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Do wires sound better than PC boards? 5

Posted 2 years ago

Audio equipment used to be hand wired in a process known as point to point wiring, but now most everything is without wires using thin strips of copper clad to fiberglass instead. What's better, point-to-point or PC boards when it comes to sound quality?

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Headphones vs. speakers 8

Posted 2 years ago

There are two camps of listeners passionate about their kit. Headphone users and speaker lovers. Which are better for the reproduction of high-performance music and why? Paul tackles this contentious question head on.

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The future of Class D 6

Posted 2 years ago

Can Class D amplifiers ever sound as good or even exceed the performance and sound quality of more traditional Class A/B or Class A amplifiers. Find out when Paul launches into this controversial subject.

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The real story of your return to PS Audio 0

Posted 2 years ago

PS Audio's co-founder, Paul McGowan, sold the company after building it up over a quarter century to make speakers with Infinity founder, Arnie Nudell. In 1997 Paul left Genesis and returned to PS Audio to take it to its point of success we see today. Why did he leave PS in the first place, and why did he buy back the company?

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Why stereo amps have gain 6

Posted 2 years ago

A power amplifier is a fixed gain device. Whatever signal you put in a much larger one comes out and that amount is determined by the amp's gain. How and why are gains set at a specific level and why do PS Audio amplifiers have relatively higher gains than other amplifiers?

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How to avoid losing bass 5

Posted 2 years ago

What is impedance between amp and preamplifier and if there is a mismatch will there also be a loss of bass? Rumors and misinformation are rife in our industry and Paul takes the time to explain what input and output impedance is and why their matching is important.

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The recording or the system? 0

Posted 2 years ago

If something sounds wrong how do you know if it is the recording or your system that's at fault? There's an easy way to tell and Paul shares it with us today.

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Dipole placement 0

Posted 2 years ago

Dipoles are unique. Sound comes out of both sides of the speaker. How close to the rear wall should the dipole be placed?

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High power amps 2

Posted 2 years ago

What's the correct wattage for a power amplifier? Can you get one too big? Too small? Find out about power amps as Paul explains all.

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What’s the perfect volume? 1

Posted 2 years ago

There's a perfect volume level for every single track ever recorded. But, there's a lot of factors that go into the choice of how loud is perfect. Room size, the number of people listening, the actual music itself. Find out from Paul what it takes to figure out the perfect loudness level.

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Long interconnects or speaker cables? 0

Posted 2 years ago

One of the classic questions in high-end audio. Long interconnects and short speaker cables or the opposite? And why? Paul shares with us his years of experience on the subject.

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What’s it take to build an integrated? 1

Posted 2 years ago

An integrated amplifier is certainly convenient. A group of hifi separates packaged into a single chassis sharing a power supply. But integrateds are compromises with the advantages of separate supplies and chassis. Can PS Audio design and build a state of the art integrated people can afford?

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Why so few money back guarantees? 5

Posted 2 years ago

System synergy is important. How does anyone know if a certain product works well with the other equipment in the music reproduction chain? There's really no surefire way to glean that information from reviews and thus, the best way is to take the gear home and try it. But, that can be problematic with most companies. Why aren't others following PS Audio's lead?

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How important are measurements? 0

Posted 2 years ago

With today's scarcity of hifi dealers, it's harder than ever to decide which amplifier works the best in your system. Is there any way measurements can tell us how good or bad an amplifier will sound in our system?

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Have we reached the end? 0

Posted 2 years ago

How much better can stereo ever be? Have we reached the limits of technology or are we only scratching the surface of what is possible, say in 30 years? Find out what Paul McGowan says.

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Best amp for subs 1

Posted 2 years ago

When it comes to powering subwoofers, what's the best class of amplifier? Is it class AB as we might suggest for the main speakers? Or, class D. What makes for a good amp for a subwoofer anyway?

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Confused about biamping speakers? 1

Posted 2 years ago

Some speakers offer the ability to separate their passive crossovers into two, sometimes three-way systems so multiple amplifiers can be used. Why would anyone wish to use two amplifiers on a pair of speakers when one will do? Paul answers the question.

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Snakes and stereos 0

Posted 2 years ago

Paul's journeyed all over the world in service of audio systems and along the way he's had some pretty funny things happen. Eating snakes is just one of them, something tough for a vegetarian!

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What is a reference loudspeaker? 3

Posted 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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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