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RE: Is new vinyl any good? / need input

It is a crap shoot. Generally speaking, most half speed mastered 45 rpm records produced today are pretty darn good, but pricey. As Ghost stated, if you can find original pressings and non scratched copies, those originals may sound good, but in other ways. Some originals sound so organic, refreshing while others sound flat and lifeless due to too much EQ causing the bass to be barely nonexistent. I have 10k plus records, and discovered over the years, that yes, it's a crap shoot. I would recommend looking for records you want from multiple places and compare prices. Warning, once you get hooked on buying records, it never stops. Once you start getting into records, you will experience yourself through discovery learning of this journey you are about to take that as your collection grows, that a pressing made at one studio in Europe verses the same record being pressed in the US, Germany, or France can sound vastly different.

BLUF: new vinyl can sound good, but most often, you will pay higher prices for sometimes better sound. Some older 60s-80s records can sound good too but not all. I find good older records have great natural ambiance and reverberation. Good luck on your journey.

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