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.

My audio system makes me happy. So does my family and that’s more important.

What makes you happy?

What elements of your system make you happy? The sheer pleasure of listening to music or the quest to make it better?

Some of us are looking for perfection though we aren’t happy when we find it. This is because we’re not really perfection bound. Instead, we love the process of building to a goal, then tearing down and starting again.

Still others reach a point with their system of sheer bliss and this stays put for decades.

And then there are the folks caught in between perfection seeking and blissful enjoyment. And, I think this is where most of us fall, wanting better and mostly happy with what we have.

I have to admit I am caught in the middle of this dynamic too, though I lean heavily towards the perfection seeking and rarely happy when I find it. Perhaps a better way to put this pattern of mine is summit building. With each summit I crest I can see the distant mountain peaks of new challenges and musical pleasures to be enjoyed.

Yes, perhaps that’s it for me. Climbing peaks is what makes me happy.

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.

That’s what remotes are for

I can’t think of a track in my library I play at the same volume level as another, though that seems too out there to be true. Regardless, let’s say with some certainty that I change the volume level to match the musical track nearly every time I listen.

This occurs because every piece of music has a specific level it is perfect when reproduced. Too loud and voices and instruments become too big. Too soft and tonal balance, as well as musical life, suffer.

What this means is I keep my preamp remote control at the ready. It’s just part of what I do to offer me and others the perfect listening experience.

Why hasn’t someone come up with the means to fix this problem? I don’t mean volume leveling, where the actual file is changed to reduce level variability. No, I mean a way to record the level as chosen by the listener and then the means to automatically adjust the preamp’s gain in the exact same way a remote is used.

I think this is definitely something we need to do.