Paul McGowan has poured his 45 years of high-end audio experience into his landmark book, The Audiophile’s Reference Guide. This companion disc, The Audiophile’s Reference Music, is the must-have component that together work their magic. Follow along with easy step-by-step instructions on setting up your listening position, speaker placement, or simply tuning up an already great system. Each musical track was meticulously recorded for the purposes explained in the included 40-page booklet, or the more in-depth explanation and instructions in The Audiophile’s Guide book. Between this reference disc and Paul’s book, you can make magic with only a few hours of tweaking invested on a Saturday afternoon. The specially designed burn-in track can be used every time you get a new piece of equipment. And the last three tracks on the Reference Music Disc are alone worth the price of the disc. Whether you want to challenge your system, make certain it’s working properly, spend a few hours tweaking it to perfection, The Audiophile’s Reference Music Disc is a must-have component.
This is one direct-to-master recording you don’t want to miss out on. Each music track is a sonic treasure available as a direct-to-master exclusively from Octave Records.
Recorded over four months, The Audiophile’s Reference Music laid down tracks in Octave’s Boulder studio, PS Audio’s main warehouse (for BIG sound), and Lyons Colorado’s Animal Lane Studio. Every effort was made to maintain not only the purity of recordings, but the accuracy of miking, distance, and purpose. The three depth tracks were recorded in PS Audio’s warehouse with centimeter-precision so that when you listen at the three intervals: 3 feet, 6 feet, and 9 feet, you can be certain what you are hearing is precise. Using The Audiophile’s Guide Reference book and this Reference disc, it’s easy to follow the step-by-step instructions to obtain near-perfect depth, imaging, tonal balance and 3 dimensional sound where your speakers disappear and the musicians seem in the room with you.
First-time listeners to PS Audio’s Reference System always have the same reaction. “Wow. The speakers just disappear. It’s as if they are not in the room.” Their wonderment is almost always followed up with a question. “How can I get my system close to this?”
Of course, you need good equipment, but the secret to 3-D sound lies almost entirely in setup.
Setup is a skill that can be mastered by anyone.
The Audiophile’s Guide system is unique. It’s not a textbook, lecture, or How-To book that leaves you scratching your head or wondering how you did. Instead, the Guide is an easy to follow step-by-step process based on simple instructions and musical examples. Follow each step and then play the appropriate track of music on the companion Reference Music Tracks. The Guide tells you what to expect when playing each track and how to tweak the system to get it right.
Step-by-step, track-by-track. By following the Guide’s simple process and verifying the results with the accompanying music track, you can transform your 2-channel audio system into a three-dimensional wonder on a Saturday afternoon.
The Audiophile’s Guide book and companion SACD (playable in any CD or DVD player) can, with a few hours of effort, make the biggest difference you’ve yet experienced in music’s enjoyment.
Get the book and the Audiophile’s Reference Music Tracks (or download) bundle and transform your system—or just tune it up.
This is one pair of products every audiophile should have in their library.
The Guide and its companion SACD (playable on any CD or DVD player) were designed together so that for each step in the instructional process, a reference audio track is designated to check and verify the results. Between the reference disc and the Guide, you can make magic with only a few hours of tweaking invested on a Saturday afternoon.
The depth tracks help users attain perfection when it comes to soundstage depth and width. The first center channel track is simple yet essential to getting correct. Once a perfect center image is attained, it’s time to move on to the next more complex center channel track. Moving between music tracks and the Guide’s easy-to-follow instructions, readers benefit from the system’s checks and balances bringing users that much closer to sonic perfection. As an added bonus, there is a specially designed burn-in track that can be used every time you get a new piece of equipment, or if you just want to tune up the sound. And the last three tracks on the Reference Music Disc are alone worth the price of the disc. Sonic fireworks!
Whether you want to challenge your system, make certain it’s working properly, or spend a few hours tweaking it to perfection, The Audiophile’s Reference Music Disc is a must-have companion to the Guide or as a standalone audio reference. This is one direct-to-master recording you don’t want to miss out on.
Unique amongst instructional manuals or textbooks of stereo setup, the Audiophile’s Guide Book and its companion Reference Audio Tracks SACD (or download) together form the basis of an easy-to-implement system of magic making.
Using the Guide and its companion Reference Music Tracks as they were designed—as a system—helps 2-channel audio rigs that sometimes sound more HiFi than live suddenly take on a level of musicality most audiophiles only wish they could achieve. Three dimensional sound—where the speakers disappear and the musicians seem to be in the room with us—can often be an elusive goal. That need no longer be the case. With the Guide and Reference Audio track System, it’s easy to wring all the potential hidden in your stereo by simply following the Guide’s step-by-step instructions and verifying the audible results in real-time.
There are books aplenty on setting up a stereo system, but rarely a complete system of both step-by-step instructions accompanied by specific musical examples. The Audiophile’s Guide, The Stereo, combined with Octave Record’s Reference Music Tracks is the sure-fire system that we’ve all been waiting for.
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