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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.

Do opinions matter?

Opinions. We’ve all got them and most of us are eager to share.

Do opinions matter? I suppose the answer is where in the pecking order they come from. The opinion of a company’s president matters more than that of the shipping clerk.

Or does it?

Why do we value one opinion or idea over another? Perhaps the shipping clerk has an opinion that makes more sense than that of the president’s. Albert Einstein was little more than a run-of-the-mill clerk in a Swiss patent office. We all know how his opinion of how the world works was spot on compared to the physicists of the day—physicists whose opinions mattered (we like to refer to their opinions as theories, yet they are still just opinions until proven as fact).

If there were any aspect of PS Audio’s success in the high end audio marketplace I could point to, it would have to be our willingness to elicit and listen to the opinions of our customers and team members, the group I like to call our Hi-Fi Family. Some of the best ideas we have ever profited from were based on the opinions of others. From making Stellar products full size after a long tradition of half-size products (an idea put forward by Walter Liederman) to building AC regenerators instead of power conditioners (an idea first proposed by Mark Schifter and Doug Goldberg) and countless others from family members from around the world, opinions matter.

Not all opinions make sense, but we’ve always found that an openness to outside suggestions enriches our lives as much as those of our extended family members.

Thanks for being there.

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.

Why work at training?

When I first got involved in high-end audio I was not a good listener. Sure, I loved music and always have, but I struggled with discerning small differences in the reproduction of music—a skill I would have to acquire if I were to spend the rest of my adult life making stereo equipment that mattered.

We become better listeners with time and experience, but why bother? Is it important to the enjoyment of music to train our ears and senses to pick up on small details and differences in music’s reproduction? Perhaps if we had a bit less training we might not notice flaws and maybe that’s a good thing?

Developing skills and tastes works in two ways: we are more aware of flaws but, in exchange, we’re also better able to appreciate the small improvements as well. Think of food as an example. A developed palate can better appreciate small nuanced differences than an untrained one.

Another advantage of developing our listening skills is an enhanced ability to choose our own equipment, relying less on the opinions of others and more on satisfying our own tastes and biases. In my experience, this enhanced skill set serves us far better than just blindly following the advice of a third party who doesn’t know us as well as we might hope.

Becoming your own audio guide means not only greater freedom but I believe much greater enjoyment of what we all love, music.