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.

Seeing is believing

Power Plant regenerators make a noticeable improvement to video screens and projectors. It’s a fact we almost never mention to folks because we’re 2-channel audio people—but it’s a fact, nonetheless.

We’re used to getting eye rolls when we tell those who have never heard the differences a Power Plant can make to their systems, but those eye-rolls pale next to the ones we get when we tell people it improves video as well. “How can power quality effect video?”

Back a few years ago when we participated in the custom integrator’s show, CEDIA, we had a very simple way to demonstrate how Power Plants improved picture quality. At the start of the show, we’d head over to Best Buy and purchase two identical LCD televisions. We’d supply each television an identical HDMI feed from a DVD player, and set them side-by-side in our trade show booth. One screen was powered from a Power Plant, the other from the power supplied to us from the convention center. The differences in the picture were not subtle.

When curious people came to the booth all they saw was a little sign that asked them to choose which screen was powered by the Power Plant and which was not. We always got 100% right answers.

Seeing can be believing.

 

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.

More psychological than real, people would probably not know the difference between speaker wire lengths in a blind test. However, as Audiophiles, we are neurotic group, so a no go.

I think interconnects are as important as speaker cables, but as long as low inductance on speaker cables and low capacitance on interconnects, things should be good, without spending a fortune.

Audiophile cabling can be a crazy thing.

Same length cables

One of the often asked questions concerns speaker cable lengths. Should they be identical?

For some reason, we rarely ask the same question about interconnects. Interconnects feel like a pair and I have never seen anyone use them otherwise. But, speaker cables? All the time I see differing lengths of speaker cables.

I succumbed to this oddness at several points in my long audio journey, and each time I found myself squirming in the listening chair, uncomfortable in the knowledge one speaker was different than the other.

Here’s the thing. Of all the analog interconnects in your system, speaker cables have the most impact on sound quality. The interactions between speaker and power amplifier are complex, forming a type of network that impacts the audio. So, while it might feel wrong to have to coil up the speaker cables for one speaker, while the other channel sits in a proper straight-line connection between amp and speaker, you’re better off with two equal lengths.

Where cables are concerned, symmetrical lengths rule the day.