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

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).

I've tried to compare the 2012 180 gram vinyl remaster to the 2009 24-bit FLAC remaster (from the Apple USB stick). The digital format is much louder, because they applied limiting to it which they didn't apply to the vinyl remaster. Other than being louder, I haven't noticed much difference in the overall sound between the digital and the 180 g vinyl remaster (shouldn't be surprising, since the vinyl is cut from the digital source).

I haven't compared George Martin's 1987 CD transfer to the 2009 remaster, but to me the 1987 transfers to CD always sounded lacking when compared to LPs.

Edits: 04/18/17

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