Octave Releases on Vinyl

From Kevin today - the first two are now available for order…

“I’m excited to announce that vinyl LP pressings are now available from Octave Records. We chose two albums to start with, Gabriel Mervine’s Say Somethin’ and Don Grusin’s Out of Thin Air, which were previously available only in SACD and digital download. You can check them out here:”

https://www.psaudio.com/products/say-somethin/
https://www.psaudio.com/products/out-of-thin-air/

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More from Kevin:

“In order to ensure maximum quality and perfection in every disc, the pressing plant we use employs a state-of-the-art closed-loop heating/cooling system and programmable logic controllers to precisely temperature-control the vinyl molds. For electroplating the masters, we partnered with the world-famous NiPro Optics company to achieve the most technologically advanced and modern electroforming in the world. Using GrooveCoated technology, we’ve dramatically increased the lifespan of the stamper, reducing high-frequency loss as the pressing cycles continue. And finally, our vinyl is released directly from the DSD master, which is an entirely new process available exclusively from Octave Records. These releases are 180-gram (45rpm) LPs and we think they are nothing short of extraordinary.”

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Curiously, the Hey Joe SACD re-release was originally mastered by Paul’s mate who does the Sonoma (sorry, forgotten his name) and was released on DMM 45rpm vinyl. I bought a copy on Amazon for £25 - about $30. The sound quality is fabulous. I can’t remember who did the pressing, unfortunately the packaging is terrible - cereal box quality.

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So some quick updates…. I’ve was able to do some quick comparisons of the Don Grusin - Out Of Thin Air in Vinyl, SACD, and Qobuz 192 Hi-Rez today.

I had my wife listen to Qobuz vs Vinyl and in her non audio terms, she quickly stated that the streaming version sounded good, but like it was “inside a box” compared to vinyl. It was pretty easy to hear the difference in soundstage and lack of air to the vinyl.

With the vinyl vs SACD, it was very close and I only spotted subtle differences- it was mostly in the transients, where the SACD was slightly less dynamic- I’m assuming my +10 year old DA conversion in my Esoteric can’t quite keep up.

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Very nice


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@jtsnead i just relistened to the vinyl again compared to the SACD and wow. That is one good album no matter what option. I know my SACD player is my limiting factor, and can’t keep up with the dynamics of the vinyl. Have you had a chance to compare - I’d love to hear your thoughts?

Or anyone else that has both for that matter?

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I listened to the vinyl only it is very good haven’t listened to the sacd yet

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