Optimal Media GmbH

Optimal Media GmbH

Profile:
German full service media manufacturer, operating under this name since October 1, 2011.
Formerly operating as Optimal Media Production.

Matrix scheme:

XY#####-ZZ
(Single letter format identifier, followed by single character year identifier, followed by a 5 digit numeral code, followed by an appended two digit disc numbering).

X is the format identifier:
"A" = CDs
"B" = Vinyl records
"D" = DVDs or Blu-Ray Discs
"E" = Blu-ray Discs

Y is the manufacturing year identifier, since 2010 a single letter (A to Z):
(before 2010 see Optimal Media Production listings)

A = 2010
B = 2011
C = 2012
D = 2013
E = 2014
F = 2015
G = 2016
H = 2017
I = 2018
J = 2019
K = 2020
L = 2021

After the 5 digit numeral code, the 2 digit disc numbering (ZZ) can be found, which starts at "01".
On multi disc releases the last digit usually incrementally rises by 1 for each disc. (Example: Disc 1 = 01, Disc 2 = 02, etc.)

Examples:
CD: AB57815-01 manufactured by optimal media GmbH
DVD: DC83784-01 manufactured by optimal media GmbH
Vinyl: BJ78101-01 A1

Notes on CDs/DVDs:
• CD and DVD releases additionally carry a "manufactured by optimal media GmbH" string next to the matrix number.
• If the production was done for a manufacturing broker (e.g. Handle With Care), the string often is replaced with the name of the broker.
• The plant's mastering SID codes are: ifpi/IFPI L571, L573, L574, L575, L576, L577, L578, L622 LZ09.

Notes on Vinyl records:
• The matrix number can be either machine stamped or hand etched.
• If initials of a mastering engineer (see the list below) appear next to the matrix number, you can also enter the Lacquer Cut At role for Optimal Media GmbH.
• If there are no mastering engineer initials present, the mastering / lacquer cutting was done externally.
• Due to the nature of the hand etching, the B (format identifier) might be mistaken for a 3, an 8 or a D. Also, G as the second letter, year identifier, can often be confused with the number 9. The numeral 1 can be mistaken for a 7 and the 5 can be mistaken for a √.
• Vinyl releases additionally carry the side positions along with an additional digit, next to the matrix number (see the example below).
• There are sometimes additional, faintly inscribed "geometric" marks. These are added during plating, and are therefore mirrored. They consist of a digit and a symmetrical symbol such as I, +, =, △ (for example I ↾ ). Enter these with the runout string in their non-mirrored form (e.g. "1 I") and note this in the Release Notes (e.g. "1 I mirrored in runouts" - see this example).
• In 2020 matrix numeration reached number BK99999, then started with BK00000 not with BK100000.

Notes on the manufacture date:
• The year of manufacture in some cases may not be equal to the release year.
• The actual release date can be the same year of manufacture or one year later (e.g. manufactured in Dec. and released in Jan.)
• It (normally) cannot be earlier than the year it was manufactured though (there can be certain exceptions).
• Do not derive a release year from the manufacturing date code alone.

How to enter the matrix number in the LCCN fields:
• Please only enter the "XY#####" part, without the appended disc numbering: This is the internal "article number".
• If a release shows 2 or more of these numbers (e.g. multi-format releases), please enter each in a separate field.

Additional notes:
• Even records that come without the characteristic Optimal code can indeed be pressed there. Orders going through certain broker and/or manufacturers won't get
assigned a code for the plating process. With Optimal being one of the biggest pressing plants in Europe, there might be tons of records that were unknowingly pressed there.

