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Dipole placement 0

Posted 1 hour ago

Dipoles are unique. Sound comes out of both sides of the speaker. How close to the rear wall should the dipole be placed?

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High power amps 2

Posted 1 day ago

What's the correct wattage for a power amplifier? Can you get one too big? Too small? Find out about power amps as Paul explains all.

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What’s the perfect volume? 1

Posted 2 days ago

There's a perfect volume level for every single track ever recorded. But, there's a lot of factors that go into the choice of how loud is perfect. Room size, the number of people listening, the actual music itself. Find out from Paul what it takes to figure out the perfect loudness level.

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Long interconnects or speaker cables? 0

Posted 3 days ago

One of the classic questions in high-end audio. Long interconnects and short speaker cables or the opposite? And why? Paul shares with us his years of experience on the subject.

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What’s it take to build an integrated? 1

Posted 4 days ago

An integrated amplifier is certainly convenient. A group of hifi separates packaged into a single chassis sharing a power supply. But integrateds are compromises with the advantages of separate supplies and chassis. Can PS Audio design and build a state of the art integrated people can afford?

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Why so few money back guarantees? 5

Posted 5 days ago

System synergy is important. How does anyone know if a certain product works well with the other equipment in the music reproduction chain? There's really no surefire way to glean that information from reviews and thus, the best way is to take the gear home and try it. But, that can be problematic with most companies. Why aren't others following PS Audio's lead?

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How important are measurements? 0

Posted 6 days ago

With today's scarcity of hifi dealers, it's harder than ever to decide which amplifier works the best in your system. Is there any way measurements can tell us how good or bad an amplifier will sound in our system?

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Have we reached the end? 0

Posted 1 week ago

How much better can stereo ever be? Have we reached the limits of technology or are we only scratching the surface of what is possible, say in 30 years? Find out what Paul McGowan says.

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Best amp for subs 1

Posted 1 week ago

When it comes to powering subwoofers, what's the best class of amplifier? Is it class AB as we might suggest for the main speakers? Or, class D. What makes for a good amp for a subwoofer anyway?

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Confused about biamping speakers? 0

Posted 1 week ago

Some speakers offer the ability to separate their passive crossovers into two, sometimes three-way systems so multiple amplifiers can be used. Why would anyone wish to use two amplifiers on a pair of speakers when one will do? Paul answers the question.

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Snakes and stereos 0

Posted 1 week ago

Paul's journeyed all over the world in service of audio systems and along the way he's had some pretty funny things happen. Eating snakes is just one of them, something tough for a vegetarian!

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What is a reference loudspeaker? 0

Posted 1 week ago

There are lots of great loudspeakers as well as poor ones. What determines whether a particular speaker is actually reference quality or not? Paul helps us understand what the true meaning of a reference loudspeaker is.

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Are active speakers high end? 4

Posted 1 week ago

Recording studios often use active speakers like Genelec to make their recordings. So, if that's true why don't more audiophiles use active speakers in their reproduction systems? Paul explains through a story.

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Does vinyl sound the same as CD? 2

Posted 1 week ago

A popular vlogger suggests that the "truth" is there's no difference between vinyl and CD. Paul explains why that's not only patently false but what those differences are and what it takes to hear them.

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HDMI Inputs 1

Posted 2 weeks ago

HDMI is the multi-channel digital audio interface popular in AVRs and most receivers. It seems like a great interface for audio. Why don't we see more of them on high-end audio gear?

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Is a $5 million speaker worth it? 8

Posted 2 weeks ago

If we thought the Wilson speakers at $650K was over the top, how about a 6" cube of solid gold for $5 million bucks? Worth the money? Can a speaker this expensive ever justify its cost or is it just frivolous WTF?

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Image wander 0

Posted 2 weeks ago

Sometimes the stereo image wanders from left to right. In particular, when a solo musician is playing and should be fixed, we sometimes have them moving around. Why? How can you fix that?

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Power conditioners and amplifiers 0

Posted 2 weeks ago

Do power conditioners restrict dynamics of power amplifiers? Paul tells us that "all depends". Learn what he means on the subject of power conditioners.

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Landing a 747 6

Posted 2 weeks ago

To start the new year out right we've got a whole new platform where we shoot videos. You've asked for more Paul stories and here you go. This is one of Paul's favorites, the time he and Steven Taylor from AE speakers got to land a 747 in Hong Kong.

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Tweaks and good practices 1

Posted 2 weeks ago

Tweaks and Good practices are something we often pay lip service to but don't always take the time to understand them and make them work to our advantage. Paul takes the time to speak of audiophiles sprays, goos, tweaks, blocks, and stones and offers his advice on their use. Pulled from the archives of A Walk With Paul, this oldie but goodie will surprise some and horrify others.

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Disappearing Speakers 1

Posted 2 weeks ago

Did you know you're not supposed to hear anything from your speakers? It's true. Speakers should disappear. I am traveling at the moment and pulled out from the archives one of my favorite Walks With Paul episodes for you to enjoy.

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The audio NAS 0

Posted 3 weeks ago

How to best store your digital audio media? Is it on a Network Attached Storage device, commonly known by its initials NAS? Or, perhaps a USB external hard drive, or even the computer's internal drive? And is it better to use JRiver or the built-in Twonky server of the NAS? Learn all from Paul McGowan.

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Ported loudspeakers 2

Posted 3 weeks ago

What's the difference between a front ported loudspeaker and a rear ported speaker? And, for that matter, what the hell is a port and why do some speakers have them?

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How does a volume control work? 9

Posted 3 weeks ago

Most people think of a volume control like the gas pedal of a car. The har der you press the more work the system has to do and the more strained the sound becomes. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. Find out why and how a volume control actually works.

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Multichannel Audio 1

Posted 3 weeks ago

Multi-channel audio is great for home theater and live concert presentations so why doesn't PS Audio make multi-channel audio products? Paul walks us through the design philosophies of the company and why two channel is king.

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