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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.

Recipe for transparency

Wouldn’t it just be great if we had a recipe for transparency in audio circuits? Just add a bit of this and bingo it’s a see-through a piece of electronic equipment. Want more transparency? Maybe it’s just like hot sauce—add more or less depending on taste.

Unfortunately, nothing in our world of design is that simple or formulaic.

There are certainly recipes for disaster: do this or go that direction and it’ll kill the music. But, that’s what we want to avoid.

The recipes for success are so dependent on other factors—the type of circuit, the components within, its function, its peripherals—that all we can really suggest is to start with known designs and work through them with the intent of doing as little harm as possible.

It is understandable when frustrated audiophiles ask us why another manufacturer’s product wasn’t as transparent or dynamic or open as they had hoped. It’s easy to fall in love with a product’s functional beauty and just as easy to be disappointed when its sonic performance doesn’t live up to your expectations.

On the plus side, we can usually look at a circuit and guess why it’s not performing as well as it might.

On the negative side, it might take a redesign to fix it.

Most recipes in circuit design are only starting points. The final product has to be tasted and tweaked with a custom solution.

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 HiFi Family

Since PS Audio’s inception in the early 1970s, we have considered our customers family. The HiFi Family seems to us to be the most natural way to interact with the thousands of extended family members who have or will own our audio equipment or just look to us for advice.

But, apparently, not everyone’s so family oriented. Over the years it’s been a bit of a surprise that some audiophiles do not feel the same—in fact, they are somewhat put off by this family vibe. And that’s alright. Perhaps their backgrounds weren’t so inclusive or they just appreciate a bit of distance from the manufacturers they engage with.

We all have different backgrounds. Mine was a rich mix of a mercurial father and a doting mother. My two sisters and I did our best to steer clear of Dad when he was in one of his “moods” (as my mother referred to his bipolar symptoms) and leaned heavily on Mom for support. But through it all we were family. I suppose that’s ingrained in me and it just carried over into my life’s work, HiFi and PS Audio.

Whatever connection or disconnection people feel about us I don’t suppose we will soon change.

Family ties run deep.