Vinyl mastering engineers employed at Optimal Media GmbH:
AM (23)
BW (5)
Heino Leja (HL)
Jörg Peters (JP)
KL (5)
KR (3)
MK (11)
SJ (13)
ST (15)
BK (14)
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Contact Info:
Optimal Media GmbH
Glienholzweg 7
17207 Röbel / Müritz
Germany

Tel.: +49 39931 56932

[email protected]
Sites:
[l313190]

Label


Cat# Artist  Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
A852536 Le Tour De -M-  album cover -M- Le Tour De -M-(2xCD, RP, Liv) Delabel, Parlophone A852536 France Unknown Sell This Version
BI49647 Nighttime Nightrhymes  album cover :Of The Wand & The Moon: Nighttime Nightrhymes(LP, Album, Ltd, RE) Moondrop Records BI49647 Denmark 2018 Sell This Version
BK15866 :Emptiness:Emptiness:Emptiness:  album cover :Of The Wand & The Moon: :Emptiness:Emptiness:Emptiness:(LP, Album, RE, RM) Moondrop Records BK15866 Denmark 2020 Sell This Version
BD29559 And Anyway It's Christmas  album cover !!! And Anyway It's Christmas(7") Warp Records BD29559 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
BE74722 All U Writers / Gonna Guetta Stomp  album cover !!! All U Writers / Gonna Guetta Stomp(12", Single, Ltd) Warp Records BE74722 UK & Europe 2015 Sell This Version
BH67715 Shake The Shudder  album cover !!! Shake The Shudder(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Tra) Warp Records BH67715 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
WARPLP260 As If  album cover !!! As If(2xLP, Album) Warp Records WARPLP260 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
AK03332 Cosmic World Mother  album cover ...And Oceans Cosmic World Mother(CD, Album) Season Of Mist AK03332 France 2020 Sell This Version
BK96630 Cosmic World Mother  album cover ...And Oceans Cosmic World Mother (Album) BK96630 France 2020 Sell This Version
SOM 541LP Cosmic World Mother  album cover ...And Oceans Cosmic World Mother (Album) SOM 541LP France 2020 Sell This Version
B0026828-01 Source Tags & Codes  album cover ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead Source Tags & Codes(LP + LP, S/Sided, Etch + Album, RE, Gat) Interscope Records B0026828-01 US 2017 Sell This Version
BE 41506 Tao Of The Dead Part III  album cover ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead Tao Of The Dead Part III(12", S/Sided, EP, Etch, RE) Richter Scale BE 41506 UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
BE66627 IX  album cover ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead IX(LP, Album, Gre + CD, Album + Ltd) Superball Music, Superball Music BE66627 Germany 2014 Sell This Version
BE86627 IX  album cover ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead IX(LP, Album, 180 + CD, Album) Superball Music, Superball Music BE86627 Germany 2014 Sell This Version
BH82630 Source Tags & Codes  album cover ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead Source Tags & Codes(Album, RE, Gat + LP + LP, S/Sided, Etch) Interscope Records BH82630 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
BJ91717 X: The Godless Void And Other Stories  album cover ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead X: The Godless Void And Other Stories (Album) BJ91717 Europe 2020 Sell This Version
AD13661 .com/kill  album cover .com/kill .com/kill(CD, Album, Enh) Accession Records AD13661 Germany 2013 Sell This Version
none The Navy Lark Series Fourteen  album cover "The Navy Lark" Cast The Navy Lark Series Fourteen(7xCD, Enh + Box, Comp, Pre) BBC none UK 2016 Sell This Version
none The Navy Lark Series Fifteen  album cover "The Navy Lark" Cast The Navy Lark Series Fifteen(7xCD, Enh + Box, Comp, Pre) BBC none UK 2017 Sell This Version
none The Navy Lark 32 : The Police Drop In  album cover "The Navy Lark" Cast The Navy Lark 32 : The Police Drop In(2xCD) BBC none UK 2017 Sell This Version
AB54582 Icon:Koru (15th Anniversary Collector's Box)  album cover [:SITD:] Icon:Koru (15th Anniversary Collector's Box)(CD, Album + CD, Comp + CD + CD, Comp + Box, Ltd) Accession Records AB54582 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
