Asheville’s Home Theater and Audio specialist presents Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

Most loudspeakers have crossovers.  I am hard pressed to think of a full range loudspeaker that doesn’t.  I know they exist, but …..

The crossover is a filter network that makes sure the tweeter and woofer (and midrange) play only what they are supposed to play.  But you can imagine that any time you have such a filter, crossing over to different speaker drivers, you’re going to get “non-perfect” reproduction.  They are a necessary compromise.

Yesterday I heard a full range loudspeaker sans crossover.  Nothing.  Nada.  And listening to music that reaches the lowest depths of bass to the highest tweets a speaker can make, without any interruption of a crossover was a real treat.

What’s the name of this loudspeaker?  The Audeze LCD-X, the subject of Andrew Benjamin’s latest thoughts we published a few days ago.

But wait!  These are not loudspeakers, they are headphones!  Technicalities, technicalities.  Yes, they are headphones, but they are speakers as well.  And when my friend Arnie Nudell invited me over to hear just how remarkable these “loudspeakers” are, he wasn’t kidding.  What I noticed immediately was the lack of a crossover.  I didn’t intend to hear that but after listening to speakers with crossovers for much of my life, hearing one without – and yet with full frequency response – was a real slap in the face.

No, I am not yet buying into the headphone thing yet.  Getting closer, but I still appreciate listening in the room.

But I have a new appreciation for the possible.

Asheville’s Home Theater and Audio specialist presents Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

Taking things for granted

Over the weekend our kitchen sink backed up.  Of course I tried everything I could think of, from pouring gallons of Drano to buying a pathetic 25 foot snake at Home Depot.  In the end a call to the plumber solved it.  But without that sink life changed immediately.  It reminds me how much we take things for granted.

And one of those things some of us take for granted is our media.  A friend burned a collection of great demo materials for me on a CD.  I use that CD nearly every day without even giving it a second thought.  Then a funny thing happened.  I had reason to burn another couple of copies of this disc, one for another friend and the other for Music Room Two.  I burned both on a Mobile Fidelity gold CD and didn’t think much of it.  Then I grabbed the new copy and made sure it would play properly.  Wow.

The difference between the original and the new copy was not subtle.  So now I have taken the original, which I took for granted for months, and replaced it with the new copy.

Should I do the same for the hundreds of CDs in my collection?  Or should I continue to also take them for granted?

This obsession of mine for perfection drives me up a wall sometimes.  There’s no freaking way I am going to take the time to replace all my media.Mobile Fidelity,Music,disc,

Until the sink backs up again, I’ll just continue to take them for granted.