The pictures on the discs are nice and I love the soundtrack, but straight out of the sleeve these discs sound like old, scratched-up records the whole way through! None of the other brand new records I have sound like this. I tried cleaning these in my spin-clean record washer with no improvement, so I don't think it's just dirt.
I hope the problem is just with the picture disc version, since picture discs are somewhat notorious for worse surface noise. I'm exchanging these for the plain black vinyl version, which I hope will sound better. I'll update this review depending on what I find out.
I'm also not a fan of the clear vinyl double sleeve that these come in. The edges of the discs almost touch, so it's hard to get the records out without causing damage (see picture). Two separate sleeves would be much better for protecting the records, or for displaying them for that matter.
I got the replacement on black vinyl. It sounds significantly better, but the first disc still has more clicks and pops than it should. Additionally, the center hole of the first disc has flash (extra bits of plastic from the mold) in it, so it's a tight fit on the turntable spindle. I can fix this with a knife, but I really shouldn't have to. I'm increasing my rating to 3 stars, but there still seems to be a quality control issue.
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