Any sure way to tell the difference? I have been buying some new vinyl records lately and have noticed crackling/static is quite loud. Now after a few plays it is reduced greatly but it still creeps in through certain parts. Most are on black vinyl and have never been played before since i buy them from shops. Is this normal? They are 7" singles so are just stored in the sleeve with no protection. I use my antistatic brush to clean them before hand since there is usually little bits of paper/cardboard on the record. I should also say that i've got singles that are on coloured vinyl and play flawlessly. Heck i've got records that i bought second hand and were well played from 40 years ago and there is not a single crackle or his from them. Could it just be static i am hearing? I listen to all kinds of music so maybe it could be some companies are just not using the best people to press the music? Don't shoot me down for it but did buy some new Kate Nash singles and they are jukebox style 7" singles and the vinyl is heavier than most other 7" singles but the crackling starts at the beginning and then creeps in every now and then. I'm thinking it might just be static because it is happening all too much lately. Is there any way to reduce this? Room temperature? Any kind of device that will actually reduce it or get rid of it? I don't abuse my records or equipment so don't think it is my equipment or anything.