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.

Having something to say

There are a few ways of deciding within a company what new products to launch. The most typical is to look around at the competition, see what’s working, and build more of the same so people have a broader choice. The more difficult path, the one we have always chosen, is to only build products when you have something new to say.

When I left Genesis Technologies in 1997 to reform PS Audio I had nothing new in the art of designing  stereo amplifiers to say. There were already loads of great products in the marketplace and I needed time to get my head back into the groove. What I did have new to offer was not an amplifier but rather a new idea in AC power, the regenerator. At a time when all AC power products were passive boxes of coils and capacitors, I was anxious to share a new vision of how power was delivered to equipment: regulated, perfected, and without the debilitating waveform distortion common to the AC power line. This was the regenerator, the beginning of what became known as the Power Plant.

Move forward by 23 years and we are still producing products that are not copies of prior art, but entirely new thoughts on how music is reproduced through a particular piece in the audio chain.

If you enjoy learning of the inner workings of companies and the thoughts of their designers, check out Steve Heliker’s new Ultimate Stream YouTube channel. In this latest edition, Steve interviews me and design engineer Darren Myers. You may find it interesting.

Click here to watch the interview.

 

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.

Teleportation

I have said for many years the ultimate goal of high-end audio  is to honor the music by bringing the musicians into your room as if they were playing live. I think to some degree it’s a notion we can all wrap our heads around.

But here’s a twist suggested by one of my readers. The goal of high-end audio is not to bring the musicians live into our homes, but to transport us into the room the musicians are playing in.

This somewhat academic difference may seem trivial but the more I think about it the more it seems to change my thought process. If I am being transported to the recording event then it makes far more sense to expect to hear the recording environment as well as the musical notes. The illusion of bringing me to the recording is easier to imagine than replacing my fixed boundary walls with something else.

I know many of my readers are digesting these thoughts along with breakfast. My intent isn’t indigestion. Certainly, this notion of going to the event, as opposed to bringing the event home, is at its core semantic, but something at the back of my head tells me there’s more to this thought. Much more.

It is I that needs to digest.