My comments below are in response to today’s Paul’s Post, “Technology Leaps”. Believe this Forum would be more appropriate to document my thoughts.
IME and with “18” SACD Octave Record recordings in my music library (purchased for the music genres that Stir My Soul), to my ears, I have found commonality in their great fidelity presentations and realism of the recorded musical art form:
*Excellent holographic separation, air and depth (all behind the baffle planes of my speaker system).
*Well defined vocal, instrumental, percussive, keyboard and string timbres.
*Openness and clarity of tonalities and harmonic structures.
*Details and precision of musician placement and space throughout the 3D soundstage presentation.
*Conveyance of emotional excitement of the musicians’ intentions.
I could expound even further into the positives I find of the fidelity that Octave Records captures in the recording process, but IMHO, feel there is one small caveat…Dryness!?!
Except for the Real Live Recordings off-site (that I totally enjoy), the OR Studio Recordings seem quite Dry to me. I mean although the soundstage well represents the limited and recorded venue space of the studio rooms, I believe additional added REVERB (even ever so slightly) might simulate more of what a live performance venue could/would present of the performance excitement!
My singular example that well represents my thoughts, the OR Scabaret -Hot House Flower- album (recorded at Animal Lane Studios in Lyons, Colorado), has superb reverb balance and liveliness. On my very resolving system and in my listening room, this recording presents the group in a wonderful holographic soundstage presentation that stirs many emotions and strong “Live-I’m-There” feelings!!!
Of course, these above observations are strictly IMHO (my ears-my system-my room-my musical taste), thus for most others, YMMV!!
Hope this does not come across as an overall put-down to the talented, successful and beautiful music art work that Octave Records has achieved, but as a singular opinion (wish) of only One of your many dedicated fans!!!