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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 get this and mostly agree.

Looks can be deceiving

The popularized term for not wanting to face hard facts is to bury your head in the sand as an ostrich does. Only, the myth that these big birds bury their heads in the sand is not true (they’d suffocate). The birds bury their eggs in small pockets in the warm protective earth, then stick their heads in the entrance hole to turn them.

Looks can be deceiving.

When it comes time to build (or build upon) our audio or video systems, it’s important we enter into the project with eyes wide open. We don’t want to move too far in any one direction because we believe in some sort of myth that in the worst case may not be true, and in any case may be misunderstood. For instance, it is misguided believing that a major investment in network cabling, high-performance routers, isolators, regenerators, and potions to clean and isolate streaming data is anywhere near as important as simply purchasing the right DAC. But, flipped around, where we start with a great DAC before adding the spit and polish of cabling and tweaking, makes a whole bunch of sense.

It often feels safe to immerse one’s self in the accepted lore of those who sometimes talk over our heads or are so deep into a subject that we assume they’ve already tried everything, but, looks can be deceiving.

My advice is to get the basics right first. Once you’re on solid ground with the essentials, it’s a good time to venture into the exotic.


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.

PS Audio is having a sale. I’m no longer a dealer as they have gone direct,  but here it is and if you buy, they donate money to musicians!

Power the Performers

There are very few add ons to our stereo systems that aren’t double-edged swords—they help and hurt at the same time. I remember the first time I played around with an inline vacuum tube “warming device”.  Placed between either the input to the preamp or its output, the box did as advertised but it wasn’t a free lunch. The warmed music had also gotten blurred and lost specificity.

One technological add on that offers benefits without losing something in the bargain is a proper power regenerator. Placed inline with the incoming AC power, waveform distortion is reduced by a factor of 10 or more, voltage variations become so low as to be inconsequential, and most importantly, the impedance of the AC power source drops by magnitudes. It’s as if your stereo system were next door to the city power supply, unmolested by neighbors and miles of wires and transformers.

One of the best uses of a regenerator is for our sources and preamplifiers. These ultra-sensitive devices are not appreciative of the noises and unwanted emissions generated by their fellow system companions and vice versa. The noise and hash that comes out of the AC inlet of a DAC or CD transport are easily injected right into your sensitive preamp or phono stage. The ultra-low impedance AC source of a regenerator, like our Power Plant, stops those emissions dead in their tracks. Their pollution is unable to pass between sources, DACs, and preamps.

If your sources, DACS, and preamps aren’t benefitting from a dedicated Power Plant, you’re missing out on what just might be one of the bigger improvements possible.

This month, we’ve got the Stellar P3 Power Plant available to US residents at a remarkably low price. It’s the perfect Power Plant for your sources, or even to power a smaller system. Our program is entitled Power the Performers. You’ve no doubt caught on to the first idea of powering your source performers, but there’s more power yet available.

For every US P3 purchased in the month of May, we’ll cut a check for $100 cash and send it to the Grammy’s MusicCares program where Spotify will match those funds, getting $200 into the hands of musicians in need.

Now’s your chance to make a difference to your system and those in need. Head here and grab one before the end of the month.

Your ears and our musicians will thank you.

*Not in the US? Check with your country’s dealer/distributor to find out if they too are offering similar price reductions in May.