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White Hot Stamper

Dire Straits
Dire Straits

  (Item #: diresdires_1712) 

Our Price: $799.99

  • TRIPLE TRIPLE (A+++)! Only a handful of copies with these grades have ever hit the site
  • An amazing copy with stunning Demo Quality sound -- you'll never hear this band sound better!
  • Both sides are unusually open and spacious, incredibly rich, and super full-bodied
  • Very quiet for this album -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • A Better Records Rock & Pop Top 100 title, our favorite by the band for both sound and music
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White Hot Stamper

Dire Straits
Love Over Gold

  (Item #: diresloveo_1711) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • A stunning UK import copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from beginning to end
  • Incredibly big, punchy, dynamic, transparent and musical throughout - you won't believe it
  • These top quality copies of Love Over Gold are far more natural than the any pressing you have ever heard
  • "Certainly a quantum leap from the organic R&B impressionism of the band's early LPs and the gripping short stories of Making Movies, Love Over Gold is an ambitious, sometimes difficult record that is exhilarating in its successes and, at the very least, fascinating in its indulgences." - Rolling Stone
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White Hot Stamper

Dire Straits
Brothers In Arms

  (Item #: diresbroth_1710) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • This killer domestic pressing gives you a Triple Plus (A+++) side one and a side two that's right up there with it (A++ to A+++)
  • Fully extended from top to bottom with a wide-open soundstage, for this music this is the right sound
  • So Far Away, Money For Nothing and Walk Of Life all sound great on this Triple Plus copy!
  • "One of their most focused and accomplished albums ... Dire Straits had never been so concise or pop-oriented, and it wore well on them." -- Allmusic, 4 stars
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Super Hot Stamper

Dire Straits
Love Over Gold

  (Item #: diresloveo_1709) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with both sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or better
  • The better copies of Love Over Gold like this one are far more natural than you might suspect
  • Both sides are clean, clear and open with deep punchy bass and plenty of energy and presence
  • "Certainly a quantum leap from the organic R&B impressionism of the band's early LPs and the gripping short stories of Making Movies, Love Over Gold is an ambitious, sometimes difficult record that is exhilarating in its successes and, at the very least, fascinating in its indulgences." - Rolling Stone
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Super Hot Stamper

Dire Straits
Brothers In Arms

  (Item #: diresbroth_1709_2) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This killer pressing gives you nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish; just shy of White Hot
  • Fully extended from top to bottom with a wide-open soundstage, for this music this is the right sound
  • Drop the needle on So Far Away -- it's airy, open, and spacious, yet incredibly rich and full-bodied
  • "One of their most focused and accomplished albums ... Dire Straits had never been so concise or pop-oriented, and it wore well on them." -- Allmusic, 4 stars
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Super Hot Stamper

Dire Straits
Making Movies

  (Item #: diresmakin_1711) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two and a side one that's right up there with it, this copy has a lot to offer sonically
  • Incredibly big, punchy, and full-bodied with excellent presence -- Mark Knopfler's leads really soar here
  • Romeo and Juliet comes to life the way you want it to here, and the song Solid Rock lives up to its title
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Making Movies is helped by a new wave-tinged pop production, which actually helps Knopfler's jazzy inclinations take hold ... ranks among the band's finest work."
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Hot Stamper

Dire Straits
Love Over Gold

  (Item #: diresloveo_1711_1) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • You'll find Hot Stamper grades on both sides of Dire Straits' classic from 1982, Love Over Gold
  • This modern album (1982) can sound surprisingly good on the right pressing - this one should do nicely
  • "Certainly a quantum leap from the organic R&B impressionism of the band's early LPs and the gripping short stories of Making Movies, Love Over Gold is an ambitious, sometimes difficult record that is exhilarating in its successes and, at the very least, fascinating in its indulgences." - Rolling Stone
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Hot Stamper

Dire Straits
Brothers In Arms

  (Item #: diresbroth_1612x) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • With Hot Stamper grades on both sides this is a very good sounding copy from first note to last
  • So Far Away, Money For Nothing and Walk Of Life are the killer tracks on the album and they sound very, very good here
  • Guaranteed to beat any Heavy Vinyl pressing, Half-Speed, import or domestic LP you own
  • "Dire Straits had never been so concise or pop-oriented, and it wore well on them." -- Allmusic, 4 stars
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Dire Straits - A Tour de Force by Rhett Davies

We Knew It Back in 2007

  (Item #: diresdires_davies) 



This Vertigo British pressing of Dire Straits’ wonderful debut has ABSOLUTELY THE BEST SOUND for this album we have ever heard. Folks, this one just can’t be beat. AGAIG is our shorthand for As Good As It Gets, and that’s an understatement when it comes to the sound of this copy. It blew the doors off every record we put up against it; every Vertigo pressing, regardless of country of manufacture or era. If you're looking for The World Champion, this copy holds the title and is very unlikely to be giving it up any time soon.
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Dire Straits - Alchemy: Dire Straits Live

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: diresalche_2010) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

Two of the sides of this original Vertigo British pressing are two of the best we played in our recent shootout, with transparency and spaciousness only hinted at by most of the copies we auditioned.

