Octave gets rockin’!

Love great music? Well, hang on to your hat. The indie rock band, Augustus, knocks this latest Octave Record’s release out of the proverbial ballpark.

From their foot-tapping driving beats to their haunting melodies, Augustus never ceases to surprise and delight with their unpredictable power. This is one hell of a recording and album.

“One of the best rock albums, ever!”

“These guys get going and you don’t want them to stop.”

Ragtime World is already one of Octave Record’s best selling albums yet. 

“This is music I can listen to all day long. The band’s great. Kickass.”

We cannot wait until you fire up the album’s last track, James Dean. Think you can stop your foot from tapping? Impossible. Or keep a tear from shedding on the track, Diana? Hard to imagine.

Go here to check out the samples of the entire album.

Ragtime World is a must-have for anyone that loves as much as we do, this wonderful music. A true genre masterpiece.

“The video with them made me buy it.”

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Augustus review

It’s not often that so soon after an album’s release it is reviewed, but PS Audio HiFi Family member, Russel Welton was so taken with this amazing musical work he submitted to us the following review.

They have such a laid-back and super sincere vibe with their music with influences that remind me of Free and Paul Roger’s vibe in Leave the Lights On right through to the Eagles with Gulf of Mexico.

There’s a wonderful depth of the 70’s not just in the instrumentation but in the feel of vocals. For me it conjures up imagery of America’sHorse with no Name and the timbre in the vocals of early Bread tracks. How fantastic to hear the feel of that era but with such modern clarity and spaciousness in the recording and mix which is super revealing.

Fast-tracking forward in time, the urgency hidden in the emotional build up in Silent Disco takes me to the Kings of Leon as doesMadonna. Augustus has magically combined a heart and soul of a vintage melancholia at the crossroads of epic stadium anthemic rock. They know how to strip it right back and layer it up in Ragtime World with emotionally intelligent use of dynamics in their collaborative process.

Don’t be fooled by the chilled exterior – these guys have a burning fire to share. Enjoy the warmth and energy. How fitting this album should be released in August. 

In the center

When I look at the wonderful collection of system photos from our HiFi Family photo album, the one thing I notice is that most people place their electronics stack between the speakers.

I too do this when at a tradeshow, but almost never do this in my personal or reference system if I can help it. In fact, for many years, almost no one would consider placing their electronics in the center of the front wall and between the speakers.

Before there were remote controls, it would have been a real pain in the keester to have to jump up and down to change volume levels for each track.

I understand most folks don’t have the luxury of extra real estate to be able to put their electronic stack to the side, and some are anxious to keep their cable lengths short, but I am guessing there’s also another reason.

We like to see the equipment when music’s playing. After all, most of us own some pretty cool looking gear.

So here’s the thing. My recommendation is to keep the equipment stack—or anything for that matter—out from between the speakers. Equipment racks, tables, television sets, all wreak some level of sonic havoc.

It’s not always easy nor convenient, but if you can manage, put the shelf-full of kit off to the side.

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Copper Magazine

In this issue: Adrian Wu reports on the recent Hong Kong High-End Audio Visual Show 2021. Ray Chelstowski interviews singer/songwriter Joshua Radin, whose album The Ghost And The Wall breaks boundaries. Russ Welton considers the audio butterfly effect and concludes our interview with iconoclastic cellist Jo Quail. Don Lindich gets away with the Sota Escape turntable. Jay Jay French interviews FM radio DJ Joe Rock as they ask: what exactly is classic rock? Don Kaplan enjoys a little knight music in the latest installment of “The Mindful Melophile.” Ken Sander encounters the Music Revolution.

B. Jan Montana begins a pilgrimage to Sturgis, while John Seetoo pays a virtual visit to the legendary Capitol Studios. J.I. Agnew talks with mastering engineer Mike Papas of Australia’s XL Productions about the magnificent Telefunken M15A tape machine. Rich Isaacs looks at 10 great music documentaries. Stuart Marvin asks: are the proliferation of anniversary classic rock reissues worth it? Tom Gibbs offers an exploration into digital file compression. I seek some clarity about the audio concept of transparency. Anne E. Johnson considers the career of bass wizard Stanley Clarke and digs through Garbage. We conclude the issue with looks at media ownership, endless love, big Macs and special delivery.

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Where have all the experts gone?

As our industry morphs from its heyday of local experts to a more globally connected version, we see a shift that affects us all.

I remember well the differing areas of influence exerted over localities. Big, influential high-end dealers in one area would have their favorite go-to systems peppered throughout their spheres of influence. Thus, audiophiles in New York might have systems very different than their west coast brethren.

Now that we are increasingly connected together by the internet, there’s a homogenization of systems around the world.

I think this is a good thing because it allows us to share together information and ideas we might never have had access to.

There are no fewer HiFi experts than there were before.

You just have to look for them online.

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Acoustic treatments

It is ironic that the best acoustic treatment I know of is made from ordinary stuff. Books. Albums.

We go to great expense and long lengths to acoustically treat our rooms, yet when it comes right down to it, the best sounding rooms are typically filled with ordinary stuff. And lots of it.

How do you know when your room is acoustically correct? Just listen to your voice when inside the room. If it sounds natural you’re 90% the way there.

More than a few times I have recommended to people interested in damping or diffusing the point of first reflection to simply purchase a pair of tall bookshelves and fill them with either books or albums. My preference, by the way, is books. Books are uneven and that randomness helps diffuse sound in a very natural way.

Nothing I know of works better.

And, you don’t even have to have read the books. 🙂

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