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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.

Tarnished words

Work!!!” When Maynard G. Krebs cried out that phrase we knew he wanted only to get out of it. Work, to Maynard, had a bad connotation.

Yet, work to me is a good thing. I love my work and wake up each day excited to be a part of our team.

Words get tarnished and sometimes cast undeserved meaning.

Compression is a great example of a word with a black eye. With today’s crusade against the loudness wars, any hint of compression rallies the troops and sharpens the pitchforks.

Yet, as I pointed out in yesterday’s post, you’d be hard pressed to find a vinyl album that was not compressed. And it’s likely compression that is the main reason some prefer vinyl over digital allowing us to hear more.

To an audiophile purist words like EQ, compression, reduction, and limiting are ones to stay away from—yet nearly every recording you love has some of those going on.

Before we circle the wagons to protect us from the infidels willing to take advantage of non-purist techniques judiciously applied in service of music, let’s take the time to understand them.

Just because some have overdone and abused technology to squeeze out what little remains of recording quality doesn’t mean the tools available to us are to be excommunicated.

 

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.

Fact or fiction?

I thought it might be fun to start a mini-series called Fact or Fiction: dispelling or accepting audiophile beliefs. Not to get political, but when it has somehow become acceptable to separate facts into categories of believably I thought it’s time to put some of these concepts to the test.

What I will attempt to do is offer up the audiophile belief and then follow that with what facts we know and how they may or may not relate to real life.

Here’s the list we’ll tackle and, if you have others to suggest, certainly feel welcome to offer your suggestions in the comments section.

  1. Performance above 20kHz matters
  2. Expensive audio equipment always sounds better
  3. Vinyl is more musical than digital
  4. Amplifier headroom matters
  5. Power supplies are equal in importance to amplifier circuits
  6. Sub-woofers are an unnecessary luxury
  7. Parts quality affects performance
  8. Single driver speakers are better than multi-driver designs
  9. Speaker size should match the room
  10. Cables matter
  11. Vibration isolation products are snake oil

That’s quite a list and we start with item number one in tomorrow’s post.

Stay tuned.