different countries, different sound quality?

Elizabeth Platt ([email protected])
Sat, 4 Jul 1998 20:42:15 -0700 (PDT)

On Tue, 16 Jun 1998, J <[email protected]> wrote:

>Another related question: Do albums/singles pressed in UK have
>different sound quality than in the US? Or do the different countries
>with official licenses from Polygram to press boots have different
>sound quality? If yes, than what countries are to avoid?
>Some countries definitely do have lower prices for regualr CD's. I
>know of some countries that have CDs that go for $10 a pop, and they
>are official although they were just pressed in that country. Any diff?
>Hope someone can shed light on this...

Well, maybe a teensy bit of light....I've never noticed any difference in
sound quality from my imports versus US-manufactured CDs or vinyl. Of
course, I'm talking about "legit" stuff here---if you want to venture into
the wild world of bootlegs and pirated discs, you'll have to take your

And you might be confused on something here--or just phrased it badly?
I've never heard of any country (or company) having "licenses from
Polygram to press boots"! A bootleg or pirate record has never been
licensed or authorized by PGD or any other record company--it's illegal,
pure and simple. Yes, I know, there are some con artist out there who
_try_ to make their bootlegs look "legit", but they aren't. Gotta love
the Italian bootleggers who were listing their address as "44 Rockefeller
Center, New York, NY"! :P

I know that some bootleg collectors try to argue that bootlegs from
Australia or Italy/San Marino were somehow "licensed", but that
won't wash--there's a difference between bootleggers exploiting a
loophole in the copyright laws, and legit product.

I've got both CDs and vinyl from probably a dozen or more countries, all
legit, and I've never noticed any appreciable differences. The bootlegs
I've got, though...well, the sound quality is all over the map. You pay
your money and you take your chances....


Elizabeth Platt
[email protected]

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