On side two the tonal balance is especially critical. Any boost to the top end will cause the vocals on the second track to SPIT LIKE CRAZY. This is a good test for how well your cartridge and arm are doing their jobs.
Sibilance is a bitch. The best pressings, with the most extension up top and the least amount of aggressive grit and grain mixed in with the music, played using the highest quality properly set up front ends, will keep siblilance to a minimum.
VTA, tracking weight, azimuth and anti-skate adjustments are critical to reducing the spit in your records.
We discuss the sibilance problems of MoFi records all the time. Have you ever read Word One about this problem elsewhere? Of course not.
Audiophiles and audiophile reviewers just seem to put up with these problems, or ignore them, or — even worse — simply fail to recognize them at all.
Play around with your table setup for a few hours and you will no doubt be able to reduce the severity of the sibilance on your favorite test and demo discs. All your other records will thank you for it too.
Especially your Beatles records. Many Beatles pressings are spitty, and the MoFi Beatles pressings are REALLY spitty. Of course MoFi fans never seem to notice this fact. Critical listening skills and MoFi pressings are not often found together. You either have one or the other.
We have a large number of entries in our new Listening in Depth series.
We discuss the issue of Sibilance in a number of listings.
We have a section for Audio Advice of all kinds.
You can find your very own Hot Stamper pressings by using the techniques we lay out in Hot Stamper Shootouts — The Four Pillars of Success.
And finally we’ll throw in this old warhorse discussing How to Become an Expert Listener, subtitled Hard Work and Challenges Can Really Pay Off.
Because in audio, much like the rest of life, hard work and challenges really do pay off.
Good Morning Judge told the comical tale of a career criminal over a hook-laden, surprisingly funky pop backing while The Things We Do for Love was an irresistible Beatles pastiche that showcased 10cc’s mastery of pop vocal harmonies. People in Love, a surprisingly straightforward ballad built on a gorgeous string arrangement, also became a modest chart success… Each of the tracks offers up plenty of naggingly catchy pop hooks, oodles of catchy riffs, and surprising twists in their arrangements… Well worth a spin for anyone who enjoyed Sheet Music or The Original Soundtrack.