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Should we have pure multi-channel audio? 2

Posted 3 weeks ago

Does pure multi-channel audio have a place in the broader world of high-performance audio or should it stay as a home theater format? This viewer wants to know why it is so rare to find high-quality multi channel audio.

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Is mono better than stereo? 3

Posted 3 weeks ago

This viewer considers stereo a gimmick and much prefers the sound of his two-channel audio system as mono rather than its intended stereo image. Can mono have 3-dimensional sound characteristics?

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How important are power amplifiers? 1

Posted 3 weeks ago

Power amplifiers are some of the most critical pieces to a high-performance audio system yet often times they are either misunderstood or under appreciated. Paul Explains why.

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Do chassis keep magnetic fields inside? 3

Posted 3 weeks ago

Stacking stereo equipment runs the risk of interference from magnetic fields. Do chassis effectively keep out those magnetic fields and if so, how do we know which ones do a better job?

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What is amplifier damping factor? 10

Posted 4 weeks ago

We are told to pay attention to an amplifier's damping factor and that it is something that controls speakers, yet, just what is damping factor and how is it calculated?

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Were you with Giorgio Moroder in Europe? 2

Posted 1 month ago

Paul pulls back his kimono on sound of the crazy stuff he did in Europe and shares some family secrets about the music scene in Munich and his time with musicians Elton John and Giorgio Moroder.

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Do woofers benefit from break-in? 1

Posted 1 month ago

We know that new speakers require a degree of break in to sound their best, but what about maintenance? Do they lose their elasticity over time and what should we do about that?

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Do grounding boxes improve sound? 1

Posted 1 month ago

Several accessory companies manufacture and sell extremely expensive ground boxes and this customer wants to know if they work and why. Paul says it doesn't matter if they work or not, there's a bigger issue at stake.

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Can hum and hiss be eliminated? 2

Posted 1 month ago

We often see low THD figures in specification sheets of hifi equipment but do those numbers have anything to do with hum and hiss in equipment?

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Does THD effect noise? 2

Posted 1 month ago

Does Total Harmonic Distortion numbers tell us anything about the amount of hiss and noise present in a stereo product?

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Increasing midrange snap 5

Posted 1 month ago

This viewer is a bass instrument musician and he finds it difficult to follow the bass line of his instrument on his current setup. Is there anything he can do?

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Does carpet bother a subwoofer? 0

Posted 1 month ago

When subwoofers are concerned does a carpet hamper the output especially if that subwoofer is a down firing style? This viewer believes that the furry protection from the floor will restrict his bass.

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How to tune the Infinity IRSV 0

Posted 1 month ago

The Infinity IRSV is one of the best loudspeaker systems in the world and, at the same time, one of the most intimidating. How does their crossover work and how does someone actually tune such a system?

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Is a single capacitor alright for a tweeter? 5

Posted 1 month ago

Is the best crossover for a loudspeaker a single pole, single capacitor for the tweeter? This viewer has heard he should rip out the guts of his 2-way speaker pair and get out the soldering iron.

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What are the perfect room dimensions? 3

Posted 1 month ago

Hifi systems depend on room acoustics for their performance level. If one has the opportunity to start from scratch and build the ideal room, what might those dimensions be?

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Are box speakers better than in-wall? 5

Posted 1 month ago

When building a high-performance home theater system is it better to use in-wall components or on-wall boxes and why? This viewer is anxious to build his own home theater and do it right.

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What makes a hifi system musical? 4

Posted 1 month ago

We hear about "musically involving" systems but what does that actually mean? How do we determine if a hifi system is musical and what of systems that aren't this way?

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What is a plasma tweeter? 5

Posted 1 month ago

Years ago there was a massless tweeter called the Blueflame and it was an incredible sounding high-frequency driver. Whatever happened to that tweeter and the Hill Pasmatronic speakers?

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What is the RIAA curve for vinyl? 0

Posted 1 month ago

The RIAA curve is a rather dramatic equalization network applied to record albums and 45s over the last half-century. Why is it there, what does it do, and when can we expect it to be retired?

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