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They’re not instruments 51

Posted 3 weeks ago

Reader Timothy Price posed an interesting thought: “How many musical instruments project sound in a narrow dispersion?  Even a trumpet or better yet a clarinet seem to have fully tonal perception off axis.  They may sound louder when heard directly in front but there is no lack of identification and little loss in dynamics when […]
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Stealin’ from the best 31

Posted 3 weeks ago

Artist Pablo Picasso is credited with an old saying. “Good artists copy, great artists steal.” Composers routinely lift riffs and melodies from each other. In 1775, at the age of nineteen, Mozart composed the “Misericordias Domini,” a six-minute sacred work that is rarely heard today. In it, Mozart employs a melody that would one day […]
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The power of community 17

Posted 3 weeks ago

Every passion driven enterprise seems to have its community and high-end audio is no different. Members helping other members without much in the way of competition. Our Community Forums are one of the most widely read online audiophile gathering places on the web. It’s an open and friendly place that exists not just for PS […]
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When is it good enough? 20

Posted 4 weeks ago

Most of us live with good enough for the bulk of our lives. The problem for me is deciding when good enough isn’t good enough—when I suspect something’s better but don’t really know. This can lead to an unsettled feeling filled with hand wringing and constant doubt or I can sometimes just take a deep […]
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Filling a vacuum 30

Posted 4 weeks ago

When we think up new products sometimes it’s because we have a novel idea like the Digital Lens. That’s a product/technology that solved a problem most people didn’t even know they had. Then there are the obvious ones like amps and preamps to fill out a system. But sometimes products come into being to fill […]
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Strawberry red 14

Posted 1 month ago

If you’re growing strawberries it’s easy to find the ripe ones by their color. Bright red through and through is when the fruit’s at its peak and the sugars are just right. That eons-old technique no longer applies when shopping for the tasty fruit at the market. Beautifully colored berries aren’t a guarantee of ripeness […]
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Offering opinions 24

Posted 1 month ago

Audio shows are often difficult. When I wander the halls and go into the different rooms as a curious onlooker I’d like to remain anonymous in order to get an unbiased opinion of what I hear. That’s often difficult because my mug’s been seen by too many people through our YouTube channel. The problem with […]
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Wringing emotions 30

Posted 1 month ago

The finest in music and the arts wring emotions and connects to our inner beings in ways that are hard to imagine living without. If my soul isn’t touched for a very long time I feel disconnected and sans family. It’s then I turn to music. Music’s a quick and repeatable connection. I can be […]
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Sea salt 21

Posted 1 month ago

Faced with two choices for chips, one with sea salt the other with just ordinary salt, I will always choose the former. I have no idea if sea salt is better than the regular kind but that little modifier at the beginning suggests it probably is. I want better. Faced with two choices in cables, […]
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Personality traits 29

Posted 1 month ago

All amplifiers have personalities—sonic traits that distinguish one from the other. We choose our power amps first to handle the loads our speakers demand followed closely by how they sound. Once you’ve settled in with your power amplifier you’ll do what it takes to preserve or enhance the sonic personality you enjoy. This can be […]
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Edge case engineering 23

Posted 1 month ago

When we start a new design we target the mainstream: the ideal user who connects it up turns it on and gets what they expect. That’s what’s supposed to happen but it isn’t always the case. That’s when engineers have to consider edge cases. What happens if all doesn’t go as expected? As we look […]
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Selling equipment 49

Posted 1 month ago

Most of us buy and sell a lot of equipment over a lifetime. It seems to be in our DNA to keep our gear up to date, to try out the latest greatest, to optimize everything about our system for the better. When it comes time to sell a piece of gear what do you […]
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Recommendations 55

Posted 1 month ago

One of the primary motivators for our launch of PS Audio speakers is a sad but simple truth. There are so few speakers we can recommend in good faith. This may come as a shock but it happens to be the truth. Yes, there are some great speakers on the market but the really great […]
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No real reference 68

Posted 1 month ago

Wandering the halls of an audio show it’s always stunning to me how different the same music sounds. How can we say there exists a reference? If we’re so bold as to suggest there is a reference, like that of the sound of live unamplified music in acoustic space, how do we justify the major […]
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It’s not for you 29

Posted 1 month ago

When I first started on my quest for better sound I gravitated towards electrostatic loudspeakers. These had the clarity and see through qualities I had never heard before and I wanted that. It seemed to me this level of clarity and transparency in the music was the be-all-to-end-all in reproduction. Over the long term, I  […]
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Nothing new 21

Posted 1 month ago

Yesterday we spoke of skill. Today we’ll look at technology and its role in building products. Can old technology ever be exciting? To make a great loudspeaker is it necessary to have a carbon fiber space age box or can designers get away with the tried and true? Some will tell you technology has moved […]
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Trusting skill 35

Posted 1 month ago

I wonder why it seems so hard for some people to trust skill. If a designer can carve out a result we hope for without benefit of scientific rigor or engineering norms, is it any less valuable? There seems to be a pervasive sentiment in modern culture that good old skills are somehow less valuable […]
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Mids and tweets 8

Posted 1 month ago

Designing loudspeakers is as much art as it is science. Over the many decades I worked with Infinity founder Arnie Nudell I was always impressed by the combination of a sophisticated measurement system and the deft hand of the designer: knowing when to take a few turns off an inductor or add a 0.1 mFd […]
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Midrange bloom 9

Posted 1 month ago

Comparing the sound of two full-range loudspeakers systems can only get you so far. You can tell they are different but unless those differences are narrowed to only a few areas it’s nigh impossible to know what to change. Such was the problem of the PS Audio AN3 AMT tweeter and midrange duo compared to […]
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The learning funnel 35

Posted 1 month ago

My post about mavens got me to thinking about how our learning curve funnels from the big to the small. We start with a big idea or project and over time narrow down to the nitty-gritty. Working with the new PS Audio AN3 loudspeakers has been a challenge made easier because of our ready access […]
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Micro or Macro Maven? 19

Posted 1 month ago

I am a wholesale swap kind of guy. If something isn’t performing the way I want I’d sooner move it along and get another. Out with the old and in with the new! But I admire (to the point of envy) those with more patience and kindness towards the ill-fitting. Of all the lofty goals […]
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Gilding lilies 36

Posted 1 month ago

If you own a Toyota Prius upgrading its tires to the racing variety isn’t going to turn it into a Tesla. Nor would swapping tires with the Prius significantly alter the Tesla. Yet better tires definitely improves performance when paired with the right vehicle. The same can be said for our hifi systems. An expensive […]
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How names hurt us 43

Posted 1 month ago

When we name something we forever relegate it to a category. It’s why caviar can be both a delicacy and fish bait depending on its title. Digital audio is very much tainted with its name. When we think of digital we immediately place a set of values deserved or not: accurate, sterile, dynamic, uninvolving, crystal […]
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Remembering the good stuff 25

Posted 1 month ago

Our memories are kind to what actually happened in the past. For whatever reason, we tend to ignore the pain and detritus of days gone by in favor of fondness and longing to return to what feels like a better time. But yesterday is the same as today only a little later. It’s as if […]
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Cats and stereos 33

Posted 1 month ago

Cats have always loved our products. Not because they’re qualified listeners that appreciate the fine sounds PS products produce, but because of our equipment’s heat. Cats love nothing more than to curl atop a warm metal box and bask in the glow of a south-facing window. My first encounter with feline audiophiles came from our […]
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