Leaving the kitchen at PS Audio I was careful not to spill my tea—eyes focused on the steaming cup. I hadn't noticed the person standing in the hall and nearly covered us both with hot green liquid.
He had been in Music Room One and emerged looking for our International sales manager, Travis, but figured I'd do as well to answer a few questions. I was glad for the break in my daily running around.
What he was curious about is a topic I often have to explain. How better doesn't make for better.
He was blown away with what he had been hearing and questioned whether it was the equipment or the speakers. Few people go into Music Room One that aren't bowled over by just the look of the massive Infinity IRSV, let alone their sound. And the assumption is the speakers make the equipment driving them sound better—thus providing an unfair advantage when auditioning gear.
What might happen if he were to install PS products with his own speakers that weren't so impressive?
Better speakers don't help electronics sound better. In fact, the opposite is true.
It's a funny thing. The speakers in Music Room One are some of the most revealing loudspeakers in the world. Tiny sonic blemishes seem magnified like pimples in the mirror.
The better your equipment the more easily you can hear both the good and the bad.