Anyone Else Watching PS Audios YouTube Videos?

prime minister

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@MikeO put me on to these a while back. Great, informative series of videos by Paul McGowan. Tons of videos with a lot of good information and some interesting teachings. However, these are PS Audio sales pieces, so figure you will be sold to, and a new piece of PS Audio gear is often the answer.


 
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John Frum

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I watch Paul McGowan’s videos with largely the same regularity as Steve Guttenberg’s, and my views on both are similar.

I like that McGowan is upfront about monetarily profiting from his opinions. I dislike that he claims not to be stoned out of his gourd in the videos, which makes me doubt the veracity of everything else he says.
 
If you ever get out to Boulder, at least once COVID has passed, be sure to stop in and take a tour. I haven't been there since 2018 when an acquaintance took me on a quick tour shortly after they , right as they were building their new listening rooms. (They were roughed in with steel 2x4s when I saw it--the listening rooms are upstairs.)

The email from PS today offered a link to a tour, which is an hour long: Factory Tour
 
I watch a number of his videos as YouTube suggests them from time to time. For the most part I find them enjoyable, I appreciate Paul's delivery.

As a whole, I feel Paul sees his role as someone who demystifies a lot in the audio world. I sometimes get frustrated in that I feel he could do more in that realm, as opposed to playing into the mystic and preserving confusion.

All in all, I do enjoy his videos.
 
I had a chance on and off to watch the tour video above--it's neat to watch since it shows all the steps the products go through from design and testing to kitting and final assembly. The repairs also go through a lot of diagnostics, and burn-in before they are shipped back out to customers. It's certainly filled up a lot more than when I visited. And Paul dropped a new product announcement into the video also--they are working on a BHK 600 monoblock (these are the power amps designed by Bascom H King with a tube input stage).
 
I don't watch all of them but I do get his daily emails. I also read his autobiography and it was kinda "cool". I don't worry about agreeing or disagreeing with everything he says. Sometimes he gets off on shit my dad would attempt to say about life but I suppose there are those that need that advice/insight. I have a wife for that shit. And a daughter.

I do appreciate that he has a zest for what he does though. We should all be as lucky. Therefore, I give him a pass for sometimes "promoting" or using one of their products as an example. Yes, I've been out there a couple of times and it was right before he started renovations to the new building. His son has been as down home to talk to as Paul has been to me. Even more so since we've both owned and appreciated the Infinity 4.5's. But, being able to go there and take over the Infinity listening room with my music - I'll be forever immensely grateful.

And I got to see some of his prototype "Arnie Nudell" speakers. He was very humble admitting some mistakes and the desire to get to some magical spot that he believes Arnie would be proud of. I often wonder how come Paul and Gary Koh of the now Genesis Technologies company haven't gotten together to create/promote something. Gary will do listening parties as well when he builds and breaks in a pair of his more expensive speakers (they are all expensive to me).

I think Paul has started a trend for more manufacturers to become more visible and involved with the clients and potential clients as well as audio enthusiasts. So, again, for that I'm appreciative.
 
Over in PS Audio's forum, there is a long-running thread that started a few years ago about the new speakers. I saw his last attempt at a speaker at AXPONA in 2019 (I believe it was called the AN-1?) and figured that was a nearly complete design, only to find out he'd tossed out most of that idea and has improved things even further. He regularly posts in the thread with status updates (and is itching to show us the newest design), and it's part of his easygoing nature that even if someone is being a bit hateful, he lets it roll off his back and it doesn't upset him. Even if he disagrees with someone's choice in equipment, he still respects their opinions and the choices they've made.

A few other high end companies are out there interacting with their followers and customers, and it is good to see. It puts a human element to the products.
 

prime minister

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I don't watch all of them but I do get his daily emails. I also read his autobiography and it was kinda "cool". I don't worry about agreeing or disagreeing with everything he says. Sometimes he gets off on shit my dad would attempt to say about life but I suppose there are those that need that advice/insight. I have a wife for that shit. And a daughter.

I do appreciate that he has a zest for what he does though. We should all be as lucky. Therefore, I give him a pass for sometimes "promoting" or using one of their products as an example. Yes, I've been out there a couple of times and it was right before he started renovations to the new building. His son has been as down home to talk to as Paul has been to me. Even more so since we've both owned and appreciated the Infinity 4.5's. But, being able to go there and take over the Infinity listening room with my music - I'll be forever immensely grateful.

And I got to see some of his prototype "Arnie Nudell" speakers. He was very humble admitting some mistakes and the desire to get to some magical spot that he believes Arnie would be proud of. I often wonder how come Paul and Gary Koh of the now Genesis Technologies company haven't gotten together to create/promote something. Gary will do listening parties as well when he builds and breaks in a pair of his more expensive speakers (they are all expensive to me).

I think Paul has started a trend for more manufacturers to become more visible and involved with the clients and potential clients as well as audio enthusiasts. So, again, for that I'm appreciative.
If he's an honourable man, he will be building what he finds to be the best he can do. As such, I sure don't hold it against him for his using his own gear as an example of how to do things properly. Especially if he is truly passionate about what he does. Doesn't mean that you or I have to agree with his choices.
 

airdronian

Radar Member
There's lots of reading for you @prime minister . To me PS seems like a successful company, but they are not just raking in profits. Copper is evidence of that, and Octave Records as well. I think Paul is living his best life right now, and why not.
 
I probably only read about one article each time the Copper Magazine comes out. I should read more as I'm sure there is a lot of educational and historical information in them. I just can't read about classical music. I have about 50 classical albums and don't like a single one. I keep trying to like it but.......
 
There's lots of reading for you @prime minister . To me PS seems like a successful company, but they are not just raking in profits. Copper is evidence of that, and Octave Records as well. I think Paul is living his best life right now, and why not.
That and Copper isn't a plug or promo piece for PS Audio. Sure, a few contributors might have a component or two, but it's rare you'll see them mentioned, and it's only in passing. (Such as with Jay Jay's last article about streaming--he mentions he has a DS with Bridge that he uses for streaming, compared to his buddy who uses something else.) I've been reading since the early days and Bill Leebens did a fine job getting it off the ground and published on time, and @Frank Doris has carried the flag to even higher levels (he was Harry Pearson's setup guy for a while at TAS, and also wrote).

I just can't read about classical music. I have about 50 classical albums and don't like a single one. I keep trying to like it but.......
There's usually only one classical article per issue.

But don't worry--if you don't like classical, no big deal. We're all wired differently! I like some classical. I'll devour a lot of Rachmaninov, Debussy and Bartok, with some Stravinsky thrown in, but I have little patience for the "three Bs" (Bach, Beethoven and especially the snooze-inducing Brahms), nor do I care for Gershwin all that much (depends on the piece--I like his piano Preludes, but despite breaking my grandmother's heart, I find "Rhapsody in Blue" and "American in Paris" too "pop" for my palate. My tastes tend to run a little more modern. And if you want to know the truth, I learned of many great works in Symphonic Band in high school, along with my grandmother, who had hundreds of 78 RPM 12" records with classical works along with a decent collection of LPs, and was the one who also introduced me to Isao Tomita, where I found other little-known classical pieces (like Charles Ives' "The Unanswered Question," Honegger's "Pacific 231," etc.).

That's where a good streaming account can come in handy. Read a few things, sample a lot, try a lot of unusual things. Maybe something will stick. Maybe it never will. There's a lot of music I like, but some of it I'll never grow a fondness for. Nothing wrong with that! Life would be boring if we all liked the same things.
 
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