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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.

I agree with most of this.

I have great a great sounding digital set up, but I find it hard to go back to vinyl, for different reasons than Paul and it all has to do with spoiling me for the best quality sound.

My digital sounds great and is so convenient with all my music on an iPad, at my fingertips.

Better sound quality would be vinyl. Reel to Reel is probably better yet.

Acquiring taste

Other than the essentials: sweet, salty, savory, our tastes are learned. And those learned tastes don’t apply to only flavors, they cover quite a bit of ground. I remember forcing myself to learn opera because I didn’t want to miss out on an entire catalog of music. Now, it is among my all time favorites.

Reproduced sound is also an acquired taste, though it’s one of the easiest to come by. If we hear a favorite form of music on a decent stereo system we’re immediately attracted. As well, there are few of us who don’t gravitate towards better within the category. But once we’re exposed to reproduced music a kind of standard is set up in our heads. Deviation from this new norm, even if it is technically better, is often met with difficulty.

I was raised on vinyl and when digital came around I was repulsed. Of course, in those early days I had every reason to run. Digital back then was nasty. But over time it’s gotten better to the point of more than just acceptance and now I find it hard to go back to vinyl.

The tough part of our quest for music’s enjoyment is the polarized nature of the two major mediums: vinyl and digital. Depending on what your acquired tastes for reproduced sound might be you’ve likely chosen one over the other. And that’s fine because knowing each is an acquired taste allows us the freedom to understand one isn’t necessarily better than the other.

Vanilla or chocolate can both taste good.

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.

Backing off

Several respected readers have suggested that my dogmatic stance against strict  audio measurements as the be-all-to-end-all has been aggressive. At times, disrespectful of other people’s views.

I think that’s a fair criticism and I want to work on fixing that.

When I am passionate on a point I tend to hammer it home. A character fault, to be sure. Aggression and disrespect have no place in this dialog and I’ll do my best to calm that part down. Not the passion or conviction, just the tone.

Repeating the same point with different words and examples can sometimes shine the light of understanding where once there was only darkness. That’s my hope when I bring up new meaning that might illuminate the discussion.

It’s not that one person’s right, the other wrong. It’s clear to me that we’re all after the same thing. Our worldviews just differ.

It’s like saying chocolate tastes bad and refusing to accept a contrary opinion on the matter. That’s a dead end street.

What we can continue to explore is the means of reaching a common understanding, and that is worth everything.