PS Audio introduced on Thursday, the new operating system for the PS Audio DirectStream DAC. This new OS, given for free to owners of this DAC, is called Huron and it is a fantastic, mind blowing, improvement over what was already a well respected and reviewed DAC and calling it mind blowing is not an overstatement .
As a dealer for PS Audio, I’m proud to represent them, in such a small market as Asheville, NC . To offer improvements for a product, for free, is almost unheard of in high end audio. To design and build this stuff in the USA does my heart proud.
Huron is ground breaking sonically, so Paul is into digital audio, as well he should be.
Not many of us understand how a modern piece of digital equipment works. Right? We get it about converting analog to digital in big brush strokes, but down to the actual bit level? Not likely. Even fewer could actually program a DAC like Ted Smith does.
And it’s not just digital audio that’s a mystery. Even something as obvious as speakers can be daunting. Imagine yourself with the chops to take a handful of wires, parts, and a few drivers to create magic like an Arnie Nudell, Dave Wilson, or Peter Walker—even a Scott McGowan whose singular vision of Sprout built a category.
The people that craft the products we take for granted are like sorcerers. They wave their wands, recite incantations, babble bewildering terms like dissipation, filter windows, rise times, latency, and poof! A product that makes music is born.
The trick for audiophiles is choosing which sorcerer to align themselves with. None are perfect, all design with personality.
Instead of blindly choosing a company’s products, it’s often helpful to pull the curtain back to see if you relate to the wizard operating the levers.
After all, it’s magic.