What elements of your system make you happy? The sheer pleasure of listening to music or the quest to make it better?

Paul McGowan Some of us are looking for perfection though we aren’t happy when we find it. This is because we’re not really perfection bound. Instead, we love the process of building to a goal, then tearing down and starting again. Still others reach a point with their system of sheer bliss and this stays […]

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How to achieve system synergy?

System synergy between cables, amps, speakers, and the room are essential elements in the proper setup of a high-end audio system. How can you decide what goes together well and what works together within a system? Watch Now

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Long or short?

Paul McGowan As our three new listening rooms take shape in the new building it’s time to meet with the electricians to design our equipment feeds. Of course we’re going with dedicated lines: 10 gauge wire with separated ground, neutral and hot. I’ve scheduled 6 runs in each of the two main rooms but already […]

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As an aspiring author, I understand the mechanics of evoking emotion through well-crafted stories or poems

Paul McGowan We relate to collections of words because their meaning often generates empathy encouraging emotion: a smile for the happy ending, sadness at the loss of a friend. Music too can evoke emotion: inspiration from Stars and Stripes Forever, melancholy to Moonlight Sonata, a laugh from Yankee Doodle Dandy. But how? How do collections of […]

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