Of course, this being a live rock album, clarity and detail are not at the top of the list of qualities were looking for. We're after ROCK AND ROLL ENERGY more than anything else, and that means vocal presence, a solid bass foundation and plenty of dynamics. We want this music to come alive in your listening room and this is the copy that can do it!

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Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: diresbroth_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

Get your Money For Nothing and your chicks for free on this White Hot Stamper, sure to be the best sounding copy you've ever heard of this '80s classic! Here’s a knockout pressing that finished right up at the top for BOTH sides. We played a ton of copies this week; most of them sounded like CDs, but not this one! I can’t explain why this copy has such warm, sweet, analog sound, but it sure blew me away. The huge three-dimensional soundfield on both sides allows you to hear right INTO the music.

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Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms

Simply Vinyl Reviewed

  (Item #: diresbroth_simply_vinyl) 



Sonic Grade: B

This older Simply Vinyl pressing (with the gold SVLP sticker) actually sounds pretty good. It certainly is one of the most ANALOG sounding versions I’ve heard, high praise in my book.

We've recommended it in the past. It's a nice record (if you can get your hands on one) but it's not really a match for our Hot Stamper pressings. The multiple copies we auditioned did darn good for a Heavy Vinyl reissue and substantially better than the average pressing, hence the "B" grade.

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Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms

Warners Half-Speed Debunked

  (Item #: diresbroth_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: D

Another Half Speed debunked.

This is a Warner Brothers 180g Double LP, mastered by Stan Ricker at half-speed. Most of the time an SR over 2 in the dead wax means that it will be too bright and the bass will be sloppy. And what do you know, it IS too bright and the bass IS sloppy!

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Dire Straits - Dire Straits

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: diresdires_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame.

The best side one we've ever heard, so freakishly impressive that we awarded it the rare A++++ (Four Plus) grade! On top of that, side two earned an A++ grade and the vinyl plays unusually quietly -- solid Mint Minus throughout. This is probably the best Dire Straits album (certainly our favorite) and definitely their best sounding album; on a copy like this one it has the power to BLOW YOUR MIND. Water Of Love, Down To The Waterline and Six Blade Knife are all STUNNING on this pressing.

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Dire Straits - Dire Straits

Phonogram Half-Speed Debunked

  (Item #: diresdires_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another Half Speed debunked.

This has to be one of the worst sounding copies of Dire Straits' first album we have ever played. There are plenty of bad sounding pressings of this album around -- most of the domestic copies we've auditioned over the years were pretty awful -- so we really can't give it an F. (The 10cc title from this same series wasn't half bad, FYI; certainly not the joke this pressing is.)

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Dire Straits - Love Over Gold

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: diresloveo_2010) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

MASTER TAPE SOUND ON BOTH SIDES! This copy is a FLUKE -- we guarantee you have never heard a copy sound even remotely this good. We sure haven't, and we've probably played fifty or more. This copy found itself running way ahead of the pack and never looked back. Two A+++ sides back to back -- what are the chances?

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Dire Straits - Love Over Gold

What to Listen For

  (Item #: diresloveo_wtlf) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises.

Telegraph Road does something on this copy that you won't hear on one out of twenty pressings: It ROCKS. It's got ENERGY and DRIVE.

Listen to how hard Allan Clark bangs on the piano on side one -- he's pounding that piano with all his might. No other copy managed to get the piano to pop the way it does here, clear and solid. Wow, who knew? Maybe this is the reason HP put the record on the TAS Super Disc List. (I rather doubt he's ever heard a copy this good but who's to say?)

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Dire Straits - Making Movies

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: diresmakin_2017) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

Making Movies finally makes the grade on this White Hot Stamper copy! We've tried this one a few times over the years, very rarely having anything to show for it. The typical copy of this album tends to be dry, spitty, grainy, and somewhat dull, robbing the music of much of its charm. These guys obviously know their way around a studio -- many of you must know just how good their first album can sound -- so we've always been frustrated at what we hear on copy after copy that hits out table.

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Dire Straits

  (Item #: _DireStraits) 


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