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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.

The truth of it

That if you set a CD transport on an uneven surface and it lists to one side or another more than about 2 degrees, the sound is off? That the laser, working harder in the uphill direction and easier in the opposite will cause the error correction system to work harder, thus changing the sound quality? People who know this take the time to use a level and get their CD transports straight. It matters.

Alright. This is total BS. I made this up to make a point of how easily bad actors can influence our thought process and belief systems.

I am not a bad actor. And many people who spread misinformation are also not bad actors, they are just sometimes wrong. But then, there are those who intentionally set out to deceive us. Those are the bad actors I refer to—people who put their agendas ahead of the truth.

In our modern world, where outside forces work hard at dividing us (remember the adage “divide and conquer”), one of the most frightening trends is when we’re pushed to believe we cannot trust “anything” because everyone has a spin on the truth. That what we hear daily, even from people we trust, should be viewed with a suspicious eye.

This sentiment is being injected into our culture with intent. It is neither healthy nor true.

There is truth in our world. It’s the mainstream.

Our scientific, medical, engineering, and administrative communities are made of good people who would never violate truth. It’s why you trust your doctor, the scientists who keep us safe, the engineers that design our cars, homes, and bridges.

We don’t have to pay attention to the outliers crying lies and conspiracies. Ignored they will fade.

Even trolls need to eat.

I walk outside and say hi to my neighbor Kyle as we both take out Thursday’s trash.

“How’re the kids?” I ask.

Big smiles. Everything’s just fine. And at the market too. And the post office too. And at work too.

Life and people aren’t changing.

Most of us are doing our best to pull together.

We’re family.


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.

Weird to wonderful

Bringing new ideas, concepts, and radical change to an established way of doing things requires great effort—moving from weird to wonderful.

Imagine just a few of the major shifts within our lifetimes: vacuum tubes to solid-state amplifiers, vinyl to CD, LP records to audio streaming. Each and every shift began life as the weird and only over time moved into the wonderful.

In my father’s era, change came slowly. I remember him as being amongst a handful of pioneers separating speakers drivers from console HiFi’s and building separate enclosures. This was radical stuff as nearly all music reproduction systems were confined to a single box replete with everything needed to play music. It would be another decade or so that separate box speakers crept into the collective, and multiple decades after that for the electronics to separate into what we think of today as standard fare.

As a modern collective of audio lovers, we’ve had to adjust our acceptance levels with respect to the speed of change. What might have sent my father’s head spinning seems normal to us. In fact, many are impatient for the next big breakthrough to come our way.

The pace of change is increasing. This excites me personally as I have always been impatient to experience (or cause) the next great revolution.

Where do you sit when it comes to change?

Does it feel weird or wonderful?