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Do monoblock or stereo amps image better? 3

Posted 3 weeks ago

Monoblock amplifiers should image and sound better than conventional stereo amplifiers with the same circuitry, yet that doesn't seem to be the case for this listener. What's going on?

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Combining tubes and op amps 1

Posted 3 weeks ago

Should systems be built around the same technology or a mix of different types to build synergy? And, Paul explains dry farmed tomatoes in this double header.

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Tubes vs. solid state amplifiers 1

Posted 1 month ago

What makes a speaker good for a tube amplifier and, as a secondary question, what are the 4Ω and 8Ω settings on the back of tube amplifiers for?

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The truth behind balanced circuits 1

Posted 1 month ago

Audio buzzwords are everywhere. The person asks what the truth is behind statements like "fully balanced" and "balanced inputs and outputs". Paul gives us the straight scoop on this often misunderstood technology.

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Where do tubes sound their best? 0

Posted 1 month ago

If you're going to have vacuum tubes in your audio equipment, where's the best place for them? In the power amp or preamp? The phono stage? This often asked question has a lot of people wondering.

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How to choose speakers 4

Posted 1 month ago

Choosing the right speakers for a particular room or set of musical tastes isn't the easiest and this person looks for some expert advice on the subject of which Paul's happy to share.

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Can you improve your listening skills? 1

Posted 1 month ago

How do you learn to relate what you hear in reproduced music into circuit changes like the engineers at PS Audio do? Is it something you're born with or can it be learned?

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What happened to FM tuners? 6

Posted 1 month ago

Most high-end audio products do not have FM tuners. Why is that? Is FM radio a dying art form or is there another reason this questioner hasn't yet thought of?

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Why do PS Audio Power Plants use MOVs? 1

Posted 1 month ago

MOVs are designed to protect our systems and homes from surges and spikes down the electrical line. But, they sometimes die. Why then use them in an expensive power regenerator like the PS Audio Power Plant?

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How does a speaker coil work? 0

Posted 1 month ago

We mostly take our stereo systems for granted. Put a CD or vinyl on and bingo, out comes music. But look inside. How do things actually work? Paul shows us how this most basic of devices, the speaker coil, works.

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Windom launches 5

Posted 1 month ago

It's Audiophile Day today, the 2nd of October. To celebrate, we're launching the single biggest upgrade to our DAC in history, Windom. The upgrade is free to DirectStream owners. Paul tells us about DirectStream and we get treated to a rare mountaintop interview with digital genius, Ted Smith. It's a video worth watching.

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What is a DAC? 2

Posted 1 month ago

One of the most basic building blocks in high end audio is a DAC. But, what exactly is a DAC and why would people want one?

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What’s the minimum room size for stereo? 10

Posted 1 month ago

As the world grows it seems that our living spaces shrink. What's an audiophile to do? If you only have a small amount of real estate in which to build your dream audio system, what's the minimum?

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