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Musicians vs. audiophiles 3

Posted 4 days ago

How different are the reproduction systems of musicians and studios versus those from high-end audio systems and audiophiles?

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Why don’t preamps contain sources? 2

Posted 6 days ago

Preamps have a very specific function, to control the input selection and the system volume. Rarely, they also include sources. Why is that? Wouldn't it make more sense to add the sources for the music into the device that controls them?

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Do subwoofers affect speaker impedance? 2

Posted 1 week ago

If a subwoofer input is being fed properly, it's from the output of the main power amplifier. But, does connecting a subwoofer's input to the speaker terminals change the impedance of the speaker?

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What shaped PS Audio’s speaker designs? 0

Posted 1 week ago

There are perhaps as many ways to design and build a speaker as there are speaker models to buy: and that's a lot! What parameters did PS Audio choose to determine how to build their new speakers and why.

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How to handle asymmetrical listening rooms 4

Posted 1 week ago

Most living rooms are not perfect rectangles or squares. Instead, they have open spaces on one end and boxy closed areas on the other. Can you do anything to balance a stereo system in an asymmetrical room?

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Can small speakers make stereo? 2

Posted 1 week ago

We see these little single box streaming speakers like those from Sonos, Amazon, or Apple, and wonder if they can truly make stereo or not? Do they just play at stereo or are they real?

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Do high resolution systems have to go to 40kHz? 1

Posted 1 week ago

The highest resolution systems capable of discerning the most minute of details buried deep in the music are often wonders of reproduction most people have never experienced. Do they have to have ultra bandwidth to work?

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What gives us the feeling of being there? 4

Posted 2 weeks ago

Some recordings just make us feel as if we're there and in the room with the musicians. But, why? What makes the difference in recordings and what can stereo owners do to enhance that experience?

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The role of speaker stands 2

Posted 2 weeks ago

Bookshelf speakers are designed to be placed where their namesake suggests. Or, are they? Why do experts agree bookshelf speakers need stands?

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Do we need balance controls? 4

Posted 2 weeks ago

Few preamps, receivers or integrators are built without balance controls yet does anyone actually use them? Why do manufacturers even put them on equipment anymore?

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Why not put regeneration in audio products? 3

Posted 2 weeks ago

PS Audio builds one of the world's only high-performance AC regenerators to power audio equipment. Why do they have to be so big? Can't you design smaller ones to individually power equipment?

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Is audio accuracy the best goal? 1

Posted 3 weeks ago

We hear people searching for that "tube sound" or in search of "more bass" or any number of sonic attributes we can ascribe to reproduced music. But isn't the best goal to have accurate sound?

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Using equalizers in audio 4

Posted 3 weeks ago

Equalizers and High-End audio systems rarely are seen together because the EQ controls are assumed to muck up the sound. But what if you can't afford a high-performance system? Is EQ alright to make up for less than great equipment?

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