BI34824 In Your Eyes  album cover &ME In Your Eyes(12", EP) Pampa Records BI34824 Germany 2018 Sell This Version
BJ79825 La Otra Vida  album cover 091 (2) La Otra Vida(LP, Album + CD, Album) Warner Music Spain BJ79825 Spain 2019 Sell This Version
AE46865 Volume One: 1981-1985  album cover Half Japanese* Volume One: 1981-1985(CD, Album, RE + CD, Album, RE + CD, Album, RE + Co) Fire Records AE46865 UK & Europe 2014 Sell This Version
AE72047 Volume Two: 1987 - 1989  album cover Half Japanese* Volume Two: 1987 - 1989(CD, Album, RE + CD, Album, RE + CD, Album, RE + Co) Fire Records AE72047 UK & Europe 2015 Sell This Version
AF86665 Volume Three: 1990 - 1995  album cover Half Japanese* Volume Three: 1990 - 1995(CD, Album, RE + CD, Album, RE + CD, Album, RE + Co) Fire Records AF86665 UK & Europe 2015 Sell This Version
AG39258 Volume Four: 1997 -2001  album cover Half Japanese* Volume Four: 1997 -2001(CD, Album, RE + CD, Album, RE + CD, Album, RE + Co) Fire Records AG39258 UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
BD03326 1/2 Gentlemen / Not Beasts  album cover Half Japanese* 1/2 Gentlemen / Not Beasts (Album) BD03326 UK 2013 Sell This Version
BE66685 Music To Strip By  album cover Half Japanese* Music To Strip By(LP, Album, RE, W/Lbl) Fire Records BE66685 UK 2014 Sell This Version
BE66686 Charmed Life  album cover Half Japanese* Charmed Life(LP, Album, RE, W/Lbl) Fire Records BE66686 UK 2014 Sell This Version
BE66688 The Band That Would Be King  album cover Half Japanese* The Band That Would Be King(LP, Album, RE, W/Lbl) Fire Records BE66688 UK 2014 Sell This Version
BE75796 Volume Three: 1990-1995  album cover Half Japanese* Volume Three: 1990-1995(LP, Album, RE, W/Lbl + LP, Album, RE, W/Lbl + LP, ) Fire Records, Fire Records, Fire Records BE75796 UK & Europe 2015 Sell This Version
BG53013 Hear The Lions Roar  album cover Half Japanese* Hear The Lions Roar (Album) BG53013 UK, Europe & US 2017 Sell This Version
BI51541 Invincible  album cover Half Japanese* Invincible(LP, Album, TP, W/Lbl) Fire Records BI51541 UK 2019 Sell This Version
BI 30792 By All Dreams Necessary  album cover 1000 Gram By All Dreams Necessary(LP, Album, Tur) Staatsakt BI 30792 Germany 2018 Sell This Version
AC64177 Elgin Avenue Breakdown Revisited  album cover The 101ers* Featuring Joe Strummer The 101ers* Featuring Joe Strummer - Elgin Avenue Breakdown Revisited(CD, Comp) EMI AC64177 UK Unknown Sell This Version
BE78003 Elgin Avenue Breakdown Revisited  album cover The 101ers* Featuring Joe Strummer The 101ers* Featuring Joe Strummer - Elgin Avenue Breakdown Revisited(2xLP, Comp, Ltd, RE, RM, Red) Andalucia, Parlophone BE78003 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
BG43475 Bloody Tourists  album cover 10cc Bloody Tourists(LP, Album, RE) Mercury, Mercury BG43475 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
BG43478 How Dare You!  album cover 10cc How Dare You!(LP, Album, RE) Mercury, Mercury BG43478 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
BG43479 The Original Soundtrack  album cover 10cc The Original Soundtrack(LP, Album, RE, 180) Mercury, UMC BG43479 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
AD09536 Portrait  album cover 10forBrass Portrait(CD, Album) GENUIN AD09536 Germany 2013 Sell This Version
BG44245 Reliquary For A Dreamed Of World  album cover 11PARANOIAS Reliquary For A Dreamed Of World(LP, Album) Ritual Productions BG44245 UK 2016 Sell This Version
AB60939 Lacrima Mortis  album cover The 11th Hour Lacrima Mortis(CD, Album) Napalm Records AB60939 Austria 2012 Sell This Version
BC64749 120 Days II  album cover 120 Days 120 Days II(LP, Album) Splendour BC64749 Norway 2012 Sell This Version
BJ58814 Dødskamp  album cover 1349 Dødskamp(10", Single, Ltd) Season Of Mist BJ58814 France 2019 Sell This Version
BJ74474 The Infernal Pathway  album cover 1349 The Infernal Pathway(2x12", Album) Season Of Mist BJ74474 France 2019 Sell This Version
BJ77141 Liberation  album cover 1349 Liberation(LP, Album, RE, Gol) Candlelight Records, Spinefarm Records BJ77141 UK 2019 Sell This Version
