January 2015

January 2015 PS Audio Newsletter

  • It’s a new year
  • Win a pair of Aon 3 loudspeakers
  • BHK Signature Amp progress
  • All about power supplies
  • Why music lovers are turning to vinyl
  • Audiophiles vs. audioworkers and ***
  • Magnificati

It’s a new year

We start off each new year with high hopes and expectations for a great one to come. 2015 is no different.

We’ve lots of new products and cool things to bring your way in the coming months of 2015. We are currently testing a new version of the Bridge, our network card that goes into the back of PerfectWave and DirectStream DACs. We hope that we can release this new Bridge sometime in late spring.

Then there’s the new BHK Signature amplifier you’ve probably been reading about. This product has me more excited than anything we’ve done for quite some time. There’s some information about it in this newsletter, along with the news that we will follow it up with a BHK Signature preamplifier as well.

As more products and announcements are released I’ll let you know. Thanks for reading and have a great 2015!

Win a pair of Aon 3

Our exciting Sprout integrated amplifier is finally in stock after delivering them to all our Kickstarter backers.

To help people get an idea of how Sprouts are used in the home, we’ve asked owners to post their pictures of Sprout on Instagram. You can see these great shots by going to this page and clicking on the Gallery tab.

One of our favorite speakers to pair with Sprout is GoldenEar’s Aon 3’s, created by our friend Sandy Gross of Polk and Definitive fame. And in just a few days we’re going to give away a pair of them to some lucky Sprout owner. Have you entered to win yet? It’s easy, just take a picture of Sprout in your home setting, post it to Instagram with the hashtag #sprouthifi in the comments section and it’ll post on our page. The picture receiving the greatest number of likes wins the speakers! It’s easy. If you’re new to Instagram it’s a free app you download onto your cell phone. Open the app, shoot the picture, type #sprouthifi into the comments section, along with anything else you want to mention, and post it!

The contest ends the 30th of this month, you can submit as many original photos as you wish. The photo with the greatest number of likes wins. If you don’t have a Sprout but want to help someone win, go to this page and like your favorite photo. Have fun and good luck!

BHK Signature amp progress

Once we invest the enormous time and money it takes to bring a new product to market, one of the more exciting moments in that process is when the design’s finished, the purchase orders are placed and the wait for production begins. We are at that very point with the new BHK Signature Amplifier.

We will ship the first amps in April to those of you early adopters that are anxious to finally experience what Bascom’s created. We currently are accepting applications now for this launch. There will be a very limited number of slots available for this early adopter program, so if you’re interested, email me personally and I’ll add your name into the queue. When we get closer to launch we will invite as many of you that asked as we can.

I will be posting more information on the product itself in February, and will try and organize a video series with Bascom you can watch and learn about this brilliant designer’s magnum opus, the BHK Signature Amplifier. And yes, we will follow this up with both a monoblock version and later, a BHK Signature preamplifier.

This is the only product Bascom has ever put his name on in the many, many decades of design work he’s done for companies like: Marantz, Great American Sound (GAS), Sumo, BGW, Infinity Systems, Inc., Counterpoint Electronic Systems, Genesis Technologies, Genesis Advanced Technologies, Conrad-Johnson Design, Audio Alchemy, Perpetual Technologies, Forssell Technologies, and Constellation Audio.

Power Supplies and Home Theater

If you haven’t been reading my posts lately you might find it interesting to go back and read. Paul’s Post, over the last few weeks, has been focusing on power supplies and their importance in our products.

What you may find surprising in the thrust of the series is this little known fact: the power supply in an amplification device is more important, sonically, than the amplification circuit itself. In this series I have covered how they work and why they are so critical.

We are currently taking a break and I am going through my new home theater, but we’ll return to learnin’ stuff soon enough. If you’re interested in receiving my daily post, it’s easy to subscribe, even easier to leave if it gets too much.

Why music lovers are turning to vinyl and dropping digital

 

While many of us, including me, have gotten deeper into digital, thanks to the amazing power of DirectStream to help even CDs sound high resolution, the rest of the world seems to continue the march towards vinyl.

In an article sent to me by reader Ken Vincellette, some interesting trends are talked about with the growing move to vinyl by ‘normal people’. Click here to read the article.

So what do I think about this move? I think it’s good and here’s why. Most of the people moving towards vinyl are unaware of what we do in high end audio. They’re finally realizing the average crap digital download doesn’t sound as good as even vinyl.  They like to hold the product in their hands, they appreciate the better sound. And compared to MP3 and, for that matter, a lot of digital systems, these vinyl discs probably DO sound better. So bravo!

For me, I appreciate vinyl but once you discover what CDs really sound like, there’s just no going back.

Audiophiles, Audioworkers and ***

Allen Fermelo of Pink Noise wrote a great article about the differences between Audiophiles and Audioworkers that I thought you might enjoy reading. Click here for the article.

The basis of his argument is that each of us wants and looks for something different in recordings: Audiophiles want stellar sound even at the expense of content, while Audioworkers would be ok with the opposite.

There’s much truth in his writings and what I like about the article is the insight into the recording process as well as his admonition for both sides to chill out and get along. Good words for a new year for any of us.

Have you ever heard the word Magnificat? I certainly hadn’t, yet leave it to our resident musicologist, Lawrence Schenbeck, to give us not only a new word but new insight into some great music.”The album is Magnificat (2L-106-SABD; Hybrid SACD and Pure Audio Blu-ray, including 9.1 Auro-3D with height channels!). The performers are the renowned Trondheim Soloists, the Nidaros Cathedral Girls’ Choir, soprano Lise Granden Berg and conductor Anita Brevik. Fine works by Aaron Jay Kernis (b. 1960) and Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978) round out the album. Exquisitely recorded at the Cathedral and produced by Norwegian high-tech guru Morten Lindberg, master of all he surveys. This was my favorite musical experience this Christmas.”

Click here to read, listen and enjoy this music.

Until Next Month

Next month we’ll have some good stuff to share with Bascom putting his thoughts on design on video, plus maybe a surprise or two I look forward to sharing.

Have a great day and don’t forget to post your favorite picture of Sprout or, at least, go check out the ones there.

Paul McGowan