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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.

We are special

Indeed. Audiophiles and music lovers, we’re different, special. We take care of each other, we are a community. A family.

For those watchers of my daily YouTube videos you may have noticed I haven’t mentioned much at all about how life has changed so rapidly. There’s a good reason for that, most of those videos were recorded earlier—like weeks earlier and back then, we weren’t thinking about it.

But, now we are.

Yesterday, here in Boulder, the snows were gently falling. It was a beautiful day and since I am not leaving the house I thought I’d hop up onto our deck and make a video. The video will tell you where we’re at as a company. How most of us are working from home, and the production and shipping people, along with our President, Jim Laib, our CFO, Keenan Haga, are working in the PS Audio mothership with as much space and care as is needed to keep them safe.

We are here for you. Our customer service, sales, engineering staffs are plugged in and working as if nothing had changed. Call 800PSAUDIO and you’ll be connected to a HiFi Specialist just like before—only this time there might be the sounds of a couple of kids in the background.

Hang out with us on the forums where Elk and I are working hard to keep it as fun and uplifting as we can. Listen to stereo. Enjoy being at home if you are, and do your best to keep smilin’.

Look, we’re going to get through this. We’re special, we care, we’re community.

We are here for you.

 

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 is introducing a new amplifier from PS Audio. It’s based on a B&O Ice Power module, which is a lot better sounding Class D module than any Hypex based amp I’ve heard and is very powerful, efficient and probably sounds very good, if not excellent.

Myth busting

Just about everything in our lives goes back to a story living in our heads. Perhaps it’s the story of your childhood, or maybe how you learned to drive, or your first stereo system. When we think back over our experiences we come to understand we’ve built stories around them, stories that help us navigate the world.

When those stories are incorrect we refer to them as myths.

One of the most common audio myths is the need to match a power amplifier’s output wattage to the connected loudspeaker. It’s been taught to us we don’t want to overpower a speaker. Connecting a 1,000 watt amplifier to a bookshelf speaker just feels wrong, yet that’s only a myth.

The facts of the matter are pretty clear. All power amplifiers deliver only the number of watts they are told to by the preamplifier. The speaker’s role involves only its impedance. A 4Ω speaker draws twice the 8Ω power needs for a given volume level.

Of course, most myths have their roots in truth. A 1kw power amplifier has the potential to fry the crap out of a small speaker just like a 500 horsepower engine has the potential to slam your car into a cement abutment at 100 miles an hour. But, potential should not conflate to will.

I bring this to your attention because we’re just now making public the webpages for our new 1.2kw monoblock amplifier, the Stellar M1200.

We’ll be beta testing the Stellar M1200s this month, and I can tell you that it is a stunning achievement. Rarely have I ever heard dynamics as uncompressed and open as what the M1200 provides. I mean, I’ll go so far as to suggest that in my 50 years of HiFi listening I have yet to hear anything as dynamic as these new monoblocks.

When the going gets tough, when the orchestra revs up, the trombones blat, the 32 violins get rippin’, the double basses get bowin’, the tympanis are poundin’, and the horn section blares, I swear I’ve never experienced anything quite like it. The crescendos seem to just soar outside the room with zero hint of compression.

Until you hear 1.2kw driving the system you simply do not know what’s been holding things back. You can’t. Not until it’s been removed can we know what we’ve been missing.