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 opened 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 35 years ago and it is why he still comes to work everyday with a big smile on his face, Audiocounsel isn’t just a business it is a passion.

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.

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

“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.


Jimmy comes from a live music background so understands the importance of a quality music system that produces ‘real music’ just as it should sound live!

Jimmy has been in a number of different bands, loves to play any instrument that makes a noise and is involved in a large recording studio project- needless to say music is a massive part of his life and he brings that love and knowledge of music to audiocounsel with him.

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.