45 RPM double disc albums 2019-11-10 17:07:27 There seems to be a new trend in "audiophile" circles, releasing albums in a double disc 45 RPM, with the claims that it's much better quality. This raises a lot of red flags to me. Is there any objective reason a 45 RPM vinyl is better than a 33⅓?Hoping to do an actual "apples-to-apples" comparison of 33⅓ and 45 RPM, I emailed Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab and asked them if their 45 RPM vinyl releases are made with the exact same master as their 33⅓ RPM releases. After a number of very vague emails, they finally told me that they go back to "the original master tapes" and create a unique remaster for the 45 RPM release that is "optimized for the format." So, there is no "apples-to-apples" comparison possible.This led me to Google to do some homework. And here is some bullet points of what I discovered. I'm not claiming it's true. Just what I found out:You can't compare a 45 RPM single to a 33⅓ release to hear the increase in quality. You need to compare a 45 album and a 33⅓ album. Why, I have no idea.One site says the difference will only be obvious on "mid-fi" gear, because low end gear (Crosley Cruisers, etc) don't have enough fidelity to pick on the differences. And supposedly high end turntables ($5000+ in price) can get 45 RPM sound out of a 33⅓/Anothe site claims only ultra-high end turntables and gear will benefit from the format.Another sites claims there will be an improvement, but to realized it's full potential, you should wait for special 45 RPM styluses to be releasedMost sites discuss things that are objectively unmeasurable such as "clarity", "detail", and other famous audiophile buzzwords to jusify a price tag.I'm hoping someone here can shed some light on the matter in a more objective fashion.