Think of life without music

What is it about music that moves us in so many different ways? A favourite song comes on the radio and we sing along at the top of our voices, oblivious to the looks of bemusement coming from other drivers stuck in the traffic jam. The right songs can change the way we feel in an instant.

Our tastes may differ but music’s ability to move us on a deeply emotional level is universal. Music can trigger profound memories which previously lay dormant, exciting our sense of nostalgia and creating intense feelings of joy or melancholy. There is something ineffable about the way in which music makes us feel, as if at its most profound level it takes us into the realm of the sacred, where words can no longer do justice and attempts to describe it only sully the experience.

 Music has the power to transport you away

“I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. Truth is, I don’t want to know. Something’s are best left unsaid. I’d like to think they were singing about something so beautiful, it cannot be expressed in words, and it makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you, those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a grey place dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man felt free.”

From the film The Shawshank Redemption. Prisoner Andy Dufresne defies Warden Sam Norton by playing the duettino Marriage of Figaro – Mozart over the prison’s loudspeakers.

As I sit here and try to capture the essence of what music is, Eric Satie gently pours out of the system and transports me away. I am lost in the beauty. This piece is so simple yet so elegant. I close my eyes. Indulge myself in the sense of sound. Feel a smile gently rise across my face. And I’m gone. To where I am transported, nobody knows but I am away.

What a difficult challenge to describe music

I cannot attempt to describe the sound of the systems I shall talk about, only because my feeble attempt will be completely inadequate to the true beauty they possess.

Most of our interaction with music is through our system. Many modern hi-fi systems have very little to do with music. They dissect the sound. Strip it bare of any real resemblance to music. There is a sound but no communication. They simply act as a detail retrieval machine. Throwing relentless information in front of the listener. But that is not music.

Meet the team…


Dave opended audiocounsel in 1983 with the intention of selling the best music systems – that is still his goal today. To say Dave was enthusiastic about music would be putting it lightly. His love of music is what drove him to open audiocounsel 33 years ago and why he still comes to work everyday with a big smile on his face, audiocounsel isn’t just a business it is a passion.

As well as music Dave loves the outdoors. Dave and his daughter Sophie recently trekked to the base camp of Mount Everest and of course the audiocounsel banner was present at Base Camp.

Dave still lives by the same principle that he had when he opened audiocounsel, which is that “the strength in our business is the relationship we build with our customers.” which is why many of our customers have been shopping with us for 25 years.

“Dave sees the light at the end of the tunnel and manages to put a big smile on everybody’s face. When you sit down in a dem you know happiness is here!”– Paul Johnson, longstanding customer.


Sophie is carrying on the good family name from within Audiocounsel. She is as obsessed with music as any of us, choosing from a very eclectic musical taste.
Whether she is attending music festivals, live music nights or sat quietly listening to a demo in store, there is one common theme with Sophie- great music!
You will often find Sophie at Audiocounsel doing the jobs that certain others never get round to doing! But always with a warm smile on her face and happy to chat about both new and old music. If not, then try chatting about Yoga, travelling or avacados, three other passions of Sophie’s. You’ll always get a warm welcome and an enthusiastic music fan when Sophie is around at Audiocounsel.


Jimmy is the newest member of the audiocounsel family. There couldn’t of been a more perfect match for the job as Jimmy is just as mad about music as the rest of us. He comes from a live music background so understands the importance of a quality music system that produces ‘real music’ just as it should sound.

Jimmy has been in a number of different bands and loves to play guitar and bass. Music has always been a massive part of his life and he brings that love and knowledge of music to audiocounsel with him.

We look forward to you all getting to know Jimmy, it is great to welcome him to the team. Look out for him at the shop, he always has a big smile on his face and loves to talk about music to anyone willing to listen.