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Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emerson, Lake & Palmer

  (Item #: emersemers_1806_1) 

Our Price: $549.99

  • This British Pressing is stunning from start to finish: Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it on both sides
  • The sound is HUGE, with amazing transparency, clarity and fullness - the organ is massive here
  • ANALOG at its Tubey Magical finest - you'll never play a CD that sounds this good as long as you live
  • Lucky Man on this copy has Demo Disc Quality Sound like you've never heard on any ELP album (or any other album for that matter)
  • "Lively, ambitious, almost entirely successful debut album, made up of keyboard-dominated instrumentals and romantic ballads showcasing all three members' very daunting talents.'"
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Trilogy

  (Item #: emerstrilo_1805_) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • One of the best copies to ever hit the site and boy is it KILLER! Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout
  • Both sides here incredibly big, full and dynamic with tons of Tubey Magic, excellent bass and huge amounts of energy
  • An excellent recording that really shines on a good pressing like this; fairly quiet vinyl too!
  • "Every track on this album has been carefully thought, arranged, and performed to perfection..."
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White Hot Stamper

Yes
Close To The Edge

  (Item #: yes__close_1807_1) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • An amazing copy of this Prog Blockbuster: Triple Plus (A+++) on the first side, Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on the second
  • This is a complex recording, with huge organs, light-speed changes, lots of multi-tracking, and what practically amounts to an overload of information
  • What a monster -- incredible richness and clarity with amazing presence, TONS of energy and breathtaking transparency
  • 5 Stars: "Close to the Edge comprised just three tracks, the epic "And You and I" and "Siberian Khatru," plus a side-long title track that represented the musical, lyrical, and sonic culmination of all that Yes had worked toward over the past five years."
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White Hot Stamper

Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Pictures At An Exhibition

  (Item #: emerspictu_1804_1807) 

Our Price: $349.99
Sale Price: $299.00 (You save $50.99 / 15%)


  • An incredible copy of this ELP classic with both sides earning a Triple Plus (A+++)
  • Listen to that GIGANTIC organ that plays the fanfare opening of the work - it stretches from wall to wall and sounds like it's seventy five feet tall
  • If you love this band and or this music, you will be amazed at this copy. We sure were
  • "A sufficiently bold use of Mussorgsky's original to stimulate hours of delightful listening." -- Allmusic
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White Hot Stamper

Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Tarkus

  (Item #: emerstarku_1803_1806) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Triple Triple (A+++) - this shockingly good copy had Shootout Winning sound on BOTH SIDES and plays as quietly as any copy ever will
  • Our monster Tarkus shootout produced exactly one amazing sounding British pressing of this quality, this one, guaranteed to rock your world
  • Eddie Offord's trademark Tubey Magic, energy, resolution, whomp factor and dynamics are all over this phenomenal recording
  • "More accomplished than the trio's first album, but not quite as polished as Brain Salad Surgery, Tarkus is nevertheless a must-have."
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John Lennon
Imagine

  (Item #: lennoimagi_1802_1806) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides
  • These killer UK pressings are rich, weighty and oh-so-tubey - it took us a long time to find stampers like these
  • Two of our favorite engineers worked their magic on this recording - our thanks to Eddie Offord and Shelly Yakus
  • "A remarkable collection of songs that Lennon would never be able to better again" -- Allmusic, 5 stars
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Super Hot Stamper

Yes
Fragile

  (Item #: yes__fragi_1801_1805) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Stunning Double to Triple (A++ to A+++) sound for side one, just shy of White Hot - Roundabout will blow your mind; quiet vinyl too!
  • Superb clarity, ZERO smear, astonishing transparency - thanks go to Eddie Offord for his superb engineering
  • Double Plus (A++) sound on side two - Long Distance Runaround is the big Demo Disc track here
  • AMG 5 stars, our Top 100, and the second of the band's three Must Own Prog Rock Masterpieces*
  • "Fragile was Yes' breakthrough album... it also marked the point where all of the elements of the music (and more) that would define their success for more than a decade fell into place fully formed."
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Super Hot Stamper

