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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.

Too Clean

I am pretty certain I have never washed my hands this many times in a day: after getting the mail, after removing my gloves from a trip to the market. Wait. Even writing the words “removing my gloves” is totally foreign. It’s all different yet eerily the same. I go to the same daily meetings as before but now I see our engineers and management on a video screen. Strange times, indeed.

We’ll get through this if we use our heads and keep them screwed on as well.

Can a music system be too clean? By that I mean, sometimes clean works against us like when we add too much absorption to our walls or scrub our power incorrectly. That’s when we clean away some of what’s important in music’s reproduction, like subtle harmonics, room interactions, and imaging cues.

Clean audio and video reproduction is important, but be careful not to scrub too hard. If you are working on your room, cabling, or power, be aware one can go too far in cleaning up the sound.

You don’t want it so clean you strip the life from the music.

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.

Terri and I are watching more movies in our home theater these days. And we’re listening to more music on our little home audio system, too.

There’s no better time to upgrade and lavish attention on what brings us joy at home.

When I learned of REL’s new Predator subwoofer for home theaters, I called my buddy John and put my order in. I had been reasonably happy with REL’s little weenie 10″ sub that had lived in my theater since we built it. It was a placeholder when it first went in. I had always intended to upgrade but somehow just never got around to it. Now, working on my stereo and home theater has taken on new importance.

The Predator is a brute: 15″ cone with 3″ travel, powered by an 800-watt amplifier. This beast barely fit in my cramped space, but removing its legs and resorting to a right angle power cord squeezed that baby into the space and worked.

I had never known what extraordinary bass sounded like in my theater. You get so used to something that it becomes normal. It’s why upgrading is so gratifying.

Now, if only I can get Terri to sit through another viewing of Avatar…..