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Why do reviewers prefer high powered amplifiers?

10/16/2018
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What is it about high power amplifiers that have audio reviewers insisting on their use? Wouldn’t a 50 or 100-watt amplifier be more than sufficient to drive a small set of speakers like the KEF LS50?

Duration:00:07:28

Which is better, sealed or ported speakers?

10/15/2018
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Why do speakers have holes in them called ports and what’s the best way to build a speaker? Ported, sealed, or passive radiator? Gives us his opinion on which construction is best.

Duration:00:09:32

What type of cable terminations are best?

10/14/2018
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There are many types of speaker cable terminations ranging from the bare speaker cable to spade lugs and banana plugs. Do they make a difference in sound quality and if so which are best?

Duration:00:05:56

What makes an audio system revealing?

10/13/2018
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Many audio systems are just mediocre, masking inner details and audible cues that allow the listener to look deeper into the recording. A revealing system is an exact opposite and Paul explains how.

Duration:00:08:15

What is the RIAA curve for vinyl?

10/12/2018
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The RIAA curve is a rather dramatic equalization network applied to record albums and 45s over the last half-century. Why is it there, what does it do, and when can we expect it to be retired?

Duration:00:07:48

What is a plasma tweeter?

10/11/2018
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Years ago there was a massless tweeter called the Blueflame and it was an incredible sounding high-frequency driver. Whatever happened to that tweeter and the Hill Pasmatronic speakers?

Duration:00:08:15

Using a UPS for power conditioning

10/10/2018
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Double conversion UPS are AC regenerators like the Power Plant, so why not save money and use one of those instead of a more expensive device from PS Audio? Paul gives us a quick lesson in power factor and Class D amplifiers.

Duration:00:07:52

The best wireless multi-room system

10/9/2018
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There are many multi-room wireless products to choose from but which one is best? Paul takes us through the list and explains how to get the best sounding and easiest setup for wireless audio.

Duration:00:06:31

The best way to connect a subwoofer

10/8/2018
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Rumor has it that connecting the powerful output of the main power amplifier to the sensitive input of a subwoofer can cause damage. Is there any truth to this and what precautions should you take?

Duration:00:09:31

Should speaker cabinets be dead?

10/7/2018
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Musical instruments rely on their wooden bodies for the resonance that gives them their particular sonic characteristics. So why shouldn’t wooden speaker cabinets act in the same way as the musical instruments they want to emulate?

Duration:00:07:34

Replacing capacitors in vintage equipment

10/6/2018
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After 20 years of faithful service, this viewer wants to know if he should replace the capacitors in his equipment and what to look for in new ones. Paul gives us some insights into when it’s a good time to switch and what to replace them with.

Duration:00:08:53

How good was audio equipment of the 70s?

10/5/2018
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Often our memories of the past don’t live up to reality. Many people fell in love with high-end audio in the 1970s but how did that equipment really sound?

Duration:00:06:59

How does the Devialet Phantom work?

10/4/2018
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The luxury brand Devialet is a French company making boutique stereo equipment. Their $3,000 Bluetooth speaker pair has everyone talking and Paul explains how it works.

Duration:00:08:30

Do monoblock amps help home theaters?

10/3/2018
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To build a state of the art home theater system would it make sense to add monoblock amplifiers for best sound quality?

Duration:00:06:42

Audio tweaks and budget electronics

10/2/2018
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There are hundreds of audio tweaks to improve sound quality. Are they worth applying to budget electronics and speakers? Paul gives perhaps a surprising answer.

Duration:00:07:28

Are the B&W Nautilus speakers the flattest in the world?

10/1/2018
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The B&W “snail” speakers are said to be the flattest in the world. Paul wonders if that’s a good thing and explains why.

Duration:00:07:26

Will powered speakers ever be equal to passives?

9/30/2018
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Speaker designers would love to place perfectly matched power amplifiers and active crossovers in their designs yet there’s a problem with that, one that has always held them back.

Duration:00:07:47

Why don’t turntables have built in amps?

9/29/2018
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Turntables are rarely more than a rotating platter, tonearm, and cartridge. Why doesn’t someone build in the electronics necessary to amplify the vinyl signal?

Duration:00:07:21

What’s inside a high end power cable?

9/28/2018
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There’s already enough controversy over power cable quality vs. sound quality and now this question has Paul explaining not only why power cables can make a difference but their actual construction and discovery.

Duration:00:13:38

What is a passive loudspeaker radiator?

9/27/2018
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Some models of loudspeakers feature multiple woofers where some are active while others are passive and don’t make a sound on their own. What are these and how do they work?

Duration:00:09:03