Yes
The Yes Album

  (Item #: yes__yesal_1804_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - the sound is huge and powerful
  • Plenty of Prog Rock Power is on display here - Eddie Offord's engineering is Hard To Fault throughout
  • A Top 100 Album and the band's best sounding record - quiet too, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "It was the addition of Steve Howe's guitar pyrotechnics that finally allowed Yes to find their true identity. The Yes Album is a giant leap forward."
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Super Hot Stamper

Yes
Close To The Edge

  (Item #: yes__close_1804) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Two outstanding sides, each earning seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades - they make sense of this sophisticated music
  • An incredibly complex recording, with huge organs, light-speed changes and an abundance of multi-tracked parts
  • As amazing as the sound may be, the good news is that the vinyl is actually fairly quiet, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 5 stars: "Close to the Edge comprised just three tracks, the epic "And You and I" and "Siberian Khatru," plus a side-long title track that represented the musical, lyrical, and sonic culmination of all that Yes had worked toward over the past five years."
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Super Hot Stamper

Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Trilogy

  (Item #: emerstrilo_1801_1806) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Stunning Double Plus (A++) sound throughout - on relatively quiet vinyl too!
  • From The Beginning has the kind of Tubey Magic that made it a staple in practically every stereo store I walked into in the '70s
  • An excellent recording that really shines on a good pressing like this
  • "Every track on this album has been carefully thought, arranged, and performed to perfection..."
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Super Hot Stamper

Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Tarkus

  (Item #: emerstarku_1706_1805) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Two incredibly strong sides rating a Double Plus (A++) or better and delivering HUGELY powerful sound for this, the band's second album
  • Our biggest Tarkus shootout yet produced this superb sounding British pressing, sure to delight ELP fans around the world
  • Eddie Offord's trademark Tubey Magic, energy, resolution, whomp factor and more are all over this phenomenal recording
  • "More accomplished than the trio's first album... a must-have." -- Allmusic
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Super Hot Stamper

Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emerson, Lake & Palmer

  (Item #: emersemers_1804_1806) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This killer copy offers incredible Prog Rock sound with Double Plus (A++) grades - quiet vinyl too!
  • ANALOG at its Tubey Magical finest - you'll never play a CD that sounds this good as long as you live
  • Lucky Man and Take A Pebble on this copy have Demo Disc Quality Sound like you won't believe
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Lively, ambitious, almost entirely successful debut album, made up of keyboard-dominated instrumentals and romantic ballads showcasing all three members' very daunting talents.'"
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Super Hot Stamper

Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Pictures At An Exhibition

  (Item #: emerspictu_1710_1805) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent sound throughout for this ELP classic with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++)
  • Both sides here are clean, clear and open with a massive bottom end and huge amounts of energy
  • Fairly quiet vinyl for this title -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout, they don't come quieter
  • "...it teased the brain with its mix of melody and heavy rock, and for anyone with some musical knowledge, serious or casual, it was a sufficiently bold use of Mussorgsky's original to stimulate hours of delightful listening." -- Allmusic
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Super Hot Stamper

John Lennon
Imagine

  (Item #: lennoimagi_1807) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end - this was one of the better copies to emerge from our most recent shootout
  • These superb UK pressings are rich, weighty and oh-so-tubey - it took us a long time to find stampers like these
  • Two of our favorite engineers worked their magic on this recording - our thanks to Eddie Offord and Shelly Yakus
  • 5 stars: "A remarkable collection of songs that Lennon would never be able to better again"
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Hot Stamper

Yes
The Yes Album

  (Item #: yes__yesal_1802_1806) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • You'll find very good sound and relatively quiet vinyl on both sides of this album, Yes's masterpiece (it's either this or Fragile)
  • With EDDIE OFFORD at the board and an outstanding collection of songs, this album is a sonic and musical gem
  • A Top 100 Album and the band's best sounding record if you ask us (although Fragile can sound amazing too)
  • "Organist Tony Kaye, guitarist Steve Howe and bass player Chris Squire play as though of one mind, complementing each other's work as a knowledgeable band should."
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Hot Stamper

Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Tarkus

  (Item #: emerstarku_1804) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This UK copy of the band's sophomore album earned very good Hot Stamper grades on both sides
  • The best British pressings took top honors for sound in our shootout, with the kind of sweetness, openness, Tubey Magic, correct tonality, presence without aggressiveness, well-defined note-like bass, extended airy highs and all the rest that are the hallmarks of the Hottest of the Hot
  • Emerson admitted that Tarkus was one of his favorite albums, "not least because the title track has taken on a life of its own."
  • "Tarkus is a thoroughly written, focused piece of music. It remains among the Top Ten classic tracks in progressive rock history..." - Allmusic
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Hot Stamper

Yes
Close To The Edge

  (Item #: yes__close_1712x) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • This early domestic Atlantic pressing of Yes's classic fifth album earned Hot Stamper sonic grades on both sides
  • Good sound and exceptionally quiet vinyl: a true Mint Minus side one and Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus on side two
  • This incredibly complex recording has huge organs, light-speed changes and an abundance of multi-tracked parts
  • 5 stars: "Close to the Edge comprised just three tracks, the epic "And You and I" and "Siberian Khatru," plus a side-long title track that represented the musical, lyrical, and sonic culmination of all that Yes had worked toward over the past five years."
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Eddie Offord

One of Our Favorite Engineers

  (Item #: alleddie_offord) 



EDDIE OFFORD is one of our favorite recording and mixing engineers. Click on the link to find our in-stock Eddie Offord engineered or produced albums, along with plenty of our famous commentaries.

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Emerson Lake & Palmer - Trilogy

Our Four Plus Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: emerstrilo_2008) 



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

This British Island Sunray LP has THE BEST SOUND WE’VE EVER HEARD for this album; it ranks right up there with the best sounding copies of the first album, a Top 100 Demo Disc! From The Beginning has the kind of analog magic that made it a staple in practically every stereo store I walked into throughout the '70s. (Even if the crappy speakers they were demonstrating didn't have much bass, this record had the kind of bottom end that would make you think they did.)

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Emerson Lake & Palmer

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: emersemers_depth) 



Presenting another entry in our extensive Listening in Depth series.

The Brit copies may take top honors for side one ("sweetness, openness, tubey magic, correct tonality, presence without aggressiveness, well-defined note-like bass, extended airy highs") but the Hot Stamper Cotillion copies KILL on side two. They really ROCK, with greater dynamic contrasts and seriously prodigious bass, some of the best ever committed to vinyl.

The Brits tend to be a bit too "pretty" sounding. They're too polite for this bombastic music. This music needs the whomp down below and lots of jump factor to work its magic.

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Emerson Lake & Palmer

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: emersemers_2008) 



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

TWO SUPERB SIDES! We just finished a MAJOR shootout for this great album, and this Top Copy is going to make an AMAZING Demo Disc for the Lucky Man who takes it home! If you’ve got the system to play this one loud enough, with the bass power this album demands, you are in for a treat. The organ that opens side two will rattle the foundation of your house if you're not careful. This music really needs that kind of megawatt reproduction to make sense. It's big bombastic prog that wants desperately to rock your world. At moderate levels it just sounds overblown and silly. At loud levels it actually WILL rock your world.

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Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Pictures at an Exhibition

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: emerspictu_2009) 



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

This Minty looking original Island British Import LP has some of the best sound we have ever heard for this album. This copy KILLED a bunch of other Brit imports we played it against. It wasn't even close. This pressing was so much more TRANSPARENT -- you could hear into the crowd in a way that no other copy managed to let you do. When the band started playing the sound was much more clear and present than the other Brit copies we played.

