Paul's Posts

PS Audio founder and CEO, Paul McGowan, writes a daily blog: short, informative, fun, often controversial, but always interesting. Subjects range from personal stories, how to setup your system, news of the day, streaming, vinyl, tubes, transistors, loudspeakers, holographic imaging and more. Kind of like the Car Talk of audio. Not much is sacred, and there’s rarely a mention of our own products. Easy to subscribe and even easier to unsubscribe if you wish. Join us.
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The lens of microphones

Everything you listen to is most likely colored by a microphone so “real” is truly subjective.

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The ear's adaptability

How we evaluate live vs. recorded is anything but an exact science and can never get close to real.

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The process

Are you rushing through your tasks to get to the other side so you can hit the next milestone?

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Ask the tough questions

Head in the sand or asking the tough questions over and over again?

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Personal filters

We selectively hear and see what we want to and many times this gets in the way of designing and reviewing audio products.

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Everything's obvious

“Everything’s obvious once you know the answer” is the title of a really interesting book I am reading right now (thanks to my son Sean). The title makes everyone snicker because it’s so obvious and because it points out a really interesting issue with people – our general lack of appreciation for the various levels…

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Audio artists

Yamaha or Peachtree Audio? Sonos or PS Audio? Support the artists.

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Bad vibes

Snake oil or real? Aftermarket vibration controls are the real deal.

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Consistency

Consistency may be the least consistent product of any organization; yet it’s what’s expected of us all.

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Market research

What happens when you apply committee mentality to new technology?

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Nelson's my hero

From Pass to Sarmento, it’s the people hand crafting our high-end products that matter

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The phantom

Stereo’s a novel idea, but mono’s better

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Mistakes and failures

Our mistakes and failures are what define where we are right now.

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Cars and audio mags

Car ads in audio magazines? What’s the world coming to?

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The resurgence is near

Lots of hand wringing about the high-end. I have a different view.

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Closet Gearheads

Do you love music or the gear that reproduces it more?

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Breaking the rules

Following the rules is safe but boring. It’s true in life and in design.

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1/2 the answer

The internet formed the seeds of destruction for the music industry but they also contains the seeds of success.

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Meeting expectations

There’s nothing more disappointing than having your high expectations for something not met. We write about three examples of interest

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My first time

I’ll never forget it, Edgar Winter’s Frankenstein out of the JBL’s was so lifelike that my jaw dropped. I have never been the same.

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Why am I writing daily posts?

It’s frightening for me to make a daily commitment to write something of interest but I think every bit helps to bring us together in the high-end

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Cost of complexity

We love the changes in technology but have to recognize there’s a lot more than just the technology that’s changing.

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Too much noise

Some people can’t buy anything or go anywhere without first finding out what the reviews say. Is that you?

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Best seat in the house

Is there an ultimate truth to what sounds correct in a live acoustic environment?

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The very first product

What goes into designing a high-end audio product? PS designer Paul McGowan walks us through the process started nearly 40 years ago as PS Audio designed its first product ever, a phono stage.

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The First CES

The first in a new series about the high-end. Industry veteran Paul McGowan shares with us some funny stories about the high-end, the first trip to the consumer electronics show and we relive some of the history of how this all started.

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