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Asheville, Walnut Cove, Brevard, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

Real or imagined?

Stereo systems build illusions. The better the stereo system, the more believable the illusion.

It’s not something people think about a lot, yet it is one of the foundations of what we strive for. First time listeners to Music Room Two get a 5-minute explanation of what they are about to experience and why. Their reactions to that explanation are always guarded until the system begins to play. Then it’s all grins.

The questions follow soon after. “The sound is coming from the front of the speaker, right? How is it possible the music appears behind the speakers?”

I was recently asked a very interesting question after the first time listener experienced the illusion of depth. “What’s the value of depth and why does it change from recording to recording?” I answered his question by playing an example, the Mahler 3d.

“The system is attempting to reproduce the sound of as many as 100 musicians seated onstage in a very long hall,” I explained. “Without proper depth, you’d get a scrunched up collection of horns and strings that would not sound right.”

So while depth, width, height, and soundstage are only imagined, they are real enough to justify whatever means are necessary to achieve them.

The difficult part of this equation is understanding just how important audio electronics are in creating the magic trick.

More tomorrow.

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.

More demo songs from Paul.

PS Audio’s demo music part 2

In yesterday’s post I offered up a partial list of PS Audio’s demo music we use to demo our products, go to shows with, design our products from, and evaluate software changes. Today I will provide the balance of that list for those of you interested in assembling your own definitive list of great tracks, both musically and technically.

Of course, there’s always many more tracks that can be added as well a few of these some may or may not like. What you can be certain of is that each of these curated pieces should sound great and play without problems on your own equipment. If you try one of this a grimace at the way it sounds or how it performs on your system, that might just be a good indicator you need some changes.

All of these tracks are available as streaming in excellent fidelity from the service Qobuz and I find them indistinguishable from the same tracks stored on the HD of my Mac Mini, something I cannot say for any other streaming service. Period.


So what?
Miles Davis

Variations on one string on a theme by Rossini
Janos Starker

Welcome to the machine
Pink Floyd

Daft Punk

Jack DeJohnette


Sonata in D Mozart
Dena Piano Duet

Stairway to heaven
Rodrigo y Gabriela

Cose fan Tutte Act 1 scene 6: No 10
Fiordiligi, Dorabella, Don Alfonso

Hey Now
London Grammar

God bless the child
Gregory Porter

Keep the wolves away
Uncle Lucius

Vienna Teng

Arms of a woman
Amos Lee

Trouble’s what you’re in

Holly Cole

Where will I be
Emmy Lou Harris

Tosca E Lucevan le Stelle
Salvatore Licitra

Requiem: Pie Jesu
Rutter Requiem Reference Recording

Fanfare for the common man
Aaron Copeland Reference Recording

Harlem Nocturne
Illinois Jacquet

Cowgirl in the sand (live at Massey Hall)
Neil Young

Lost and looking
Sam Cooke

Yesterday (album version)
Boyz II Men

Mahler Symphony 3
Mahler Symphony 2
San Francisco Symphony Michael Tillson Thomas