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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.

Warehouse sounds

Long ago, in the prehistoric days of HiFi, there was the first HiFi mail order catalog I knew of called Warehouse Sounds. They sold all kinds of stereo gear across the nation and even had “head cleaning kits” which consisted of a roach clip and pack of rolling papers. (Hey, it was the 70s).

But that fond memory isn’t why I titled today’s post. No, I have something very different in mind. Our warehouse, and it’s 30-foot tall ceilings, have proven a Godsend for measuring polar responses of the new AN3 loudspeaker.

When designing loudspeakers it’s important to have a clear picture of how the drivers perform both on-axis and off-axis (we sit off-axis to each speaker). To measure those responses down to 200Hz, we need either a full anechoic chamber or no boundary walls within a prescribed area. That’s where our warehouse comes into play.

Take a look at the enclosed two photos. Our mechanical engineer, Chet, along with our loudspeaker engineer, Chris, have taken over the warehouse to measure a mockup of the new driver in AN3.

Also, look closely at the second photo. Note the center driver. Yes! You see the new AN3 coaxial ribbon midrange and tweeter, designed by Chris Brunhaver.

Remember in my earlier post where I talked of starting from scratch? Not only did we design all-new woofers, but the center star of the AN3 will be its coaxial ribbon midrange and tweeter.

I’ll write more of these amazing new technologically wonderful drivers but just wanted to keep you in the loop.

 

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.

Why work at training?

When I first got involved in high-end audio I was not a good listener. Sure, I loved music and always have, but I struggled with discerning small differences in the reproduction of music—a skill I would have to acquire if I were to spend the rest of my adult life making stereo equipment that mattered.

We become better listeners with time and experience, but why bother? Is it important to the enjoyment of music to train our ears and senses to pick up on small details and differences in music’s reproduction? Perhaps if we had a bit less training we might not notice flaws and maybe that’s a good thing?

Developing skills and tastes works in two ways: we are more aware of flaws but, in exchange, we’re also better able to appreciate the small improvements as well. Think of food as an example. A developed palate can better appreciate small nuanced differences than an untrained one.

Another advantage of developing our listening skills is an enhanced ability to choose our own equipment, relying less on the opinions of others and more on satisfying our own tastes and biases. In my experience, this enhanced skill set serves us far better than just blindly following the advice of a third party who doesn’t know us as well as we might hope.

Becoming your own audio guide means not only greater freedom but I believe much greater enjoyment of what we all love, music.