I was online looking for an original vinyl of the sneaker pimps becoming x album. Searched high and low, the bay, discogs ect and only came up with a few results around 40 quid. I eventually came across a website selling a reissue which they say is a Direct Metal Master 200g version. I have heard about heavyweight vinyl and have a couple of heavyweight albums but not this DMM stuff. A bit of digging reveals this type of vinyl mastering is very rare now with only a handful of plants left in Europe, and it was developed by two German companies in the 80's mainly for classical. It was licensed to EMI who issued some stuff mastered this way. America's last machine was sold to the church of scientology for $70000 so that they can make copies of Ron Hubbards speeches; these copies are then put in time capsules along with hand cranked turntables. They say that instead of using acetate to make the master it is actually cut from copper. This removes two stages from the normal mastering process. They claim "better frequency definition" and "less potential for induced surface noise". I have read it can make recordings very bright or harsh, but others who have classical recordings from the company who invented it, say that is down to incorrect mastering. Does anyone have any DMM recordings, if so do they sound any different to to a normal record? Part of me says this is a load of tosh, but my curiosity got the better of me.