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Asheville, Walnut Cove, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

Openness

Few of us want to be left in the dark. We like to be in the know and get the inside scoop. But often, that means we’re at the beginning of an iterative process winding its circuitous way through roadblocks and failed ideas until reaching a successful conclusion. Some of us are comfortable on this path, while others shy away from the clutter.

Think of the times you’ve been party to a meeting or discussion where the outcome is uncertain: what to have for dinner, where to go on vacation, what kind of audio or video technology is best to achieve a specific goal, determining the price point for a product. Some in the group are comfortable with the many choices while others may view them as more chaos than clear choice.

In my case, I am happiest at the beginning of a complex project when little but the end result is clear: we want this outcome but we do not know how to get there. The uncertainty and chaos of a fresh challenge attract me like a moth to the flame. Others have exactly the opposite reaction: call me when you figure it out.

When I share with our community some of PS Audio’s beginning design challenges, and the long path we travel to produce a finished stereo product, some feel encouraged and included while others run away as fast as they can.

I can’t change who I am, but it would sure be helpful if I could find a way to let our community know when I am sharing the beginnings of a project or the final result.

Those who are comfortable with either stage could then choose to read or move on to something else.

 

Asheville, Walnut Cove, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

Hearing what you want to hear

We sometimes front-load our expectations into what we believe people will say or what a stereo system should sound like. I can’t count the number of times I’ve walked into a room full of loudspeakers and prejudged their performance before the music started playing. Often, I am surprised, both pleasantly and otherwise.

The problem with preloaded expectations is we have to work past them to get to the core of what’s really there—yet, it’s often those very expectations that drove us to try something new in the first place.

When I am told what to expect from a piece of audio gear or new technology, the results can go one of two ways: I am happily rewarded or sadly disappointed. The problem with this process is we can often miss the underlying truth blurred by our preconceived notions.

It’s not always possible to audition new gear without the burden of expectations but, when we get the chance, it’s likely to give us a more honest result.

 

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