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Explain bi-wiring 0

Posted 8 hours ago

Bi-wiring, bi-amplification. How does all this work and why would anyone with a pair of loudspeakers make this happen?

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How to pick a new speaker 2

Posted 1 day ago

It's hard enough to know what loudspeaker to purchase but with the shrinking dealer base, how does one go about making any sort of intelligent decision these days?

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DC blockers 0

Posted 5 days ago

When DC contaminates the AC power line what can you do? Add a DC blocker. Paul explains how these work and why they are effective.

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Is my system underpowered? 3

Posted 1 week ago

How do you know if your system needs more power via a bigger amplifier? Especially if it was working great before you changed room size.

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Has digital replaced turntables in value? 2

Posted 1 week ago

At one time the value equation offered up by some manufacturers had the turntable at the top of the value equation asking people to invest the most there and then less on other system components. Has digital changed that equation?

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How does upsampling increase information? 3

Posted 1 week ago

How can you get more information by simply upsampling? Paul explains how digital audio works, what sample rate and bit depth means, and how computers count in binary in this simple short video.

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Whose opinions should you trust? 0

Posted 1 week ago

When it comes to evaluating high-end audio equipment whose opinion can you trust? With fewer dealers around it seems we're left with only the reviewers and they can't agree on much themselves. What to do? Paul offers some interesting suggestions.

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Bringing millennials into audio 3

Posted 1 week ago

Audiophiles constantly worry that not enough young people are entering into the joys and ecstasies of high-end audio. So, what does Paul suggest when it comes to engaging and keeping the younger crowd in high-end audio?

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Are isolation transformers worth it? 0

Posted 2 weeks ago

Often times electricians and hifi dealers recommend the use of isolation transformers to reduce the effects of line noise in recording studios and high-end audio systems. Paul shares his opinion on their use and explains why he's against them.

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How has 3d printing affected audio? 0

Posted 2 weeks ago

3D printing is a growing field invading all of engineering. How has it affected the audio industry? Paul shares with us his thoughts and the few examples of specially manufactured tonearms and other high-end products venturing into this high tech field.

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How do cone materials affect sound? 0

Posted 2 weeks ago

There are a seemingly endless variety of cone materials used in loudspeakers. What effects do they have to the sound and how do you choose one from another when designing a speaker?

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Building your own speakers from a kit 1

Posted 2 weeks ago

There are a number of DIY speaker kits available in Europe and elsewhere. Does it make sense to build them yourself to save money? And if so, how much can you save and what are the pitfalls?

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Are ABX tests valid? 1

Posted 2 weeks ago

ABX blind testing is supposed to be the be all end all in testing but Paul helps us understand its strengths and its flaws.

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Are we losing ground to foreigners? 3

Posted 3 weeks ago

We see an influx of foreign designed and manufactured high-end stereo products in the marketplace these days. What does that mean and how does it affect US design and manufacturing companies?

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