Paul's Posts

PS Audio founder and CEO, Paul McGowan, writes a daily blog: short, informative, fun, often controversial, but always interesting. Subjects range from personal stories, how to setup your system, news of the day, streaming, vinyl, tubes, transistors, loudspeakers, holographic imaging and more. Kind of like the Car Talk of audio. Not much is sacred, and there’s rarely a mention of our own products. Easy to subscribe and even easier to unsubscribe if you wish. Join us.

Woofer madness

I thought it might be fun to see what differences we have between the original Infinity IRSV woofers in Music Room II, vs. the new woofers we replaced them with. As I mentioned in this post, the technical differences between the woofers are rather a lot, and sound quality is even more dramatic. The drivers […]

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Rabbit ears

Here;'s a bit of nostalgia for you. Remember rabbit ear antennas? When television was king, there were only two ways of getting TV signals into the home. A rooftop antenna or a pair of these gems. Back in the day, when these antennae were popular, there were only a few stations to tune in. Depending […]

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A watched pot never boils

Our perception of reality, of the here and now, of past and future, is relative: time crawls when you watch a clock's secondhand and speeds past when we're otherwise occupied. The same can be said for listening to music. We like to imagine that recordings are immutable, that what's on the disc is fixed and […]

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Outrageous

In my post of a few days ago about pop singer Billy Eilish, I received some very anxious emails informing me she's more than just a singer with dark lyrics, it seems she's making outrageous statements about "the occult" and whatnot. Certainly, if this kind of modern music makes you uncomfortable then, by all means, […]

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Thrill seeking

Now that PS engineer Chris Brunhaver has rebuilt the Infinity IRS woofer sections in Music Room II, tracks of music that once overloaded the room or underwhelmed the listener are back on the table. Tracks like Deeper by Pete Belasco, When the Party's Over by Billy Eilish, or Handel's Organ Concerto Number 3 suddenly make […]

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Tricks of the trade

Every trade has its tricks. There's the plumber's helper, the appliance repairman's hydraulic lift for pulling out heavy refrigerators, the electrician's snake for pulling wires through walls, the auto mechanics special tools, the turntable setup protractor. So, what happens when an industry is in flux? Where does all the accumulated knowledge go? Take the Hi-Fi […]

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Recording in a bedroom

In our January Newsletter, which you can read here, I printed a story about a rising star, 18-year-old pop singer Billie Eilish, who swept the Grammys for her album When we all fall asleep, where do we go. The album and work are dark and speak of suicide and depression in sometimes uncomfortable ways, but I […]

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Tails wagging dogs

It's sometimes good to take a step back and widen our views because it's easy to get mired in the classic tail wagging the dog syndrome. Take for example our systems and how we improve them. Too often I have seen people add tweaks and potions to correct for fundamental problems. It can be difficult […]

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