SOM514EP Dødskamp  album cover 1349 Dødskamp(10", Single, TP) Season Of Mist SOM514EP France 2019 Sell This Version
SOM532LP The Infernal Pathway  album cover 1349 The Infernal Pathway(2x12", Album, TP) Season Of Mist SOM532LP France 2019 Sell This Version
BE46584 Live Evolution Lost  album cover 13th Floor Elevators Live Evolution Lost(2xLP, RE, Gre + LP, S/Sided, Red + Box, Album) Charly Records, International Artists BE46584 UK, Europe & US 2014 Sell This Version
55056 Steppin' Out  album cover The 13th Floor Steppin' Out(LP, Album, RE, RM) Blue Candle 55056 2017 Sell This Version
AH67462 Our Season Draws Near  album cover 1476 Our Season Draws Near(CD, Album, Dig) Prophecy Productions AH67462 2017 Sell This Version
AB53524 Olden  album cover Sixteen Horsepower* Olden(CD, Album, RP) Glitterhouse Records AB53524 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
AE63014 Hoarse  album cover 16 Horsepower Hoarse(CD, Album, RE, Dig) Glitterhouse Records AE63014 Germany 2014 Sell This Version
GRLP 1000 All Access  album cover Sixteen Horsepower* All Access(LP, Album, RE, RM + LP, Album, RE, RM + 2xLP, Albu) Glitterhouse Records GRLP 1000 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
AD27736 Titus Träumt  album cover 17 Hippies Für Kinder* Titus Träumt(CD, Album) Hipster-Records AD27736 Germany 2013 Sell This Version
AI51594 Kirschenzeit  album cover 17 Hippies Kirschenzeit(CD, Album) Hipster-Records AI51594 Germany 2018 Sell This Version
BE57605 1900  album cover 1900 1900(LP, Album, RM, 180 + CD, Album) St4t BE57605 Sweden 2014 Sell This Version
ST4T004 Tekno  album cover 1900 Tekno(LP, Album) St4t ST4T004 Sweden 2016 Sell This Version
AJ67746 The Blind Leading The Blind  album cover 1914 The Blind Leading The Blind (Album) AJ67746 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
AL47803 Where Fear And Weapons Meet  album cover 1914 Where Fear And Weapons Meet(CD, Album) Napalm Records, Napalm Records AL47803 Europe 2021 Sell This Version
BD19717 The 1975  album cover The 1975 The 1975(2xLP, Album, Cle) Dirty Hit, Polydor BD19717 UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version
BF15412 Love Me  album cover The 1975 Love Me(7", Single, Cle) Dirty Hit BF15412 UK 2016 Sell This Version
BF15415 The Sound  album cover The 1975 The Sound(7", Single, Cle) Dirty Hit BF15415 UK 2016 Sell This Version
BF15416 I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It  album cover The 1975 I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It (Album, Single) BF15416 Europe 2016 Sell This Version
BG2248 A Change Of Heart  album cover The 1975 A Change Of Heart(7", S/Sided, Single, Ltd, S/Edition, Cle) Dirty Hit BG2248 UK 2016 Sell This Version
BI44610 A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships  album cover The 1975 A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships (Album) BI44610 2018 Sell This Version
BI44670 A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships  album cover The 1975 A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Whi) Interscope Records, Dirty Hit BI44670 US 2018 Sell This Version
BI46750 Give Yourself A Try / Love It If We Made It  album cover The 1975 Give Yourself A Try / Love It If We Made It(7", Single, Ltd) Dirty Hit BI46750 UK 2018 Sell This Version
AH64900 Chromola  album cover 1982 (2) Chromola(LP, Album + CD, Album) Hubro AH64900 Norway 2017 Sell This Version
BB49000 Pintura  album cover 1982 (2) Pintura(LP, Album) Hubro BB49000 Norway 2011 Sell This Version
BC81443 1982 + BJ Cole  album cover 1982 (2) + BJ Cole 1982 (2) + BJ Cole - 1982 + BJ Cole(LP, Album) Hubro BC81443 Norway 2012 Sell This Version
BE61156 The Night Is Young  album cover The 2 Bears The Night Is Young(2xLP) Southern Fried Records BE61156 UK 2014 Sell This Version
AG33804 The Very Best Of (25th Anniversary Edition)  album cover 2 Brothers On The 4th Floor Feat. Des'Ray & D-Rock 2 Brothers On The 4th Floor Feat. Des'Ray & D-Rock - The Very Best Of (25th Anniversary Edition)(2xCD, Comp) CNR Music AG33804 Netherlands 2016 Sell This Version
