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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.

A diet plan? I’m interested..

Healthy engineering

I am wired to be an audio engineer. From my earliest days, I was devising plans and schemes to work through problems in systematic ways. I built fantastic machines in my imagination. I couldn’t wait to get old enough to build real ones.

My engineering mindset works not just for audio electronics but any type of problem, like the one I was faced with recently.

My doctor is a straightforward lady. She knows I detest coddling. Just spit it out and let me deal with it.

“You’re on the verge of Type II diabetes,” she said. “You can take a simple pill for the rest of your life and be just fine.”

“I don’t want to take a pill,” I whined. “What’s the alternative?”

“Lose the gut,” she replied.

Sigh. I had been working on just such a thing for two decades without success.

Time to kick in the engineering brain. If all the diet plans I tried weren’t working—and they weren’t because they demanded a lifestyle change—there has to be a way to engineer something that would work without upending my lifestyle.

There was nothing off the shelf so, just like in designing audio equipment, I had to engineer it myself. And it worked. I carved off 22 pounds in 90 days without giving up the foods I like and still drinking a glass or two of vino a night.

My doc signed off on the plan and congratulated me on the results. No pills and lots of health and renewed energy.

I was excited enough with this plan that I wanted to share what I discovered and so I wrote a book on the subject. (Hey, it’s still me after all). It’s short, to the point, and offers a step-by-step schematic of how to do the same.

If you want to find out more you can go to my website. Or just pick up a copy. (If you are outside the US this link won’t work. In that case, go to your country’s Amazon like you normally would and just type in The EAT Diet in the search box to find it).

Or, I’ll send you a PDF for free. Just email me if you’d prefer to do that.

Losing that weight was the healthiest thing I have ever done for myself. I encourage you to do the same if you’re not at your best fighting weight.

What’s important is that you stay healthy.


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.

History lessons

In yesterday’s post on listener fatigue, we came to understand it’s the over-etched quality of upper frequencies that often lead to our ear’s protective mechanisms engaging. Too much unnatural detail and we move away from the source as if it were a blinding light.

Tracking down and fixing the problems at the root of listener fatigue can be challenging because there are so many possible culprits: audio cables, electronics, rooms, source material. An endless list leaving us lost.

What to do?

My first suggestion is to jump into the history game for a moment. Here, we look back over time to see when the fatigue wasn’t there. If we’ve just made changes to the system then our job gets a bit easier. Before the change, no fatigue. After changes, fatigue. Let’s imagine this is our situation.

Perhaps our first reaction is to just go back to when we didn’t have the problem. Yet, that’s unlikely. We made the change in the hopes of getting something better. Let’s stay the course—at least for a little while. Perhaps a few suggestions to try:

  •  New electronics. Break-in is nearly universal. Any new audio or video gear removed out of the shipping box will sound tight and restricted without a break-in period. Power the unit on and connect it to the system. Often it’s enough just to have power running through the device. Break-in can take between hours and weeks.
  • Cabling. It’s typically a mistake to assume the cabling that worked for one piece of gear is going to work for another. You might get lucky, but then again… My best advice is to swap out cables to see how much of any impact they are making. If it’s big then consider mixing and matching.
  • Toe-in. We set our systems up for the time and equipment we have on hand. As soon as anything in the system changes it’s incumbent on us to readjust our carefully balanced systems. Speaker toe-in points the tweeters more or less at our ears. We can often get broader imaging and less fatigue with less toe-in.
  • Tilt-back. If all else fails there’s always the trick of tipping the speakers back a skosh. I use a thickness of a CD jewel case for starters. Place the jewel case just under the front of the speaker so it arches back. This changes the vertical dispersion enough to lower fatigue levels. Try two or more until it’s too much.

There are plenty more tricks if you need. What we want is to neither tolerate fatigue nor run from the hills when we encounter it.

You can always call our Hi-Fi Advocates for help too. 800 PSAUDIO if you just want to chat or need some advice.