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.

Seeds of change

It was Henry David Thoreau that wrote: “Dreams are the seeds of change. Nothing ever grows without a seed, and nothing ever changes without a dream. Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”

Indeed, every day we absorb new information, chat on the forums with our fellow Hi-Fi Family members, listen to new music, hear a friend’s system, or attend an audio show, we are planting the seeds of change.

And in my view, change is what keeps us healthy and mentally stimulated.

It’s comfortable to follow the same path day in and day out. Lord knows I am as guilty of sameness as anyone. Perhaps more. But once shaken out of complacency, I am so much more invigorated.

I have relied upon the key elements within Music Room 2 as a reference for so long that change is difficult. Some things are better, some things are worse, but few things can be said to make an unequivocal improvement to the point of being keepers.

That was true until our friend Isaac Markowitz brought us new power cables to try. For years we have relied upon our own AC12 power cables. They are some of the best I have ever heard and remain so today. Isaac brought with him three Audioquest Dragon power cables to power the main P20 Power Plant and the pair of BHK 300 Monoblock amplifiers connected to the P20—an experiment I initially recoiled from.

These Dragon power cables are stupid expensive. Like as much as the equipment they are powering. They are made from silver and configured in a 3-wire braid with fancy ends. I suppose they’re worth their asking price on construction alone, but my objection ran deeper. Does it make sense to double the price of a piece of equipment by virtue of a cable? Somehow that just sticks in my craw.

But change never happens without dreams, hopes, failures, and heartaches. It was worth a shot.

The transformation I heard was not only immediate, it was staggering to the point of near absurdity. Suddenly, Music Room Two is a new reference, the likes of which I hadn’t imagined possible. Openness, space, tonal correctness. I do not possess enough words to describe what I heard and so I shan’t.

I have demanded that my friend Bill Low of Audioquest cut me a deal.

These cables are not leaving the building.


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.

Tipping point

The tipping point is when a whole lot of little things add up to big change. It is the point at which we move from one long-held state to a new and fresh understanding.

The notion of the tipping point first came to my attention through one of my favorite authors, Malcolm Gladwell in his seminal work The Tipping Point.  If you’ve not read the work, you should.

Tipping points are magical moments to be cherished: when you discover the synergy of systems, the importance of audio cables, move from one long-held belief that held back what was possible in your home audio setup, to something new and better.

The thing about tipping points is they require a constant stream of new information or experiences. We rarely get to enjoy tipping points if we are so settled in our ways and habits that we do not venture out or absorb other opinions.

One of the reasons I write these daily missives, called Paul’s Post, is to help my readers reach a tipping point. Drip by drip. Idea and thought by thought. We learn together and move forward in our quest for great sound in our homes.

If you are on the verge of making that decision to try something new—whether a piece of audio equipment kit or setup technique—the knowledge of the Tipping Point and its benefits can ease the angst of change.

What are you waiting for?