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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.

The answer to this is no. Expensive audio equipment often sounds pretty bad to me. , but high end audio has turned into bling for the wealthy and if the economy bursts, watch out..

Does expensive equipment always sound better?

Today’s fact or fiction question is a little like the old chestnut: does throwing money at a problem always work? The answer’s as old as the question: of course not (but it usually helps).

I struggle with this basic inquiry because it’s a question in search of a pat answer when none are available (the catchword is “always”). We cannot honestly answer this often asked question because of its “always” qualifier.

That said, I would have to put forth a general answer of yes. In general, the higher priced equipment sounds better than lower priced products. Our own PS Audio Stellar vs. BHK are good examples and I am certain there are many others.

There is a caveat here and it’s one we should all think about for the continuing health of our industry. There’s a danger in blindly proliferating this generalized wisdom because it’s just too easy to take advantage of it: over-the-top expensive chassis, unnecessary audio connection jewelry, exotic materials that don’t really matter, name brand parts in places that don’t improve performance.

There’s no doubt that with a big enough budget and the right intent on the part of designers, more expensive equals better equipment.

I would just hope that honor and ethics in our industry will always trump the opposite.

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

The magician’s curse

Following yesterday’s video of the isolation benefits offered by placing ISO feet on a pair of Focals—benefits clearly audible even on an iPhone microphone—my inbox was summarily flooded with a combination of threats, outrage, and claims of heresy! Conspiracies abound!

Oh my, my, goodness. Despite the fact I confirmed to my satisfaction the demo was legit, the howls of protest went unchecked as reason after reason why this couldn’t be true were proffered.

To be clear, PS Audio has no financial interests in ISO Acoustics. We shared our YouTube channel space with them because we thought they had an interesting product and story to tell. For those that know me this is not atypical behavior. If I find something interesting, even from a so called competitor, it’s shared with our community because…well…why not?

What’s fascinating to me (Terri calls me Mr. Spock because I get fascinated rather than offended when people attack) is people’s level of angst when their worldview is at stake. We cling to our long-held beliefs with such tenacity that even the facts cannot sway us!

Is this the magician’s curse? Have we become so worried about being tricked—and later looking like a fool—that we cannot bring ourselves to entertain new ideas?

Whatever happened to trust?