I got the new Blind Guardian album, At the Edge of Time, on vinyl - a 2LP pic disc set. It is an excellent album musically, but it has the worst surface noise I've ever heard on any vinyl record. During the quiet parts it sounds as if a wind is blowing during the performance, and it diminishes enjoyment of the music by a large amount.
I sent it back and got a replacement. Same problem. That's four records (two times 2LPs). I emailed the label, Nuclear Blast, and they said it was their first complaint in over 1000 sales, and they just listened to it in their office and it sounded fine to them.
What's going on here? Surely I'm not the only metalhead who cares about audio quality in new vinyl. I don't think my ears are particularly golden, but I know when surface noise gets in the way of the music.
Anyone else have similar experiences or advice? I think I'm going to swear off new vinyl in the absence of being able to hear it first or read a review by an independent audiophile. In this case, they charge twice as much for half the fidelity.
Edited by acidbasement - 12/7/10 at 10:02am