Ringing in the new year

January 1, 2022
 by Paul McGowan

Wow. Here we are once again. Ringing in the new year.

What an amazingly nutso period of time we’ve been through together. As PS Audio’s president, Jim Laib, is fond of saying, this is the 24th month of 2020.

We’ve got a lot on tap for 2022, from the delivery of the new FR30 loudspeaker, the launch of the new BHK600 amplifier, the AirLens streamer, and new Octave releases each month just for starters.

I have very bright and optimistic expectations for 2022.

I hope you and yours have a wonderful year ahead and thank you, as always, for being a part of our HiFi Family.

Here’s to a great year ahead!

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36 comments on “Ringing in the new year”

    1. Cool link Richtea….
      I like this part… how appropriate

      “ Maybe the promised payoff will never arrive, like when a pension fund goes bust. And after all, you’re only young once. It makes no sense to save up for decades to buy an expensive sound system at an age when you can no longer hear the difference.”

      As Paul said “ Here’s to a great year ahead!” (I’ll settle for a good one at this point. ✌️)

    2. Steven Pinker is the man. A rational positivist in a world seeking reasons to be miserable.
      Listen to. Lex Fridman’s interview with him
      I feel that Paul is a kindred soul.

      Ps. My FR20 — when is it due?

  1. A happy New Year to you and your beloved, Paul.
    Actually my thoughts are with the people of Boulder Colorado who suffered from this frightful Fire.
    Greetings from Belgium,

      1. Paul,

        Happy to hear no loss of life (blessings for the New Year), but understand for those affected their challenges to rebuild!
        Great the PS family was spared these hardships, but sure the community will come together to assist those in need!


  2. I have learned a lot about DSD and SACD the last 6 months. For some reason I did not care when SACD was introduced, partly because my brother invested in a player and was not impressed. Looking to a lot of your Youtube clips I slowly understand the concept. I have also realised that there is a number of recordings in full chain (?) DSD out there so at least some people must be interested in its potential.
    Now I am waiting to see more I2S products during 2022, it seems that most DSD products are using USB and I don’t exactly understand what that means. First time today that I saw the name of your streamer to be introduced, exciting to see what ut can handle
    I have at least managed to get my brother interested in SACD and DSD again, he has got rid if both SACD player and all his records ( and most of his CDs to).

    Happy New Year from Dalarö, Sweden.

    1. Thanks and happy new year. Using USB requires the DSD stream be converted to DoP (DSD over PCM) which simply means the DSD stream is slightly modified to fool computers into letting it pass (normally, computers don’t know what to do with DSD).

      There’s certainly nothing wrong with DSD over USB (or PCM over USB) or coaxial, etc.

      I2S is best whenever you can use it for either formats, PCM or DSD. It is a system that separately sends the clocks and data.

      1. I understand the advantages and I hope to evaluate it soon. I have been to the websites of both the two that you mentioned and some other and it is very difficult to check/verify that the whole chain in the recording is DSD. Is it still an advantage to buy DSD even if the mixing is done in PCM? USB obviously “destroys” the clean DSD in the home setup.
        I can do a parallell with broadcasting. If you like analogue sound and is using a fully analogue FM receiver, still the distribution network from the control center to the input of the stereo encoder is digital.
        Is not this the core challenge/ problem regarding formats and modulation methods- it is almost impossible to understand how it works for the consumer and I assume also for many on the development and music production side. Except for the few who have seen the light in the tunnel….
        Keep on with your hard work to try to explain the pros and cons and providing products which are in line with that

      2. May this be a reason why Bridge 2 in certain musical regards (not in all aspects and with its known noise topics) holds quite well against more sophisticated and better separated streamers which can’t be connected I2S?

        How much do Matrix adapted streamers equal a straight I2S connection?

  3. Here’s to a happy new year when people come to their senses and get vaccinated so that we can end this pandemic. In the meantime, it looks like I’ll be spending a lot of time at home listening to music. For me these days that means streaming Qobuz. So I’m really interested in learning more about the AirLens. Will it be a bridge streamer only or a streamer-DAC? Will the streamer part really create better music than the many excellent streamers currently available? Isn’t the DAC responsible for 90% of the streaming sound quality?

    1. We need to vaccinate all the people in all of the 3rd world countries too,
      before “we can end this pandemic”…hands-up who wants to pay for it?

  4. The past 24 months have taught many of us a lesson on what is truly important in making our lives worth living.

    Hear is to 2022 giving us all the opportunity to make good use of this lesson!

      1. AQ Pearl CAT6a from modem to an EE8 switch, Chord CAT6a (came with EE8) to Innuos Zen Mk3, Blue Jeans CAT6a to Devialet Expert, Townsend Isolda to speakers.

        The EE8 may go and be changed for a $20 switch. It’s main job is, I think, reclocking. I asked Devialet’s chief engineer and he told me this:

        “Any incoming signal in a packetized form (such as Ethernet) has to be reclocked one way or the other. The Ethernet packets are never feeding the DAC directly. Ethernet packets are debufferized then reclocked in every audio system, not only ours. The reclocking process is done very carefully in our products, with fixed CPU resources dedicated to this. If any audible effect from an external reclocker, I’d be simply unable to explain why it could improve the sound quality.”

        1. Wow…guess i better keep studying this stuff. I wont even tell you what i have now. But i know there’s plenty of room for improvement without getting crazy(yet) thanks.

          1. It’s probably as simple as it gets for a wired system, only using extremely cheap CAT6a cables and speaker cables that have been around for 40 years.

            1. Right,so i have the cable out of the wall,to the cable tv box,hdmi to the TV ,and because of ground loop noise I disconnected most of the rest. Have optical from the tv to the Marantz integrated (to be replaced by matching preamp)and then to one of Pauls small amps. So if you were me, ….?

  5. Starting my daily bicycle trip (10-15 km) in a few minutes.
    Always important to be on your feet (or bicycle) and get some excercise and at a certain age it’s even more important, I think. Increases resistance to viruses !
    So folks, let’s not listen to all our nice stereo devices all day.
    Move your lazy ass every day an hour or so 🙂
    Best medicine in the world.
    Happy New Year to all of you and happy listening the next 365 days and may we have some friendly disputes.

  6. COVID is going to end when it does, either through mutations or human resistance. Please stop thinking vaccination will have anything to do with viability and spread of this disease.
    Consider vaccines to be the rough equivalent of seatbelts. They reduce YOUR chance of serious disease and death. 100% of the time? No. Stop you from being infected and testing positive? No. Stop you from spreading the disease? No.
    So much misunderstanding and misinformation, especially in the lay press and political spheres. I guess everyone’s a doctor these days.
    Please vaccinate and protect yourself.
    Happy New year to all you characters in these forums!

  7. “Don’t ever become a pessimist, Ira; a pessimist is right oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun — and neither can stop the march of events.”
    — Robert A. Heinlein (1973): Time Enough For Love

    Happy Next Solar Orbit!

      1. “Reality…What A Concept” — you know who

        Another variation on the theme:

        The pessimist says the glass is half empty.
        The optimist says the glass is half full.
        The existentialist says the glass is.

        Source uncertain, possibly me; I don’t know; my mind is go is going, Martin, I can feel it; “Daisy, Daze…ee . . .”

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