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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.

Why we’re here

I was replying to a forum post concerning our upcoming music management software, Octave, and explaining that its purpose is to make life simple: a true plug-and-play zero-fiddly musical interface enabling our customers easy access to both their libraries as well as online streaming services, when someone complained, “we should stick to our core business”.

And here, all along, I thought building high-performance audio systems that bring people closer to their music was our business. I have been wrong before and there’s no doubt I will continue down that well-worn path.

When we dream up new products and directions we look inward first. What is it we would want for our homes? Octave came about after spending countless hours fiddling with computer audio: occasionally frustrating, fiddly; sometimes fun, often prompting “why does it have to be so hard?”

Wouldn’t it be great to have easy no-compromise high-performance audio available at the touch of a finger? Without a computer in the mix? Without an IT degree? Without spending a fortune? That’s what Octave’s about to us. Of course, our core products of amps, preamps, DACs, power products and eventually loudspeakers remain central to our interests, but Octave seems the perfect glue tying everything together—and preferable to third-party software that does not allow us to ensure the quality of the user’s experience.

I am curious. What do PS Audio and our products and services bring to the table for you? If it’s not for what I think it is—and I am serious here—what attracts you or repels you from our offerings?

We genuinely want to know. All replies and opinions welcome.

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.

You can’t do that!

The easiest way to get us to do something out of the ordinary is to suggest it can’t be done. It shouldn’t be done. It’s impossible. No one else has ever done it.

When I first learned of musical synthesizers in the early 1970s I was told they could only play single notes because of their voltage controlled keyboards. The solution to that problem became my first company, Infinitizer—crafting the world’s first polyphonic synthesizer before collapsing in economic failure. Turns out you need more than a good product to build a company.

When Stan and I couldn’t find a dealer to carry our first product, the phono stage, we went directly to customers in spite of the finger-wagging naysayers. Or, introducing external power supplies for amps and preamps when Stan discovered overkill power transformers sounded better despite conventional engineering practice; separate DACs bettered built-in ones; passive volume controls were cleaner than line stages; power cables sound different; AC power quality often matters more than the circuit it powers.

If what is being proposed does not violate the established laws of physics then our interests in convention challenging ideas are piqued.

Building more of the same is boring and does not contribute to the advancement of our beloved industry.