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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.

Resolving speakers

Loudspeakers come in all flavors and sizes. In fact, I cannot think of another product category in high-end audio that comes close to the variety found in these sound producing boxes.

If we were to segregate them into broad performance categories, such as resolving power, we might make a little headway in sorting through their myriad differences.

I think it’s fair to say that, as a whole, some resolve differences in sound quality, while others smooth over those differences.

A resolving speaker is what I believe most of us wish for. Else, why would we bother with all the work and expense of building a high-performance system? We wish to unmask differences and get to the core of the hidden treasures buried in our recordings.

Yet, the notion that some speakers are resolving while others blur and hide is generally not accepted. Consider the group of engineers and sound experts that cannot hear changes many of us take for granted. It’s kind of like someone who is unable to see color arguing there is no blue.

We don’t yet have the means to rate speakers by their abilities to define subtle changes.

If we did, how might yours rate?

 

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.

Bright side

Looking on the bright side seems socially acceptable while listening on the bright side is to be avoided.

This kind of makes sense since we tolerate optimists but run from aggressive audio.

The meanings are different and in interesting ways.

The bright side of life—or the sunny side of the street (your choice)—is where we see ourselves basking in the light of a path without hurdles: skewed towards more of the positive attributes.

Listening to a bright audio system implies an aggressive uneven balance of sound: skewed towards the upper registers at the expense of the mids and lower regions—glaring. And, glare is something to be avoided.

As a lifelong optimist (to the point of blindsiding myself to the negative), I often see the world differently than others.

That’s alright since I believe we can all agree ’tis better to enjoy what works in our music systems then stress about what doesn’t.

Nothing’s perfect except the joy we feel connecting with music.