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The difference a subwoofer makes 0

Posted sometime

Sometimes Paul's viewers give him feedback as to how well his advice worked—or didn't work. Here's some viewer feedback on subwoofers. If you want to learn more, grab a copy of Paul's new book, The Audiophile's Guide. https://www.amazon.com/Audiophiles-Guide-Stereo-Paul-McGowan/dp/B08STSRW49/

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How much quality is on a master tape? 3

Posted 10 hours ago

Original tape recordings of classics like Miles Davis, Kind of Blue, are treasures to be cherished. But given tape's limited bandwidth and dynamic range, does it make sense to preserve it using high-resolution audio captures? If you want to learn more, grab a copy of Paul's new book, The Audiophile's Guide. https://www.amazon.com/Audiophiles-Guide-Stereo-Paul-McGowan/dp/B08STSRW49/

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Does wifi lower computer noise in DACs? 9

Posted 1 day ago

Computers are noisy environments hostile to good audio reproduction. Can separating the computer from the DAC via WiFi help? If you want to learn more, grab a copy of Paul's new book, The Audiophile's Guide. https://www.amazon.com/Audiophiles-Guide-Stereo-Paul-McGowan/dp/B08STSRW49/

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The price of secrecy 4

Posted 2 days ago

Unlike some industries, audio companies shroud their products in cloaks of secrecy. Is this acceptable and right thing to be doing? If you want to learn more, grab a copy of Paul's new book, The Audiophile's Guide. https://www.amazon.com/Audiophiles-Guide-Stereo-Paul-McGowan/dp/B08STSRW49/

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Does distance to the front wall matter with a subwoofer? 1

Posted 4 days ago

It's important in a two-channel audio system that the main left and right speakers be away from the wall behind them, but what about a subwoofer? If you want to learn more, grab a copy of Paul's new book, The Audiophile's Guide. https://www.amazon.com/Audiophiles-Guide-Stereo-Paul-McGowan/dp/B08STSRW49/

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DSD on a Macbook Pro 6

Posted 5 days ago

Macbooks and Windows computers cannot reproduce DSD audio files unless you know the secret. Paul shares with us how to get them through the system. If you want to learn more, grab a copy of Paul's new book, The Audiophile's Guide. https://www.amazon.com/Audiophiles-Guide-Stereo-Paul-McGowan/dp/B08STSRW49/

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Is PS Audio’s Infinity IRSV original? 6

Posted 6 days ago

There were only 58 pairs of Infinity IRSV ever made. PS Audio has one of the few and theirs is a real treasure. Find out the particulars of this reference sound system. If you want to learn more, grab a copy of Paul's new book, The Audiophile's Guide. https://www.amazon.com/Audiophiles-Guide-Stereo-Paul-McGowan/dp/B08STSRW49/

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Do you ever wake up in a cold sweat? 5

Posted 1 week ago

With everything Paul's got going: books, recordings, designing, running a company, does he ever wake up in a cold sweat wondering what he's doing? You might be surprised at the answer.

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Is Brian Eno correct? 20

Posted 1 week ago

Musician, Brian Eno recommends the addition of a third loudspeaker in a person't home stsreo system. Why? Is it a mystery as Eno suggests or does Paul know the answer?

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How to get bass slam 19

Posted 2 weeks ago

If you want better bass slam in your stereo system it's not the subwoofer you need to turn to. Paul shares the secret of getting good slam.

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Speaker crossovers and their impact 13

Posted 3 weeks ago

How important to sound quality is the crossover in a loudspeaker? If you want to improve an old pair of speakers, can you just replace their crossover components?

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Home theater vs. high-end audio 4

Posted 3 weeks ago

Home theater afficianados go to great lengths adjusting their systems with DSP and microphones while 2-channel enthusiasts plop down the speakers and go. Why the difference?

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