How much better will a Hot Stamper sound on my system?

That’s a tough question, because it involves two things I can’t know: how good your stereo is, and how critically you listen to it.

Really, the only way to find out how much better sounding a Hot Stamper pressing is would be to try one or two and see if the sound quality justifies the price. Which is why we offer a 100% money back guarantee: the record has to perform to your satisfaction or we give you all your money back.

A fellow wrote me a while back with a long list of his equipment. I replied:

I would like to help you but I know very little about any of the equipment you discuss below other than the EAR 834p, which I do like. I very much like KEF speakers in general — they are neutral as a rule — which means that probably anything you buy that makes them sound better will most likely be a good piece of gear, but what that would be I cannot say, sorry.

The only way to know if your system can resolve the differences between our records and everybody else’s is to try some. You are the ultimate judge of what the value of that difference is and no one else.

All guaranteed of course. Try anything you like and send it back if you don’t feel it’s worth the cost.

And keep in mind that as your stereo gets better, our records get better. This is not true for most audiophile reissues, whose flaws become more obvious the better your system gets.

Just a few days back a fellow asked me why Led Zeppelin III sounds so awful — he’s hated the sound of his copy since he bought it in the ’70s.

I sent him a link to our Hot Stamper pressing, which was priced at many hundreds of dollars, and said that our copy will show you the sound you’ve been missing for 40 years. This is the service we offer. He hasn’t bought it yet and probably never will, but think about what he’s missing: the enjoyment of that music. (Many have written to us about just how good that record sounds on the pressings we sell.)

And if you’re like the guy that thought that this record sounds good, then you probably will return any Hot Stamper we send you, which he did.

If super smooth is the sound you are going for, lots of audiophile record dealers have what you want — on Remastered Heavy Vinyl — in stock and ready to ship. How anybody falls for that sound is beyond me.

(Actually, two men, a Mr Dunning and a Mr Kruger, came up with a workable explanation. It comports with practically everything I know about this hobby and the people who pursue it, and it matches up especially well with my own experience for the first twenty years I struggled to make sense of high end audio.)


Basic Concepts and Realities Explained 

Guest Commentaries from Robert Brook 

Important Lessons We Learned from Record Experiments 

Key Tracks for Critical Listening 

Making Audio Progress 

Records We’ve “Discovered” with Exceptional Sound 

Stampers and Pressing Information 

We Get Letters 

We Was Wrong

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