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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.

Too Clean

I am pretty certain I have never washed my hands this many times in a day: after getting the mail, after removing my gloves from a trip to the market. Wait. Even writing the words “removing my gloves” is totally foreign. It’s all different yet eerily the same. I go to the same daily meetings as before but now I see our engineers and management on a video screen. Strange times, indeed.

We’ll get through this if we use our heads and keep them screwed on as well.

Can a music system be too clean? By that I mean, sometimes clean works against us like when we add too much absorption to our walls or scrub our power incorrectly. That’s when we clean away some of what’s important in music’s reproduction, like subtle harmonics, room interactions, and imaging cues.

Clean audio and video reproduction is important, but be careful not to scrub too hard. If you are working on your room, cabling, or power, be aware one can go too far in cleaning up the sound.

You don’t want it so clean you strip the life from the music.

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.

Evaluating audio equipment by ear can sometimes be challenging, while other times it’s as obvious as the nose on your face. It’s a lot easier to evaluate a video system, as our eyes are our dominant trait.

I’m always happiest when I know what an amplifier has to say for itself within the first 30 seconds of listening: yikes! this needs work; wow! this deserves more listening. Clear, clean, simple.

The tough part of evaluation comes when it’s not a clear matter of better or worse, but rather different and deciding which you prefer.

The upcoming M1200 monoblock amplifiers are like the latter. As soon as you put them in the system a smile pops on your face and your toe starts tapping. They are instantly great and you know it from the first few notes of music. Nothing is missing.

But are they better than the BHKs?

The quick answer is no. There’s a musicality and a sweetness to the BHKs that just can’t be touched, but without careful AB comparison, that’s not obvious.

To call one the “winner” and the other the “loser” has vast implications that hide the truth.

If we’re forced to think in terms of winners and losers, perhaps it’s best to imagine a close race rather than a football game.

Coming in second place by mere tenths of a second hardly qualifies one as a loser.