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.

So…Here is a too long question…

How does someone listen to a pair of loudspeakers in a store and expect to hear the same music sound the same at their home, if everything else but the loudspeakers are different, including the room they are listening in?

Back then, I, as well as most of the audio guys I knew, didn’t give this a thought as the store I first shopped in, as well as the articles I had read in the audio magazines of the time, said that all amps, preamplifiers, turntables, (record players back then), cassette players , etc, sounded the same, so get the best speakers you can.

There was a whole world of high end audio, I knew nothing about and there were Audiophile people like J Gordon Holt and Harry Pearson who knew how to make great sound music from a stereo system. Me? I had no clue, although  didn’t know this at the time.

So, if I believed what the store and the magazines said, which I and most of my friends at the time did, it followed that if I heard Marantz 5G speakers at Tweeter Etc. and hooked them up at home, they would sound the same as they did in the store.

Not even close, but the purpose of this blog was to tell about the deceit that took place during auditioning and this will follow. It was the first time I was fooled, but not the last.

Maybe I was “Audio Dumb” back then, but not so much today. However, I know plenty of people that are and in most other ways, these people are very smart people.

What is it?

 

 

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.

It was the mid 70’s and I started making enough money to have my own apartment and buy my first stereo system.

It was a very exciting time for me, as we made our way through college listening to my friend and roommate Jay’s all in one KLH stereo music system and while it served us well, Jay was off to Grad school, KLH in tow, and I needed a system to call my own.

I went to a store in Coral Gables, Florida, called Tweeter Etc., which I believe expanded to South Florida from the Boston area. This was an all audio store. No TV’s, appliances or anything else. Computers for consumers didn’t really exist back then. It was a world of typewriters and wired telephones. I would say I wonder how we survived without such things as Cell phones and computers, but we did. It just took a lot longer to do almost anything related to work and we definitely were less informed about most everything, than we are today. It might have been a bit more blissful than things are today, but information is good, so today is good for me.

Tweeter had a large room with two long shelves of speakers, which was where my main focus was. I didn’t realize at the time, that lousy audio signal in, lousy out, no matter what speakers you used. In fact the worse the signal chain before the speakers, the worse the sound with the better speakers. Of course, electronics at the time, weren’t very sexy and all that mattered to me were the speakers. I wasn’t the only one and this persists today.

While I was sure I was going to buy a pair of the Henry Kloss designed Advent Loudspeaker, after a A/B comparison, I ended up focusing on two speaker systems. The Advent Loudspeaker, which frankly didn’t do much for me in the store and a pair of Marantz 5G’s, which I liked, although had reservations about it’s bass.

It was surprising as I had heard the Advents before and loved them, especially their tight, well defined bottom end.

Well, the story here turns to selling and marketing and will come next. It’s not a pretty tale.