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.

Weird to wonderful

Bringing new ideas, concepts, and radical change to an established way of doing things requires great effort—moving from weird to wonderful.

Imagine just a few of the major shifts within our lifetimes: vacuum tubes to solid-state amplifiers, vinyl to CD, LP records to audio streaming. Each and every shift began life as the weird and only over time moved into the wonderful.

In my father’s era, change came slowly. I remember him as being amongst a handful of pioneers separating speakers drivers from console HiFi’s and building separate enclosures. This was radical stuff as nearly all music reproduction systems were confined to a single box replete with everything needed to play music. It would be another decade or so that separate box speakers crept into the collective, and multiple decades after that for the electronics to separate into what we think of today as standard fare.

As a modern collective of audio lovers, we’ve had to adjust our acceptance levels with respect to the speed of change. What might have sent my father’s head spinning seems normal to us. In fact, many are impatient for the next big breakthrough to come our way.

The pace of change is increasing. This excites me personally as I have always been impatient to experience (or cause) the next great revolution.

Where do you sit when it comes to change?

Does it feel weird or wonderful?

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.

Do opinions matter?

Opinions. We’ve all got them and most of us are eager to share.

Do opinions matter? I suppose the answer is where in the pecking order they come from. The opinion of a company’s president matters more than that of the shipping clerk.

Or does it?

Why do we value one opinion or idea over another? Perhaps the shipping clerk has an opinion that makes more sense than that of the president’s. Albert Einstein was little more than a run-of-the-mill clerk in a Swiss patent office. We all know how his opinion of how the world works was spot on compared to the physicists of the day—physicists whose opinions mattered (we like to refer to their opinions as theories, yet they are still just opinions until proven as fact).

If there were any aspect of PS Audio’s success in the high end audio marketplace I could point to, it would have to be our willingness to elicit and listen to the opinions of our customers and team members, the group I like to call our Hi-Fi Family. Some of the best ideas we have ever profited from were based on the opinions of others. From making Stellar products full size after a long tradition of half-size products (an idea put forward by Walter Liederman) to building AC regenerators instead of power conditioners (an idea first proposed by Mark Schifter and Doug Goldberg) and countless others from family members from around the world, opinions matter.

Not all opinions make sense, but we’ve always found that an openness to outside suggestions enriches our lives as much as those of our extended family members.

Thanks for being there.