Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year!
Bought myself a Super Hot copy of Toto for Christmas. Couldn’t wait that long to play it though. For such a familiar record with so many hits heard so many times I sure don’t remember it ever sounding like this!
It is so true what you say about certain records really being meant to be played loud. This record positively BEGS to be played loud! The sound is so clear and dynamic and open, from the top to the bottom, it hard to believe. There is no edge or glare like you would get on CD. There really is no comparison.
This is my 24th Hot Stamper. I have a lot of really good pressings, that would impress anyone. Good enough it is easy to think, “This is as good as it gets.” At least, until I put on a Hot Stamper. Then immediately it hits me, “What were you thinking?!” The beauty of it is I now have enough to do a full evening listening to Hot Stampers.
I had a group of audiophiles over one time. Some of them came from out of state. After the usual demagnetizing and warmup with some of my good “regular” records I went to Hot Stampers. You should have seen the reaction. They were already listening, but now leaning in, every one of them with “that look,” you know, the one you see when audiophiles are utterly captivated.
Thanks, Tom, and Merry Christmas!
Fantastic letter, thanks so much.
So true about Toto – when a record has a naturally smooth EQ, then the louder it gets the more correct it gets. These audiophile records with their peaky sound and boosted extreme highs can’t be played loud because all that fake EQ hurts your ears when loud.
Thanks all your support and hope to find you more good records in the coming year!