Some audiophiles buy albums based on their labels. For example, this Shaded Dog pressing from the Golden Age of RCA Living Stereo might appeal to a certain kind of audiophile who treasures LSC’s on the original label.
More than that, he might limit himself to 1S Indianapolis pressings. Hooray! What could be better?
However, many records from this era simply do not sound good, and this is one of them. We have never heard a good sounding copy of LSC 2522, and we’ve played plenty of them over the decades we’ve been in the business of selling Golden Age Classical records.
If you are a fan of Living Stereo pressings, have you noticed that many of them – this one for example – don’t sound very good?
If you’re an audiophile with good equipment, you should have. But did you? Or did you buy into the hype surrounding these rare LSC pressings and just ignore the problems with the sound?
There is plenty of hype surrounding the hundreds of Heavy Vinyl pressings that are currently in print. I read a lot about how wonderful they sound, but when I actually play them, I rarely find them to be any better than mediocre, and most of them are downright awful. (more…)