Analogue vs digital repress scandal

Pretty fascinating article that exposes an analogue pressing specialist that collectors praise and cost loads on the secondary market are usually actually digital!

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Ooh, they always get mentioned as being good for no static record sleeves and stuff too - wonder if this will fuck that up for them

There’s only 722 pages on the Hoffman forum about the topic so far…
You know the old saying - audiophiles are the second worst kind of phile.

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*reads a sentence about how analog is closer to spirit than digital and immediately closes page’

Yeah shitty false advertising and they deserve notoriety for it but the fact no one noticed organically speqaks volumes over the weird analogue fetish some audiophiles have

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Maybe it’s all a ruse so they can now sell the ‘no these really are the analog versions’ for £300 each.

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Only have one MoFi LP and weirdly enough they clearly used a different source from the original album as the guitar solo in one song is totally different.
There was a big discussion at the time that it MUST have been a last minute change for the album originally or master tapes etc were mislabelled etc.
Still sounds good and came with a bonus disc of unreleased stuff.

I look forward to everyone having an existential crisis and MoFi prices slumping.
prepares to pick up bargains :grinning:

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lmao imo

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Fair play to em

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It is pretty funny. I can be as nerdy as can be but the people swearing they can ‘hear the analogue’ never fails to amuse

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Trying to resist the temptation to spend an hour jumping to random pages in that hoffman forum thread in the hope of finding good beeves

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Analog cam and does sound different depending on the format but jts not nore ‘accurate’ its less ‘accurate’ more often than not especially in lower frequencies.

I dont mind people telling me it sounds better to them but the moment they start talking about 'as the recording artist intended’or ‘spunds more authentoc/real/accurate’ i start tuning out and assuming they balance fucking sound crystals on their set up

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There’s a good analogue studio near me, they’ve worked with some good artists, the records sound good and they made a good documentary about analogue recording which I found an interesting watch.

But I can’t say I would ever have any clue whether something was recorded analogue or digitally unless there’s actual tape hiss

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Loads of my digital recordings have tape hiss

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My cds hiss

Actually theyre snakes

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This is the documentary if anyone is interested

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This is kind of what Tidal hifi premium is aimed at with the premium giving you access to dolby atmos, 360 format & masters

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Yeah, I think it’s obviously very dependent on the record too. I think with older stuff being transferred to CD originally they tried to remove all the hiss because CD was sold on this no-hiss idea without making it clear that was true if your original recording was made digitally. I still remember my uncle pulling out his original Beggar’s Banquet LP and playing it on his old, unkempt stereo and it just sounded magic. I had sort of written off the Stones at that point because while I liked some tracks they just sounded really weedy on CD; I figured it was just poor mastering after that.

But also right now, yeah if I’m playing music most often I’m getting it from a Spotify stream and then bluetoothing it to speakers or whatever so if I have the record to play it usually does sound a bit better because it’s just a better connection; if I still had a direct CD player I doubt I could tell any difference between the two, certainly not on a modern record.

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Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is what we call a kicking. :smiley:

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