December, 2018



Happy Holidays!

Wherever you are located in the world we’d like to wish you and yours the happiest of holidays and the prospects of a wonderful new year.

2018 has been a year of big changes for PS Audio and its community. The most obvious change is our move across the street. Picking up an entire company and its 50 people to leave one place and get to another is hard enough, but attempting to continue day-to-day operations as if it weren’t happening is quite another. But, we did it and now we’re back to humming along better than ever.

2018 not only had us moving across the street but in other ways as well. We finished the launch of the Stellar product line with the release of the Stellar M700 monoblock amplifiers, launched a new line of Power Plants called DirectStream, got the new Sprout100 on shelves, and released Snowmass, the biggest software upgrade to our DirectStream DAC products ever.

In next month’s newsletter, we’ll talk about some of the exciting changes on tap for 2019. For now, let us take a moment to give thanks for 2018. We trust it was as good a year for you and yours as it was for us.

We hope 2019 will be filled with kindness, generosity, and music.

Happy holidays from all of us at PS Audio.



Music Room Two

For nearly two decades Music Room One has served PS Audio and the hundreds of guests and dignitaries that came to visit and bask in her glorious waves of musical ecstasy.

Now, she’s gone and in her place is an even better temple of sound, Music Room Two. With our new building planned out, we were able to start from scratch designing a new listening room. That’s always an exciting process because we can take everything we’ve learned from the mistakes and successes of the past and create something even better. And, that’s what we did.

Music Room Two is a magnitude better sounding experience than Music Room One. In the new facility, we were able to angle the long wall just enough to break the back of those pesky standing waves that plagued us in Music Room One. Add to that a higher ceiling, better construction, bigger space, and Music Room Two takes on a whole new dimension as a reference listening room.

If you want to watch us move Music Room One across the street and install it in Music Room Two, watch this video.  It’s a fun view as we lift 1.2 tons of loudspeaker and muscle it across the street and into its new home.

As always, we encourage you to take the time to pay us a visit. Music Room One is open to the public as is our new facility and we encourage walk-in visitors with open arms. Come and join us in celebrating musical truth in the new listening rooms and see how PS Audio products are built.

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Feature sets

When I dream of a new product it’s always as a user. I picture the entire process of operating the new gear, how I would interact with it, what the results would be, and how it would make me feel. As I am imagining using the new gear features naturally appear in my mind, like easy access to the vacuum tubes in BHK products, or a mute button on the remote. As simple or obvious as some of these features might seem, they came from imagining the use of equipment in my head.

We gather in groups to cuss and discuss this very subject and the conversation always comes back to two things…

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Copper Magazine

“Beethoven’s Große Fuge was originally written as the last movement of his 13th String Quartet, but at its first performance audiences found it to be too long, too heavy, and altogether quite incomprehensible. Beethoven thought otherwise and decided instead to use it as the cornerstone of a tenth symphony, one which would explore musical themes and ideas that would really push the boundaries of what was going round and round in Beethoven’s deaf, yet explosively creative head.

Over the summer and autumn of 1826, a five-movement tenth symphony began to come together.”

Read Beethoven’s last Christmas in Copper Magazine.

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A concert in your home

Our stereo systems attempt to create a live musical event in our living rooms and some get very close. None are as good as the real deal.

One innovative organization, Sofar, has come up with an interesting solution to the problem: bringing the concert to accessible venues where friends and family can participate.

In 2009, Rafe Offer invited some friends over to a London flat for a low-key, intimate gig. Eight people gathered in the living room to listen to live music performed by friend and musician Dave Alexander. They were hooked on the intimacy of the event.

What started as a hobby in London spread into a global community for artists and audiences to come together in unique and welcoming spaces – with an added element of surprise – to share, discover, create and, hopefully make a friend or find their new favorite band along the way.

Today, Sofar Sounds is a community of thousands of artists, hosts, fans, travelers and more, putting on hundreds of secret, intimate events per month, across 425 cities around the world.

HT to reader Ted Williams for this information.

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The cannons of the 1812

One of the more storied companies in our industry is the label, Telarc.

Telarc was founded in 1977 by two musicians and former teachers, Jack Renner and Robert Woods. For a good amount of time, Telarc was on top of the mountain when it came to exciting, well recorded audiophile productions. No stereo buff worth their salt didn’t include a Telarc in their collection and many, like myself, had dozens of favorites.

One of the most famous Telarc recording of them all was Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture featuring live cannon shots in the finale. This amazing production was the ruination of more than a few loudspeakers and amps as the cannon shots tore through systems with a fury previously unknown.

Now, there’s a series of YouTube videos from Telarc cofounder, Bob Woods, that tells it all.

HT to reader Carl Stineman for sharing these great videos. You can see and subscribe to the series here, or click the link below to watch the video of the cannon blasts on the 1812.

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