Originally Posted by DethMaiden
Ideally it's a totally different master from what gets pressed to CD/uploaded for digital, and that is the case with all of our labels.
Absolutely. That being ideal of course. Problem is unless there's a sticker touting the high res masters or you happen to know someone like yourself or the mastering engineer who sent the tracks out, you just can't verify those sources.
I think the quality control is getting better, but I'm still extremely wary of new vinyl. Another problem is that even with the high res masters, some LPs are being cut way too damn quietly. I remember I bought that shitty reissue of And Justice For All a few years back, the album was so quiet at times that the surface noise would overpower the music (intro to One being the prime example). Quiet cuts totally kill the bass as well.