BC65456 As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt.2  album cover 2 Many DJ's As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt.2(2xLP, Mixed) Play It Again Sam, Play It Again Sam BC65456 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
AE65411 The Other I  album cover 2:54 The Other I(LP, Album, Whi + CD, Album) Bella Union AE65411 UK 2014 Sell This Version
BE52298 Motifs  album cover 20Syl Motifs(12", EP + 7", Ltd, Pic, Zeb) Onandon Records BE52298 France 2014 Sell This Version
BF89508 Motifs II  album cover 20Syl Motifs II(12", EP + 7", Ltd, Pic, Fea) Onandon Records, Onandon Records BF89508 France 2015 Sell This Version
AC85502 The Singles  album cover 22 Pistepirkko The Singles(5xCD, Comp + DVD + Box) Bone Voyage Recording Company AC85502 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
BJ86509 Rumble City, LaLa Land  album cover 22 Pistepirkko Rumble City, LaLa Land(LP, Album, Ltd, Tra) Bone Voyage Recording Company BJ86509 Finland 2019 Sell This Version
AE62979 The New Today  album cover 2562 The New Today (Album) AE62979 Germany 2014 Sell This Version
MMR 01 MMR 01  album cover 2M (8) MMR 01(12", W/Lbl) MMR (2) MMR 01 Germany 2014 Sell This Version
AG63788 Nemesis  album cover 2nd Face* Nemesis(CD, Album) Dependent (2) AG63788 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
AI28097 Nihilum  album cover 2̵n̵d̵ ̵f̷a̶c̴e̷ Nihilum(CD, EP, Ltd) Dependent (2) AI28097 Germany 2018 Sell This Version
AB26523 Thug Life Forever  album cover 2Pac Thug Life Forever(CD, Comp, Unofficial) Tuppy Entertainment AB26523 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
AH80946 The Best Of 2Pac - Part 1: Thug  album cover 2Pac The Best Of 2Pac - Part 1: Thug(CD, Comp, RP, Dig) Interscope Records, Amaru Entertainment, UMe AH80946 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
BJ89962 Me Against The World  album cover 2Pac Me Against The World(2xLP, Album, RE, 180) Interscope Records, UMe, Amaru Entertainment BJ89962 Europe 2020 Sell This Version
AH77956 Nacht Und Tag  album cover 2raumwohnung Nacht Und Tag(2xCD, Album) It.sounds AH77956 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
BJ91507 20 Jahre 2raumwohnung  album cover 2raumwohnung 20 Jahre 2raumwohnung(2xLP, Comp) It Sounds, It Sounds BJ91507 Europe 2020 Sell This Version
BG59341 I Choose You  album cover 3 Winans Brothers Featuring Karen Clark Sheard 3 Winans Brothers Featuring Karen Clark Sheard - I Choose You BG59341 US 2016 Sell This Version
AD12789 Love Lust Faith + Dreams  album cover Thirty Seconds To Mars* Love Lust Faith + Dreams (Album) AD12789 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
AH77596 This Is War  album cover Thirty Seconds To Mars* This Is War(CD, Album, RE) Virgin AH77596 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
BD09967 Love Lust Faith + Dreams  album cover Thirty Seconds To Mars* Love Lust Faith + Dreams (Album) BD09967 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
AB55918 Subnarcotic  album cover 39 Clocks Subnarcotic (Album) AB55918 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
AI42369 Next Dimension Transfer  album cover The 39 Clocks* Next Dimension Transfer(CD, Album, RE + CD, Album, RE + CD + CD, Comp + CD) Tapete Records AI42369 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
AD12086 Die Schönsten & Besten Partylieder Für Kinder  album cover 3Berlin Die Schönsten & Besten Partylieder Für Kinder(CD) Edel Kids AD12086 Germany 2013 Sell This Version
AE69275 Summ, Summ, Summ! (Die Beliebtesten Schlaflieder)  album cover 3Berlin Summ, Summ, Summ! (Die Beliebtesten Schlaflieder)(CD) Edel Kids AE69275 Germany 2014 Sell This Version
AI52468 Lieder Zum Kuscheln & Einschlafen  album cover 3Berlin Lieder Zum Kuscheln & Einschlafen(CD, Album) Edel Kids AI52468 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
AK99003 Summ, Summ, Summ! (Die Beliebtesten Tierlieder)  album cover 3Berlin Summ, Summ, Summ! (Die Beliebtesten Tierlieder)(CD) Edel Kids AK99003 Germany 2020 Sell This Version
AH96417 Stoned Gold   album cover 3rd Ear Experience Stoned Gold (CD, Album, Ltd, Num) Space Rock Productions AH96417 Germany 2017 Sell This Version

