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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.

Answer is stereo!!

The mono world

Our sources are all monophonic. Single point sources of sound without any directional cues whatsoever. A violin, voice, horn, or any acoustic instrument I can imagine is mono, yet our systems require two channels to properly reproduce that monophonic source.

The difference, of course, is positional. Where in the soundscape does that monophonic instrument reside? Our 2-channel ears, like our 2-channel eyes, capture the monophonic source from slightly different angles and distances, adding perspective to the mix.

Because each ear is judging what it assumes is a single mono source, it is essential that reproduced sound between channels be as identical and independent as possible. The left channel reproduced mono needs to be independent of the right channel’s presentation, and both have to be as true to the original as technically possible.

Deviations from sameness, as well as interactions between the two channels, are injurious to a proper spatial illusion—a good argument in favor of mono amplifiers and excellent channel separation.

Attempting to reproduce single-source mono with 2-channels might seem counter-intuitive, but for the moment it’s all we’ve got.

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.

Reconnecting with your Audio system

When spring hits I like to disconnect the entire stereo system, clean up a winter’s worth of clutter, put it all back together again and enjoy a renewed sound.

Like most years spring has already come and gone. Now were in the first few days of summer. Enough procrastination! Time to dedicate a Saturday or Sunday to refresh the system.

In my setup, the power amplifiers are separated from the source gear by a long set of interconnects, which means I mentally divide the tasks in two: the speaker half and the source half. Because the source half has so many more connections and cabling I start there by disconnecting everything and gently placing the interconnecting and power cables on the floor in front of the shelf. Then, on to the speaker side.

It’s an all-day exercise but once cleaned up, reconnected, and good to go, I am reminded how important it is to reconnect not only the gear but me.

Yes, me.

This ritual cleaning has more to do with connections than just de-oxidizing connectors. It gets me closer to the gear.

Like the ritual of hand car washing, reconnecting ourselves to our system tunes both the sound and ourselves.