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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.

Breaking the chain

Our Hi-Fi systems remind me of a chain where each component is a link and together we get music.

Each link in the Hi-Fi chain contributes to the whole. If we break that chain and exchange links we will certainly get a different sound. That is because the end result is the sum of all links.

When all the links in the chain work together we refer to it as synergy, and dysergy when the combination doesn’t appeal to us. More often than not, the synergy of a system isn’t a fail or pass, but rather a change in flavor. I might like a sweeter sound while your favorite could be big and bold.

What’s rare is the component that works like magic in any chain. That phono preamplifier that sounds just right no matter what the other components might be. The amplifier that is big and sweet and acts like a magic block regardless of the other links in the chain.

As we move towards an era of greater specialization—cables specific to a given task, digital audio USB couplers, external clocks, streamers, small tube amps—we run the risk of stringing our chain together with only one possible outcome. And, that’s fine as long as we never want to mix and match or swap old for new just to keep up with technology.

Like a finely honed recipe where each ingredient is so specific to the outcome that experimentation is rarely rewarded with new delights, it’s sometimes better to go with the tried and true than the exotic and daring.

The finest chains hold their strength even when we replace a few of its links.

 

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.

Ho, Ho, Ho

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from your Hi-Fi Family.

I thought that perhaps given this day of family and good cheer, I would simply write a short note of thanks to each and every one of you. It is our community and our connection with you that makes what we do with music and its reproduction so special.

How blessed are each of us to be engaged in a common passion that involves music, friendship, and good spirits?

Outside our small and intimate world, the anger and harsh words we read in the newspapers and hear on the radio can sometimes put a damper on our spirits. But, it’s music that puts a smile on most of our faces. Certainly mine.

From all of us at PS Audio to every one of you in our Hi-Fi Family, may you have a wonderful day of giving, receiving and love.

We’ve gifted this week to our team so they might be with their loved ones. We’ll be back in the swing of things on Monday.

Merry Christmas.