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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.

I love PS Audio and respect Paul McGowan, but he is way off on this post.

He writes about an AV store that is supposedly closing, mostly in response to a so called customer who bought a Soundbar from someone who couldn’t service him and then went to this AV store for support. He wanted their services for free and they they refused. Sound fair? It does to me and this is what I do for a living, every day.

First off, Paul is incorrect in their assertion that they are closing. They aren’t closing, but are  going to an “By Appointment Only” format. He should check his facts before he publishes something like this.

Secondly, those of us that have put in countless hours of work,  research and money into our businesses, do not have the time for people that are simply cheapskates and have no interest in paying for the knowledge and support they need. We call them cheapskates and at 66, I have no tolerance for people like this..

I respect Paul, but he is way off on this one. I’d say a “heartfelt act of kindness” is supporting your local high end audio and video dealer and not asking for free advice from someone who pays a price every day to try and make a living, which in AV, is increasingly difficult..

Here is his post and I really don’t like this one..

Shuttering the shop

In a recent industry newsletter, a retailer decided to close their doors, shuttering their operations.

This wouldn’t have normally caught my eye because it happens a lot in this changing economy. But, their reasons for throwing in the towel startled me:

“An elderly gentleman recently stopped into our retail store carrying his sound bar and a set of directions—well, I assumed they were directions—for what he possessed was paperwork. He came with an issue and a plea for help.

“This doesn’t work,” he proclaimed.

As we always begin, we asked, “What is your last name so that we can look you up in our system?” The man looked at my front-of-house salesperson with a straight face and replied:

“Oh, I did not purchase this here. I just need help. I don’t want to pay… I’m sure it is simple. I’m sure you can tell me,” he said.

And this, dear readers, plus countless other illustrations, is why we have decided to close our retail doors; …people that will not, even with the best salesperson, turn into clients; tire kickers; those who believe you owe them because they shopped locally.”

Wow. As if a retail shop was a member’s only club, open only to those willing to pay—closed to all others.

Putting a price tag on an act of kindness is so counter to our own core beliefs that I am impossibly thankful they have decided to close their doors. It was the right decision.

Heartfelt acts of kindness are the currency of success. Once the heart hardens, it’s time to change the diet.





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.

Good fences

The poet Robert Frost wrote, “good fences make good neighbors”. If you’d never read his poem, Mending Wall, you might think he liked fences. You would be wrong. The poem is actually about the opposite.

One of the dichotomies of product design is about fences. It’s a problem faced by companies as big as Microsoft and Apple (Apple likes fences, Microsoft not so much), and as small as PS Audio (we’re on the fence about it to make a pun).

Interface fences are needed. Boundaries and standards are set to ensure the proper interface of equipment with the outside world. As in any neighborhood, we all have to agree on some level or sources would not interface with preamps and amps.

One of my readers cried out when I suggested an end-to-end system approach to building our new loudspeakers. “But I like to mix and match equipment. It’s part of the fun of our hobby.” Indeed, our customers run the gamut from tear-the-walls-down tweakers to folks who like their fences.

There’s no way to keep everyone happy. This we know. I think the secret to great products lies in the notion of maintaining outside accessibility of equipment while, at the same time, offering a PS-specific connection scheme. It’s an idea that’s been bubbling in me for some time. Not fully formed yet, but slowly creeping in.

Good fences make good neighbors as long as they aren’t impenetrable walls.