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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.

Converts

One of the joys we share is the moment of the great awakening: when a music lover decides it’s no longer acceptable to sully music’s beauty with poor quality reproduction.

I know many of us older audiophiles worry that the younger generation of music lovers will never come to enjoy the sound quality we treasure, but I would argue that’s unlikely. Just as in any endeavor, some people will inevitably bubble through the surface tension of the ordinary and emerge into the light of better. It’s in our nature to seek out the best of what interests us.

The trick is to make sure music itself is not lost. As long as there’s interest in music, audiophiles will emerge.

I have long been a promoter of one form of music that maybe isn’t paid enough attention to, Jazz. What a wonderful art form.

Reader Joseph Coats emailed me with news of a new internet radio station that is really quite good. It’s called The Jazz Groove and it’s quite wonderful. Unlike other internet radio stations, the Jazz Groove actually sounds great and the people running it care about sound quality. Even its lowest stream is at 128K AAC which is pretty decent. If you like what you hear and want to support the station, it’s also available in lossless FLAC.

The station needs some financial help, so if you’re a fan, please consider donating or signing up for their premium service.

Keeping music alive is worth our time and resources.

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.

The power of a dead end

Few of us like landing at the end of the road with only a U-turn back to the beginning as a reward. And yet, dead-end streets are often the circuitous path we must take to open doors.

Had I not spent two years heading down multiple dead ends designing the next generation of power amplifier for PS Audio, I would never have considered adding BHK and vacuum tubes to a product line that eschewed the glowing fire bottles for nearly half a century. It was the dead-end streets that opened the doors to new pathways I could never have predicted.

I know plenty of audiophiles who have struggled, time and again, with one solution or another. Yet, those same people have eventually wound up with some of the best solutions in system building I know of—or are on a path to that same success.

If you’re stuck in your quest for better performance from your hifi system, don’t despair. It may be you’re on the first phase of a journey that’s going to include a few setbacks—and that’s alright.

Our performance advisors are on the phones and email constantly helping out stranded travelers along their path to audio bliss. There’s truly no need to feel alone in your journey.

Often, dead-ends convert to superhighways. It just takes a bit of perseverance and helpful advice.