Great live sound thanks to EDDIE OFFORD.

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Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Tarkus

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: emerstarku_2009) 



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

This British Island Sunray pressing has EXCELLENT A++ SOUND on BOTH SIDES. If you prog rock junkies are looking for your next fix, this killer copy is the hot ticket! Both sides have got it going on; you won’t find this kind of energy, transparency, or presence on most copies out there! This one is full of tubey magic on both sides, yet clean, clear, and open throughout. The transparency is OFF THE CHARTS.

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John Lennon - Imagine

MoFi Pressing (Reviewed in the '90s)

  (Item #: lennoimagi_mofi_) 



Sonic Grade: B

One of the better MoFi pressings from the 2000's

We haven't played a copy of this record in years, but back in the day we liked it, so let's call it a "B" with the caveat that the older the review, the more likely we are to have changed our minds. At the time we said:

I played this when it came out, and I have to hand it to the new MOFI, they did a great job with this one. It sounds better than I''ve ever heard it, and KILLS the old MoFi vinyl, which is the version we did the shootout with.

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John Lennon - Imagine

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: lennoimagi_2015) 



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

This is the highest rated copy of Imagine to ever hit the site! As crazy as that sounds, it's true -- these are next to impossible to find, they tend to cost big bucks when you do track them down, they're almost always noisy, and they very rarely sound very good. If it wasn't ridiculously difficult to find Hot Stamper pressings of Imagine, it certainly would not have taken us until 2015 to offer one.

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John McLaughlin - Extrapolation

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: mclauextra_2013) 



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

INCREDIBLY POWERFUL AND DYNAMIC DEMO QUALITY SOUND THROUGHOUT! If you're looking for a jazz-fusion guitar album that will wake your system up (and show off its best qualities to boot), this is the hot ticket right here. We had been slowly compiling various pressings for a big shootout for ages, and we finally let it rip recently. This was one of the most impressive pressings, earning an A++ on side one and an A+++ on side two. If you're a fan of '70s Miles Davis or the Birds Of Fire album, you probably already know that you need this in your collection!

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The Yes Album

... That Kind of Money Damn Well Better Buy You Amazing Sound! ...

  (Item #: yes__yesal_letter) 



This letter of the week comes from one of our long time customers, Gary, who was blown away by the sound of our Aja, Yes Album and Fragile Hot Stampers. We agreed, noting that it's nearly IMPOSSIBLE for records to sound like the ones we sent him!

Dropping you a line to tell you that these two albums have four of the greatest sounding sides of music I have experienced.

Last week, when the Thursday mailer came out, I happened to be listening to The Yes Album, your hot stamper. I am astounded every time I play that record. I had no choice but to grab your Fragile HS. I went ahead and pulled the trigger on Aja as well, after shooting out the 4 or 5 copies I have.

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Yes - Close To The Edge

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: yes__close_2008) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame and another in the long list of recordings that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

The toughest nut to crack in the entire Yes catalog! We’ve been trying for years to bring you Hot Stamper copies of this one, but it is one tough task. Here’s the copy that proved to us just how much this album can cook if your stereo is up to it and you’ve got the right pressing. We went through Imports, Plain Ol’ Domestics, White Label Promos and what have you, and no other copy had two sides this strong.

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Yes - Fragile

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: yes__fragi_2008) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame and another in the long list of recordings that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

MASTER TAPE SOUND! We doubt you’ve heard too many rock records that sound as AMAZING as this one. It’s dynamic, punchy and powerful, with the kind of super-low distortion sound that lets you really crank the levels, the louder the BETTER! How many Yes records will let you do that? THIS ONE WILL! That's what you get for your $750 -- the kind of sound that will blow your mind.

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Yes - Fragile

... I Didn’t Know Yes LPs Could Sound Like This ...

  (Item #: yes__fragi_testimonial) 



Our good customer Franklin wrote us a nice letter to let us us how much he loved his Fragile Hot Stamper. He''s so right: that was one AMAZING sounding record!

