April, 2019





PS Audio AN3

Having a complete PS Audio music system, from the AC wall socket to our ears, has long been a dream that was finally realized earlier this month at Chicago’s Axpona high-end audio show. Thousands of audiophiles visited our room to hear the new speakers.

The prototype AN3 loudspeakers, powered by a pair of P20 Power Plants feeding BHK Signature 300 monoblocks and fed from a Power Plant 15 lighting up a DirectStream DAC and BHK Signature preamplifier, were recieved as we had hoped.

Stereophile editor emeritus, John Atkinson, commented “… listening to a James Taylor track the sound of the AN3 prototypes was full-range, clean, with superbly stable imaging.

Part Time Audiophile’s Scott Hull remarked, “What I heard from these bottom-of-their-line loudspeakers was remarkable. Fleshy, voluptuous, fullsome, room-filling, musical sound. There was plenty of light and air, but even in these lightweight, open-cell, cube-like caverns, the bass was decidedly of the flex-your-chest variety.”

Fidelity Magazine’s Danny Kaey wrote: “PS Audio was on hand to show off their new AN-3 loudspeakers. Delightful, open, airy and fantastic sounding.”

This 4-way speaker system prototype will be updated to something much closer to its actual production version for the upcoming RMAF in September so, for those attending the show, you’ll be able to enjoy what we hope will be the production version.

We are currently scheduled to launch the AN3 for sale in the first quarter of 2020, with a beta test series hopefully around Christmas time this year. Projected price per pair, $15,000.

If you’re interested in watching the PS’ers set up our big room and the new speakers, you can click on the link below and watch the video.

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Pinball for engineers

Sometimes it’s alright to own up to being an engineering nerd. Or, a stereo nerd. I laugh at myself all the time: for doing goofy things, getting obsessed over the meaningless, and wasting a few minutes of the day watching worthless videos.

I don’t know why, but I find myself endlessly fascinated by the elaborate mazes clever people construct. It just blows my mind that someone—anyone—has the skill and patience to build and perfect a maze. But, they do.

Reader Joseph Solek sent me this great video entitled Pinball for Engineers. It’s not long but absolutely worth the 1:33 minute needed to watch it. Have fun.

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No real reference

If we say there exists a reference, like that of the sound of live unamplified music in acoustic space, how do we justify the major differences in audio system reproduction we hear at an audio show? Some rooms are bright and lively while others dark and closeted. Still others seemingly from another planet.

Do we all hear differently?

If this were true then a hundred people enjoying a concert would all hear something different. We’d have trouble agreeing that it sounded real, yet that doesn’t happen.

Or does it?

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Copper Magazine

“Steppenwolf’s Kay was an interesting and talented guy but must’ve been hard to work with.

Monarch, the guitarist with such a classic sound from the first two albums, quit in 1969 after disputes with Kay. Bassist Moreve was let go in 1968, not because of problems with Kay but because he started missing gigs because his girlfriend had convinced him California was going to slide into the ocean any second so he was afraid of CA gigs. What a couple of maroons.

How many of us would have killed to be in a band with that much success and screw it if the lead singer was an asshole or your girlfriend ran away with the circus at a young age and hit her head on a Tilt-A-Whirl? Sheesh.”

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Musical seeds

I have always been fascinated by music. I suspect you may share some of the same fascinations with me.

Not just the listening, but the creation of music—the language composers use to communicate with us. Sure, they’re just notes of differing duration but their combined frequencies and intervals speak to each of us with an uncanny ability to reach deep into our souls.

How does a composer do that? How does a group of notes speak to us?

One interesting answer can be found in the video I am recommending you watch. Called How to Listen to Classical Music, this 7 minute expose puts forth the notion that writing music is akin to forming an argument—not a divisive argument—but a logical argument designed to state an idea and then back it up to make a point.

It’s a wonderful idea and I very much enjoyed the learning experience.

HT to reader Mark Cuddeback for the video.

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Vinyl death?

“David Bowie released Ashes to Ashes on vinyl in 1980. Though the Thin White Duke was ahead of his time, even he couldn’t have foreseen how prophetic the release was… a radical way of treasuring departed loved ones is proof of this.

Should someone be musically inclined, or just want to be remembered in style, then there’s a quirky option which ensures their remains are not only seen but heard.

If you have the money you can press your ashes into a vinyl record, at the rate of a teaspoonful per disc. The company providing this offbeat service is And Vinyly. It was formed in the Noughties by music producer Jason Leach from Scarborough, England.”

HT to David Gilden for the story.

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