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Blind acceptance 43

Posted 3 weeks ago

In 1897 a former patient of Dr. John Kellogg, Charles “C.W.” Post, mixed a batter of wheat and barley together then baked it in his oven. What came out was a hard brown sheet of material with a slightly sweet and nutty taste. Post then broke apart the sheet and ran the pieces through a […]
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Tradeshow no-show 52

Posted 3 weeks ago

As some will no doubt know, the Munich High-End show has been canceled and Chicago’s Axpona High-End show has been rescheduled. Originally, the Chicago consumer audio show was set to host visitors in mid-April, but because of all the concerns with Covid 19, the organizers wisely rescheduled for August. While we fully support the organizer’s […]
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Recognizing vs. caring 35

Posted 3 weeks ago

I have yet to meet anyone that hasn’t been able to hear the benefits of playing music on a high-end audio system like that in Music Room II. Time and again, people unaware of what high-end audio has to offer are jaw-dropping surprised at how much better a proper high-end system sounds than what they […]
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Interaural crosstalk 41

Posted 4 weeks ago

It’s amazing that stereo speakers work at all. Two different sound sources spaced apart by a few feet attempting to maintain separation. One has left channel-only information while the other produces right channel-only info. Problem is, as soon as they make sound in the room the channels are no longer separated. Your left ear hears […]
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Likely outcomes 69

Posted 4 weeks ago

Engineers are like doctors. They mostly spout facts and figures and answer specific questions with specific answers—helpful if that’s what you are looking for, but rarely do they give you the big picture. For example, if we’re in a discussion about designing a practical woofer system and I say, “It seems this driver is really […]
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Seeing through new eyes 31

Posted 1 month ago

With every piece of new information I receive, I see the world in a slightly different light, as if through new eyes. I assume we’re all the same. When we read a review, hear a new piece of music, or figure out how to make something better, then our interaction with the world changes—even if […]
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Music lovers and audiophiles 47

Posted 1 month ago

If audiophiles are music lovers, how come most music lovers aren’t audiophiles? I guess a love of music doesn’t somehow automatically equate to a love of listening to it over high quality home reproduction equipment. But, why? Maybe the same question, applied to a different set of observations, might help illuminate the answer. For example, […]
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Does distortion matter? 49

Posted 1 month ago

If we have two amplifiers under consideration, and one has twice the THD as the other, does that matter? Would we choose one over the other because of its distortion spec? I can recall years ago when Halcro trotted out their vanishingly low distortion power amplifier, setting the world back on its heels with triple […]
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Parts matter 25

Posted 1 month ago

Of all the things we do at PS Audio, perhaps what drives some people crazy more than anything is our insistence that parts matter to sound quality. No one would argue that the difference between a precision value resistor or a matched tube or transistor in a critical area isn’t important. We can easily measure […]
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Simple and natural 36

Posted 1 month ago

There are literally millions of tracks we can use to evaluate our stereo system setups, yet most wouldn’t be of much help. Without some form of acoustic reference material, it’s nearly impossible to know when it is right or wrong. What’s the proper sound of a fuzz tone guitar? Unless you had attended a Jimmy […]
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Myth busting 41

Posted 1 month ago

Just about everything in our lives goes back to a story living in our heads. Perhaps it’s the story of your childhood, or maybe how you learned to drive, or your first stereo system. When we think back over our experiences we come to understand we’ve built stories around them, stories that help us navigate […]
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Becoming a statistic 30

Posted 1 month ago

We’re all a statistic somewhere: a number, one of many that someone, somewhere, keeps track of. Maybe you’re one of X thousand digital audio subscribers, or perhaps you’re among the few that only purchase vinyl, but somewhere you’re showing up as a statistic. Most of us wish to belong to a group, family, or collection […]
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The perfect room 26

