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.

The listening  room is where it’s at for thrilling music reproduction and I’ve had three great ones. Most Audiophiles I know don’t have options and don’t match the speakers to their room and thus their amplifiers to their speakers.

Room calculator

Our rooms are as important as our equipment yet only a scarce few of us have the luxury of choosing our room dimensions. Typically we take what we can get within our home and make the best out of it.

With our new building in process, we’re heavy into the architectural tasks of designing three new music rooms from scratch, a rare treat afforded only a very few audiophiles.

Our years of experience and research have been boiled down to a few simple formulae for calculating the ideal room size and we thought it might be a valuable service to our community to make that knowledge freely available. Over time we will also publish the architectural drawings for our rooms so any curious or prospective builders can copy them.

One of our programmers, Kevin Briggs, built a really cool automated room calculator we just launched on our website. If you go here you can see it in action. In the future, it’ll remain available under the web site’s Resource Tab.

On that same page is a great explanation of how room dimensions are calculated and why they matter. Take a moment to visit this free tool and you’ll get a quick education in the art of maximizing sound quality.

Enjoy!

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.

Remote control of a preamp is a great thing, as long as it’s done well.

Control vs. convenience

There’s a constant battle going on inside me over two fundamental urges: control or convenience. On the one hand, I want to place myself in a position of control over life’s simple variables like dialing in the exact time and temperature of morning toast or setting the thermostat to suit my immediate needs. On the other hand, it’s great to just push a button and have things perfect without intervention.

Those same urges conflict me when it comes to stereo systems too. Do I want the perfect stereo experience at the push of a button, or would I prefer to control every aspect according to my moods and whims?

Here’s what I’ve figured out. The answer depends on a set of unknown variables that change from day to day. Some days I want to roll my sleeves up and control and perfect every aspect of the musical experience: the perfect volume, the adjusted seating height, a little lower on the lights, activate CleanWave on the PowerPlant between every track. Other days I am just thankful everything’s working up to snuff and I can close my eyes and enjoy.

I am not sure how to predict which side of me wants to run the system on any given day. But I can suggest it’s awfully nice to be in a position to choose one or the other depending on my mood.