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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.

High end Ketchup. Who knew?

High-end ketchup

Tomato ketchup is a worldwide staple. It’s a sauce that’s more often used as a condiment to enhance (some would say cover-up) greasy foods like French fries or hamburgers. Original recipes used egg whites, mushrooms, oysters, grapes, mussels, or walnuts, among other ingredients, but the unmodified modern recipe refers to tomato-based ketchup made from tomatoes, sugar, and vinegar with a few spices.

At least in the United States, you’ll find few convenience based restaurants without a bottle of the stuff ready to smother the daylights out of whatever unsuspecting food may be vulnerable. My grandson Henry uses French fries as scoops for ketchup until I encouraged him to be bold and just squirt the raw sauce straight into his mouth, much to the horror of his mother.

But ketchup doesn’t have to be mid-fi or lo-fi as it mostly is. At several fine restaurants at which we have dined in years past, we’d been treated to a high-end audio version of the Heinz crap. Mmmmmmmm. High-end ketchup is distinctly better than what passes today as the real deal.

How many people care about the quality of their ketchup? Not many. Perhaps as small a segment as those who love their high-end stereo systems.

But, for those who love the best of anything, whether ketchup or music, it’s always worth it to seek out the high-end.


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.

PS Audio is having a sale. I’m no longer a dealer as they have gone direct,  but here it is and if you buy, they donate money to musicians!

Power the Performers

There are very few add ons to our stereo systems that aren’t double-edged swords—they help and hurt at the same time. I remember the first time I played around with an inline vacuum tube “warming device”.  Placed between either the input to the preamp or its output, the box did as advertised but it wasn’t a free lunch. The warmed music had also gotten blurred and lost specificity.

One technological add on that offers benefits without losing something in the bargain is a proper power regenerator. Placed inline with the incoming AC power, waveform distortion is reduced by a factor of 10 or more, voltage variations become so low as to be inconsequential, and most importantly, the impedance of the AC power source drops by magnitudes. It’s as if your stereo system were next door to the city power supply, unmolested by neighbors and miles of wires and transformers.

One of the best uses of a regenerator is for our sources and preamplifiers. These ultra-sensitive devices are not appreciative of the noises and unwanted emissions generated by their fellow system companions and vice versa. The noise and hash that comes out of the AC inlet of a DAC or CD transport are easily injected right into your sensitive preamp or phono stage. The ultra-low impedance AC source of a regenerator, like our Power Plant, stops those emissions dead in their tracks. Their pollution is unable to pass between sources, DACs, and preamps.

If your sources, DACS, and preamps aren’t benefitting from a dedicated Power Plant, you’re missing out on what just might be one of the bigger improvements possible.

This month, we’ve got the Stellar P3 Power Plant available to US residents at a remarkably low price. It’s the perfect Power Plant for your sources, or even to power a smaller system. Our program is entitled Power the Performers. You’ve no doubt caught on to the first idea of powering your source performers, but there’s more power yet available.

For every US P3 purchased in the month of May, we’ll cut a check for $100 cash and send it to the Grammy’s MusicCares program where Spotify will match those funds, getting $200 into the hands of musicians in need.

Now’s your chance to make a difference to your system and those in need. Head here and grab one before the end of the month.

Your ears and our musicians will thank you.

*Not in the US? Check with your country’s dealer/distributor to find out if they too are offering similar price reductions in May.