The big move

December 8, 2018
 by Paul McGowan

It is done. Finally, after more than a decade and a half of service to us and our guests, Music Room One is officially retired. We emptied her out and handed the keys to her new owners who will soon tear her down to gain new warehouse space. A fleeting structure.

I put together a fun little video showing the entire process of teardown and rebuild you can watch by going here.

There were not only lots of memories in that room but it’s worth noting that every product in PS Audio’s recent history was designed and voiced in that room: every mountaintop, every sonic decision. When I think of the many generations of DACs, amps, transports and products that were shaped and proven in that room it puts a smile on face.

It’s also a place where thousands of visitors have made a pilgrimage to hear what high-performance audio is all about. And that too brings a smile to my face.

Onward and upward. Please know that the new home for the IRSV, Music Room Two, is up and running. Sure, it needs tweaking and polishing and that will take some time—just like it did in Music Room One. But, we’re up and running and open for visitors to once again come and share in the joys of music reproduced properly.

I hope you can visit us when you have time.

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17 comments on “The big move”

  1. Just listening to your voice, there is clearly less echo and fewer reflections. Is the HVAC enclosure plastic or metal? Perhaps some discrete dampening material can be wrapped
    around the enclosure.

    Enjoy the ride!

  2. Congratulations on the move, Paul! I wish you and your team many years of happiness, discovery, technical innovation and musical bliss in your new main listening room!

  3. Congratulations Paul, sounds like a really promising start. Its the on-going tweaking that takes the time millimetre by millimetre.
    Nice to have a fork lift for transport, my Infinities arrived in a (clean) horsebox wrapped in duvets 🙂

  4. Paul, when you bevel the corners as you have done in the new music room, is there still much interaction with the wall behind the beveled wall? Do you try to eliminate parallel flat surfaces or minimize them?

    1. Hard to say for sure, but it is a very effective way of eliminating corner traps. We want non parallel walls to kill the standing waves and as you probably know the main walls in this room are angled slightly: about 6 inches. I have not done this before but did it on advice from several people including Gus Skinas. I must say, the bass in this room is spectacular. I have never had such even response now adjusted properly.

    1. I thought you were a genius?

      It was obvious to me what it was. It is also obvious that YoUTube video is not going to actually allow you to hear what was done in the room. As to the PSA gear, either Paul or a dealer loaned it to them. The speakers I believe are Vandersteen Trios.

      And it appears that once calibrated, you won’t have to spend 6 hours fiddling with stuff to make it work. It actually might have commercial value.

      Got to admit the P20 is a beautiful piece of gear.

      1. It was Satchel Paige who said “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.”

        I’m always interested in what my competition is up to. I never considered Edgar Choueiri serious competition for EEAS. In fact so far only WFS is in that league. In Copper Magazine’s interview with him a few weeks ago he showed that he had evidently figured out how directional hearing really works and devised a method of producing sound through headphones that gives direction in one plane that can either be in front of you or in back of you but not both at the same time. It coordinates changes in time delays in both ears with head movement. I could have told him how 44 years ago but better late than never. Besides he never asked.

        He appears to still working with cross cancellation I think because he mentioned his BAACH filter. He may have added electronic reverb to his system the way Ralph Glassgal did although Ralph surrounded himself with a zillion dollars of Soundlab electrostatic panels and lots of amplifiers. My assessment of it was that this part of Ralph’s design didn’t work very well.

        I know Edgar Choueiri is an aerospace engineer but so long as he doesn’t figure out what a vector is and how it relates to sound fields I’m safe. WFS works on paper but you have to be a nuclear physicist to understand it because it is so complicated.

        As luck would have it I may get to meet Choueiri within a few months. In January I’m starting a job that will get me into every building in Princeton University to describe and evaluate their electrical power distribution systems.

  5. Thank’s for sharing. Can only imagine how great this system is going to sound. Will you be voicing new product’s in this room? It would be interesting to know if any changes would have been made to current product’s if they were voiced in the new room. Good luck going forward.

  6. I don’t think you’ve ever videoed the backside of the IRSV’s. Well, I haven’t seen it. I had to laugh, I wasn’t expecting well…nothing. Not unlike the stage towns used by Hollywood. Performance is everything! At this level of fit and finish, I was expecting symmetry with the ventral half.

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