It’s common wisdom that because digital breaks up sound into bits there’s missing information between those bits—information not lost with analog. But is that accurate?
The comparison between the uninterrupted straight line picture of analog and the chunky digital copy might lead us to imagine differences that don’t necessarily exist.
If I were to side with the measurementists I could pretty definitively demonstrate there is nothing measurably missing in a proper digital recording.
If were to then take the opposite side and agree with the analog proponents that correctly point out the audible differences between digital recordings and analog recordings, we would then be at a stalemate.
If nothing is missing in digital what explains the differences in sound quality?
We can say with absolute certainty that a PCM recording of a live music feed sounds different than an analog or DSD recording of the same event.
Yet, it is also true that a PCM recording of the analog playback is nearly indistinguishable from the analog playback.
Tomorrow I am going to suggest what might be going on.
Welcome a new family member
Like proud parents, we are delighted to welcome a new member to the PS Audio family, the Stellar Power Plant 3.
Nearly a year in the development lab, Stellar Power Plant 3 is the work of PS engineer Darren Myers, based on the original design of our chief engineer, Bob Stadtherr.
Stellar Power Plant 3 is something different than we’ve ever made, and it’s the most affordable Power Plant yet. Based on a pure analog design including a DSD front end, this slim beauty cranks out a respectable 300 watts all day long but when asked, it can jump as high as 900 watts! Talk about headroom.
Our goal in building this new product was to craft a regenerator specific to small system and sources, yet without the limitations of older Power Plants in terms of peak energy for musical transients. Plus, we wanted to figure out a way to put it into the ultra slim Stellar chassis and have no fan. Darren pulled his magic wand out and nailed it. Certainly a work of art inside.
If you’re interested in learning more you can go here.
If you’re an early access person who wants in on the first limited edition run of 3s, sign up now to be first.
We wish our newest family member a long and productive life.