A big thank you to all the staff yesterday at PS Audio. Jason & James gave me a great tour today of the factory, music room and I met Gus Skinas who is an awesome human being. The demo he gave me of the unreleased Joni Mitchell track in 5.1 DSD played through his Sony Speakers powered by the BHK’s just locked me into the track for the 8 or so minutes of playback. A quick Hello to Bill Leebans to compliment him on Copper which I read every month
When I explained to Gus what my poor man’s DSD setup consists of. He legitimized it. It was a badge of honor for me. Seeing Neil Young’s Revox mixer and ARP Synth sequencer was too cool. The modular Moog wasn’t running but he explained his Berringer synth module rack and the fat Moog like sounds he achieves with it. Seeing the Juno 106 brought back memories of me yearning for one in High School (I had a Roland SH1000 similar to the one Steve Miller used on Swingtown). I could have stayed up there with Gus all day. He gave me his card and asked to keep in touch. That’s class !
TJ was the one who I’d been in contact with the last few days about coming to the factory and the one who handled the quick repair on my SGCD…
I met up with my fellow Canuck Darren Myers. Praised his work on the m700’s that I consider the McIntosh killers and told him so. Wished him luck on the Cartridge Preamp even though I’ve gone fully Digital, there are those who want this preamp to be a success and I’m sure it will be.
Even though Arnie Nudell’s Speaker’s weren’t running (James mentioned a phase issue with one of the Tweeters), it was just awesome gawking at them.
Music room # 3 has the same Stellar Stack that I bought and Jason spun a Diana Krall’s version of California Dreamin’ which I’m familiar with on my Rig.
Music Room # 2 we cranked some Stevie Ray Vaughan and Gary Clark Jr. but the boys couldn’t find your Wish You Were Here SACD which I wanted to compare on both the IRS V’s and the AN3’s. Nice job on the revolving seat. I stayed away from any Jazz or Classical and told the Boy’s NO Vinyl cause I just wanted to hear DSD and high bitrate PCM. After hearing the Joni Mitchell track, the Monk chants, and Diana Krall coming out of all five Sony Speakers. on Gus’ Sonoma System. Any Vinyl playback didn’t stand a chance with my ears. PCM is good but DSD is a whole another level 20 years on !
Anyways, if you are in the office tomorrow, you’ll see the note I left inside my Amazon bought copy of 99%. My Wife, myself, and our Chihuahua Happy are going on one of the trails not too far from the office early early in the morning. We are driving to Sante Fe, New Mexico Friday afternoon and back home to Scottsdale, AZ Sunday.
My only disappointment no being able to hear ELP’s Tarkus’ first 10 minutes on either the IRS V’s or the AN3’s. Or Genesis’ Firth Of Fifth at the 6:20 mark.
Once again, a Big Thank You to all your staff. I truly felt like a kid in the candy store. When The Boss is away…we kid’s will play !
Neil Young’s Revox Console
Neil Young’s ARP Sequencer above Gus’ Berringer Synth Modules
Gus & Me - What a Nice Man
Left, Center, & Right Sony Towers below 3 Harbeth Speakers that are part of array of speakers - not shown are the rear identical Left & Right Sony Towers or the remaining Harbeth Speakers tucked in the ceiling and behind
Another angle of the Sony’s/Harbeth’s/PS Audio BHK’s
Smiley The Revox Tape Deck
Music Room #3 (I think) I have the same Stellars in Black. Sounded pretty good to me.
James & Me (Jason not shown because he was busy taking this picture)
Look Familiar ?
Even though they weren’t connected, it was a thrill just looking them
I’ve seen these in a bunch of YouTube videos by some Dude name Paul
Wiring this clean was never my Forte’ as a Tech
Music Room #1 Survived my Visit in The Boss’ chair as did James & Jason
What started it all
My Golf, my Dog’s Butt (ugh!)…my Wife took this picture