Hi, I’m Terri McGowan, Paul’s wife and a PS Audio employee. I wanted to share my little audio story. I acquired my stereo system this year: a pair of white KEF LS50 speakers, a Sprout amplifier, and a Clear Audio Concept turntable. I love how it looks in our living room and am proud to play records for friends, family, and myself.
Last January my mom passed away, unfortunately. As we went through her house we came upon a box of old albums and her record player, the kind you could put a stack of albums on, and they would drop down and play in sequence. She had a lot of classical and contemporary (for her time) albums, including my sister’s and my favorite, Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66. My plan was to give all this to Sean, one of our sons, who like most 30 year olds, is into vinyl. He quite thoughtfully brought the whole set over to the rental house where our entire family stayed for my mom’s memorial. We played all her old albums and had a lot of good, fun memories. Sean talked me into taking a few of these albums home, including the Brasil '66 album. This was my motivation for the purchase of my system in March, and I have been carefully adding albums to my collection since.
The problem is, I noticed that music that I normally love didn’t sound as good as my Sergio Mendes mono album (A&M LP 116). A friend gave me a stereo pressing of Brazil 66 (A&M SP 4116) but it didn’t sound as good as my heavily-played mono version. Paul explained that the different pressings had different sounds, even the people that ran the pressing machine made a difference.
Now I am struggling with how to pick albums that will sound the best for the music that I love. I have been fortunate to hear some of the better systems in the world and would appreciate some advice on how to find the very best vinyl recordings and pressings. Thanks!