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Opus 3 - The Audiophile Man
Vinyl has made a comeback, there’s rumours of the regrowth of the cassette culture and now reel-to-reel tape is on the march. Dave Denyer reviews “One” Open Reel Selection of Opus 3 Analogue Recordings, Volume 2 A key goal of any serious audiophile is to capture the experience of a live musical performance delivered in a room with optimum acoustics and reproduce it at home. Sadly, for most of us, that goal remains elusive. It’s widely agreed that even the best recording and playback processes and systems rarely, if ever, fully achieve it. Well, this week I got a glimpse. Truth be told, I probably came the closest I’ve ever been. And I even managed to impress my girlfriend to boot. Something of an audio skeptic, her allegiance to the live gig means that her usual response to my suggestion that any recording could even come close is a dismissive,“Pfft”. But this week she was seen leaping around my listening room, eyes wide and hands pointing into the air where she could almost see and feel the various musicians, so convincing was the sound. So you’re going to have to forgive me if this review tends towards the gushing end …