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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.

Amen to this and most folks I know don’t have a lot of options when it comes to loudspeaker placement. I do and have the marks on the carpet to prove I’ve tried a bunch of different locations and it seems each speaker is different. Sometimes, changing electronics has me change things a bunch.

However, as I get older, I justs want to listen and where my Daedalus Ulysses speakers are now, works great, so I’m done…Probably…

Speaker placement

There’s perhaps nothing more important than speaker placement. Where those two boxes sit in the room vs. where you the listener sits, largely determines how your music sounds.

And here’s the sticky part. There are multiple right places, each sounding quite different.

I have watched many an expert set up speakers and each has a completely different approach that results in very different placements. If one watches Wilson Speaker setup expert Peter McGrath work, you’d notice him first walking the empty room clapping his hands and speaking into the air to find the best starting point for the setup. Contrast that with REL Subwoofer owner, John Hunter, who starts with but one channel and spends hours moving it about the room discovering the best place for bass.

At the end of each expert’s process, the sonic results are wonderful yet sonically night and day different.

Now think about your own best efforts at speaker setup. No doubt what you have achieved sounds different indeed from what they would have come up with.

I am in the middle of writing the first in a new series of books called The Audiophile’s GuideThe Stereo offers a detailed step-by-step setup guide for getting the most out of your 2-channel audio system. Following my instructions, there’s no doubt your system will take a leap forward in performance.

But, here’s the thing. My setup methods are different still than experts McGrath and Hunter. And so, yes, once set up, music and its image on the soundstage will be different yet again.

I think the point of this post is to point out just how much difference setup makes.

It’s easy to imagine otherwise.


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.

Not quite Hollywood

I was rummaging through some notes and discovered today was an anniversary of sorts. Ten years ago we released PS Audio first, and only, epic film in 5.1 surround sound, from Coal to Coltrane.

I think we might have a few copies of the DVD hanging around if you’re interested (and even have a DVD player to play it on). Most people watch it on YouTube, though the surround sound I worked so hard on at the time isn’t there.

Coal to Coltrane was supposed to be the first in a series of films explaining electricity, stereo, and whatever topics were of interest to audiophiles. After nearly 6 months of hard work, we launched Coal to Coltrane. I had no idea just how much work went into making a movie and thus, this was the one and only ever made.

I am currently tackling the same ideas of helping people understand the world we live in, but instead of movies, it’ll be in the form of a series of books. Turns out for me, books are a hell of a lot easier to write than movies like C to C are to make.

If you’ve not yet seen it—and have an hour to kill—it might be fun viewing on YouTube.