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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

Violas and violins

If you take a dozen different recordings of acoustic stringed instruments and find violins sound more like violas you can safely predict your system needs work.

Or the opposite, where violas have lost their lush bodies and sound more like their smaller cousins.

It’s consistency that helps us get our systems to sing the right tune, and that tune doesn’t have to be built from violas and violins. It can be any authentic instruments you are familiar with, like voice or guitar.

Which is why we don’t adjust our systems to get one track just right at the expense of others. A wide variety of musical choices played at appropriate levels helps balance the system setup. Bass plucks needn’t all thunder nor sound like they are without body. A carefully chosen set of music displaying a decent variety of recordings and instruments is essential to getting the system properly voiced.

If your system only sounds good on small ensembles or big rock bands, you might consider venturing out into change.

Violas and violins should sound like themselves on any system worth its salt.

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.

Everybody has their audio thing. Paul’s is mid bass and his thoughts are not unreasonable. Except, if too much mid bass, something else suffers. Pick your audio poison.

The mid bass dilemma

Mid bass is that all-important frequency range between 200Hz and 500Hz and covers the most important instruments in our musical libraries: voice, cello, viola, brass, tympani, woodwinds, bass, guitar. Just about everything we treasure has some element of mid bass. In fact, it is the foundation of almost all music.

Yet, despite its essential presence loudspeaker designers have traditionally treated it as just another frequency, counseling that for best performance we have only the position our left and right speaker cabinets to affect its correctness: closer together and mid bass increases, farther apart it thins out.

Infinity founder Arnie Nudell was obsessed with mid bass rightness. In his view, there was little else of greater importance. “Get the mid bass right and everything else falls into place”.

Infinity and Genesis loudspeakers of his design had no more chance to get the mid bass correct than any other speaker for the first 50 years of his design prowess impact on our industry. And then, a flash of insight. Why not create a 4-way loudspeaker that offers users the ability to adjust the all-important mid bass with the turn of a knob?

And thus, the adjustable mid bass coupler was born, one of the quietest revolutions in audio’s long history.

His invention covers the narrow range of 100Hz to 300Hz with a specially designed dynamic driver blessed with its own high wattage power amplifier and volume control. And, it works. This innovative approach to musical perfection permits the user an unheard of luxury: the ability to place the speaker pair where they image best, then tune the mid  bass to achieve sonic bliss.

This feature will, of course, be in our upcoming line of speakers to launch in late 2019. But, in the meantime, it’s good to noodle on the benefits of mid bass.

Music finds it critical.