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

Don’t we all like something new, especially if it has to do with our audio system?  I know I do and apparently , so does Paul’s wife.

The thrill of new

My wife Terri just got a new stereo system installed in our home. It’s the system she’s always wanted, vinyl LP based and personal. I am writing about it today just because I was so in love with her utter joy.

She played album after album last night, well past the point where I had fallen asleep. Moody Blues, Ricky Lee Jones, Miles Davis, Sergio Mendez and Brazil 66.

She wanted to go through the whole process herself, conspiring with our friends at Music Direct who steered her in the direction of a Clear Audio Concept turntable, a pair of KEF LS 50s and, of course, she already knew her amplifier, a Sprout II.

She could hardly finish dinner last night. As soon as my fork shoveled the last bite into my mouth she was all over me to help set it up. What absolute fun we had.

As the needle slowly lowered onto the spinning disc for the first time I watched her grin spread from ear to ear.

There’s little better than the first sounds from a new system. Vinyl or CD, it doesn’t matter.

It’s just the thrill of new that brings a special joy you just don’t get anywhere else.