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Why aren’t rotary subs more popular? 1

Posted 3 weeks ago

Subwoofers help our systems come alive by bringing the realism associated with live events into our homes and supplementing where our main speakers fall short. But they only go down so low. Is it possible to go lower than what a conventional subwoofer does? Enter the Rotary Sub.

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Tour Paul’s Home Theater 7

Posted 3 weeks ago

Paul brings us into his home to view his modest 12.1 channel Dolby Atmos theater build with an acoustically transparent screen, Emotiva amps, 4K projector, all ribbon loudspeakers and powered by 2 P10 Power Plants. An intimate view of the family's theater.

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How much setup goes into equipment voicing? 0

Posted 3 weeks ago

Tweaks, vibration damping, resonant dots, all manner of audiophile madness pervade our industry. When voicing PS Audio's new designs, how much attention do the engineers pay to such high-end tweaks?

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Does bad music harm systems? 1

Posted 4 weeks ago

If you play distorted, over-compressed, or otherwise bad music through a high-performance audio system how does that affect the long-term performance of the system? Does it do any damage?

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Is it possible to measure sound quality? 1

Posted 4 weeks ago

Winner of this week's Snake and Chicken award, this classic question comes alive once more as Paul adds another twist to the problem of measurements on equipment vs. how our ears measure sound quality. If you want to know what's really happening this is a good one to watch.

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Why don’t DACs handle SACD? 1

Posted 1 month ago

Many receivers can accept SACD DSD files over HDMI but why can't high-performance DACs? Are there any that do and if a low-cost mass-market receiver can play DSD files from SACD why not a high-end product like from PS Audio?

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Have traditional stereos died? 3

Posted 1 month ago

We hardly see stereo stores anymore and the stores that used to carry equipment seem to have vanished and not be replaced. What's happening? Are smartphones and MP3 players taking over and decimating the good sound possible through high-end audio?

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Do we listen off axis? 3

Posted 1 month ago

Many people point their tweeters straight at the ear because they get intimate imaging and really precise placement, but is it the right thing to do? Are all speakers designed to be used on axis and what about off-axis?

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What is a 2.5 way speaker? 0

Posted 1 month ago

We're familiar with two-way, three-way, even coaxial single driver speakers, but 2.5-way speakers? What the heck is that? Paul gives us the lowdown on this rare breed of speaker that may just be more marketing than technical.

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What is fully balanced audio? 0

Posted 1 month ago

We hear of balanced and unbalanced audio inputs but what does it mean to be fully balanced? Is it something on the inside of the equipment? Paul explains how it works and why it's important.

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How to split the preamp output 0

Posted 1 month ago

If you want to use a single preamplifier to feed two separate power amplifiers, how do you properly split the preamp's output signal with losing any quality?

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Do USB cables make a difference? 9

Posted 1 month ago

This is a classic question loaded for snake oil howls and cries from those who have never heard the differences but none the less, Paul plows through the thick of it with some good answers.

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Sonic holography 1

Posted 1 month ago

At one time sonic holography was all the rage but now you hear nothing much about it. How does Bob Carver's Sonic Hologram generator work, what did it do, and how did it do it? Paul also shares his own patented invention, the Spatial Projector.

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Hearing differences in a modest system 2

Posted 1 month ago

Can high-performance audio make a difference in a system that is not as highly resolving at PS Audio 's Infinity IRSV loudspeakers? Paul suggests we can and goes into some depth on why and what levels we can expect.

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Why do cables have direction? 7

Posted 1 month ago

We see arrows on interconnects and speaker cables. Why? How could AC signal wires have a direction to them and what does it all mean? We give out our snake award.

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Should dual woofers be in phase? 5

Posted 1 month ago

If two woofers share the same box should they be in phase or push-pull and out of phase for best performance? This great DIY question prompts Paul to show off the new PS Audio speaker reference model from Arnie Nudell.

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How does a servo woofer work? 11

Posted 1 month ago

Servo woofers are rare these days and this questioner wants to know how they work, why more companies don't use them, and if PS Audio would consider bringing them back to high-performance audio.

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Using a preamp for headphones 2

Posted 1 month ago

It is typical to use the headphone jack on the equipment or purchase a separate headphone amplifier, but what about driving high-quality headphones directly from the preamplifier out?

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When did you know you were an audiophile? 0

Posted 1 month ago

Paul's been an audiophile for longer than many of his listeners have been on the planet. When did he first know the bug had bitten and what was the story of his introduction to high-end audio?

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How to achieve system synergy 4

Posted 1 month ago

System synergy between cables, amps, speakers, and the room are essential elements in the proper setup of a high-end audio system. How can you decide what goes together well and what works together within a system?

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How to expand stereo’s sweet spot 2

Posted 1 month ago

Stereo systems are notorious for small sweet spots to get the best imaging. Is it possible to widen the sweet spot and if so, how would someone go about doing that? Paul shares with us his tricks.

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Can MP3 be CD quality? 0

Posted 1 month ago

If you record an MP3 file unto a CD does it take on the quality of a CD or is there more going on than meets the eye or ear?

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