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Status symbols 10

Posted 7 years ago

I’ve been noodling on a comment made a few weeks ago that high-end audio is mostly a status symbol owned by wealthy people who do not care about audio or music. I must say I find that totally wrong and offensive. In fact, the more I think about the comment the more convinced I am […]
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Do you have a life jacket ready? 3

Posted 7 years ago

In yesterday’s post we we lamented the shift away from the neighborhood dealer who provided our advice, information, opinions and service. There are a number of reasons why this has taken place and one we’ve not yet touched upon is how we access information and form opinions today – it’s most certainly different than yesterday. […]
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Getting what you bargained for 4

Posted 7 years ago

In our comments section of PS Tracks magazineI mentioned how we in the high-end got what we bargained for when we chose the lowest price over service and advice. I thought it would make a good post on its own. Dealers have always discounted. Even back in the days of famous dealers like Jonas Miller […]
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Surprise and delight 7

Posted 7 years ago

Yesterday’s post Good enough raised the hair on a few people’s necks wondering why I had apparently thrown in the towel and accepted having to make products and services that were just good enough. I must not have done a good enough job explaining the thought. It’s not part of my nature or the team […]
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Good enough 10

Posted 7 years ago

When is something good enough? I think the answer is complicated but if we boil it down to two simple measurements it becomes easier to answer: perfection level and expectation level. The perfection level measurement is, of course, the most difficult because there is nothing perfect ever made. So one must then set a reference […]
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Redo your assumptions 11

Posted 7 years ago

We just released some new software that changed the sound of our PerfectWave DAC. As is normal there’s debate on whether or not those changes are better or worse. For me there’s no question they are better in every respect – but only after I retuned my system to take advantage of the changes. I […]
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A rose is a rose…… 6

Posted 7 years ago

There’s increasing evidence that rhymes, poems, meter and cadence in stories were created not because they are beautiful but because they helped us keep the words straight before the advent of written language. It is how our civilization kept important lessons, histories, messages and stories intact without writing anything down. Imagine any rhyming story or […]
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Why bad loudspeakers are ok 0

Posted 7 years ago

For the last two days we’ve been focusing on loudspeakers. We covered how they are anything but flat and why that’s not necessarily a bad thing – something good loudspeaker designers can use to their advantage to make music sound good in the home. Let me hit one last thought on this topic: the ear/brain […]
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Maybe flat isn't good 13

Posted 7 years ago

Yesterday’s post about the grossinaccuraciesof loudspeakers relative to the perfection of electronics raised the hair on a few people’s necks. So let me add to that. It isn’t clear that we even want our loudspeakers to be flat and perfect. There’s reasonable evidence that we don’t. My former partner in Genesis Loudspeakers, Arnie Nudell, was […]
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It's worth repeating 7

Posted 7 years ago

Why is it we are forgiving and tend to overlook loudspeakers as a source of coloration in our systems yet demand perfection in our electronics down to the tiniest degree? We are convinced that tenths of a dB, a few pico seconds of jitter, a slightly different cable dielectric are all critical to our system’s […]
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Can it get better? 4

Posted 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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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