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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.

Paul writing about sharing secrets….Audio technology, in his case.

He’s not afraid, so he shares, but not everything. After all, he has a lot invested in his technology and why give that away for free? I sure wouldn’t.

Cagey

There are two camps when it comes to protecting intellectual property: cagey/secret, and open/forthright.

Most companies producing technological equipment fall into the first camp, cagey/secret. They dance around their consumer offerings, extolling the advantages of unexplained mystery technology. They never reveal their magician’s tricks.

Then there’s the few who do their best to be open and forthright. These are the technical innovators openly sharing discoveries and proprietary process so that when they tout the benefit of their miracles, people can more easily make informed judgments on the IP’s merits. Their magician’s tricks are always revealed after each performance.

We’ve always been party to the second group, open and forthright. No, we don’t always give recipes and step-by-step instructions on how to copy what we’ve worked hard to achieve, but enough information that others can choose to follow if they wish.

I have never understood the need for secrecy.

Perhaps I was never a good magician’s apprentice.

 

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.

From Paul.
Breaking in what?

It has been said that break-in, the phenomena of equipment improving its sound quality with use, has more to do with breaking in the user’s ears than the kit.

I think that opinion is misleading.

There is a difference in equipment performance with break-in. Of this I am certain. I can almost always tell when a unit is fresh off the line or has been in service for some time. It only takes a single audition.

That’s not me breaking in. It is the equipment changing with use.

That said, here’s an uncomfortable truth. Our ear/brains break-in over time too. The longer we listen the more accepting we become of sound.

While both are true, one does not negate the other.

It’s tempting to dismiss the equipment break-in observation because equipment break-in is hard to explain. Often a mystery.

Mysteries are there to solve, not dismiss.

improving its sound quality with use, has more to do with breaking in the user’s ears than the kit.

I think that opinion is misleading.

There is a difference in equipment performance with break-in. Of this I am certain. I can almost always tell when a unit is fresh off the line or has been in service for some time. It only takes a single audition.

That’s not me breaking in. It is the equipment changing with use.

That said, here’s an uncomfortable truth. Our ear/brains break-in over time too. The longer we listen the more accepting we become of sound.

While both are true, one does not negate the other.

It’s tempting to dismiss the equipment break-in observation because equipment break-in is hard to explain. Often a mystery.

Mysteries are there to solve, not dismiss.