Ohm's Law Podcast

Everything you ever wanted to know about audio, music and its reproduction is here. PS Audio co-founder and CEO Paul McGowan shares his more than 40 years of high-end audio experience, stories, interviews, and hilarious tales in this one-of-a-kind podcast. Ohm's Law is produced by PS Audio and presented ad-free for the community.
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SACD vs DVD-A

Is SACD or DVD-A (even Blu-Ray) the best physical medium when it comes to high quality audio?

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Amplifying emotions

Music and its faithful reproduction in the home is all about eliciting emotions. Paul helps us understand how.

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Why HiFi systems sound better at night

It’s a curious phenomena, but HiFi system do sound better at night. Paul walks us through some of the reasons why that is.

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How audio depth works

How depth is captured in recordings. Dig even deeper. Subscribe to our new channel and learn about recording! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSObrk2ePzVwHgCtxzHU22g We will be having master classes in recording and mixing plus much more.

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Active Vs passive speakers

Active speakers would seem a no-brainer for those with smaller apartments and homes, yet there are so few of them in the marketplace. Why is that?

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Are audiophiles predominately men?

What percentage of audiophiles are men vs. women? Paul dares to give us an answer.

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Magneplanars and 1st reflections

Magneplanar loudspeakers are dipole panels. How best to place them in a room?

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Klipsch corner horn placement

The Klipsch corner horn is a venerable classic in the HiFi field. How can you get soundstage depth out of a speaker up against the front wall?

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How to set levels in a HiFi system

HiFi systems using separates have a problem. Where to set the individual unit’s volume controls. Paul helps us understand.

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Advantages and disadvantages of separate subwoofers

Having a built in powered subwoofer in your main speakers would seem like a good thing, but are there issues?

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Does extremely expensive HiFi equipment matter?

Does it make sense to spend $50,000 on a preamplifier? How much better is a $50K preamp than one costing ten times less money?

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The most important steps in making a recording

Want to learn even more? Learn more at Octave Record’s YouTube channel! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSObrk2ePzVwHgCtxzHU22g

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The demise of RMAF audio show

With the announcement of the end of RMAF Audio show in Denver, there was a great deal of sadness. Find out what Paul thinks about that.

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When to stop upgrading your stereo

Stereo upgrades seem to sometime go on forever. When’s a good time to stop and how would you know?

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Audio interface vs DAC and preamp

Is a pro audio interface up to the task of playing in a consumer audio system?

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The importance of matching left, right and center channels in home theater systems

How important is it to perfectly match by brand and model the left, right, and center channel speakers in a home theater setup?

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Op amps vs discretes

We hear op amps getting a bad rap in high-performance audio, yet they are completely misunderstood. Learn what an op amp is and the difference between IC chips and discrete components.

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Binding posts or banana connectors?

When connecting a power amplifier or receiver to a pair of loudspeakers, what’s the best connection method to use?

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Are tone controls evil?

We have all heard that tone controls on equipment are not very high-end, yet is there a place for them in a modern HiFi system? Find out what Paul thinks.

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Rack or stack?

Is it worth the money to buy an expensive equipment rack or is it alright instead to stack the stereo equipment on a shelf?

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Does DAC size matter?

Can a small DAC ever sound good? There’s a perception that to sound good the unit in question has to be large. Is that true or is that but another Audiophile myth?

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Loudspeaker cable length

One of audio’s age old questions is short loudspeaker cables and long interconnects or the opposite. Paul walks us through the possibilities for best sound.

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Speaker sidewall boundaries

How close can you place your stereo loudspeakers to the sidewall? Paul helps us understand what does and does not work in the room.

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Finding the Point of First Reflection

The Point of First Reflection is critical to identify and deal with when setting up a high-performance audio system. Paul walks us through what it is, how to identify it, and how to deal with it.

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The audience is all wrong

Why is it the audience in live recordings always sound like they are behind the loudspeakers in our living room? Should it appear as if we are in the audience listening to the musicians on stage?

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Vinyl vs digital sound

Most modern vinyl records started out life as digital recordings. Do they sound different? Does vinyl add something to the sound when mastered from a digital source?

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