89 episodes

PS Audio's Senior Analog Design Engineer Darren Myers and The Music Room Testing Technician Duncan Taylor discuss all things hifi audio, covering such audiophile topics as speakers, amplifiers, DACs, preamplifiers, vinyl, cables, music, stereo soundstages, tweaks, adjustments and much more.

The Hifi Podcast with Darren and Duncan Duncan Taylor, Darren Myers

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PS Audio's Senior Analog Design Engineer Darren Myers and The Music Room Testing Technician Duncan Taylor discuss all things hifi audio, covering such audiophile topics as speakers, amplifiers, DACs, preamplifiers, vinyl, cables, music, stereo soundstages, tweaks, adjustments and much more.

    Duncan's Next Half-Day Speaker Project

    Duncan's Next Half-Day Speaker Project

    After a visit to chez Tweak to hear the always-improving desktop system, Darren decided to push Duncan into a project the best way he knew how: by giving him a pair of Seas Excel tweeters and posing the question, "what if you had state-of-the-art soft domes in that thing?" Talking, of course, about Duncan's improbably excellent 2-day speaker project, and in this episode the guys talk about the next possible iteration of the silly little first-order gems. Listener questions are answered, a blind study on network switches is shared, and the album of the week ventures into Brazilian tradition.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Exploring The Ins and Outs of PCB Design

    Exploring The Ins and Outs of PCB Design

    In this episode, PS Audio design engineer Darren Myers takes us through the process of designing printed circuit boards, which are known as PCBs. It turns out there are tons of considerations in play when selecting the material of a PCB, and determining the position of components and the makeup of the traces. Listener questions about tweaks and credibility are answered, and this week's album recommendation is a fascinating release from a pair of producers who craft sonic landscapes only from recordings of one instrument -- in this case the upright double bass.

    • 2 hrs 14 min
    A Case For (And Against) the Integrated Amplifier

    A Case For (And Against) the Integrated Amplifier

    In this episode, the pros and cons of the integrated amplifier are covered in typical Hifi Podcast style. Darren shares impressions and experience from the perspective of a designer, and both guys try to frame the situations where the integrated approach is either better or... not better. This week's questions share a common theme which takes Duncan back into recording engineer jibber jabber, and the solo viola de gamba performance as the album of the week is a can't miss.

    • 1 hr 51 min
    Remembering Bascom H. King

    Remembering Bascom H. King

    In this episode, Darren and Duncan reflect on their experiences with friend and mentor Bascom King, whose recent passing has taken a great mind from the HiFi community. Bascom was an audiophile engineering legend and responsible for many incredible amplification designs over a long career. Hear about how he inspired so many, and learn a little about his upcoming posthumous amplifier release, the BHK 600 amplifiers. The guys also read a couple of emails, and this week's album recommendation comes by way of Australia and is one to not miss.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    The Hardest and Easiest Instruments to Record

    The Hardest and Easiest Instruments to Record

    In this episode, Darren asks Duncan questions about recording different instruments. Duncan dives into a number of pro audio topics en route to categorizing instruments by their difficulty in recording. A question about powering Dunlavy speakers is answered, and several listener-emailed music recommendations are shared. This week's album is the latest from an artist whose music has been picked for the album of the week before, but this may be his best work yet.

    • 1 hr 50 min
    Tubes, Tubes, Tubes with Jordan Kamper

    Tubes, Tubes, Tubes with Jordan Kamper

    The guys are back in the saddle after a week off, and this time sitting down with the designer of the curious tube monoblocks that are living in Darren's Wilson system at the moment, a local audiophile friend and engineering technician named Jordan Kamper. Jordan describes his thought process behind those and other DIY creations of his that the guys have heard. Listener questions about "hybrid digital" and fiber optic Ethernet conversion are answered, and this week's album pick is a longtime favorite of Kamper's.

    • 2 hrs 6 min

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