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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.

RMAF is gone, but PS Audio has introduced a loudspeaker and its expensive, although moderately expensive by today’s luxury standards.

Opening day

With apologies, I am writing this post a day before you actually get to read it. It’s not always easy to juggle all the balls I have in the air and sometimes it’s the best I can manage.

Opening day at a trade show is mixed with both excitement and nerves. Excited because it’s new, fresh and shiny. Nervous because you never know how your efforts and those of your team are going to be accepted. And I can lovingly say our team just knocked it out of the park.

My wife Terri’s in charge of our shows and she directs every aspect of the design and how the room finally looks. And thank goodness for that. If it were left up to me there’d be a stereo system plunked down at one end of the room, a gaggle of folding chairs, and a stack of media in an otherwise empty room. Terri makes our place beautiful.

I’ll have more for you as the show progresses and we get things sorted out, but for today I am sharing a couple of photos and offering an assessment of the sound. Wow! The AN3s are just kicking ass. Dynamics and imaging like we’ve never had at a show in our 45-year history. Wowsers!

And LP’s? With our new Stellar Phono connected to a Lyra cartridge on VPI’s amazing 40th turntable, and Darren and my friend Jim McCullough’s hand picked vinyl, I gotta say it’s impressive. I think this is the first time we’ve spun vinyl in a quarter of a century. Amazing.

Hope you can stop by if you’re in the area.

 

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 full experience

Ok, I’ll admit it. I can’t stand the smell of roses. They’re really pretty flowers, but the smell!

For all the other flowers, it’s a real treat to soak in their color, inhale their lovely scent, view them from every angle. It’s the full experience I really like, narrowing my attention to that single point of beauty.

And I am closer to that now with our stereo system. With Darren Myer’s new Stellar Phono in Music Room Two, and the properly setup Lyra cartridge tracking the grooves, I have found myself warming back up to vinyl, to the full experience I once enjoyed: fondling the album and its cover, carefully lowering the needle onto just the right spot, handling the disc with care.

Digital still holds sway over my listening habits, but the full experience of vinyl—that visceral experience—is creeping back into my soul. I find myself thinking more about it and smiling with anticipation.

There’s little in HiFi that matches the full monty of touch, feel, smell, and fondle of vinyl.