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A Frequently Asked Question

How come you guys don't like Half-Speed Mastered Records?


Why should we? We've played them by the hundreds over the years, and we found that as our ability to reproduce the sound of the records we auditioned improved (better equipment, set-up, tweaks, room, electricity and the like), the worse those audiophile pressings sounded, almost without exception.

The most serious fault of the typical Half-Speed Mastered LP is not incorrect tonality or poor bass definition, although you will have a hard time finding one that doesn't suffer from both.

It's Dead As A Doornail sound, plain and simple, a subject we discuss in greater depth here.

Straight Answers to Your Hot Stamper Questions


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And most Heavy Vinyl pressings coming down the pike these days are as guilty of this sin as their audiophile forerunners from the '70s and '80s. The average Heavy Vinyl LP I throw on my turntable sounds like it's playing in another room. What audiophile in his right mind could possibly find that quality appealing? But there are scores of companies turning out this crap. Somebody must be buying it.

Head to Head It's No Contest

Visit our Hall of Shame (300+ strong) to see what are in our opinion some of the worst sounding records ever made.

Note that most of the entries are audiophile remasterings of one kind or another.

The reason for this is simple: we've gone through the all-too-often unpleasant experience of comparing them head to head with our best Hot Stamper pressings.

When you can hear them that way, up against an exceptionally good record, their flaws become that much more obvious and, frankly, that much more intolerable.


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