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


In our comments section, in response to my post FOMO, there is a good and healthy debate going on about the differences in sound quality between DSD and PCM.  In one of the comments a fellow manufacturer’s online rant “proving” that PCM is as good as DSD is cited.  The article includes a nice conspiracy touch claiming Sony perpetrated a myth about DSD’s superiority.  We all love a good conspiracy theory and there’s no doubt someone in Sony’s marketing department did their best to convince us of their point.  Whatever that point was.

I cringe every time someone proves to me what I know to be true isn’t.  Politicians try to do this as a matter of course.  It’s simple to do.  Present a narrow group of facts or plausible assumptions as evidence and then the conclusion is a logical one based entirely on those facts.  Any reasonable person considering only those facts would draw the same conclusion, thus it is proven.

Do I have an argument with the article or the author?  Heck no!  It’s great because it sparks debate, it presents a viewpoint I hadn’t even considered and there’s much to learn.  I like to learn and I love different viewpoints.  But is it proof?  Just because an idea is true doesn’t mean it can be proven.  And just because an idea is proven doesn’t mean it’s true.

As Voltaire said “The interest I have to believe a thing is no proof that such a thing exists.”



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


I just finished reading a great and insightful book, Dogfight, by Fred Vogelstein.  The book chronicles the fight for dominance in the mobile computing market between Apple and Google.  It’s extremely well written and a good page turner.

What interested me most about this book was the level of chaos the two companies went through writing the code to make the iPhone and Android devices.  I went into the book believing that the smooth presentation Steve Jobs made when he unveiled the iPhone was a reflection of how together and polished Apple is as a developer.  Being in the same sort of business, on a much smaller scale, I envied the apparent calm and organized development process a company like Apple or Google goes through to bring out a cool new product.

Of course nothing could be further from the truth.  It was utter chaos coupled with a lot of nail biting right up until the moment the phone shipped out the door.  And while our own development process also involves a flurry of activity customers never see, it pales in comparison to what the big guys go through.

When you pick up your shiny new product, whatever it may be, I think it’s good to know that a healthy chunk of people’s lives and passions went into its creation.  That knowledge helps us relate to the soul and life of the machine.