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 perfect volume

Singers imaging the size of a Mack truck or as small as a cat? Size of image is all controlled through volume levels.

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Trusting the reviewer in you

We all have a reviewer’s mentality inside of of us. We review or pass judgment on just about everything every day. Yet I routinely speak with people who are uncomfortable trusting the internal reviewer when it comes to evaluating what they hear in their systems. Partly because people are afraid of ridicule from peers, but…

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The power of one

You’d be surprised at just how much of an impact you can make with one little word or demo.

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The tiniest details

If something sounds great today, how does it sound tomorrow? Is the variability you or the equipment?

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The Quiet Revolution

We are right in the middle of one of the greatest revolutions in audio ever and some have hardly noticed.

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Don't believe everything you think

CD vs. SACD debates rage on but most of us don’t realize these two formats have more in common than not.

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Vinyl Vs. CD

Vinyl or CD? Why does vinyl sound more dynamic than CD’s? Take a look inside to discover.

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The bit game

32 bit is certainly better than 16 bit. Or is it? We examine bit depth and what it means.

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Don't forget the dealer

High-end audio dealers play a big role in helping people decide what to buy, but they are a shrinking category. Why?

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Audio vanity

How much are we paying for a beautiful chassis and is that money well spent? I can recall long ago, in the first few years of our existence, that Stan (The “S” in PS) was of a mindset that it is “dishonest” to spend anything above functional operation requirements for a chassis. If it helped…

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Who do we believe?

Who do you trust when it comes time to make a purchasing decision? What the manufacturer tells you? A reviewer? Or your buddy who has no more knowledge than you do?

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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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