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.

I agree with most of this.

I have great a great sounding digital set up, but I find it hard to go back to vinyl, for different reasons than Paul and it all has to do with spoiling me for the best quality sound.

My digital sounds great and is so convenient with all my music on an iPad, at my fingertips.

Better sound quality would be vinyl. Reel to Reel is probably better yet.

Acquiring taste

Other than the essentials: sweet, salty, savory, our tastes are learned. And those learned tastes don’t apply to only flavors, they cover quite a bit of ground. I remember forcing myself to learn opera because I didn’t want to miss out on an entire catalog of music. Now, it is among my all time favorites.

Reproduced sound is also an acquired taste, though it’s one of the easiest to come by. If we hear a favorite form of music on a decent stereo system we’re immediately attracted. As well, there are few of us who don’t gravitate towards better within the category. But once we’re exposed to reproduced music a kind of standard is set up in our heads. Deviation from this new norm, even if it is technically better, is often met with difficulty.

I was raised on vinyl and when digital came around I was repulsed. Of course, in those early days I had every reason to run. Digital back then was nasty. But over time it’s gotten better to the point of more than just acceptance and now I find it hard to go back to vinyl.

The tough part of our quest for music’s enjoyment is the polarized nature of the two major mediums: vinyl and digital. Depending on what your acquired tastes for reproduced sound might be you’ve likely chosen one over the other. And that’s fine because knowing each is an acquired taste allows us the freedom to understand one isn’t necessarily better than the other.

Vanilla or chocolate can both taste good.

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.

Don’t agree with all of this one and there are lots of better things than CD cases to use to tilt speakers one way or another. Some speakers aren’t to be listened to with the tweeters pointing directly at the listener. I know mine aren’t.

A good use for CDs

We love our CDs. I have hundreds of them, perhaps bordering on a thousand. Many have been memorialized on a hard drive and that gives me easy access to build playlists, something I cannot easily do with physical media unless I make my own. But still, I have my stack of discs at the ready to play.

But, there is another use for CDs that might just surprise you. CDs can dial in your speaker’s performance and adjust them to different height chairs. At least their cases can.

When I help people get their systems to sound right I have two tools at my disposal: the first I described in this post, pulling the speakers out from the front wall. The second is to angle the speakers forward or backward using CD cases to match chair height.

Matching seating height to the tweeter axis is pretty easy to do and even easier to see if it’s needed. From your seating position move your head up or down to see where the tweeter sounds its best, then adjust the speaker’s angle to match. Often times I can hear the tweeter sounds more alive when I stand up, or the opposite. It’s then a simple matter to place a CD case or two underneath the speaker cabinet’s rear or front to lean it forward or backward.

If you want a more permanent solution use a furniture leveler instead.

Getting the tweeter pointing at your ear can often be the difference between good and great.