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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.

Yes, they do!!

Parts matter

Of all the things we do at PS Audio, perhaps what drives some people crazy more than anything is our insistence that parts matter to sound quality.

No one would argue that the difference between a precision value resistor or a matched vacuum tube or transistor in a critical area isn’t important. We can easily measure the differences in performance. But what of the various types of capacitor or resistor construction? For caps, there are ceramic, electrolytic, tantalum, film and foil, metalized film, dozens of different dielectric materials, and multiple conductor types to name just a few. And choices of resistors are perhaps just as dizzying.

Most measure identically in a circuit, yet sound remarkably different.

In mass-market consumer audio, where price is the point and performance is judged by meters and marketing people rather than experienced listeners, the many choices of parts quality are a Godsend for keeping prices in check.

High-end audio’s quite another thing altogether. Brands that place performance first and price second, use any and all available choices to get what they want out of a design.

Parts matter, but in different ways to different designers.


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.


What drives Audiophiles to do dumb things, when the people doing these dumb things are otherwise intelligent human beings?

It’s something of a phonomena and here is a great example. “Bob” is a young MD that is in practice locally. So, obviously, an intelligent person and a very nice guy.

Bob purchased a Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum III Integrated Amplifier from me, maybe the best deal in all of high end audio, based on what he read. He said he couldn’t believe that there was a Rogue Audio dealer in our small community, but here I was and I offered him a demo at a customers house, as this customer is happy to do this and his listening area is a much better representation of most folks listening area than my special purpose listening room. Bob was happy to accept.

He liked what he hear well enough to want to come to my house the next day and buy my demo amp, which was still in its sealed box. I was happy to oblige. While, here, we listened to my system for almost an hour and I’d say that Bob was really impressed, a feeling later confirmed by his lovely wife.

He’s also in the market for speakers, as well as a turntable and cartridge. Did he speak to me about this? Nope. He bought it all on-line and I’d say their is a very good chance he didn’t hear what he bought, but just winging it.

Why did he like what he heard enough to buy the amp and pick it up on a Sunday, yet when it came to these other components, one of which are in the the Martin Logan family of speakers that match beautifully with the Rogue and I was suggesting to him, he bought something he’d never heard with this amp? In fact the Dynaudio speakers he purchased really aren’t the best match with this amp and I sell them!!

So starts the audio merry-go-round for Bob and that’s strange to me, but for some reason commonplace in high end audio… Why is that?