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Asheville, Walnut Cove, Weaverville, Waynesville, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

The other side

There are two sides to many things: stories, paper, music listening rooms. On one side are speakers and on the other, you.

Where you sit in relation to the system: nearness to walls and speakers, height relative to the tweeters, in or out of bass nulls, can often make more difference than the components themselves.

Yes, of course, walking into a room with bad sound is immediately offensive regardless of where you are in the room. But, given good sound and attention to essentials, where you stand, sit or experience the music matters.

I have seen great audio systems rendered mediocre by nothing more than the quality of the seating.

Take care to get both sides of the equation right so you don’t wind up on the wrong side of great.

Asheville, Walnut Cove, Weaverville, Waynesville, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

Can’t wait for PS Audio speakers to exist. They are going to have some great technology….

Decisions, decisions

In yesterday’s post, we wrapped up our little mini-series on speakers other than dynamic. We covered Planars, Ribbons, and electrostats.

Hopefully, these brief explanations helped further your understanding of speaker types. My intent wasn’t to provide an encyclopedic level of knowledge but to make a small dent in the minds of readers. Like my friend Seth is fond of saying, change happens slowly, drip, by drip, by drip.

What I hoped you’d take away is that all three methods of sound reproduction have both strengths and weakness. None are perfect.

My takeaway remains unchanged. Ribbons are at the top of the heap. The lack of the obstructing magnetic elements of a planar, coupled with their superior dynamic range to an electrostat, wide dispersion, and quick transient qualities, make ribbons the best choice among our not-so-perfect alternatives in transducers.

Regardless of the ribbon’s style—pleated, flat, or folded—a talented designer can achieve high efficiency, low distortion, easy to drive loads, and exceptionally fast transient response in ribbons.

None of this is meant to diss planars or electrostatics—both of which are excellent technologies. In fact, I listen to planars daily and have loved the electrostatics of my past.

Here’s the bottom line. There’s no such thing as a perfect transducer of sound. So, we do our homework, make our best choice, then work within the confines of the transducer’s strengths and weakness.

It is, after all, our best shot at bringing music to life.