Just want to compare notes about some TMV and Omar vinyl I have, and my opinion on the sound quality. I'd like yours too. For starters, I have a fairly new Ortofon 2M red and a very good amp/speaker set-up. Records like Haxan Cloak sound incredible (attesting to the ability of my set-up to produce crisp highs and clear, resonant lows).
Obviously albums are recorded differently, with different mixers and engineers- in different studios etc etc. I'd just like your opinions on this...
I just bought Deloused (the MOV gold print) and it sounds phenomenal, really well recorded and mixed, crystal clear.
Frances is an original print but in very good condition. It sounds slightly more muffled all around, but the vocals are very well defined. Drums sound slightly like they're recorded in the room next door- no crispness to the tom toms, for example.
Amputechture is clean and crisp enough; but I'm not a great fan of how this album was mixed in general. I have no complaints about the vinyl edition. Again though, I have an original orange/white pressing.
Bedlam- I have mixed opinions. Aberinkula sounds muddy- everything almost underwater. Sides B and C sound pretty good. Agadez, my favourite song on the record, sounds pretty good butI'm not convinced that this album is very well mixed or recorded.
Octahedron is 2nd only to Deloused in terms of the warmth I get from the instruments and the space between them. I think this was very well recorded- the dynamics on Side D- Copurnicus and Luciforms in particular are excellent. The drums sound crisp and deep throughout, a key indicator of recording quality and then vinyl quality. I think this and Deloused are my favourite 'sounding' LPs.
Nocturniquet I don't own on vinyl but I hear from people that it sounds like it was recorded using water-damaged cassette tapes.
I'm leaning towards the idea that Bedlam sounds better as FLAC than on vinyl. Deloused and Octahedron are clearly the best recorded albums. Frances second, but the drums aren't crisp or bassy enough for me, or there isn't enough clarity. Bedlam sounds like mud on vinyl, and listening to it today really made me want to write this- do you have the same experience/opinions? I'm curious what set ups you have and how you define vinyl and sound quality. I just expect a lot more depth, space and warmth in the sound than Bedlam offers me- it sounds very flat, and I know my record player set-up is OK because numerous other LPs, including Deloused and Octa, sound revelatory.
Anyway, was curious.