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<br>How to Find a Hot Stamper Deja Vu <p>Hint: Ignore Conventional Wisdom</p>




How to Find a Hot Stamper Deja Vu

Hint: Ignore Conventional Wisdom


A testimonial from a customer for his Hot Stamper Deja Vu provides a forum for the discussion of just what are the higher fidelity pressings.

Never make the mistake of confusing Better Sounding pressing with More Original pressing; they have nothing -- and I mean nothing -- to do with each other. It’s just another Record Collecting Canard. The audio world is full of them.

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11/14/05

Tom:

I finally managed to sit down and listen to the Hot Stamper Deja Vu under the right circumstances; that is, wide awake and with my equipment being fully warmed up. You're right, that recording sounds the way a master tape should sound. What's ironic about it is that this version of DV goes against conventional wisdom, in that it is not one of the early pressings.

Yes, the early pressings all SUCK, and I mean ALL. Never heard a good one!

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As for conventional wisdom, you will find that you get better results in record collecting by ignoring such "wisdom". We can't recall a single thing of any real value we ever learned about records from the so-called experts. We know what we know and we learned what we learned from playing them, not reading about them.

The people who write about them in magazines are hopelessly misguided. Their heads are full of mistaken notions and half-baked ideas, ideas which we've found rarely lead to the best LPs. Almost everything we have discovered to be true about the best sounding pressings contradicts what they've written. We could write a book about it. This is nothing new. It's been going on for twenty years. If you've followed their advice, by now you have one seriously spotty record collection.

And if these record experts tell you record X is the best, do you have enough faith in their expertise to put your money where their mouth is? We sure don't. But if you read here that record X is the best, and you choose to buy it from us, no faith is required. It either is or it isn't -- on your system, according to your judgment. If it is, great! If it isn't, you get your money back. You simply can't lose. It's our business to have more than just opinions. We have to have the records that back them up.

It's too bad the audiophile companies never thought about reproducing this sound while pressing this on high quality vinyl.

Charles J.

They thought about it. They just couldn't figure out how to do it. They rarely can. They just aren't very good at their jobs. Audiophile companies for the most part make pretty lousy sounding records (based on my experience when playing them). Good example: Two companies (Classic Records and Mobile Fidelity) each tried to make a good sounding Deja Vu and both failed miserably in the attempt. This is not the exception. This is the rule.

Our entire web site is devoted to the proposition that plain old records, when you find the right ones, will kill their audiophile counterparts roughly ninety nine times out of a hundred. The record we sold you probably retailed for $5.98 as a budget reissue. People pays hundreds of dollars for the Mobile Fidelity pressing and that thing can't begin to compare to the cheap record I sold you (with rare exceptions; there are good sounding copies but they are few and far between). Of course it wasn't too cheap when we sold it to you, but we're sure you agree it's worth every penny. At least we hope you do.

Thanks for your letter.
TP

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