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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.

When is it good enough?

Most of us live with good enough for the bulk of our lives.

The problem for me is deciding when good enough isn’t good enough—when I suspect something’s better but don’t really know.

This can lead to an unsettled feeling filled with hand wringing and constant doubt or I can sometimes just take a deep breath and blow it off. But usually not for too long. And that’s when I know it’s time for a change. When that nagging urge keeps coming back to haunt me.

Once the decision’s made I can roll my sleeves up and start the research phase: reading the audio and video forums, talking with friends, searching the magazines. It’s kind of fun until I’ve narrowed the choices down. Then it’s time to evaluate.

If we’re talking audio or power cables it’s pretty easy and quick. Speakers, not so much.

We once were able to head down to one of several high-end audio dealers in the city and spend the day poking around to make our decision. Now that’s mostly changed. The few local dealers have narrowed their product offerings to practical levels and rarely get in the latest greatest to play with. The online fellows have a broader selection but aren’t always so agreeable to my lust for playing around.

And who can blame them?

There’s no perfect solution I am familiar with other than relying upon trust. If I trust a manufacturer then I am more likely to know what to expect. But trust requires familiarity and long term connection, something not always practical in a fast-changing technological world.

I am guessing as the age of the neighborhood retailer morphs into the digital connection era, scratching the “I am interested in change” itch will get easier once we’re through the current stalemate.

I can’t wait.

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.

Filling a vacuum

When we think up new products sometimes it’s because we have a novel idea like the Digital Lens. That’s a product/technology that solved a problem most people didn’t even know they had.

Then there are the obvious ones like stereo amps and audio preamps to fill out a system.

But sometimes products come into being to fill a vacuum. And surprising that’s why we’re committed to building a new category of loudspeaker.

To fill a vacuum.

When our customers ask for loudspeaker recommendations to match their musical tastes we’re at a loss of where to send them, which is weird because there are more speaker manufacturers than any other category in our industry. You’d imagine with all that choice there’d be a slam dunk for people who want true full range, high resolution, easy setup, adjustable depth, extended dynamic range, musically breathtaking, visually appealing, small footprint, affordable loudspeakers.

But there’s nothing we know of that fits that bill (though admittedly that’s quite a laundry list of requirements).

So, as we’ve done in the past with AC power and digital audio—and even as far back as our early standalone phono stage—we need to step up to the plate and do it ourselves.

To some, this post will sound like over the top marketing fluff or just plain boastful. Probably is. But to those who have genuinely sought out the aforementioned laundry list in earnest and found themselves settling on the next best choice, this is all too real and a problem worth solving by someone.

Anyone.

I wish we could do it sooner.