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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.

Made in USA

There is a city in Japan that is located on the small island of Kyushu in the Ōita Prefecture. Its name is Usa. Decades ago, when America was obsessed with xenophobic urges to keep out foreign-made products, it was said the Japanese so named this city to get around the Made in USA requirements of the Federal Trade Commission. That story is completely false. The hysteria surrounding it was real.

The original idea behind the labeling system was to identify products wholly manufactured in another country because a few bad actors made a habit of buying offshore goods and slapping a homemade label on them. No one likes to get fooled.

We all appreciate supporting local economies and jobs.

Which is why PS Audio makes a point of buying local whenever we can. For example, we use our local economies for our chassis, paint, circuit boards, fasteners, sub-assemblies, packaging, etc. In fact, with few exceptions, everything we make (other than Sprout) is mostly made in the USA. The few components we buy overseas, like our top covers and heat sinks, are simply unavailable in the US.

The one big elephant in the room I haven’t mentioned are the audio and video electronics themselves: semiconductors, vacuum tubes, capacitors, resistors, integrated circuits. These are, with few exceptions, no longer made in the States—which means any company using electronics can never label their products as made in the USA.

All this is fine by me because I believe a global economy is good for everyone. However, I also think companies like PS Audio, who support local economies for the majority of their product’s build costs, should be able to proudly let the world know of their commitment to supporting jobs. Instead, we’re forced to print “Assembled in Boulder with globally sourced components”.

I understand the thought process behind the FTC restrictions on labeling, however, I believe they are behind the times and restrictive to the point of being counter-productive.

That should change.

End of rant.


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.

Cane Creek AV sells two integrated amps that would be the end all of stereo equipment, if space was at a premium, or people just wanted one single component that does almost everything separate components do. One is Solid Sate from Luxman and one is a tube unit from Rogue Audio. The Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum is made in the US and probably the best bang for the buck in high end audio!

PS Audio will have theirs, which will be sold directly from them and I’m sure it will sound good.

Stratospheric synergy

Most products we think of as integrateds are compromised. They’re typically collections of known technology cobbled together in one chassis and made to work as well together as is possible. And the key to today’s riff was those last few words, “made to work well together as is possible”.

Engineers get excited when they’re challenged to build a great standalone product. It’s their chance to shine, to show the world what they can do when given a specific task: a phono stage, a power amplifier, a preamplifier. The purpose of the product is clear.

Too often those charged with extracting the essence of separates to then bundle into a lower cost amalgam do so without excitement. Their goals are often centered around merely meeting expectations.

Not so at PS Audio. When our team set out to build Strata, we took a completely different tack. Strata represented a chance to put all that we know into a synergistic system. A chance to eliminate interconnection weaknesses and compromises—remembering the best one can hope for in an interconnect is to minimize damage. A chance to voice an entire system so that the sum of its parts exceeds any one function within it. A chance to control the user’s end-to-end experience.

It is a rare day when we get the chance to manage an entire system’s performance. Rare indeed since we cannot know if customers are mixing and matching our separates, nor have any say in how those separates are interconnected or powered.

Strata changes that dynamic for the better. A chance for PS Engineering to be judged not by the technologies or componentry within, but the end results when connected to headphones or speakers. A chance to put music first.

Look for further announcements late this month.