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What is a reference loudspeaker? 3

Posted 1 year ago

There are lots of great loudspeakers as well as poor ones. What determines whether a particular speaker is actually reference quality or not? Paul helps us understand what the true meaning of a reference loudspeaker is.

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Are active speakers high end? 4

Posted 1 year ago

Recording studios often use active speakers like Genelec to make their recordings. So, if that's true why don't more audiophiles use active speakers in their reproduction systems? Paul explains through a story.

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Does vinyl sound the same as CD? 2

Posted 1 year ago

A popular vlogger suggests that the "truth" is there's no difference between vinyl and CD. Paul explains why that's not only patently false but what those differences are and what it takes to hear them.

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HDMI Inputs 1

Posted 1 year ago

HDMI is the multi-channel digital audio interface popular in AVRs and most receivers. It seems like a great interface for audio. Why don't we see more of them on high-end audio gear?

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Is a $5 million speaker worth it? 11

Posted 1 year ago

If we thought the Wilson speakers at $650K was over the top, how about a 6" cube of solid gold for $5 million bucks? Worth the money? Can a speaker this expensive ever justify its cost or is it just frivolous WTF?

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Image wander 1

Posted 1 year ago

Sometimes the stereo image wanders from left to right. In particular, when a solo musician is playing and should be fixed, we sometimes have them moving around. Why? How can you fix that?

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Power conditioners and amplifiers 0

Posted 1 year ago

Do power conditioners restrict dynamics of power amplifiers? Paul tells us that "all depends". Learn what he means on the subject of power conditioners.

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Landing a 747 6

Posted 1 year ago

To start the new year out right we've got a whole new platform where we shoot videos. You've asked for more Paul stories and here you go. This is one of Paul's favorites, the time he and Steven Taylor from AE speakers got to land a 747 in Hong Kong.

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Tweaks and good practices 1

Posted 1 year ago

Tweaks and Good practices are something we often pay lip service to but don't always take the time to understand them and make them work to our advantage. Paul takes the time to speak of audiophiles sprays, goos, tweaks, blocks, and stones and offers his advice on their use. Pulled from the archives of A Walk With Paul, this oldie but goodie will surprise some and horrify others.

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Disappearing Speakers 1

Posted 1 year ago

Did you know you're not supposed to hear anything from your speakers? It's true. Speakers should disappear. I am traveling at the moment and pulled out from the archives one of my favorite Walks With Paul episodes for you to enjoy.

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The audio NAS 0

Posted 1 year ago

How to best store your digital audio media? Is it on a Network Attached Storage device, commonly known by its initials NAS? Or, perhaps a USB external hard drive, or even the computer's internal drive? And is it better to use JRiver or the built-in Twonky server of the NAS? Learn all from Paul McGowan.

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Ported loudspeakers 2

Posted 1 year ago

What's the difference between a front ported loudspeaker and a rear ported speaker? And, for that matter, what the hell is a port and why do some speakers have them?

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How does a volume control work? 9

Posted 1 year ago

Most people think of a volume control like the gas pedal of a car. The har der you press the more work the system has to do and the more strained the sound becomes. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. Find out why and how a volume control actually works.

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Multichannel Audio 3

Posted 1 year ago

Multi-channel audio is great for home theater and live concert presentations so why doesn't PS Audio make multi-channel audio products? Paul walks us through the design philosophies of the company and why two channel is king.

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A tough choice 2

Posted 1 year ago

Hans has a tough choice to make. He can spend his hard-earned funds on maximizing the electronic chain and minimizing his speaker choice or the opposite. What's a fellow on a budget to do? Paul helps guide Hans and others on a budget in the right direction for best sound.

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Parametric Equalizers 1

Posted 1 year ago

Parametric equalizer, sometimes known as graphic equalizers, are like fancy bass and treble controls. Are they harmful to the purity of the system? Necessary in some cases? Find out what Paul thinks about parametric equalizers and why.

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Women in Audio 1

Posted 1 year ago

Women love music as much (and even sometimes more) than men, yet rarely do we see them involved in high-end audio and even rarer do we see them in the industry as designers. Yet, women are often better listeners too.

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Speakers or electronics? 0

Posted 1 year ago

Sometimes there are hard choices where budgets are concerned. In those cases is it better to put your resources towards speakers or electronics? These are not easy choices and Paul helps walk us through the maze.

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The rule of thirds 0

Posted 1 year ago

Setting a system up in your room can be challenging but understanding a few of the basic rules helps a great deal. One of the classic techniques in speaker setup is called the Rule Of Thirds. What is it? Paul explains it to us in detail.

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What are op-amps? 1

Posted 1 year ago

Whenever high-end designers talk about circuit improvements inevitably they discuss replacing op-amps or improving op amps. What is an op-amp and how does it work?

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Do CDs sound different than rips? 0

Posted 1 year ago

We know the audio data on a CD is identical to the same track ripped and stored on a hard drive, so is there any reason the two should sound differently? Indeed there is, and Paul helps us understand why.

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Balanced vs. Unbalanced cables 5

Posted 1 year ago

Have you ever wondered what the differences are between the RCA single-ended connections and the XLR balanced connections in audio? PS Audio CEO and founder Paul McGowan shares with us the what's, whys and wherefores of this subject.

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Are there synergies in software? 5

Posted 1 year ago

Is it possible that the same digital audio bits sound different depending on the processor used and the software running it? Many think it's impossible. Digital is digital, but the truth is really quite different. Find out why.

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Can you measure sound quality? 4

Posted 1 year ago

We hear differences in audio equipment, cables, and other related items but can those differences be measured? Sure, simple measurements like THD, IM, and TIM are measurable, but actual sound quality? Imaging? The holy grail of audio engineering would be a meter to measure what we hear, but is it possible?

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What makes high-end better? 0

Posted 1 year ago

High-end audio products pride themselves as better than off-the-shelf mass market stereo equipment. What makes them better? Is that claim valid? Paul helps us understand what the differences are and why they matter.

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