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Asheville, North Carolina ‘s Home Theater and Audio specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

Two finger flying

Hey, it’s Saturday and I feel like telling a little story unrelated to audio.

As a young lad of 15 years I was both a photographer and a cub reporter for a local newspaper called the Anaheim Bulletin, conveniently located in Anaheim California. I wanted nothing more out of life than to be one of the cool reporters that worked upstairs pounding out news stories on Smith Coronas. That I could also handle a camera was a plus in my book. I was convinced I’d be writing for UPI or AP before I was 21. Instead, the US Army grabbed me, but that’s another story.

In those days of hot lead linotype machines, manual typewriters were it. Stories were crafted by reporters pounding on manual typewriters with their two index fingers and copied word for word by the typesetters. In those very sexist days men typed only on two fingers, women only on ten. That’s the way it was with little room for deviation.

The classic image of the harried reporter, cigarette hanging from the side of his mouth, glasses halfway down the nose bridge, index fingers furiously flying, suspenders, bad lighting, booze and broads was real. I knew them, they knew me. They are who I wanted to be. I never became one of them but to this day I still type with two fingers, never ten. My noisy pecking is legend throughout the McGowan household and the halls of PS Audio as I bang, and bang hard, the little white keys of my computer. Old typewriters didn’t work without being brutalized and that carried over to computers for some. And typewriter abuse wasn’t limited to the keys. You also had to slap hard the carriage return; not because it was necessary but because it felt good. It meant the completion of a line of type, it was the stamp of being finished with one, ready to move on to the the next: like making the 180 degree turn with your lawn mower preparing to attack the next swath of unmowed grass.

Today the only excuse for typing with two fingers is one of laziness and unwillingness to change. I’ve been clocked at 70 WPM (not counting errors) in my glory days. Now I am probably lucky to know out 40 WPM and thank god for spell checkers.

Old habits die hard.

Asheville, North Carolina ‘s Home Theater and Audio specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

Show report

It’s not often you get two posts from me in one day, but today is the last day at RMAF (Rocky Mountain Audio Fest) and it seemed appropriate. We are quite pleased with our room, the sound, the attendance. Great show and thanks for those that come by to enjoy DirectStream, the new PerfectWave Power Amplifier, the Infinity IRS Betas, Sprout and Sprout Lounge, Ted Smith, Bascom King and Arnie Nudell.

For those not in attendance, here’s two shots of the room. First one is the IRS Beta setup.

Note the PerfectWave Power Amplifier on the floor next to the right speaker. This was its world premier, many folks surprised it is the very first PS Audio product to have a vacuum tube for its input.
I blushed at the number of people who begged us to let them give a deposit to secure one of the first, so impressive the sound of this amplifier. For those interested, the release date of this power amplifier is March. We’ll probably start a waiting list in January and no, we don’t take deposits. It was really sweet and trusting of those that asked, but it isn’t necessary. Congratulations to its designer, Bascom King.

The next photo is Sprout Lounge.

I spent most of my time in the big room with the Betas but I noticed an interesting pattern with Sprout Lounge. Visitors came in and never came out. No, it didn’t consume them. But once inside, visitors simply stayed for a long, long time.

In all the years of going to shows I’ve never witnessed this pattern before. It was easy to see why. Scott McGowan set this room up as if it were his living room; much of the furniture inside actually was from his living room. But the sound, oh my yes, the sound. Played on the GoldenEar Aon 3, or a pair of Audeze headphones, through either the turntable or Bluetooth from their phones, Sprout seduced everyone listening. The room got so crowded at times that poor Scott had to ask people to leave (nicely of course). I don’t think he left the lounge more than once in the nine hours it was open.
In fact, if you ever want to be party to someone’s extreme passion, a joyous experience in and of itself, talk to Scott about Sprout. I’ve rarely seen anyone light up so quickly and with such fire as does Scott when speaking of Sprout. Now, if we could only bottle that for the marketing department.

Thanks to everyone that attended, and welcome to those not yet visiting us.