Posted 1 month ago

The perfect room for audio playback is called a headphone. With headphones, we suffer no added insults to what’s recorded on our discs or streamed on our systems. Yet, headphones don’t offer the same experience as loudspeakers playing in rooms. Every room adds and subtracts to the music we listen to. None are neutral, all […]
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Is burn in real? 96

Posted 1 month ago

I had to chuckle to myself. Sitting in our weekly meeting, where production engineers meet with design engineers, the topic of discussion was how to build a new burn-in rack and system for the upcoming M1200 monoblock amplifiers. What made me laugh is all the time and money we’re spending setting up a rack whose […]
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In search of better 36

Posted 1 month ago

If we’re buying a new amplifier we expect to pay a higher price for more: features, power, energy storage, damping factor. On the flip side, we’re equally comfortable paying a higher price for less: distortion, impedance, elements in the signal path, noise. In an age where many think we’re always out after more, more, and […]
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Dammed if you do, dammed if… 72

Posted 1 month ago

PS Audio has always prided itself on building high value musically honest products. We pore thousands of hours into squeezing out every last drop of performance possible in our products, and we’re proud as punch that they are affordable and accessible to folks. So, it’s always a bit disheartening when someone reaches out to me […]
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Confessions of an Audiophile 21

Posted 1 month ago

When I started to write my memoir, 99% True, it’s original working title was Confessions of an Audiophile. I figured it’d be a tell-all book about the HiFi industry and its people. It’s certainly that, but as it progressed through the year-long process of writing it became far more—thus, the title change to 99% True. […]
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Playing by the rules 20

Posted 1 month ago

Which is correct? Play by the rules if you want to win. Rules are meant to be broken. I suppose this question can only be answered when put in the proper context: you probably want to play by the rules when there’s a cop behind you on the highway, yet breaking the rules is often […]
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Openness 21

Posted 1 month ago

Few of us want to be left in the dark. We like to be in the know and get the inside scoop. But often, that means we’re at the beginning of an iterative process winding its circuitous way through roadblocks and failed ideas until reaching a successful conclusion. Some of us are comfortable on this […]
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Hearing what you want to hear 22

Posted 1 month ago

We sometimes front-load our expectations into what we believe people will say or what a system should sound like. I can’t count the number of times I’ve walked into a room full of speakers and prejudged their performance before the music started playing. Often, I am surprised, both pleasantly and otherwise. The problem with preloaded […]
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Hearing what we cannot hear 12

Posted 1 month ago

As a design team, we work hard at extending our amplification product’s bandwidth beyond that which humans can hear. We do that because it sounds better: more open, extended, transparent. Yet, how could that be true? If we cannot hear above 20kHz (and most of us not above 12kHz), then why should it matter that […]
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Basic decisions 27

Posted 1 month ago

One of the more difficult choices when assembling a reference audio chain is answering the most basic of questions. What’s it for? It’s rare we ask ourselves this basic question because few among us really think much beyond the desire to have great music in the home. And frankly, that’s just fine. H-Fi is a […]
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Audio shows 47

Posted 1 month ago

This April’s Chicago’s Axpona audio show seems far off in the future. Yet, we’re already planning for it. My wife, Terri, runs our shows and she’s already busy arranging all the necessary details. Thank goodness for her. If it were left up to me and the engineers it’d be a last-minute disaster. Our big feature […]
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Perilous journey 17

Posted 1 month ago

Imagine the tiny signal coming out of a moving coil phono cartridge: 30,000 to 50,000 times smaller than what comes out of your preamplifier. It has come a very long way and through much amplification to become that much bigger. Like a weary long-distance traveler who struggles to stay intact along the way, its journey […]
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Boiling down 19

Posted 1 month ago

Choices, choices, choices. Sometimes it seems a bit daunting when looking at the dizzying array of audio products from which to choose. There are literally hundreds of DACs and amplifiers to wade through before making a purchasing decision. How do you get through the maze of choices to arrive at the one that fits your […]
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