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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.

Most Telarc recordings I have heard sound bad, so this becomes even more interesting to me. I would have stuck with the analog.

Which would you choose?

Raul Montilla from Puerto Rico sent me a kind note about an interesting experiment from years past. In it, Jack Renner and the engineers from Telarc are said to have recorded the Cleveland Orchestra on both an analog tape recorder and a Soundstream Digital recorder. They then compared the output of the two and all selected the analog tape version as being more musical.

To most of us that doesn’t sound so far fetched. What they did next might stand a few hairs on end.

Curious why their new digital recorder didn’t sound as good as the older analog tape they ran a second set of experiments. In this round, they had the orchestra play again and as they did the engineers switched between the live sound and the output of both recorders. To their surprise, the digital recorder’s output was indistinguishable from the live feed while the analog’s output softened the highs, compressed the strong bass, and added a type of pleasant coloration.

This convinced them to abandon the analog recorder and stick with the Soundstream (and later others) and thus the label Telarc was born. Not everyone would have made that choice.

Which would you have chosen?

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.