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Women in Audio 1

Posted 4 months 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 4 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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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How to wire your home 2

Posted 5 months ago

We all understand the importance of clean power for our equipment, but what's the best way to wire up our rooms? What's a home run wiring? Paul answers our questions on the best way to wire our stereo systems.

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Audiophile fuses 1

Posted 5 months ago

Ever heard about an expensive audiophile fuse? Some costing hundreds of dollars for…wait for it…a fricking fuse! Paul explains what they are, how they work, and what his experience with them has been.

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Active vs. passive preamps 0

Posted 5 months ago

Have you ever heard of a passive preamplifier? It's old school and not well known, but Paul brings us up to speed on what it is, its history, and why you should or should not choose one.

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Tube outputs in DACS 0

Posted 5 months ago

Paul has covered the importance of the DAC's output stage before, but what about specifics like tube output stages? And, for that matter, why is the output stage so important in the DAC? Which is best?

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Equalizing the room 5

Posted 5 months ago

The room is a critical component in the reproduction of music in our homes. It's both good and bad—yet necessary. Paul is asked what it means to digitally correct the room through the loudspeakers and what he thinks about the practice of room correction.

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The art of the recording engineer 2

Posted 5 months ago

Just what do recording engineers do? We see video of them working hard at flipping dials and moving volume controls at a frenzied pace, but why? Paul shares some history with Georgio Moroder and Musicland studios where Paul got his first taste of the recording environment and we learn how he threatened to burn down the network while in the army.

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Getting past subwoofer negativity 3

Posted 5 months ago

One negative experience is often enough to turn our opinions on a subject forever, yet that can be a bad thing. Find out how Paul helps one bad subwoofer experience into a win in this latest video.

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Class A bias in amplifiers 5

Posted 5 months ago

Can we safely suggest a 300-watt amplifier has more class A bias than a smaller, 100-watt amplifier? Inquiring minds want to know and design engineer Paul helps us understand in simple terms the correct answer.

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Should he give up his speakers? 1

Posted 5 months ago

Keeping the family peace can often be tricky when speakers are involved. Speakers take up precious real estate within the home and it's often a struggle to get a good pair installed. But, once installed should you cede what gains you might have achieved? Paul helps with harmony in the home.

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The importance of a word clock 0

Posted 5 months ago

Audiophiles spend sometimes small fortunes on improving their digital audio performance with external word clocks—atomic clocks—and the question is, are they helpful? Do they really bring better sound? Paul helps us understand this complex subject.

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Big speakers in small rooms 3

Posted 5 months ago

There's a common myth that speakers size has to match room size. Most people believe that a big pair of speakers should never be installed in a big room. Paul's here to set us straight.

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How to improve vintage speakers 4

Posted 5 months ago

Vintage speakers can be a lot of fun and a wonderful source of musical pleasure, but should we leave them exactly as they were built or improve on them? And if improved upon, how?

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The best way to connect separates 2

Posted 5 months ago

Separates are almost always better than integrateds and receivers but certainly more hassle to interconnect. What should we watch out for when connecting separates?

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Do transistors age like tubes? 0

Posted 5 months ago

We all know that vacuum tubes need replacing about once a year for optimum sonic performance, but what about transistors? Do they need replacing after a time?

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