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I bought the Absolute Originals 33 rpm box set b4 QRP...

And they were pressed by RTI (I presume). The sound quality of every one is VG to superb. They are pressed on heavy weight vinyl, so if your tonearm does not have VTA on the fly and your VTA is set to optimize standard weight pressings, you will not get the best possible SQ.

If the above is true you can get a dull and murky sound because the VTA to too low due to the heavier weight vinyl. The difference in thickness between a standard weight pressing and a 180 or 200gm pressing is approximately 1.25mm. That is enough to change the change the resulting SQ.

All of the above is based on the usage of line contact type stylii. If you are using a conical stylus the difference in SQ won't be that apparent.


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