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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.

Everybody has their audio thing. Paul’s is mid bass and his thoughts are not unreasonable. Except, if too much mid bass, something else suffers. Pick your audio poison.

The mid bass dilemma

Mid bass is that all-important frequency range between 200Hz and 500Hz and covers the most important instruments in our musical libraries: voice, cello, viola, brass, tympani, woodwinds, bass, guitar. Just about everything we treasure has some element of mid bass. In fact, it is the foundation of almost all music.

Yet, despite its essential presence loudspeaker designers have traditionally treated it as just another frequency, counseling that for best performance we have only the position our left and right speaker cabinets to affect its correctness: closer together and mid bass increases, farther apart it thins out.

Infinity founder Arnie Nudell was obsessed with mid bass rightness. In his view, there was little else of greater importance. “Get the mid bass right and everything else falls into place”.

Infinity and Genesis loudspeakers of his design had no more chance to get the mid bass correct than any other speaker for the first 50 years of his design prowess impact on our industry. And then, a flash of insight. Why not create a 4-way loudspeaker that offers users the ability to adjust the all-important mid bass with the turn of a knob?

And thus, the adjustable mid bass coupler was born, one of the quietest revolutions in audio’s long history.

His invention covers the narrow range of 100Hz to 300Hz with a specially designed dynamic driver blessed with its own high wattage power amplifier and volume control. And, it works. This innovative approach to musical perfection permits the user an unheard of luxury: the ability to place the speaker pair where they image best, then tune the mid  bass to achieve sonic bliss.

This feature will, of course, be in our upcoming line of speakers to launch in late 2019. But, in the meantime, it’s good to noodle on the benefits of mid bass.

Music finds it critical.

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.

Listening

We perceive sound with our ears. We listen  to music with our minds. What’s interesting about this observation is that no two people hear or listen in the same way yet we can each agree an oboe is an oboe, a guitar a guitar, Beethoven’s 5th rather than another symphony.

Our senses may be similar in function but each of us perceives the world in a unique way that’s refreshingly personal, yet remarkably collaborative. It’s why we can go to a concert and sway to the music as a group, yet react to that very same music with individual feelings. I’ve personally witnessed a myriad of facial expressions to the same passage of music: tears, joy, surprise, and delight.

Other kinds of sounds don’t seem to bring the same level of what I’d like to call collaborative diversity as does music. We don’t seem to react much differently to the sounds of crowds, construction, traffic, or even a babbling brook. But gather one hundred strangers together at a musical event and their separation melts into a collaborative group. They clap, tap, and move to the beat as a single organism.

It seems to me listening to music through our audio systems is something very special. A means of bringing people together. People who are from all walks of life, political persuasion, economic status, education, or lifestyle. I can’t think of another form of communication that has the power to bind us together like music does.

Listening may be an individual process but if it involves music it suddenly becomes a group exercise.

Maybe it’s the elixir our divided society needs.