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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.

PS Audio is a remarkable audio only company. After their introduction of a speaker line, which they are working on, they will have a complete  source to loudspeaker line up, at many performance and price levels, all made in Boulder, Colorado. They even have a line of power products, which are very innovative.

The only audio product they don’t make is a turntable and with the sound quality of their DSD DAC, I totally understand why.

They will be moving to bigger quarters in the coming months and there, I’m sure bigger will be better.

Better, bigger, is relative

What exactly is better? Or bigger?

When someone tells me vinyl is better than digital I have to wonder what they mean. Better than what? Their last digital experience? Their last visit to a live concert?

Better isn’t definitive because it’s relative.

Take the system in Music Room One for an example. Digital is definitely better than vinyl. But that doesn’t define digital as better than vinyl in your system.

Better, best, bigger, are such relative terms—easily bandied about—that it probably behooves us to be careful with their use when we imply absolutes.

Maybe a better way (see, there I go again) is to keep it personal.

Better, bigger, for me works.

Asheville, Walnut Cove, Weaverville, Waynesville, Biltmore Forrest and Western North Carolina’s Audio and Home Theater specialists present Cane Creek AV and Paul McGowan – PS Audio, Intl.

The silver bullet

The Lone Ranger had them. They are required for the killing of a werewolf. Audiophiles search for them.

A silver bullet is a metaphor for a simple, magical, solution to a difficult problem. Like penicillin.

As hard as we search, and as much as we’d like to find a magical fix for our audio system’s shortcomings, silver bullets are rare.

In my 45 years of high-end audio, I have never found a silver bullet in equipment. No cable, conditioner,  turntable, cartridge, loudspeaker, room, or secret formula ever impressed me as a magical panacea.

The closest yet is a good set of ears; a willingness to learn; a penchant for experimentation; a thirst for reaching higher ground.

Maybe the silver bullet is called passion.