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posted a comment on Turnstile (2) - Time & Space. 6 days ago
Repress for vinyl, its out on the 22nd of October:
https://www.roughtrade.com/gb/turnstile/time-and-space/lp-2
posted a comment on Sasaki Hideto - Sekine Toshiyuki Quartet + 1 - Stop Over. 4 months ago
Not sure where you're based but I bought a copy from HMV UK webstore on the 25th and they shipped my order yesterday.
Took me many months to get lucky so don't pay the scalper prices if you're okay with waiting a bit...
There's definitely copies... See full review
posted a comment on Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue. 5 months ago
It isn't, the Kevin Gray cuts have the following in the runout: 88697680571-A KPG
posted a comment on Kohsuke Mine - First. 5 months ago
Anyone know what's up with the "Made in Czech Republic" writing on the labels? The runouts definitely don't look like GZ Media but curious why it says that. Maybe the packaging was made there?
posted a review of Wolves In The Throne Room - Two Hunters. 6 months ago
Fantastic pressing. Sounds as good as this album possibly can. Its not the best recording to begin with so you can't expect miracles. There's plenty of air and depth in the mix and the dynamics are great. Packaging is nice also. I like all of their... See full review
posted a comment on Black Sabbath - Paranoid. 6 months ago
I'm surprised no one has had problems with this pressing? Sure enough the mastering is great and the packaging is good also.
But I'm currently on my 3rd copy with non-fill and to be honest I'm not even sure if I can be bothered to look for a good... See full review
posted a comment on Optimal Media GmbH. 6 months ago
Non-fill on most records in the last years. QC is severely lacking -_-
posted a comment on Hank Mobley - Soul Station. 6 months ago
Yeah Optimal are really producing terrible results in terms of non-fill recently (that's the cause of the distortion/channel break-up you can hear) and I bet its to do with the amount of workload the entire plant is under right now. We really need... See full review
posted a comment on Hank Mobley - Soul Station. 6 months ago
Got my replacement copy from Blue Note and it's exactly the same. Side A no issues, side B full of non-fill that causes channel break up... Can you definitely confirm side B is without non fill on yours so I know if its worth pursuing another... See full review
posted a comment on Hank Mobley - Soul Station. 6 months ago
Non-fill, mine has it as well. Optimal need to step up their game...
posted a comment on Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra - When The World Was One. 6 months ago
The non-fill is out of control on my copy. You can do so much better Optimal, what happened?! :/
posted a comment on Jeff Buckley - Grace. 6 months ago
Exactly the same happened to me just now... bought it from Juno Records -_-
Back for a refund it goes! No point paying £10 extra for nothing :(
posted a comment on Röyksopp - Melody A.M.. 7 months ago
I mean the actual correct track order, not the one they used for the vinyl versions. Check the CD variant Discogs' page or read a few other people's comments here and you'll see what I mean.

They butchered the way the album flows so that supposedly... See full review
posted a review of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Moanin'. 7 months ago
Annoying about the cover art I agree. Otherwise this one sounds fantastic and comes in polylined rice paper inner sleeve. Sound is top notch quality as is the pressing. Didn't even need to wet clean it!
posted a comment on My Bloody Valentine - m b v. 7 months ago
Nope, standard gatefold of medium cardboard weight. Nothing fancy :)
posted a comment on My Bloody Valentine - m b v. 7 months ago
If you only focus on the "fully analog" part of that entire sentence then yes it sounds like there's a catch or something. But really its more about the section "globally for the first time". As the new reissues will be on a major label that has... See full review
posted a comment on Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms. 7 months ago
That's kind of impossible. This master is actually a little bass shy and has dynamics on par with the MoFi version.
It is warmer sounding which maybe you're perceiving as "lack in dynamics and bass heavy" but that's definitely not the case.
The... See full review
posted a review of Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka. 7 months ago
I can't comment on the other pressings and variants but this pink version pressed at Optimal sounds perfect. No pressing problems at all and on a revealing system the mastering of this album will give you goosebumps. Soundstage is very expansive and... See full review
posted a comment on Steely Dan - Aja. 7 months ago
I think its time for either a replacement stylus or an upgrade for you...
