There was a time in PS Audio’s history where we only made little boxes.
Our first product, the phono preamplifier, was about half the size of a pack of English muffins. We followed that with something closer to the traditional 19″ rack mount stereo equipment of yore, only ours were half sized.
Our very first full size 19″ rack mount product was a preamplifier called the PS IV. It heralded a major departure from small and cute boxes. It was an immediate best seller and before we knew it, we’d built our first 1,000 of them (a new landmark for the company at that time).
On the day we rolled out the first of the PS IVs, sometime in 1979, we decided to celebrate with a pizza party for the crew.
As lovers of new we didn’t want just any pizza, but only the latest in pies. That meant Chuck E. Cheese.
The pizza chain Chuck E. Cheese was started in 1977 by video game company Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell. Atari was famous for Pong, among others, and Bushnell was an innovator. For all I know he might have been an audiophile.
We greased a few palms and guess who showed up at our door to launch the PS IV preamplifier.
Do facts matter?
Opinions are easy enough to accept or ignore. After all, they are just opinions. But facts? No, we believe facts are facts and therefore inviolate. Except we tend to wiggle our way out of those as well, choosing which facts suit us and which do not.
Take the atmospheric cancer that is consuming Earth, a subject we should all be concerned with—a subject that transcends stereo equipment. The facts are clear. Already 50% of Earth’s species are gone. More go extinct each day. How long before the chain collapses and we can count ourselves among the departed?
Man made greenhouse gasses play a major role in this debacle. The facts are clear. Yet, somehow this winds up being a political issue instead of a shared problem we wrap our arms around and try and solve.
Choosing which facts to accept and which to reject is nothing new. We’ve been doing it since time immemorial. We passionately argue over which facts to support and which to reject when it comes to music’s reproduction: MDF vs. aluminum enclosures, ribbons vs. planars, vinyl vs. digital, tubes vs. solid state, spikes vs. Sorbothane. The list is endless. Each choice is connected to an entire set of facts that support one view and minimize another.
Perhaps what I love about our community more than anything else is not what divides us but what connects us. We can argue all day about this and that but let some negative force dishonor the music and we band together in its defense.
In our hearts we are connected to the facts that matter most.