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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.

Don’t we all like something new, especially if it has to do with our audio system?  I know I do and apparently , so does Paul’s wife.

The thrill of new

My wife Terri just got a new stereo system installed in our home. It’s the system she’s always wanted, vinyl LP based and personal. I am writing about it today just because I was so in love with her utter joy.

She played album after album last night, well past the point where I had fallen asleep. Moody Blues, Ricky Lee Jones, Miles Davis, Sergio Mendez and Brazil 66.

She wanted to go through the whole process herself, conspiring with our friends at Music Direct who steered her in the direction of a Clear Audio Concept turntable, a pair of KEF LS 50s and, of course, she already knew her amplifier, a Sprout II.

She could hardly finish dinner last night. As soon as my fork shoveled the last bite into my mouth she was all over me to help set it up. What absolute fun we had.

As the needle slowly lowered onto the spinning disc for the first time I watched her grin spread from ear to ear.

There’s little better than the first sounds from a new system. Vinyl or CD, it doesn’t matter.

It’s just the thrill of new that brings a special joy you just don’t get anywhere else.

Asheville, Walnut Cove, Weaverville, Waynesville, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

Adding voice to audio equipment

It’s hard to imagine cooking a fine meal without ever tasting the food, or designing a loudspeaker without listening to the final product. That sort of arms-length-design is more a crapshoot than a surefire success.

Yet, when we talk about PS Audio’s design process for electronics that spends more time on voicing than measurement, eyes roll.

I can’t think another engineered product category other than audio that makes people so nuts when it comes to design by use. We wouldn’t expect a car company to deliver a vehicle they didn’t test drive or a drug that wasn’t tried on real people. Why the guffaws and snark smiles when it comes to voicing amplifiers, CD players, and DACs?

Do we honestly believe measurements say it all? That in this one tiny piece of the universe all is known and no tasting, listening, experiencing, is necessary?

It hardly seems to make sense.