Just listened to the Yes album Fragile. FANTASTIC!!!!! I didn't know Yes LPs could sound like this. Any Yes LPs I've ever heard were harsh sounding and after a couple of minutes my ears would start to hurt. Thanks!

Regards,
Franklin

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Yes - Fragile

An Album We Are Clearly Obsessed With

  (Item #: yes__fragi_obsess) 



FRAGILE is an album we admit to being obsessed with -- just look at the number of commentaries we've written about it.

We love the album and we hope you do too. If you have some time on your hands -- maybe a bit too much time on your hands -- please feel free to check out our commentaries. Below you can find a letter one of our good customers wrote about his Hot Stamper pressing.

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Yes - Fragile

British Band, British Pressing... Right?

  (Item #: yes__fragi_myth) 



Not Really. It’s just another Record Myth.

Some of you may remember that back in the '90s (and even into the 2000s, gulp) we preferred the sound on the British original pressings for the most famous Yes albums, Fragile among them.

There's no way around it, folks: We Was Wrong. While the Brit copies can have some very nice qualities, they just can't compete with the best domestic pressings of Fragile.

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Yes - Fragile

Analogue Productions LP Reviewed

  (Item #: yes__fragi_ap) 



Sonic Grade: C

The Analogue Productions 180g reissue shown here is mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Grey, two guys I respect, but the results of their latest collaboration leave much to be desired. The overall sound is lean. This is especially noticeable on the too thin-sounding guitars and vocals. Believe me, it's no fun to play a Yes album with thin guitars and vocals.

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Yes - Fragile

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: yes__fragi_depth) 



Presenting another entry in our extensive Listening in Depth series with plenty of advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of Fragile.

EDDIE OFFORD took charge of Yes's engineering with Time and a Word (1970) and we are very lucky that he did. Although his masterpiece is surely ELP's first album, both The Yes Album and Fragile are so well recorded they clearly belong at the top of any list of All Time Great Sounding Rock Albums.

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Yes - Fragile

Roundabout Vs. South Side of the Sky

  (Item #: yes__fragi_wtlf) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with specific advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you go about critically evaluating your copies of Fragile.

This shootout taught us that track one is not as well recorded as the rest of side one. On copy after copy, and there were well over a dozen, it was the other big track on side one, South Side of the Sky, that had consistently better sound. You really hear it in the choruses, where the voices are so full-bodied, powerful, rich and energetic on that fourth track, and less of all of these qualities on the first.

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Yes - The Yes Album

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: yes__yesal_2008) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame and another in the long list of recordings that really comes alive when you Turn Up Your Volume.

Since this is Yes's Masterpiece, not to mention their most well-recorded album, that makes it pretty much a Must Own for anyone who loves their groundbreaking and enormously influential approach to the Extended Form.

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Yes - The Yes Album

Rhino 180g Debunked

  (Item #: yes__yesal_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing. The worst version ever? Could be! That notorious hack Ron McMaster strikes again.

Rhino Records has really made a mockery of the analog medium. Rhino bills their releases as pressed on "180 gram High Performance Vinyl". However, if they are using performance to refer to sound quality, we have found the performance of their vinyl to be quite low, lower than the average copy one might stumble upon in the used record bins.

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Yes, We're Getting Awfully Close To The Edge

Are Your Planets Aligned?

  (Item #: yes__close_planets) 



A word of caution: Even our Hottest Stamper copies can sound problematical unless your system is firing on all cylinders. Your electricity has got to be cooking, you've got to be using the right room treatments, and ideally you should be using a demagnetizer such as the Talisman on the record itself, your cables (power, interconnect and speaker) as well as the individual drivers of your speakers.

This is a record that's going to demand a lot from the listener, and we want to make sure that you're up to the challenge. If you don't mind putting in a little hard work, here's a record that will reward you many times over, and probably teach you a thing or two about tweaking your gear in the process.

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