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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.

Change of vantage

Music Room Two, with its magnificent Infinity IRS V, BHK monoblock amps, multiple P20 Power Plants, BHK preamp, DirectStream DAC, and Stellar Phono is one of the most revealing systems I know of. It’s our reference that allows us to hear deep into the music. It’s an invaluable tool for the design and voicing of PS Audio products.

Yet, Music Room Two is forever changing, something you might think a reference should never do.

As we change cables, improve DACs, find new music, or tweak speaker positions, our vantage point changes and it sounds different. Often, we’ve enough improvement that previously unnoticed details in familiar music come to the forefront, requiring us to readjust our expectations.

I think of this change in vantage point very much like changing one’s seat in a favorite concert hall. The few times I’ve been lucky enough to attend New York’s Carnegie Hall or the Met, it’s been in different seats. And each of those positions gave me a very different perspective of the whole.

Even in Music Room Two I’ll often take the right-hand seat instead of the center sweet spot just to change vantage points and listen from a different perspective.

We can get inured to the point of ignoring the obvious if we’re not careful.

A change in vantage point is often the best way to refresh and renew the music.

 

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.

Much about what Paul is talking about these days is related to the fact that PS Audio is now selling direct and so, marketing his companies products. Can’t say I blame him and much of what they make, especially their DAC, is good sounding stuff.

What’s required?

One doesn’t necessarily have to know the difference between a 4 cylinder and an 8 cylinder engine to appreciate the virtues of a car. But in the broader sense we, as music lovers and Audiophiles, need a certain level of something to guide us in the right direction.

So, what’s required when it comes to gathering enough information to build a dream system? Do we really need to understand the difference between DSD and PCM, or VTA and azimuth to find the DAC or turntable set up perfect for us?

I would argue no. No, we do not. What we need is a clear vision of what we hope to achieve. Where do we want to be? Are we hoping to get close to the sound we get in Music Room 2 with the Infinity IRS V? Or as perfect as our friend’s system? Perhaps we just want pleasant background music. Or maybe it’s blaring loud and we hope to plaster ourselves against the far wall.

Whatever it is that we hope to achieve, the technical knowledge to get there is far less important than a clear understanding of what the end result should be.

If we know what we want, we can then take the next steps of getting the advice necessary to build our dream system at a budget that fits our needs.

There’s plenty of resources available from friends, forums, magazines, or us.

Want to just chat about what you want out of your system? Call us. Email us.

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