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Shimmel

Shimmel

October 2, 2021
I've never had an issue with the quality of Optimal's work. All these complaints sound like people need to wash their records and change the stylus. My deluxe copy of MBV's Loveless looks and sounds fantastic. My Jarvis Cocker "Jarvis" looks and sounds incredible. My quadrilogy of Eno reissues...you guessed it ... look and sound incredible (IN SPITE of being "half speed masters", but that is some Abbey Road nonsense, NOT Optimal). I could go on and on, but I'll leave it at that. I am thinking about getting RATM 's first LP ( mostly for nostalgia ) and If I do I will definitely seek out the reissue pressed at Optimal.
Robou

Robou

August 21, 2021
They don't seem to mind selling records that are full of scratches to their customers (and labels don't seem to care as well). What a disaster.
eLPiek

eLPiek

August 21, 2021
Very bad pressing of https://www.discogs.com/Volbeat-Rewind-Replay-Rebound/release/13950350. I like the music but this pressing plant totally ruined the sound. It's not clear sounding. Also both vinyl suffer from scratches.
kyle15

kyle15

June 30, 2021
Optimal has become Europe's cheap & quick turnaround go-to next to GZ. And that's not a good thing. The proof is in the pudding.
Lanakias1

Lanakias1

June 12, 2021
edited 4 months ago
They have ruined so many good releases like https://www.discogs.com/My-Bloody-Valentine-Loveless/release/18793696 or "Kate Bush" new remasters. You can listen many surface noise and static noise. They must fix their plants. This is unacceptable. Kevin Shields should press his new vinyl reissues at "Pallas". I will message them
hamsta007

hamsta007

June 2, 2021
Recently got my copy of Alcest - Ecailles de Lune and it sounds awful. They massacred the whole album. Such beautiful music and so poor pressing.
Watty

Watty

May 21, 2021
edited 5 months ago
Very bad pressing of https://www.discogs.com/fr/Chris-Brann-Deep-Fall/release/11943477. Tracks A1, A2 & C1 are terrible !!! My other records (20) from this pressing plant are perfect.
werk91

werk91

May 7, 2021
Non-fill on most records in the last years. QC is severely lacking -_-
soukous25

soukous25

April 22, 2021
this is a high-end german pressing plant? The quality of their pressigns is garbage . Audible scratches on a new records and a lot of distortions here and there. Its more like made in china than made in germany quality. From now on boycotting anything that has Optimal as a source.
Ximeroni

Ximeroni

March 2, 2021
I recently bought Marc Almond's "Chaos And A Dancing Star" that was pressed at this plant and I was surprised that a brand new, sealed record could be this noisy.

It was not only really dusty, but there are also marks that look like glue residue and superficial scratches. The marks can't be removed - neither with Isopropyl alcohol nor L'art du son nor my spin clean-type cleaning machine. There are also a lot of periodic clicks during playback and a rather high noise floor for a new record.