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Asheville, Walnut Cove, Weaverville, Waynesville, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

Axpona show starts today and wish I was there. Too  much keeping me here this year, but next year should be much different.

The day before

I often write today’s post yesterday, then schedule its release early in the morning. This prompts concerned emails from readers wondering if I ever sleep. And yes, I do. Eight good ones a night. But, thank you for your concern.

Today, which will be yesterday when you read this, is set up day at Axpona. It’s a day most of you never get to see or experience. And, that’s both good and bad. Good, because it’s a lot of work you don’t have to do. Bad, because many of you might enjoy the setup process. We have one day to convert a hotel room into a display area and listening room.

We’re more fortunate than many smaller companies. My wife Terri has spent weeks laying out the room and designing its look—a task I once did poorly. When she’s finished the place looks amazing. My only job is the stereo set up.

We’re more fortunate than many smaller companies. My wife Terri has spent weeks laying out the room and designing its look—a task I once did poorly. When she’s finished the place looks amazing. My only job is the stereo set up.

This year we have what looks like a decent room for audiophile sound. It’s not a square and it’s not shaped too oddly, as hotel rooms often are. We’ll set the Golden Ear Tritons 1/3 the way from the front wall, slightly off center, and then line the audio equipment up on racks.

The first few notes of music tell me instantly what level of trouble I am in: dialing it in or rearranging everything.

If you’re in Schaumburg Illinois this weekend, please do stop by and have a snack or drink on us.

We’re right outside the big convention area to the left of registration. Journey Creation rooms.

 

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.

Older audio

Older audio equipment is very much like our memories. Always different than they really were.

We tend to remember the emotional highlights of events—both good and bad. The sordid details and problems fade into the background but jump right back to the forefront once re-experienced.

One of my first loves was the Audio Research SP3 preamplifier. Big, warm, sweet and slobbery like those Cinnabons you know you shouldn’t eat. Musical? Not so much if accuracy is a consideration, but oh how lush its sound and how deeply you’re drawn into a performance. My memories are so tainted with the sweetness that I forget its lack of top end, its blubbery bass, its excessive white noise.

But sometimes our first loves turn out to be better than our memories of them. Like the Infinity IRS I first heard at HP’s home in Sea Cliff New York. From that one evening’s experience, I wanted that speaker system. Thirty-something years later I got it and realized it was better than I had remembered.

Vintage audio is always a crapshoot. You just never know if your recollection of its performance is better or worse than reality.

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