Tag Archives: high end audio systems

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.

PS Audio has gone to a direct sales model, so no more dealers, including me, although I sold nothing for them as they have been competing with their dealers for years. So, as in this blog, you will see some PS Audio “advertising”, which is understandable, considering that Paul writes every day and I will try to continue supporting him by re-posting this daily blog.

Still, Paul is an excellent writer and has something new to say every day, so with his permission, I’ve been posting his blogs for some time now and will continue to do so.

The search for panaceas

Silver bullets kill werewolves. Penicillin cures all infections. Cod liver oil eases aches and pains. Aftermarket audio fuses always improve the sound.

We’re continuously in search of magic potions, silver bullets, clear remedies to improve our high end audio systems. One magic cure for all is the shortest path to audio nirvana. Who wouldn’t want that?

Unfortunately, the truth of the matter is rather different (and boring).

There are no panaceas. Not in medicine nor in high-end audio.

Building a wonderful HiFi system that enriches our lives with music takes some time and often a bit of patience.

Like anything good, to reach a certain level of perfection one must work at the details until they are just right.

This isn’t intended to cause us to shy away from building an audio system, but rather to remind us that when we hear of this or that changing everything for the better and ending our quest for perfection, we should be a bit careful.

Miracles are the result of getting the right building blocks together.

If you need help, feel free to call us.



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 writing today about Buzz words. Those one or two words that denote something that can be explained, but by more than one or two words words.  Awesome is a very popular one that comes to my immediate mind.

For high end audio systems, there are many of these, like dull, flabby, bright, lean, musical, etc. Oh….Also awesome!!

I coined a phrase called ADA, but it is only known by a few of my friends and I’m not telling what it stands for here, because it’s kind of derogatory. I will say, though, that it is very descriptive of many people I know who are very smart people, but somehow when it comes to high end audio, they aren’t.  I find this strange, but it is there.

Here’s Paul’s take on it.
Buzz words

Buzz words are everywhere: gluten free, modularity, Dark Web, transparency, imaging.

They represent a shortcut to understanding, a lexicon of quick speak to evoke meaning. When I suggest a system is sounding ‘flabby’ an entire concept of sound is communicated in a single word.

The problem with buzz words comes when they are added just to enhance sales rather than importance: gluten free soap, jitter free turntables.

Most audiophiles I know don’t want our industry to become polluted with inapropriate buzz words. They speak up when they see abuses.

In a way, we’re guardians doing our level best to keep what we love as pure as the music.

And that’s a good thing.