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What’s the sweet spot for an amplifier? 1

Posted 2 years ago

Is there are perfect volume setting designers strive for when designing a power amplifier? This customer finds that a lower volume setting doesn't sound as good as higher levels and he wonders why.

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Can you get higher value with used equipment? 2

Posted 2 years ago

When you're on a limited hifi budget can you do better by investing your money in used equipment rather than new? This is an important question because new keeps up with technology while the older used equipment may or may not.

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Tour PS Audio’s new building 11

Posted 2 years ago

PS Audio is moving! Our new facility is nearly three times the size of our existing building and we're finally getting the room we need to continue the company's growth as well as enter into the speaker building business. Everything built in Boulder and here's your chance to see the new building before construction begins.

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Why don’t more preamps have XLR inputs? 0

Posted 2 years ago

Tons of source equipment have both XLR and RCA outputs but very few preamps have more than one XLR input. Why is that? It just doesn't seem to make sense. Paul's jumps in with both feet on this one.

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Where’s the best place for a tube? 5

Posted 2 years ago

Vacuum tubes lend their sonic signature of warmth and lushness to any system but where's the best place to put them? The power amplifier or the preamplifier? Paul helps out with this great question.

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What’s the best way to bi-wire? 9

Posted 2 years ago

If your amp only has one set of outputs what's the best way to take advantage of bi-wire capabilities found on some speakers and how best to connect them?

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Does size matter? 2

Posted 2 years ago

There are big parts and small parts, medium ones and minuscule ones. Does it matter to sound quality? What are the differences between surface mount components and larger through-hole parts?

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Should speakers be rolled off? 0

Posted 2 years ago

There's this notion out there main speakers are better sounding when they don't produce bass, something Paul disagrees with and explains why. When adding a subwoofer, it's best to let the mains be the mains at full range.

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How does PS Audio test at 240 volts? 1

Posted 2 years ago

PS Audio manufactures products all over the world and at different voltages. How does the company manage to produce all the different voltages from the world at their facilities and do any of them sound different? Better? Worse?

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Vinyl jitter 0

Posted 2 years ago

If digital has jitter shouldn't so too vinyl? What about wow and flutter? Speed variations and jerky rubber turntable belts? All will be explained in this fascinating video featuring CEO cofounder and CEO Paul McGowan.

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Does hearing change with age? 9

Posted 2 years ago

As we get older our hearing changes but how? And do our brains learn how to compensate for those changes? Paul answers a frequently asked question from people his age.

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What’s the right height for a speaker? 2

Posted 2 years ago

Common wisdom is speaker height should never exceed half room height, a theory Paul is happy to dispel and explain why the 7.5' tall IRS works when it nearly touches the ceiling.

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Big amps vs. little amps 2

Posted 2 years ago

If using a volume control affects the sound would it not make sense to have a lower power amplifier so you could turn the level up for better sound quality? Paul diffuses another mystery.

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Why aren’t power amps regulated? 4

Posted 2 years ago

The power supplies in power amplifiers are rarely regulated. Instead, they are sloppy and noise filled. Why don't designers regulate the voltage in them and wouldn't they perform better if they were?

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Why don’t stereo products have universal voltage? 2

Posted 2 years ago

We've all seen the products you can simply plug into any outlet anywhere in the world and they just work. Why don't PS Audio products have this feature and are there any drawbacks to the products that have this cool feature?

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What is resolution? 1

Posted 2 years ago

We hear the term "resolution" referred to a lot in high-end audio but what exactly does it mean? How can it be achieved? And is it even desirable?

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MQA. Is it any good? 4

Posted 2 years ago

MQA has everyone talking but what exactly is it? What's its goals and how does it sound? Some suggest it's the devil incarnate while others believe it's a gift from heaven. What's the truth?

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What happened to audio kits? 9

Posted 2 years ago

Audio kits were once the rage and now you rarely see them anymore. What happened? Are any around? What's up with building your own hifi components?

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Are tone controls bad? 3

Posted 2 years ago

His system doesn't sound near as good when he switches out the tone controls yet, popular wisdom is that tone controls suck. What's the truth behind the matter?

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Can you change speaker impedance? 3

Posted 2 years ago

Our speakers are typically either 8Ω or 4Ω but can that be changed? The problem as described to Paul is connecting up different impedance speakers to the same amplifier.

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Using CD players for transports 2

Posted 2 years ago

How much difference does the transport make? That's a question hard for Paul to answer without a whole lot of setup and weaseling around but he finally gets down to the nub of it.

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