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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.

Pulling back the covers

The James Webb Telescope is set to replace the Hubble deep space telescope in 2020. This five billion dollar marvel is three times the scope of Hubble and has a chance at looking back in time to the Big Bang, the beginnings of our universe. As a science nerd, I am thrilled.

The new telescope will pull back the covers cloaking the truth. It won’t change what’s there, but its discoveries may fundamentally change our views on life and its origins—a potentially frightening thought since sometimes the truth doesn’t fit our belief system.

To bring this thought back down to Earth, pun intended, the better a stereo system gets the closer we get to musical truth.

A proper audio or video system doesn’t change the music or watching experience. Like the deep space telescope, it pulls back the covers obscuring what’s on our recordings.

What I am describing is very different than optimizing system synergy; fattening thin sound; taming top ends. These actions get the music more enjoyable at the expense of ultimate truth.

I think it’s important to consider the difference between adjusting sound to your expectations as opposed to revealing musical truth.

The first is the easier path.

The second where only brave ears go.

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.

Approachable

One of the PS Audio Rooms at Axpona has their more inexpensive lines of Stellar audio electronics., showing with a moderately expensive Golden Ear loudspeaker, which aren’t much to look at, but sound pretty good. Guessing the system sounds pretty darn good.

Note the lack of our best efforts. No BHK. No DirectStream. No Wilson speakers or Focal speakers.

What’s going on? Why a Stellar Stack? Why approachable speakers like the Tritons?

Sometimes it’s worth showing what can be done with approachable. That we don’t always have to bring out the finest china and silver. That it’s ok to proudly share with people what can be done with $12K all in.

For me this is fun. I think the system sounds great and exemplifies all that is great with going the opposite of pedal to the metal.

After all, it doesn’t have to cost a lot to shine.