Annoying trend? New vinyl equalization and compression

Hi...I searched discussions and didn’t find much mention of this. Direct me if there is a thread.

Is this just a few of the recent (maybe last 5 years or so) albums I’ve picked up reissued on vinyl or a trend by the big manufacturers (such as Rhino records etc.....not talking about "audiophile" Mofi etc.).....

-------Albums sound dynamically compressed, thick in the bass and very rolled off on top--------.

Of the thousands of albums I have.....these recent pressings/purchases have this same sound.

A couple recents.....David Bowie Scary Monsters, A new Samantha Fish Death Wish Blues, A reissue of Ozzy Osborne Blizzard of Oz etc.

Not sure if this might be an EQ that compliments new vinyl purchasers and sounds better on USB or maybe inexpensive tables or systems???

Or is it just a few of the releases I purchased and not so widespread?



Period press for me. I listen to almost exclusively pre 1980, with a few exceptions up to 1990.

Might sound limiting, but there is an abundance of unheard music in the dirty bins I go through.

The "best sound" seems to be the late 50's thru late 60's with stuff thru the 70's becoming inconsistent. Doesn't really matter since the actual music is what it's about. 

After that, it's the quest to play those LP's on "the best" possible setup.

Play a period press and blame your dissatisfaction on the actual recording, setup and room.

Most(not all) reiussue LP's just sound like a good CD.

"David Bowie Scary Monsters" is a 1980's recording-right when things really take a turn for the worse as far as SQ. Same goes for the Ozzy LP. Much more processing going on compared to a  Hunky Dory or Paranoid.

Open your wallet and get one of these. 

David Bowie – Scary Monsters (1980, Indianapolis Pressing, Vinyl) - Discogs

Ozzy Osbourne – Blizzard Of Ozz (1981, Vinyl) - Discogs

Period press-another polarizing audiophool subject.




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Quick story with parrallel links...

A few members of our (local and loosley formed) Vinyl Club were treated to a (rarely granted) tour of the newest and largest record pressing plant in Canada, just under two months ago. (We were told they produce about 16 million units/year, all DMM, for almost every Record Company) Our tour was arranged by a member's neice, who was an employee and surprisingly, our tour was conducted by the VP of the plant, a former Rock Musician  and Auto Industry Automation expert (all round Nice Guy too).

During the first stage, an orientation/Q&A session in the Boardroom, the VP was interested in what our interests were (all six of us have mid to Hi End systems), what our backgrounds were, specifically were any of us Musicians (I was P/T, early in life and one other still is) and how many records did each of us own (all in the thousands...). He told us about their short-ish history (about a dozen years) blah, blah, blah... Then we covered vinyl science, groove math, pressure, packaging... all that stuff but when we asked him about His Own System... it was a $200.00 Best Buy TT and wireless speakers...AHHHH WHATTT? And when one of us presented  Analogue Production and Mobile Fidelity records for comment and comparison in sound quality, packaging and marketing... we were told "Waste of material, lost revenue and general nonsense". Ooookay...

The tour proceeded to the Plant, it was clean, interesting and busy. We saw Taylor Swift, Picture Discs, 10"... all kinds of product being maufactured by ral people and most seemed engaged and happy. Great outing...fine people, but Yeah... gotta wonder...


"His Own System... it was a $200.00 Best Buy TT and wireless speakers...AHHHH WHATT?"


The majority of new "vinyl" is likely being consumed by non audiophools with similar equipment.

My neighborhood store owner tells me that his Millennial/Gen Z/hipster crowd

often buy "vinyl" and don’t own a turntable.



Vinyl today is the Hard Medium that assists with keeping a Band / Performer afloat.

It is the revenues made through this merchandise sales, that enables them to exist and be able to grow their exposure.

The remuneration from streaming platforms is killing off natural born performers.

Collecting Vinyl and keeping it in the Cellophane, is a trend that is proving to be very good financially for struggling performers. These collectors are not with a concern for the pressing Quality, they just want Covers without creases.