July 2013

July 2013

July 2013 PS Audio Newsletter

  • Dental floss tycoons
  • Sneak peek at the NPC
  • A new Bridge review
  • A great bit of music
  • John Patitucci
  • Tchaikovsky’s Fourth
  • Layers of depth and vertical imaging

Dental floss tycoon

If you’ve ever been a Zappa fan you’ll know where Terri and I are heading out to for a vacation tomorrow. We’re also going to be visiting Glacier National Park then on to Banff Canada for a few days of R and R.

I understand there’s some great scenery and breweries along the way and so armed with my trusty camera and quest for good micro-brews, we’re off.

If we see any good fields of dental floss I’ll stop and take some pictures. Thanks Frank, we miss you.

Sneak peak at the NuWave Phono Converter

What the heck is a Phono Converter? It’s our newest product and we’re quite excited to give you a sneak peek. Take a high-end analog phono preamplifier and combine it with a state-of-the-art Analog to Digital Converter and the NPC is what you wind up with.

Ready to ship this September, the NPC has the best analog phono stage we’ve ever built in our 30 something years of building phono stages. 100% analog from input to output, this is like our famous GCPH phono stage on steroids. Passive RIAA, a class A all FET gain stage, this beauty is quiet and able to handle just about any cartridge you put on it (it has 6dB more gain than did the GCPH). In a few weeks we’ll have all the specs up on the website.

DSD as well as high resolution PCM

In addition to the analog phono stage we’ve also included a wonderful Analog to Digital converter that can take either the output of the phono stage, or the output of any analog source you wish, and convert it to either DSD or PCM. With this output you can plug directly into your DAC and play records without any compromise.

Or, use the asynchronous USB output to feed the DSD or PCM signal to your computer so you can build a digital library. DSD encoding is available in standard or double rate and PCM audio is capable of up to 192kHz, 24 bit. We’ve even added a Digital lens to the final output to keep the digital audio sounding sweet and unjittered.

Here’s a shot of the back of the unit.

This is very cool and you’ll be hearing much more about this wonderful piece within the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

A new Bridge review

The PerfectWave Bridge connects the PerfectWave DAC to your music sources over a home network. It’s one of the better sounding network streaming devices on the market today and we’ve just gotten an insightful review that answers a lot of question some of you may have about how it connects, how to use it.

It also explains why, in part, music played through the Bridge sounds better than music streamed through USB – even when that music is fully asynchronous.

Karl Sigman has a great and informative review of the PerfectWave Bridge you can read here. It appears in the online magazine Audiophilia.


Hang on to your seats!

Over in the Paul’s Post series I took the advice of one of my readers to pick up a copy of the Berlioz Grande Messe Des Mortes and was so taken with the performance and sound that I just had to share.

“I put on the recommended Dies Irae, 13:38 long featuring 4 separately placed choral groups, the London Symphony Orchestra, the addition of 16 tympani and several brass ensembles, all recorded in the massive St. Paul’s Cathedral. Another of my readers suggested “fasten your seat belt” before playing this massive piece. He wasn’t kidding.

Never in all my years of playing with stereos have I heard such music – the waves of singers and instruments, tympani’s gone wild – it was a truly remarkable experience one I would happily share with anyone coming to visit. Here’s the thing: if you play this on a good setup, perhaps even the best of setups, I doubt you’d hear what I am hearing so massive is this work. Why?”

You’ll have to take a moment and head over to the article to read the whole piece if you’re interested.

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John Patitucci

Within the bass playing community, there is a subset that is known as “doublers” who play both acoustic and electric bass. Within that subset, there is a smaller group of players who are equally proficient on both instruments. And digging deeper, you will find those relative few who are virtuosos on both. This is where John Patitucci resides.

Keith Copeland gives us great examples to listen to and view and wonderful insights into this great bass player.

Click here to read Keith’s article.

Tchaikovsky’s 4th

Tchaikovsky was a lifelong nomad. Whenever he got the least bit restless, he’d get on a train. In 1876 he was in Paris at one point, attending a performance of Bizet’sCarmen,which he quite enjoyed. In August of that year he traveled to Bayreuth and witnessed the first complete performance of Wagner’sRingcycle. He didn’t get to meet Wagner and didn’t care much for the music anyway. But bits of it impressed him. Likethetheme which Wagner trots out every time Wotan picks up his mighty spear, a spear engraved with all the promises, covenants, and deals he’s struck with his fellow gods and demigods.

Tchaikovsky borrows that to round off his opening fanfare. As a unifying structural device similar to Beethoven’s famous three-shorts-and-a-long, that fanfare recurs throughout the first movement and again briefly in the last.

Click here to enjoy a great essay from Lawrence Schenbeck.

Layers of depth and vertical imaging

What does the term layers mean? Are recordings produced in specific layers, perhaps divided up into discrete zones by the recording engineer? I think in all our experiences live sound isn’t in layers and certainly continuous in its depth. But our systems?

And here’s another question. How is it possible that we hear height, sometimes called vertical imaging, in our sound systems that consist only of left and right speakers – or even headphones?

These questions along with a discussion on how to electronically make the room size bigger or smaller are just a couple of the subjects we’ve been covering in Paul’s Posts.

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Till August

Thanks for reading the Newsletter and we hope you’ve enjoyed it.

Over on the Community Forumswe’re having a lot of discussions about the upcoming WaveStream program, new version of JRiver and of course, plenty to absorb, discuss and converse about.

Hope you’ll join us.

Paul McGowan

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