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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.

There is one picture with this post that shows people listening with their eyes closed. I wonder if any of them are asleep. With much of the music at shows being simple things that sound good on almost any stereo, it wouldn’t surprise me if there are one or two!

Vinyl exceeds CDs

Yesterday we learned that sales of vinyl LP’s have outstripped CDs for the first time in decades. An article posted in Rolling Stone Magazine made the rounds at RMAF, yesterday. I haven’t yet figured out if this means sales of CDs are continuing their downward spiral or vinyl’s picking up steam, but whatever the implications, it’s certainly a twist of events.

And speaking of vinyl, one of the great treats of a consumer trade show like RMAF is the chance for our Hi-Fi Family to gather together and enjoy what we all are interested in, music and 2-channel audio.

Reviewer Micahel Fremer of Stereophile and Analog Planet fame was generous enough to bring his collection of prized vinyl to our room and play it to a packed house for an hour. Just check out the crowd. I could barely squeeze into this standing room only group outside the few prized seats in our listening area to get this picture in the first place.

What a treat! Mikey pulled from his arsenal a prized copy of Joni Mitchel’s Court and Spark to start the afternoon off, and I don’t believe anyone in the room had heard such glorious music. All were transfixed with the vinyl he played. I had chills running down my spine listening to his last track, Zepplin’s Stairway to Heaven. Holy Moly! I am so used to the flat and lifeless digital version that I had no idea of what the recording really sounded like.

Fremer and Stellar Phono designer, Darren Myers, worked well together to make this a seminal event. In the second picture down, we were also honored by the presence of Sharyl Wilson of Wilson Audio fame in the front row.

Here are a few more pictures from the event to enjoy.