August, 2018





Moving Day

We’re a beehive of activity these next few days. Finally, after months of construction and change, our new building is ready for us to make her our new home. Even as I write these words PS’ers are traversing Sterling Drive moving personal items and computers across the street to our new digs.

Check out Nipper guarding our new entryway. Our favorite RCA dog makes sure only those in love with HiFi and music enter the front doors.

It’s as exciting as it is disorienting.

Gus Skinnas’ new SACD Center mastering studio is finished and equipment is being hoisted up the stairs and plugged in. Soon, some of the world’s best recordings will come out of this new state of the art studio.

And our three new Music Rooms are well underway too.

I can’t remember a time when I was more stoked about the company and its future.

As soon as it’s time to move the IRSV I’ll do another video series showing its takedown as well as resurrection in its new home, one of three state-of-the-art listening rooms.

For those planning pilgrimages to PS we’re just as happy to see you and walk you through what we’re doing as always—you’ll just have to pardon our dust.

Once we’re up and fully functional we’re going to plan a big shindig to celebrate. We’re planning it now. We’ll welcome as many guests and dignitaries as we can fit: perhaps Boulder’s mayor, a live band, cocktails…heck, the imagination runs wild.

I’ll do my best to keep you informed of our progress. Next week will be a little rocky with respect to the phones and our email response time. Going to be a little slower for a day, but then we’re back up and running.

Stay tuned for details on the upcoming celebration. We might have some surprises up our sleeve.



Line source loudspeakers

Over on Paul’s Daily Posts, we’re exploring the world of the line source loudspeaker, specifically Infinity and its history of promoting this often overlooked technology of speakers less vulnerable to room vagaries. Line sources also have a very wide sweet spot with sometimes unparalleled imaging rarely heard in point source designs or hybrids. It’s an interesting short mini-series which you can start with this post, then move on to the rest as time permits.

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Copper Magazine

“The first time I sat in front of the IRS V, at Harry Pearson’s back in the Pleistocene era, and he played me a track by Yello, I felt the bass drum walloping me in the chest, though I was about 10 feet from the woofer towers. It was actually kind of incredible. And though he had the two columns of 6 12” inch drivers separated by some distance, I felt like I was sitting directly in front of the SVT of god. It’s hard to convey that sense of sheer wallop if you’ve never felt it. The SVT can likewise really punch you in the gut. It’s very definitely a feeling.”

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400 years of musical instruments

“The surest route to a drummer’s heart? Cymbals.

“You can have all the swirling harmony in the world,” the drummer Brian Blade said, “but only the cymbals can put you over the top of that mountain you’re trying to climb. The tension is the beauty of it, like riding a wave until you need it to crest.”

Mr. Blade, who is best known for playing with the country music singer Emmylou Harris and the jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter, said he thinks of his cymbals as an extension of himself, though he also gives credit for his distinctive sound to the instruments he plays: Zildjians. He has endorsed the brand for 20 years, just one in a long, diverse roster of musicians to do so.”

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YouTube and Qobuz

Most of us still have our prized collection of CDs or vinyl but increasingly streaming is creeping into our lives. Spotify, Tidal, Amazon, Apple and now, YouTube: the Google-owned internet juggernaut has entered the fray. Soon the French company Qobuz will be here too.

Like Spotify, YouTube Music will offer an ad-supported free incarnation — minus some key features. For those, you will need to upgrade to a $9.99/month YouTube Music Premium subscription, which will serve you with offline access.

As best I can tell it’s another (yawn) medium resolution app with no pretensions of going high end.

On the flip side of this coin is Qobuz’ announcement they will launch their premium high resolution service in North America at Colorado’s RMAF show this October. We’ve been playing with Qobuz and streaming at a full 192/24 and can report it is without a doubt the best sounding streaming service yet.

Stay tuned for details.