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RE: What does it mean when the vinyl pressing is labeled 'audiophile'?

There seems to be an attempt in this thread further down to try to explain away the sound you have experienced of the 2012 remastering of Abbey Road as being the fault of the cartridge that you use or even VTA. If you get to hear the 2012 CD equivalent then you will find it sounds pretty much as you describe the LP that you have. In brief the 2012 remastering was a tragic error if compared to a UK original LP pressing or even the 1980s George Martin CD transfer (I have compared all).

"Audiophile" pressing? It generally means watch your wallet ( that's billfold in American I understand). There are exceptions but here is an example from , I believe, Bob Ludwig. Aja had been reissued in "Audiophile" quality. The reissue producer phoned Ludwig to say how they had been able to emphasise the bass drum. Ludwig pointed out that for the original release he and Donald Fagen had spent a long time trying to correct what tney felt was an over loud bass drum! So more drum, less artistic integrity. Sigh.

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