Optimal Media GmbH

Optimal Media GmbH

Profile:
German full service media manufacturer, operating under this name since October 1, 2011.
Formerly operating as Optimal Media Production.

Matrix scheme:

XY#####-ZZ
(Single letter format identifier, followed by single character year identifier, followed by a 5 digit numeral code, followed by an appended two digit disc numbering).

X is the format identifier:
"A" = CDs
"B" = Vinyl records
"D" = DVDs or Blu-Ray Discs
"E" = Blu-ray Discs

Y is the manufacturing year identifier, since 2010 a single letter (A to Z):
(before 2010 see Optimal Media Production listings)

A = 2010
B = 2011
C = 2012
D = 2013
E = 2014
F = 2015
G = 2016
H = 2017
I = 2018
J = 2019
K = 2020
L = 2021

After the 5 digit numeral code, the 2 digit disc numbering (ZZ) can be found, which starts at "01".
On multi disc releases the last digit usually incrementally rises by 1 for each disc. (Example: Disc 1 = 01, Disc 2 = 02, etc.)

Examples:
CD: AB57815-01 manufactured by optimal media GmbH
DVD: DC83784-01 manufactured by optimal media GmbH
Vinyl: BJ78101-01 A1

Notes on CDs/DVDs:
• CD and DVD releases additionally carry a "manufactured by optimal media GmbH" string next to the matrix number.
• If the production was done for a manufacturing broker (e.g. Handle With Care), the string often is replaced with the name of the broker.
• The plant's mastering SID codes are: ifpi/IFPI L571, L573, L574, L575, L576, L577, L578, L622 LZ09.

Notes on Vinyl records:
• The matrix number can be either machine stamped or hand etched.
• If initials of a mastering engineer (see the list below) appear next to the matrix number, you can also enter the Lacquer Cut At role for Optimal Media GmbH.
• If there are no mastering engineer initials present, the mastering / lacquer cutting was done externally.
• Due to the nature of the hand etching, the B (format identifier) might be mistaken for a 3, an 8 or a D. Also, G as the second letter, year identifier, can often be confused with the number 9. The numeral 1 can be mistaken for a 7 and the 5 can be mistaken for a √.
• Vinyl releases additionally carry the side positions along with an additional digit, next to the matrix number (see the example below).
• There are sometimes additional, faintly inscribed "geometric" marks. These are added during plating, and are therefore mirrored. They consist of a digit and a symmetrical symbol such as I, +, =, △ (for example I ↾ ). Enter these with the runout string in their non-mirrored form (e.g. "1 I") and note this in the description field (e.g. "1 I mirrored" - see this example).
• In 2020 matrix numeration reached number BK99999, then started with BK00000 not with BK100000.

Notes on the manufacture date:
• The year of manufacture in some cases may not be equal to the release year.
• The actual release date can be the same year of manufacture or one year later (e.g. manufactured in Dec. and released in Jan.)
• It (normally) cannot be earlier than the year it was manufactured though (there can be certain exceptions).
• Do not derive a release year from the manufacturing date code alone.

How to enter the matrix number in the LCCN fields:
• Please only enter the "XY#####" part, without the appended disc numbering: This is the internal "article number".
• If a release shows 2 or more of these numbers (e.g. multi-format releases), please enter each in a separate field.

Vinyl mastering engineers employed at Optimal Media GmbH:
AM (23)
BW (5)
Heino Leja (HL)
Jörg Peters (JP)
KL (5)
KR (3)
MK (11)
SJ (13)
ST (15)
BK (14)
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Contact Info:
Optimal Media GmbH
Glienholzweg 7
17207 Röbel / Müritz
Germany

