Pulling back the covers
The James Webb Telescope is set to replace the Hubble deep space telescope in 2020. This five billion dollar marvel is three times the scope of Hubble and has a chance at looking back in time to the Big Bang, the beginnings of our universe. As a science nerd, I am thrilled.
The new telescope will pull back the covers cloaking the truth. It won’t change what’s there, but its discoveries may fundamentally change our views on life and its origins—a potentially frightening thought since sometimes the truth doesn’t fit our belief system.
To bring this thought back down to Earth, pun intended, the better a stereo system gets the closer we get to musical truth.
A proper audio or video system doesn’t change the music or watching experience. Like the deep space telescope, it pulls back the covers obscuring what’s on our recordings.
What I am describing is very different than optimizing system synergy; fattening thin sound; taming top ends. These actions get the music more enjoyable at the expense of ultimate truth.
I think it’s important to consider the difference between adjusting sound to your expectations as opposed to revealing musical truth.
The first is the easier path.
The second where only brave ears go.
PS Audio is growing and will have a new location with new listening rooms soon. With their reference speakers, this is a great thing, as the room they are currently in works well, but a larger space will truly allow them to shine.
Music Room One is on its last legs, but it’s had a good run. Five years ago we started its construction. If you’ve not yet watched the video series of the step-by-step construction you can start here.
As we prepare to move the company across the street we’ll be building a new MR1 as well as two more. I’ll do my best to video the entire process of all three as best I am able. I know they’re fun to watch and we can learn from the process too.
Starting fresh is always exciting. We take the lessons learned from MR1 and apply them to the new rooms. We’ll add things we didn’t in the first place. For example, we’ll make sure there are no parallel walls, something not true in our existing music room. We’ll also get rid of the equipment alcove and move to a more standard floor rack like we use at shows. And last, but certainly not least, we’ll take advantage of the building’s increased ceiling height by constructing a pitched roof outside and a cathedral ceiling inside.
Will they be perfect new rooms? Oh, hell no. I don’t think there is such a thing. But, they will be upgrades from what we have now and a chance to make new mistakes.
Yup. Making mistakes gets me excited. Without mistakes there’s no progress.