Asheville, Walnut Cove, Weaverville, Waynesville, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

Axpona show starts today and wish I was there. Too  much keeping me here this year, but next year should be much different.

The day before

I often write today’s post yesterday, then schedule its release early in the morning. This prompts concerned emails from readers wondering if I ever sleep. And yes, I do. Eight good ones a night. But, thank you for your concern.

Today, which will be yesterday when you read this, is set up day at Axpona. It’s a day most of you never get to see or experience. And, that’s both good and bad. Good, because it’s a lot of work you don’t have to do. Bad, because many of you might enjoy the setup process. We have one day to convert a hotel room into a display area and listening room.

We’re more fortunate than many smaller companies. My wife Terri has spent weeks laying out the room and designing its look—a task I once did poorly. When she’s finished the place looks amazing. My only job is the stereo set up.

We’re more fortunate than many smaller companies. My wife Terri has spent weeks laying out the room and designing its look—a task I once did poorly. When she’s finished the place looks amazing. My only job is the stereo set up.

This year we have what looks like a decent room for audiophile sound. It’s not a square and it’s not shaped too oddly, as hotel rooms often are. We’ll set the Golden Ear Tritons 1/3 the way from the front wall, slightly off center, and then line the audio equipment up on racks.

The first few notes of music tell me instantly what level of trouble I am in: dialing it in or rearranging everything.

If you’re in Schaumburg Illinois this weekend, please do stop by and have a snack or drink on us.

We’re right outside the big convention area to the left of registration. Journey Creation rooms.

 

Asheville, Walnut Cove, Weaverville, Waynesville, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

Hard to argue with this, but not how I set up audio rooms, unless I have no choice.

The trouble with symmetry

We love our symmetry. I’ve watched with fascination as people line up tableware, straighten wall mounted pictures, even get plastic surgery in the name of perfection.

When it comes to setting up a stereo system symmetry gets us in trouble. This is a really hard one to battle because our tendency—my tendency—is to whip out the tape measure and get the speakers symmetrical within fractions of an inch. This is great for positioning the center chair, but not good when it comes to speaker placement.

In the same way non-parallel walls are beneficial to the elimination of standing waves, placing the speakers slightly off perfect often solves big imaging and bass problems.

So, the next time you find yourself stressing over laser-accurate speaker placement, remember to slide the whole affair slightly to one side or the other.

Though it rubs against the grain, a little asymmetry goes a long way towards sonic perfection.

 

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