September, 2020





PerfectWave SACD Transport

Our much-anticipated SACD Transport, the PST, has begun shipping to anxious beta testers. We couldn’t be more excited. As soon as beta testers receive their new PSTs they’ll have most of the month of October to evaluate their units and put them through their paces. They will then post their findings on a private forum so we can work directly with each beta tester without having to sort through the normal volume of questions and comments from non-beta testers.

That’s phase one of the beta test. In phase two, we’ll open the forums up to the public so beta testers can post their thoughts and opinions with the rest of our HiFi Family.

I have been using my PST for weeks now and I have to tell you this is by far the best sounding/performing transport I’ve ever had the pleasure to use. The fact it is galvanically isolated from both it’s internals and externals brings a whole new level of performance I had only dreamed of. Hats off to our hard-working engineering team who’ve been burning the midnight oil to get this beauty ready for market.

Now she’s done. On last check, we’re already sold out for November, so if you wish to preorder for December, give us a shout at 800PSAUDIO.

If you haven’t yet checked out the PST, maybe it’s time you do.



Grusin video

Don Grusin’s premier DSD recording on Octave Records, Out of Thin Air, has been a smash hit. It’s now available as a bundled download with DSD, DSDDirect Mastered 192kHz, 96kHz, and 44.1kHz. There remain a scant few of the SACDs still available.

For those interested in the recording process and to learn a bit more about Don and his music, we’ve put together a 5-minute video for you. Go here and scroll to the bottom of the page to watch the video. If you click on the small white square on the video’s lower right-hand corner you’ll get the full-screen version.

If you are interested in getting a preview of Octave Record’s next release, go here and check out Temporary Circumstances. It’s a killer album with great music and sound.

We will send HiFi Family members an email when Temporary Circumstances is ready for sale. This is one release I wouldn’t dawdle or hesitate on. It’s a limited-run edition and when the discs are gone, that’s it. So, stay tuned and we’ll email you.



Thorens and PS Audio

I do not personally spend much time on Facebook or, for that matter, any social media. It’s a matter of priorities and interests, but from time-to-time, there are a few good snippets of relevant information presented by those sources.

So imagine my surprise and delight when one of the legendary brands of turntables in the world, Thorens, started raving on their Facebook page about the mashup between a Thorens table and our Stellar Phono Preamplifier.

We were honored to be sure. If you have time, drop by and lend a thumb’s up.



Copper Magazine

Don Kaplan takes a fresh approach on how to listen. Roy Hall looks back on the Munich HIGH END show. J.I. Agnew concludes his interview with acoustic design consultant Philip Newell. Jay Jay French drinks in British blues singers. Anne E. Johnson considers the music of Thomas Tallis and ZZ Top. Alón Sagee tells a story of two hands clapping. Don Lindich interviews Bill Voss of Technics, and John Seetoo wraps up his series with Quilter Amps/QSC Audio founder Pat Quilter.

Tom Gibbs is thrilled to hear a good-sounding Stones reissue, among other new releases. New contributor Steven Bryan Bieler hears voices. WL Woodward is home for the pandemic. Robert Heiblim concludes his series on bringing products to market. Ray Chelstowski has an explosive look at K-tel Records. Ken Sander offers a Stories story. I find that audio systems are consistently inconsistent. Reader Adrian Wu takes us on an audio journey encompassing continents, and decades of gear. We round out the issue by staying in our room, experiencing changing weather and going to Nepal.

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Name the column and win!

PS Audio recently launched its record label, Octave Records. (Read about Octave’s first release, Don Grusin’s Out of Thin Air, in Issue 113.) Octave will be releasing records regularly in audiophile-quality DSD and SACD stereo discs. Octave’s business model also ensures that artists retain a greater portion of earnings than standard record label deals.

Copper will give you a head start on upcoming releases (starting with Clandestine Amigo, our next one), the stories behind the artists and the technical details of the recordings – in a column yet to be named.

That’s where you, the readers, come in!

Octave Records is having a contest to name the column. The winner will receive a signed 16 x 24 photo on canvas of Copper photographer James Schrimpf’s photo of musicians Dale Watson and Chris Crepps. James’s work has been featured in many galleries, shows and publications and he has worked for more than 30 years as an artist, photojournalist and photographer.

Simply submit your suggestions for the column name to [email protected]. The contest will run from now through October 31. Then we’ll choose the lucky winner!



Out of the blue

I didn’t think much of it when PS Audio Forum’s member Brett66 requested a copy of the PS Audio logo in this forum thread, but then a broad smile crept across my face when I saw what he intended to with it. As you can see by the picture, Brett66 and his fellow forums member, Jim Schander had commissioned custom PS Audio standup lightboxes.

Wow. Our HiFi Family members are the best.

My next surprise was when I received a mysterious package with another PS Audio standup lightbox.

It now holds a place of honor in Music Room II. Thanks, Brett and Jim!