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Can it get better? 4

Posted 6 years ago

I was chatting with one of our customers on a recent tour of our facilities and he asked if it would be overkill to strive for higher sampling rates and greater bit depth in recordings given the fact current 192kHz 24 bit recordings exceed (by far) the limits of human hearing and analog hardware’s ability […]
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Recycled vinyl 9

Posted 6 years ago

Reader Barry McCarthy wrote me: “I like reading your quick daily thoughts on the state of our hobby. Today’s post caused me to to think of over abundance and how we live with it. I have a much more modest collection of music (about 400 LPs and 600 CD/SACDs). Recently, as I looked at all […]
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Offended 13

Posted 6 years ago

I have always smiled when I witnessed fellow designers getting offended by some engineering claim they either disagree with or can’t understand – that is until it happened to me. Recently our engineering team has been scratching our collective heads over how software can affect sonic performance when everything we know says it shouldn’t. I […]
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It's free? 0

Posted 6 years ago

Several readers commented on yesterday’s post about adding features to our free music management program eLyric. The question asked is “why free”? It’s a good question and one that deserves an honest open answer. eLyric was designed to be the iTunes of the high-end community and our intent from the beginning has been to make […]
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How much to add 11

Posted 6 years ago

One of the challenges facing any designer is how many features to add – or put another way – how many features not to add. The general thought is the more features a product has the more appeal it will have to the potential user – and that turns out to be a trap. As […]
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Hands on 4

Posted 6 years ago

I have been reading novels on my Kindle as of late: my son won’t consider it because he doesn’t want to give up the tactile feel of a book. On the other hand, I can’t enjoy a magazine or newspaper in electronic form – I require the physical medium. A Paul’s Post reader writes: “And […]
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Here's an invention that will save your life 0

Posted 6 years ago

I love brilliant inventions – especially the ones that are super simple yet perfectly designed – rare as they are. A GFI is one such invention. You know, the AC plug near your bathroom sink with the two little red buttons you never think about? Ever wonder what it does and how it works? A […]
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Do you listen to a sow's ear? 0

Posted 6 years ago

I have been to homes and shows where I was asked to listen to some really bad loudspeakers – kit that is so far away from accurate that it’s laughable. And yet I can still hear differences in cables and electronics swapped out of those systems once I have become accustomed to the sound. So […]
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Amazed 13

Posted 6 years ago

Mark Lewis our resident Brit working in our sales department and helping me with the Reference system installed a pair of Anthony Gallo Strada loudspeakers for me to hear – having never heard a pair. He’s really quite enamored with these odd looking loudspeakers and for good reason. I gave a listen and was amazed […]
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Beware of magic bullets 0

Posted 6 years ago

Driving into work the other day I noted a sign that read “lose 15 pounds in 30 days without diet or exercise, guaranteed.” A magic bullet! Clearly this won’t work for me or anyone else and it’s a good way to drop a few bucks rather than a few pounds. When I got to work […]
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It's on sale! 8

Posted 6 years ago

Opening my email I noticed a audio retailer was having a sale and it was tied to a calendar occurrence. Is it just me or do you think it’s strange retailers feel the need to tie a sale to a holiday or an event? In most cases retailers put things on sale because they are […]
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A without B 0

Posted 6 years ago

In yesterday’s post about my dislike for Sample Rate Converters I must add one more thought: all sample rate converters are not equal. Some actually help the sound while most do the opposite. This is important to note because I don’t want folks to get the wrong idea. My main beef with Sample Rate Converters […]
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The conspiracy 7

Posted 6 years ago

There’s a quiet conspiracy afoot and something you should be aware of. The conspiracy is one of “don’t ask don’t tell” from DAC manufacturers. PS Audio is just as guilty as the rest. The issue is one I bring up consistently when I speak to audio groups and I am always surprised at the reaction. […]
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Laziness 11

Posted 6 years ago

A couple of days ago I mentioned one of the emerging trends I am seeing is the desire of people to have someone else build their systems for them so they don’t have to do the work. The era of the pre-made system is coming back into vogue. Several of you commented that this is […]
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Build your own 12

Posted 6 years ago

In yesterday’s post I mentioned the trend of Audiophiles wanting complete packages delivered to their doors that provide a wonderful listening experience. A pre-packaged approach. I was imagining just the opposite this morning. How cool would it be for those of us old dogs that like to assemble our own unique systems if a manufacturer […]
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Simple and easy 10

Posted 6 years ago

In my travels I am seeing a shift from “hi-fi assemblers and tweaks” to the “gimme it all finished” mentality. In the not too distant past the trend was for Audiophiles to read the reviews, discuss with their friends and then assemble the best group of disparate equipment together to build a unique system capable […]
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Adding value 7

Posted 6 years ago

I’ve written recently about increasing the rewards of creators who add value to something and reducing the amount of those that bring the value to the table yet create nothing. With that thought in mind I had to scratch my head as to how the acronym VAT came to be. On a recent trip to […]
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EULA 10

Posted 6 years ago

Every time I install a new version of our free music management software, eLyric, I am asked to agree to the EULA before I can use it. It’s annoying and I never read it. In fact, almost all software requires the user to agree to some lengthy legal agreement called a EULA which stands for […]
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Apple turntable? 11

Posted 6 years ago

You probably read that Steve Jobs of Apple listened mostly to vinyl instead of his fabled iPod creation. He was a real music lover and preferred the sound of vinyl to that of digital. What you may not know, however, is what he accomplished when he launched iTunes. He set the stage for musicians getting […]
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Imbalance 12

Posted 6 years ago

I have written a lot as of late about the issue of musicians and how they get rewarded for their work. It has ruffled a few feathers and I think that’s good. To be clear, I am interested in looking at alternate ways to get our artists and musicians paid – and paid well enough […]
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All purpose audio 11

Posted 6 years ago

One of Paul’s Posts readers, Mark S, asks the question of why we manufacturers seem to work so hard at building kit that serves all music and all tastes equally well. I think it’s a good question and one worth thinking about. In most fields a “one size fits all” mentality isn’t optimal. Sports equipment, […]
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Do warnings lie? 1

Posted 6 years ago

Do you think the gas meter on your car lies? You know the one – it tells you there are 10 miles to empty. I am guessing it’s “conservative” which is a kind way to sayinaccurate. I think this because I don’t believe the car makers want me to run out of gas so they […]
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Kick start it 2

Posted 6 years ago

We’ve discussed plenty of controversy about how musicians and artists will get funded in this day and age of the internet. I haven’t any magic to offer but when I do see a small ray of light I will bring it forth to hopefully spark ideas. One such ray of light is a website called […]
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Twenty five cent improvement 7

Posted 6 years ago

One of the cleverest solutions to amplifier designs came to our attention through our old friend Nelson Pass, then of Threshold. We always referred to it as the “sliding class A bias circuit” and what was clever about it is it took less than $0.25 in parts to work. All traditionally designed power amps are […]
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