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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.

Personal speakers

Speakers are far more personal than electronics because they are far more flawed. Where amps, preamps, and DACs stretch the limits of measurement equipment, speakers challenge the credibility of accurate reproduction.

Whenever someone asks me to make a speaker recommendation the first questions I have to ask are what their goals are. What kinds of music do they listen to? What do they hope to achieve? Without that information, I cannot give a valid suggestion of brand and type.

It probably bears repeating that I believe the process of building a high-end music system starts with the loudspeaker and works its way back through the chain. If your end goal is to perfectly reproduce small chamber ensembles at the expense of massive symphonic splendor you’re likely not going to want an electronic chain that focuses on brute force.

Most of us find ourselves in the position of already having an audio system and trying to do what we can to maximize its performance. But, sometimes it’s best to think long and hard about our speakers and the choices we’ve made. Are they the right ones for what you hope to achieve? Would it be worth rethinking your choice?

Tough questions to ask and even tougher ones to answer.

Speakers are personal.

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.

Downstream equipment

If you live next to a big river it’s tempting to use all the water you could possibly want. After all, it’s a big river and full of water. What difference would it make?

Clearly, you’ve not considered the downstream effects. Communities all along the river depend on that water and those near the end of the line may not have enough.

In the same way as the river, it’s important for stereo lovers to consider the downstream effects of our audio equipment. We can place all the importance, care, expense and love to our source gear, but if we ignore the downstream kit like amps and speakers we wind up running dry.

Like a river, our systems should be viewed from a holistic perspective. Each drop of sound entering the beginning of the chain gets amplified and prepped for delivery at the end of the process.

How we treat the beginning of the process vs. the end can make all the difference in the world.