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Stereophile Magazine/ Art Dudley reviews Playstation 1

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Reportedly, this July issue includes a favorable review of the PS1. The website for Stereophile does not seem to show the current magazine, going back to April only. (You want the new copy ya gotta buy it. Sorta makes sense I guess).

Anybody read it?
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I haven't read it yet, but Art Dudley is probably my favorite audio reviewer on the Stereophile staff, as he's their resident DIY/analog/tubes guy. I love his columns. I heard something like that he called the PS1 his new digital reference in the July issue, but haven't read the actual article yet. Very curious!
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John Atkinson said it sounded surprisingly good considering the less than perfect measurements.
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Yes, they said it sounded good considering the measurements. "Rounded off" and smooth was the impression that they seemed to get.
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Yes, they said it sounded good considering the measurements. "Rounded off" and smooth was the impression that they seemed to get.
That's EXACTLY the way I would describe the sound of the PS1 in my system too. Thanks...
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Originally Posted by selfdivider View Post
I haven't read it yet, but Art Dudley is probably my favorite audio reviewer on the Stereophile staff, as he's their resident DIY/analog/tubes guy. I love his columns. I heard something like that he called the PS1 his new digital reference in the July issue, but haven't read the actual article yet. Very curious!
He said something about ... no problem trading his $13k digital source for PS1....I didn't read it all the way through..so...
post #7 of 94
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Weird. Mine doesn't sound "rounded off". It should, I use cheap cables.
As usual, YMMV, I suppose.
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PS1

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Weird. Mine doesn't sound "rounded off". It should, I use cheap cables.
As usual, YMMV, I suppose.
In my system, the PS1 sounds restricted in both the frequency extremes and dynamically. The dynamic compression, especially in the leading edge of treble transient, adds to its perceived "smoothness". It is a very euphonic disc spinner, but I like the way it sounds nonetheless. How would you characterize its sound in your system?
post #9 of 94
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Smooth, open, and detailed without the "etched' hardness I hear in most digital sources.
I don't suffer listening fatigue using it. Even during long sessions.

I suppose a lot of the sound preferences people have could be dependent on a person's hearing curve and associated equipment.
post #10 of 94
accurate, detailed, natural, great bass, transparent
post #11 of 94
I've read through it twice and will probably pick one up just to hear it for myself. I'm a fan of Art's writing and his Listening articles. That guy makes me laugh every issue. If anyone has an extra PS1 let me know
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As far as I know, this only applies to certain model numbers. I wonder if Playstation One counts as well.
post #13 of 94
Well, I bought one on Ebay this morning. Impressions to follow someday. Maybe I'll even play a game or two on it
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For reference, here are some past threads on this:

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f7/son...e-hi-fi-49463/ - November 2003
http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f7/pla...player-140526/ - October 2005
http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f7/son...4/#post3183854 - August 2007

There are more I think....
post #15 of 94
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There is suppose to be a big difference between models, so make sure you get the right version. Sony changed the circuit and DA quite a bit.

A good site for the PS1 -
Mick Feuerbacher Audio Projects
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