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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.

Have we come that far?

Reader Ted Williams sent me a photo of a 1959 Johnny Mathis album sleeve from Columbia Records.

I love it. It’s educational and must have been a great tool for Columbia to sell their hardware products—products I didn’t even know existed.

But, it begs the question, how far have we actually come since this 60-year-old liner sleeve?

We’ve just launched one of our best phono preamplifiers ever, the Stellar, and it is designed to reproduce these very same 1959 pieces of plastic.

Sure, we no longer make “Stereophonic High Fidelity Console Phonographs”, and I’ve never even heard of an Osmian needle, but it boggles the mind to be lavishing modern circuit technologies on this most ancient reproduction format.

Only, when you listen to the vinyl we’re playing you’d swear it’s the best you’ve ever heard music from a pair of speakers—after all, it’s today’s state of the art.

How would today’s state of the art compare to yesterday’s? It wouldn’t take much to beat the performance of the Columbia 632 Console Stereo that’s pictured on the liner sleeve.

And yet, I’ll bet the level of enjoyment in either era would be the same.

State of the art is a moving target.

 

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.

The full experience

Ok, I’ll admit it. I can’t stand the smell of roses. They’re really pretty flowers, but the smell!

For all the other flowers, it’s a real treat to soak in their color, inhale their lovely scent, view them from every angle. It’s the full experience I really like, narrowing my attention to that single point of beauty.

And I am closer to that now with our stereo system. With Darren Myer’s new Stellar Phono in Music Room Two, and the properly setup Lyra cartridge tracking the grooves, I have found myself warming back up to vinyl, to the full experience I once enjoyed: fondling the album and its cover, carefully lowering the needle onto just the right spot, handling the disc with care.

Digital still holds sway over my listening habits, but the full experience of vinyl—that visceral experience—is creeping back into my soul. I find myself thinking more about it and smiling with anticipation.

There’s little in HiFi that matches the full monty of touch, feel, smell, and fondle of vinyl.