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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.


One of the primary motivators for our launch of PS Audio speakers is a sad but simple truth. There are so few speakers we can recommend in good faith.

This may come as a shock but it happens to be the truth.

Yes, there are some great speakers on the audio and video markets but the really great ones are either astronomically priced or impractical in people’s homes. How many folks could agree to a 4-piece behemoth like the IRSV,  tolerate large panels in the living room, get their significant other to accept the towering likeness of a pterodactyl or escapee from a sci-fi movie, or afford some of the crazy prices in our industry?

For years we have been asked by our customers for recommendations of what to pair with their PS equipment. And for as many years we have shrugged our collective shoulders. Some speakers are affordable but require so much in the way of setup and room correction as to be essentially untenable. Others sound good but haven’t the ability to resolve fine details. Still others are detail oriented but require so much in the way of extras like a pair of subwoofers that cost more than the speakers, or cabling as expensive as the electronics, that they are non-starters.

I suppose it was inevitable that we make our own speakers—as inevitable as making our own amps, preamps, and DACs.

We know part of the fun of hi-fi is the mixing and matching of the best from each company. Yet, we also know there’s more than a few among us that simply want the best sounding system possible without all the trial and error.

Our upcoming speakers won’t be for everyone.

At least I hope not.

We’re building products we love.

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.

A bigger audio enthusiast than I….Building microphones now…

Microphone preamps

As Gus Skinas and we build out the new recording facility we run into the inevitable issues of electronics, in particular, the microphone preamplifiers. There are so many opinions on which preamp topology betters the next you’d think we were back in audiophile land. Maybe worse.

There’s transformer coupled designs, transformerless, tubes, transistors, high voltage, low voltage, vintage, and modern miracles to choose from. And, of course, it’s us so we will roll our sleeves up and design our own. Heck, it’s what we do.

And, like audio electronics, we’ll use (gasp) our ears! in the designs.

As we do in our stereo products we’ll start with a supposition based on a lot of research. We’ll then poke around at what’s available and see what floats our collective boats when it comes to capturing the essence and soul of music through microphones. And then we will combine all that we’ve learned into crafting a new device that perfectly suits our needs.

No, we’re not going to worry about making commercially viable microphone preamplifiers for the recording industry. We won’t be hamstrung by the needs for differentiating them in the marketplace, the trap of building what we hope others will like and buy.

For our quest to capture music’s heart and soul we need only to focus on the results. Like a magician building the perfect trick to elicit gasps of astonishment our only goal is to build what pleases our ears and bags the beauty of voices and instruments.

I cannot imagine a more exciting project.