0% IGD or sibilance with my shibata on this cut. Its entirely perfect I'm afraid.
posted a review of Toshiyuki Miyama & The New Herd - 土の音 ~日本伝説の中の詩情~. 8 months ago
Get this while you still can. It doesn't get any better than this in terms of packaging, pressing quality or mastering. And the music itself... unmatched :)
posted a review of Chet Baker - Chet. 8 months ago
Mine is a bit warped which I'm fine with since my clamp takes care of it. The problem is although side 1 sounds dead quiet and beautiful side 2 has some surface noise even after a good clean. You can hear at soon as the needle hits the outer groove.... See full review
posted a review of Brian Eno - Music For Films. 8 months ago
Nice mastering, truly vile pressing. My copy is hands down the most warped record and the most non-fill I've ever seen. Well done GZ Media :)
posted a comment on P J Harvey* - Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea. 8 months ago
No static on mine but it was washed even before first play like anything that comes in a paper/carboard sleeve. Plays very quiet so can't complain at all in terms of noise. Didn't notice any ghosting but I'll check that. Totally agree on the cover... See full review
posted a comment on Godspeed You Black Emperor!. 8 months ago
Why though? Their records sound very good and the dynamic range is insane. F♯ A♯ ∞ on vinyl sounds more "analogue" than some specialised audiophile releases that are pressed from actual tapes. Couldn't really care what the source is to be honest... See full review
posted a comment on Röyksopp - Melody A.M.. 8 months ago
Its a shame really, this whole reissue seems rushed and kind of pointless. They could've just made a repress instead of doing this limited release that is limited for the sake of being excluse without providing any exclusive benefits whatsover. Even... See full review
posted a review of Jay Richford & Gary Stevan - Feelings. 8 months ago
Your typical 5 star reissue by Be With Records now with nice poly-lined black paper inner sleeve.
Sounds is perfect as is everything else. Keep it up!
posted a comment on Dire Straits - Dire Straits. 8 months ago
Great mastering but after two copies with non-fill in the exact same places I gave up and got a UK 1st press that is perfect and was cheaper :-) Might try the earlier GZ-Media press at some point since MPO keep letting me down on most records pressed... See full review
posted a comment on MPO. 8 months ago
Yup, definitely. Even though I have some releases without the 3 rings that are without non-fill issues overall most things I get from them now has non-fill to an extent just like you've noticed. Sometimes I get lucky and its not audible but usually... See full review
posted a comment on MPO. 8 months ago
The non-fill situation is getting out of hand in the last year or so. This used to be my most trusted pressing plant for everyday releases but sadly I've had better luck with GZ-Media recently. Hope they improve their standards as besides the non-fill... See full review
posted a review of Khruangbin = クルアンビン* - 全てが君に微笑む. 8 months ago
Almost a perfect pressing... If only MPO can get their non-fill situation under control -_-
posted a comment on Röyksopp - Melody A.M.. 8 months ago
Well in a way I hope you're right but also if they've gone through the trouble of changing the track list and cutting new metalwork you'd imagine they'd also make a new design for the sleeve...
I was confused at first as to why people think the eBay... See full review
posted a comment on Santana - Abraxas. 8 months ago
Would like to know as well. However I can definitely say this Optimal press sounds very very good.
posted a comment on Röyksopp - Melody A.M.. 8 months ago
It should and that is also what I saw on their website BUT even that track list can't be right as its a double LP press like usual and they only mentioned sides A and B?
