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.

CD Disc Rot?

CDs had one thing right, they were going to last forever. Now, studies show that may not always be the case.

At issue is the fact that optical media uses a combination of different chemicals and manufacturing processes. That means that while the data storage and basic manufacturing of a disc are standardized, the particulars of how it was fabricated aren’t. Particular makes and particular batches are subject to different aging characteristics. And with some of these failures occurring in less than ten years, we’re finding out just how susceptible discs are outside of lab test conditions.

In short, these flaws appear to be fairly widespread. The problem can be traced back to using faulty dyes which can cause disc failure in under ten years. And part of the problem is there’s no way to know which process your disc might have.  My advice? Start ripping the CDs that really matter to you.

Once ripped to a hard drive and backed up, your library should be safe. Playback can happen through any number of devices.

 

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.

From Paul and pretty much my history. I’ve now reverted to homemade loudspeakers and old pro audio components for amplification and I even use EQ in my system and it works great. Of course, its vintage EQ. I mix that in with a modern day turntable, cartridge, phono stage , DAC and tube preamplifier, so I run a system that is a combination of technologies and it pleases me greatly.

Oh…and I do have custom cables, but except for one I’m probably about to buy, I don’t use anything particularly fancy here either.

If we ever move from this house, I’m going t hate moving the speakers….Amp too….
When we didn’t care

In the late seventies and early eighties, we didn’t care about cables. There were none to care about.

And, we had great systems. Jaw droppers that opened new vistas for those upgrading from the ordinary to something extraordinary.

We managed just fine without expensive cables. Yet, when they were first introduced, our great systems got even better. Our horizons had been extended, like climbing a hill for the first time.

I am not picking on cables.

I just wanted to point out how great systems can be assembled even when you have less than perfect components.

Your setup may be humble. That doesn’t mean it cannot be great.