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Recipe for transparency 10

Posted 3 weeks ago

Wouldn’t it just be great if we had a recipe for transparency in circuits? Just add a bit of this and bingo it’s a see-through piece of equipment. Want more transparency? Maybe it’s just like hot sauce—add more or less depending on taste. Unfortunately, nothing in our world of design is that simple or formulaic. There […]
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Welcome a new family member 19

Posted 3 weeks ago

Like proud parents, we are delighted to welcome a new member to the PS Audio family, the Stellar Power Plant 3. Nearly a year in the development lab, Stellar Power Plant 3 is the work of PS engineer Darren Myers, based on the original design of our chief engineer, Bob Stadtherr. Stellar Power Plant 3 […]
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Missing the point 70

Posted 3 weeks ago

I sometimes feel like a lonely preacher in my quest to get every audiophile invested in a subwoofer. The few who pay attention to my sermons write back with effusive praise and always there’s the accompanying exclamation, “I had no clue”. Indeed. Perhaps the most oft-quoted reason for not adding a subwoofer sounds something like, […]
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Album art 59

Posted 3 weeks ago

Say what you will about vinyl’s good and bad points but it’s hard to deny the joy of holding a 12″ album cover while you’re playing the treasures inside. Album art and liner notes on the back cover are perfect in this format, something CDs and digital of any kind really lack. The closest we […]
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Mistakes matter 16

Posted 4 weeks ago

One of the more frustrating aspects of product design is the quest to eliminate mistakes and problems. Your team works as hard as it can to squash the bugs, correct the errors, cancel the faux pas and hope for the illusion of perfection. If you get close no one notices. It’s the mistakes we pay attention […]
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Soft Europeans 31

Posted 1 month ago

“Hi Paul, I went to the RMAF last October and found that the European speaker manufacturers products had a soft sounding mid-range presentation. I asked a few of their reps about this and they explained that the listening rooms over there are smaller and made of very hard materials. No wall to wall carpeting etc. […]
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Marking our spot 21

Posted 1 month ago

Marking our spot, staking our claim, drawing lines in the sand. These are all euphemisms for setting boundaries when we build frameworks—and frameworks help us work within structure. My framework for assembling a system has changed over the years. When I first started my HiFi journey I included everything I could to wring as much […]
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Lost in translation 17

Posted 1 month ago

What’s buried deep in our heads has to run through a type of translator before coming onto the scene in our consciousness. This translator is controlled by our internal narrator—you know, that little voice in your head that tells your story. And it is this story that guides our decisions. For some, if we hear […]
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Winning formulas 19

Posted 1 month ago

They say bad habits are hard to break but I would suggest good ones are even harder. When we have a winning formula—something that’s worked for us time and again—expending energy to try a new idea or travel in a different direction seems counter to every fiber in our bodies. Yet driving the same streets, […]
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The HiFi Family 24

Posted 1 month ago

Since PS Audio’s inception in the early 1970s, we have considered our customers family. The HiFi Family seems to us to be the most natural way to interact with the thousands of extended family members who have or will own our equipment or just look to us for advice. But, apparently, not everyone’s so family […]
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Salt stone 39

Posted 1 month ago

This past Christmas we had a Secret Santa, a practice that was new to me. Everyone buys a present without knowing who the present is for. On Christmas, we present that gift to a family member who opens it in front of the group. If another in the group likes it, they can lay claim […]
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Taming the room 35

Posted 1 month ago

William Shakespeare wanted to tame shrews while I am more interested in rooms. Our plans for the construction of PS Audio’s new music rooms were to start with bare walls and minimal damping (in the form of thick carpeting) and deal with the reverberant results afterward. This is the same situation you might find yourself […]
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Double trouble 32

Posted 1 month ago

The vast majority of live music that isn’t classical or opera is blasted through PA speakers or on stage amplifiers. Thus, if you really wanted to reproduce the sound of live music in your home why wouldn’t you simply buy a pair of PA speakers or a Marshall amplifier stack? On first blush, it might […]
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Getting lost 43

Posted 1 month ago

Companies get lost on occasion. Where once their corporate direction was clear something happens to change all that and they head off in a different direction. Sometimes this is a good thing (as when they reinvent themselves for the better). Other times it’s not. One example of reinvention that worked might be Marantz. Back in […]
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Audio recipes 26

Posted 1 month ago

When well-intentioned designers go too far in any one direction it’s usually at the expense of everything else. Remember the THD wars of yesteryear? Some companies worked so hard at lowering THD to vanishing levels they forgot everything else like good sound. Balance is essential in a successful design. Too far in any one direction and the […]
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Riding the wave 34

Posted 1 month ago

Technology can be thought of as a wave and its users like surfers riding atop its crest. Once you’ve jumped onboard the wave everything looks to be normal and the way it is, though that’s merely a viewpoint. Those people left behind in the trough have a very different view. A good example might be early […]
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Victory 27

Posted 1 month ago

Does the quest for audio nirvana at times feel more like a game with winners and losers than a passion for creating magical moments? Maybe in our own systems, we have played the game and decided one format or equipment type has won the sonic battle over another. I am not much of a sports guy […]
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Uncovering the culprit 20

Posted 1 month ago

Does this sound familiar? You adjust the system volume to where it sounds right only to discover a lack of bass. Up goes the volume level to compensate. Now the bass is right but, doggone it, the rest of the music is somewhat too loud. Your speakers, or the lack of a subwoofer, seem likely […]
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Personal pleasures 10

Posted 1 month ago

How exciting it is to be on the hunt for new speakers—a chance to dramatically change the reproduction of music in our homes. Instead of the relatively tiny differences we find in electronic brands, speakers are all over the map: one driver vs. many, dynamic vs. planar, passive vs. active, floor standing vs. bookshelf, dipole […]
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Setting priorities 18

Posted 1 month ago

Our priorities often influence our focus. If we’re intent on setting up a system for one specific quality, such as tonal balance, we tend to focus on that area while ignoring others. It’s rare that my priorities are broad enough to encompass the whole system. More often than not I am laser focused on problematic areas, […]
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Coal to Coltrane 27

Posted 1 month ago

What is electricity? How is it generated? What does it do? Those most basic of questions have been asked for years and a much younger version of myself attempted to answer those questions in a video we produced called Coal to Coltrane. In this hourlong presentation, we go to great lengths to simplify the explanations […]
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The long chain 21

Posted 1 month ago

While admiring one of our PCB for its symmetrical beauty I unexpectedly found myself in awe of its collection of technological miracles bristling off its shiny green surface: resistors, capacitors, diodes, transistors, integrated circuits, connectors, LEDs, current sensors, and test points. I began to imagine what it took to manufacture each part. That led to a […]
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Circuits matter 8

Posted 1 month ago

The illusion of depth, width, height, and separation of players within a soundstage can be a thing of beauty if executed properly. Unfortunately, a proper soundstage image is rare. Part of the problem of achieving the lofty goal of disappearing speakers and effortless sound anchored on a nonexistent stage is the requirement of end-to-end perfection […]
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Real or imagined? 22

Posted 1 month ago

Stereo systems build illusions. The better the stereo system, the more believable the illusion. It’s not something people think about a lot, yet it is one of the foundations of what we strive for. First time listeners to Music Room Two get a 5-minute explanation of what they are about to experience and why. Their […]
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Vision 17

Posted 1 month ago

Products stem from their designer’s vision. What are we trying to achieve and why? What resources do we have to work with? What are our limitations? When engineer Darren Myers set out to design the upcoming Stellar Phono Preamplifier his vision was to build the world’s quietest best-sounding instrument ever produced and deliver it at […]
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