In any case there's a seller on eBay UK that has this already and up for sale,... See full review
posted a comment on Röyksopp - Melody A.M.. 8 months ago
Damn this is huge! A̶c̶c̶o̶r̶d̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶d̶e̶s̶c̶r̶i̶p̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶i̶r̶ ̶w̶e̶b̶s̶i̶t̶e̶ ̶i̶t̶ ̶f̶i̶n̶a̶l̶l̶y̶ ̶h̶a̶s̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶c̶o̶r̶r̶e̶c̶t̶ ̶t̶r̶a̶c̶k̶l̶i̶s̶t̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶w̶i̶t̶h̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶t̶r̶a̶n̶s̶i̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ ̶f̶r̶o̶m̶ ̶E̶o̶... See full review
posted a comment on Santana - Abraxas. 8 months ago
Are you definitely sure your copy's runouts match this version? I've just listened to mine twice from start to end and my experience can't be any different from yours. Beautifully balanced soundstage, punchy bass with plenty of texture/warmth. Also... See full review
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posted a review of Steve Roach - Quiet Music 1. 8 months ago
My copy's side A has loads of non-fill and a lot of it is sadly audible. Side B is perfect.

Otherwise sound is very good and pressing is fairly quiet, almost no surface noise. Would have been perfect if not for the non-fill on Side A.
posted a comment on Roger Eno And Brian Eno - Mixing Colours. 8 months ago
Shame this pressing sounds so bad like people have commented. Surprising as well considering this was pressed at Optimal.
I have two Tone Poets pressed there and they might be some of the quietest vinyl I own. Inconsistent QC sucks!
Guess I will be... See full review
posted a comment on Holly Cole Trio - Don't Smoke In Bed. 8 months ago
My copy is noisy as well, I have other 45RPM vinyl that is way quieter in the grooves than this. Worst is sides C and D. The second wet clean helped a bit but don't think it will ever go away. Also my other records pressed by QRP are 33RPM and almost... See full review
posted a comment on Takuya Kuroda - Rising Son. 8 months ago
Don't get why Blue Note is ignoring this title when other modern releases are kept in stock and repressed... Come on!
posted a review of Rebecca Pidgeon - The Raven. 9 months ago
Its true that the sibilance on Spanish Harlem is insane! The other songs also have it to an extent.
No cartridge can track that much HF energy without mistracking and distortion...

Keep finding more and more of these audiophile releases with... See full review
posted a comment on Toshiyuki Miyama & The New Herd - 土の音 ~日本伝説の中の詩情~. 9 months ago
Repress out soon thanks to Beatball from Seoul!
Pressed at RTI on 180g HQ vinyl and cut by Kevin Grey.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CKljEh_Mr0k/?igshid=1fem6mahbky6l

Finally its happening 😍
posted a comment on Portishead - Dummy. 9 months ago
Yeah sorry was a mistake to blame the pressing plant, I just don't think her inherently sibilance prone vocals were taken into account during the mastering process. Its definitely not my setup as other LPs with recorded sibilance are handled fine, no... See full review
posted a comment on Diana Krall - Turn Up The Quiet. 9 months ago
A bit more surface noise than I expected as well as some non fill here and there. Curious considering Optimal's reputation for good quality control. Mastering and sound are very good otherwise.
posted a comment on Mahalia - Love And Compromise. 9 months ago
Same, but its not looking very likely at this point :/
posted a review of Jacintha - Autumn Leaves - The Songs Of Johnny Mercer. 9 months ago
Not sure where this was pressed but I'm observing a pattern with my other Groove Note release in the collection. The 33rpm record sounds good, quiet enough except for Moonriver which is full surface noise all throughout. Uncomfortable amounts of it... See full review
posted a comment on Four Tet - Parallel. 9 months ago
Would love to have this on vinyl also, beautiful music =)
posted a comment on Eva Cassidy - Songbird. 9 months ago
Very little sibilance on this one for me using shibata stylus. If you are using elliptical one you still might get it but only on the last track of each side I would imagine. This pressing overall sounds outstanding for the price it sells for. A+
posted a comment on Norah Jones - Come Away With Me. 10 months ago
Its true there's more sibilance on side B. But side A has it here and there also. My shibata stylus handles it well and without distortion but there's no denying its there. Unsure if this is down to the mastering, inherent recorded sibilance but... See full review
posted a review of Bill Evans Trio* - Portrait In Jazz. 10 months ago
Very good sound on this release. I get that its digitally sourced but you really can't tell, at least on my system. Very dynamic and rich sounding. Vinyl is also quiet and comes in a nice polylined sleeve. Gave it a quick wet clean but not sure if it... See full review