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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.

PS Audio is a remarkable audio only company. After their introduction of a speaker line, which they are working on, they will have a complete  source to loudspeaker line up, at many performance and price levels, all made in Boulder, Colorado. They even have a line of power products, which are very innovative.

The only audio product they don’t make is a turntable and with the sound quality of their DSD DAC, I totally understand why.

They will be moving to bigger quarters in the coming months and there, I’m sure bigger will be better.

Better, bigger, is relative

What exactly is better? Or bigger?

When someone tells me vinyl is better than digital I have to wonder what they mean. Better than what? Their last digital experience? Their last visit to a live concert?

Better isn’t definitive because it’s relative.

Take the system in Music Room One for an example. Digital is definitely better than vinyl. But that doesn’t define digital as better than vinyl in your system.

Better, best, bigger, are such relative terms—easily bandied about—that it probably behooves us to be careful with their use when we imply absolutes.

Maybe a better way (see, there I go again) is to keep it personal.

Better, bigger, for me works.

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.

Vinyl vs Digital in terms of  audio quality, eh?….I like them both and digital is sure more convenient., unless you are talking about spinning CD’s and even then its still more convenient.

Given pristine copies of both, my turntable rig still does sound better than digital, but it is getting closer.

Does vinyl sound the same as CD?

I was poking around on YouTube and ran into this official looking guy in a turtleneck and blazer proposing something rather absurd. That for any given recording vinyl sounds the same as CD. A lot of people have viewed his talk and I am not including a link because I believe his video is injurious to the truth.

The truth, at least, for some of us.

You see, it is regretful the vast majority of music lovers on the planet probably cannot hear the difference between vinyl and CD. That their equipment is so non-resolving that the two mediums are practically indistinguishable, save for the needle drop and an occasional tick or pop.

Venus and Mars.

In our world, one would question individual hearing if you couldn’t distinguish between vinyl and CD. And we’re not talking about which is better, which is preferred. His statement suggests that no one should be able to hear those differences because they are so slight. And that is simply wrong.

Very wrong.