week ago

Tons of source equipment have both XLR and RCA outputs but very few preamps have more than one XLR input. Why is that? It just doesn't seem to make sense. Paul's jumps in with both feet on this one.

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Where’s the best place for a tube? 5

Posted 1 week ago

Vacuum tubes lend their sonic signature of warmth and lushness to any system but where's the best place to put them? The power amplifier or the preamplifier? Paul helps out with this great question.

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What’s the best way to bi-wire? 9

Posted 2 weeks ago

If your amp only has one set of outputs what's the best way to take advantage of bi-wire capabilities found on some speakers and how best to connect them?

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Does size matter? 2

Posted 2 weeks ago

There are big parts and small parts, medium ones and minuscule ones. Does it matter to sound quality? What are the differences between surface mount components and larger through-hole parts?

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Should speakers be rolled off? 0

Posted 2 weeks ago

There's this notion out there main speakers are better sounding when they don't produce bass, something Paul disagrees with and explains why. When adding a subwoofer, it's best to let the mains be the mains at full range.

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How does PS Audio test at 240 volts? 1

Posted 2 weeks ago

PS Audio manufactures products all over the world and at different voltages. How does the company manage to produce all the different voltages from the world at their facilities and do any of them sound different? Better? Worse?

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Vinyl jitter 0

Posted 2 weeks ago

If digital has jitter shouldn't so too vinyl? What about wow and flutter? Speed variations and jerky rubber turntable belts? All will be explained in this fascinating video featuring CEO cofounder and CEO Paul McGowan.

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Does hearing change with age? 9

Posted 2 weeks ago

As we get older our hearing changes but how? And do our brains learn how to compensate for those changes? Paul answers a frequently asked question from people his age.

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What’s the right height for a speaker? 2

Posted 3 weeks ago

Common wisdom is speaker height should never exceed half room height, a theory Paul is happy to dispel and explain why the 7.5' tall IRS works when it nearly touches the ceiling.

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Big amps vs. little amps 2

Posted 3 weeks ago

If using a volume control affects the sound would it not make sense to have a lower power amplifier so you could turn the level up for better sound quality? Paul diffuses another mystery.

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