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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.

Bewildering

Imagine the angst of a first-time buyer of high-end audio equipment. Few places offer systems and everywhere there’s a bewildering array of component choices.

Where does one start on a hi-fi journey? It used to be that we went to our local dealer and picked from amongst a tier of systems from the affordable to the absurd. Today there’s far fewer qualified dealers and so first-time buyers are either left to their own devices or take what they can get from megastores like Best Buy.

Even magazines like Stereophile and The Absolute Sound focus more on components than systems. If I didn’t know better I’d simply do my research and purchase the best I could afford in any one category, tie it all together with what I could afford in cabling, press play and then pray.

Nowhere am I helped with maximizing synergy between components. If I bought the best DAC I could afford and played it through speakers that were too forward or bright what would I do to remedy the situation or even know where to start?

I suppose this all sounds like doom and gloom and that’s not my intent. I just felt it was important to let some of the issues facing first-time buyers bubble to the surface in the hopes of sparking conversation and debate. If we can talk problems through perhaps solution are right around the corner.

For our part, we’re working on the end goal of building stereo systems first-time or experienced buyers can slip into without worry or bewilderment: choose your price point and be assured the system will work perfectly together.

I am certain there are other paths as well.

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.

The HiFi Family

Since PS Audio’s inception in the early 1970s, we have considered our customers family. The HiFi Family seems to us to be the most natural way to interact with the thousands of extended family members who have or will own our audio equipment or just look to us for advice.

But, apparently, not everyone’s so family oriented. Over the years it’s been a bit of a surprise that some audiophiles do not feel the same—in fact, they are somewhat put off by this family vibe. And that’s alright. Perhaps their backgrounds weren’t so inclusive or they just appreciate a bit of distance from the manufacturers they engage with.

We all have different backgrounds. Mine was a rich mix of a mercurial father and a doting mother. My two sisters and I did our best to steer clear of Dad when he was in one of his “moods” (as my mother referred to his bipolar symptoms) and leaned heavily on Mom for support. But through it all we were family. I suppose that’s ingrained in me and it just carried over into my life’s work, HiFi and PS Audio.

Whatever connection or disconnection people feel about us I don’t suppose we will soon change.

Family ties run deep.