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Sometimes the best ideas come from small places. In this particular case, that would be Boulder, Colorado – the home base for PS Audio. As an engineering company, PS Audio is not afraid to confront the challenges of both digital and analog circuit design. Two revolutionary devices (in both domains) can now be seen at our showroom.
Let’s take analog first. Having sold and serviced Linn LP12 turntables for more than twenty years, it’s a well known fact how much we love and cherish vinyl playback here at Sound Image. We also live in a digital world, with network and computer audio driving new business. PS Audio understands our passion for both disciplines, and has developed an adjustable phono preamplifier (MM or MC) which converts your precious LPs to a myriad of digital computer file formats. It’s called the NuWave Phono Converter, or just NPC for short. One simple USB connection to your PC or MAC (plus the requisite software), and you’re on the way to preserving your favorite albums for generations to come. You choose the resolution – anything from 16 bit/44khz, all the way to 24 bit/192khz – DSD or PCM.
If analog is not your game, they have digital covered as well. The newest member of the PS Audio family is the DirectStream digital-to-analog converter. PS Audio founder Paul McGowan has made it his mission of late to take a hard look at the most efficient way to recover information from digital music files. Unconventionally, any digital signal fed into the unit is converted and upsampled into a pure DSD digital audio stream at 10X the normal rate. The resulting signal makes you forget that you are listening to digital playback at all. Like the aforementioned NPC, the DirectStream DAC has every type of input connection imaginable. There is even a dedicated link for the NPC, allowing for bit-perfect playback of your analogue LP rips.