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.

Whacky ideas

If you want to send a spacecraft to another star you’re going to have to wait a long time. Our nearest neighbor, Alpha Centauri, is 4.3 light-years away. Today’s spacecraft could reach the star in 81,000 years. It would then take an additional 4.3 years for pictures to reach us. Let’s call it 85,000 years. I haven’t yet looked at my calendar, but I suspect I might not be available to view the results.

There is, however, a wacky idea that could get there in a mere about 20 years, delivering photos in 25.

The idea, called Starshot, was originally proposed by Stephen Hawkings. It involves a massive solar sail and a bunch of high powered lasers. Like the ships of old, Starshot will sail to the stars on a solar wind generated by an earthbound laser. The laser array’s stream of photons accelerates the craft to 1/4 the speed of light and off she goes.

Crazy, right?

Here’s the thing. Crazy, whacky, off the wall, is where true innovation comes from. In our industry, think of Peter Walker’s electrostatic loudspeaker, Alan Blumlein’s idea of stereo itself, Alan Hill’s Plasmatronic, Nelson Pass’s Phantom Acoustic room corrector, and the list goes on.

While most of us are content to repolish and rehash the tried and true, it’s the wacky ideas that actually move us forward.

Here’s to all the whack jobs and their crazy ideas. Keep on keepin’ on!

 

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.

Me too!!

Home systems

With the closings of restaurants, bars, and public meeting places to help stop the spread of the virus, many of us are wisely spending more time at home.

Home is where the music is.

Last night over dinner, Terri cranked up our home system: KEF LS-50s, REL 10, Rega Planar 3, Sprout. She chose one of our favorite albums, Blind Pilot’s 3 rounds and a sound. Where normally we would have listened at a level low enough for conversation, last night she grabbed the remote and let ‘er rip.

It was good to be home.

We’re likely going to be spending more time at home in the coming weeks. I am thankful for the great system we have (and looking forward to maybe upgrading to Strata when I can get my hands on one).

As a community, we can band together and help each other find new and innovative things to do while at home.

On our forums, there’s a great thread started Things to do while at home.

I would encourage you to have a look and post your thoughts.

Meanwhile, I am going to crank up the tunes again.