Opus 3 is a small independent recording company from Sweden. Their LP's
(and now SACD's and CD's) are used in high end audio shops, audio
exhibitions and by audiophiles the world over because of their
outstanding sound and interesting music.
Blumlein recording techniques dominate, as do valve (tube) electronics
and microphones, resulting in extremely natural recordings with exemplary
imaging and soundstaging.
For tape enthusiasts, the news is even better, as they are now making
available copies of their superb analogue recordings on reel to reel tape.
The standard is on 10.5 inch 2 track tape at 15ips with IEC EQ, but
Jan-Eric, head of the company, has made copies available to me on 7" reels
at 7.5 ips with NAB EQ; he can also do 4 track, but recorded on one
direction only to prevent crosstalk. If you email him for the format you
want, you will find him very amenable to your needs.
The resulting tapes are a revelation: the musicians appear to be IN THE
ROOM, the sound is that realistic. Dynamics are breathtaking and images
are even more dimensional than on the other formats. The result is an
involvement with the music and musicians on a level which is rarely
achieved in recorded music.
If you have read my section on REEL TO REEL you have perhaps read
between the lines this: reel to reel, even with 30 to 50 year old tapes
gives audiophiles the sound we have all been seeking: dynamic, distortion
free and involving. With the OPUS 3 tapes, reel to reel has reached its
pinnacle: in my more than 50 years of being an audiophile and music lover,
rarely, if ever, hvae I been so totally enthralled and involved as with
these offerings from another enthusiast. If a non-audiophile person saw my
set up and said, well just how good does it sound, I would without
hesistaion play an OPUS 3 tape.
The tapes are not cheap, but they are cheaper (and availabel!) than The
Tape Project's offerings. Moreover, they are worth every dollar if you
value truly high end sound and great musicianship.
DISCAIMER: I paid full price for these tapes, I am in no way
financially involved with OPUS 3. People who knoiw me know that I clall it
as I see (hear) it. I admire Jan-Eric's passion, expertise, talent and
humanity. He is not in it for the money. He is one of us.