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.

While there are a few blanket statements that ring true in life, most great stereo systems do sound better than the regular stuff most of us listen to. However, like in Paul’s example, some folks have inflated egos and don’t recognize that there are other things they haven’t heard and if they did, they night just change their minds. Like I’ve been saying for the last 30 years, we don’t know, what we don’t know and that includes high end audio.

Blanket statements

As soon as I read this note, I had to smile.

“I spend a lot of time in the studio under extremely treated conditions and listen through some of the highest-graded speakers. Once you learn how to listen through them, you can never go back to consumer-grade and so-called audiophile speakers.”

What a lovely and concise blanket statement. I particularly love the “so-called” jab.

What’s instructive about this note is its form. In the first sentence, the writer establishes his credibility. In the second, we get the conclusion that, given his experience, makes perfect sense.

Hard to argue with (which of course is the point).

How many of us believe that most people have actually heard a properly set up high-end audio system?

In the fifty years I have been immersed in what we do, it has been rare to find anyone outside our small group of kindred spirits that have actually sat down in front of what we consider a great audiophile system.

Blanket statements and sweeping proclamations are short and to the point.

And they are usually more opinion than fact.