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  • #16
    Performances, and they do sound much better than their Angel counterparts. But I agree with you to a certain extent. EMI had some great engineers but their pressings were not always the best. Compare the Argo Gulbenkian reissues of early, modern music and you will hear how the Decca pressed Argos are head and shoulders better pressings than the EMI counterparts. Also, early EMI/English Columbias can sometimes be noisy pressings.

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    • #17
      I don't think it's just pressings, I hear all kinds of issues on mass strings on almost all EMI recordings that I've heard. They have a weird, congested, grainy sound that sounds neither realistic or pleasant. This is the way it was captured IMO.

      I love some of the music so I still listen to some, but yeah compared to so many other labels (including Argo, Erato, etc). Even the not-so-respected Deutsche Gramophone strings sound much better.
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      • #18
        Originally posted by Madfloyd View Post
        I don't think it's just pressings, I hear all kinds of issues on mass strings on almost all EMI recordings that I've heard. They have a weird, congested, grainy sound that sounds neither realistic or pleasant. This is the way it was captured IMO.

        I love some of the music so I still listen to some, but yeah compared to so many other labels (including Argo, Erato, etc). Even the not-so-respected Deutsche Gramophone strings sound much better.
        I think it depends whether are referring to EMIs <800 that are a mixed bag or the ASD 2000+ series. Then of course wear and tear unless you got it new originally or sealed.

        I have to say don’t get that grainy, congested sound on the best EMIs. Could you give an example or two of the EMI recordings you are referring to? Now we can argue whether EMI used a little more compression than the other labels.

        I find the strings on Erato are definitely thinner. Argos too especially the Mariner that are downright bright sounding.
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