Tel.: +49 39931 56932

[email protected]
Sites:
[l313190]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
001 Transmissions  album cover Soundwalk Collective Transmissions(4xLP, Album + Box, Album) Dischi Fantom 001 Italy 2017 Sell This Version
003LP Für Leute Die Schon Alles Haben  album cover Misses Next Match Für Leute Die Schon Alles Haben(LP, Album, RP) Broken Silence Records 003LP Germany 2016 Sell This Version
7TH 12011 7 Track EP  album cover The Matchstick Man & Fozbee & Cooz The Matchstick Man & Fozbee & Cooz - 7 Track EP (EP) 7TH 12011 UK 2016 Sell This Version
7TH 12013 Equinox (3) Let's Go Back / Rollin' Out(12", TP, W/Lbl) 7th Storey Projects 7TH 12013 UK 2017 Sell This Version
7TH 12014 Raid / JBB  album cover Coco Bryce Raid / JBB 7TH 12014 UK 2017 Sell This Version
7TH 12015 FFF & Coco Bryce FFF & Coco Bryce - Double Dragon EP(12", EP, TP) 7th Storey Projects 7TH 12015 UK 2017 Sell This Version
7TH 12017 Dogheart EP  album cover Jules Elipse Dogheart EP (EP) 7TH 12017 UK 2017 Sell This Version
7TH 12018 Ascension / Nerve  album cover Fushara Ascension / Nerve 7TH 12018 UK 2017 Sell This Version
7TH 12019 Coco Bryce Ayakashi EP(12", EP, TP, W/Lbl) 7th Storey Projects 7TH 12019 UK 2017 Sell This Version
7TH 12021 Remnant / Logical  album cover Fushara Featuring Shiva (28) Fushara Featuring Shiva (28) - Remnant / Logical 7TH 12021 UK 2017 Sell This Version
7TH 12022 Seven Chambers E.P.  album cover Jungle Buddha Seven Chambers E.P.(2x12", EP, Ltd) 7th Storey Projects 7TH 12022 UK 2018 Sell This Version
7TH 12023 Tim Reaper Monarchy(12", TP, W/Lbl) 7th Storey Projects 7TH 12023 UK 2018 Sell This Version
7TH 12024 FFF Never Give Up(12", TP, W/Lbl) 7th Storey Projects 7TH 12024 UK 2018 Sell This Version
7THSUBSCI 001 Elysian Boundary  album cover Various Elysian Boundary (EP) 7THSUBSCI 001 UK 2018 Sell This Version
12MTHSCD003 Greatest Shits  album cover Liquid Sisters Greatest Shits(CD, Album) 12 Months (2) 12MTHSCD003 Finland 2014 Sell This Version
17 Fuglsang  album cover Martin Wind, Ulf Meyer Martin Wind, Ulf Meyer - Fuglsang(LP, Ltd) Edition Longplay 17 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
17 rue Pville 천사의 분노 (Cherubim’s Wrath)  album cover 김오키* 천사의 분노 (Cherubim’s Wrath)(LP, Album, Ltd, Gat) Pleasantville Records 17 rue Pville South Korea 2016 Sell This Version
18 Brooklyn 3  album cover Donny McCaslin Brooklyn 3(LP, Ltd, Num, Gat) Edition Longplay 18 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
20SC0020 Barcelona  album cover Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - Barcelona(CD, Album, RE, S/Edition) Mercury, Universal Music Group International 20SC0020 Italy 2020 Sell This Version
024 Ei Ole Helppoo  album cover Gim Kordon Ei Ole Helppoo(CD, Album) Soliti 024 Finland 2014 Sell This Version
0004-2KHA I'm Yours  album cover Thet À Thet* I'm Yours(CD, Album) Künstlerhafen 0004-2KHA Germany 2016 Sell This Version
#46 anorak. Enthusiasts And Collectors(LP, Ltd, Num) Uncle M #46 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
047 Double Rainbow  album cover Kumio Kurachi & Howie Reeve Kumio Kurachi & Howie Reeve - Double Rainbow(LP, Album) Redwig, Et Mon Cul C'est Du Tofu?, Bar Marfil, Triomphe Semoule 047 UK 2021 Sell This Version
0006-2KHA Until Now...  album cover Joo Kraus Until Now...(2xCD, Comp) Künstlerhafen 0006-2KHA Germany 2016 Sell This Version
99CHANTS04LP No Eye Has An Equal  album cover Giulio Aldinucci No Eye Has An Equal(LP, Album, Ltd) 99CHANTS 99CHANTS04LP Germany 2019 Sell This Version
103 Interception  album cover Anthony Rother Interception(12", TP, W/Lbl) Psi49net 103 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
111A01 Jay  album cover 周杰倫* Jay(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, DMM) JVR Music 111A01 Taiwan 2020 Sell This Version
111A02 范特西  album cover 周杰倫 Jay* 范特西(2x12", Album, Ltd, DMM) JVR Music, Sony Music Entertainment (Taiwan) Ltd. 111A02 Taiwan 2020 Sell This Version
111A09 11月的蕭邦 (November's Chopin)  album cover 周杰倫* 11月的蕭邦 (November's Chopin)(LP, Album, Ltd, DMM) JVR Music, Sony Music Entertainment (Taiwan) Ltd. 111A09 Taiwan 2020 Sell This Version
# 120 Converging Sins  album cover Ultha Converging Sins(2xLP, Album, Cle) Vendetta Records (3) # 120 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
147 Norsk Suite  album cover Rain (7) Norsk Suite(LP, Album, Num) Shadoks Music 147 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
0019-2KHA Noch Nicht Ganz Weg (Das Letzte DDR-Konzert)  album cover Manfred Krug & Günther Fischer-Quintett Manfred Krug & Günther Fischer-Quintett - Noch Nicht Ganz Weg (Das Letzte DDR-Konzert)(CD, Album) Künstlerhafen 0019-2KHA Germany 2018 Sell This Version
026-2KHA The Last White Christmas  album cover Juliano Rossi The Last White Christmas(CD, Album) Künstlerhafen 026-2KHA Germany 2019 Sell This Version
В 503 Live In Liverpool + John Peel Session  album cover Звуки Му Live In Liverpool + John Peel Session (Maxi, Album) В 503 Russia 2019 Sell This Version
В 518 Ч Сказки  album cover Ноль Сказки(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM) Отделение ВЫХОД В 518 Ч Russia 2019 Sell This Version
В 548 ДК МЭЛЗ 8 Апреля 1988. Премьера Фильма «Асса»  album cover Зоопарк ДК МЭЛЗ 8 Апреля 1988. Премьера Фильма «Асса» В 548 Russia 2021 Sell This Version
00722 Engel Über Dem Revier  album cover Gundermann & Seilschaft Engel Über Dem Revier(CD, Album) BuschFunk, Buschfunk 00722 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
1301-J1 Jerichow Grounded  album cover Wulf Mohrmann Jerichow Grounded (EP) 1301-J1 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
1301-J1a Jerichow Grounded  album cover Wulf Mohrmann Jerichow Grounded(LP, S/Sided, EP, Etch, Ltd, Num, B-S) 1301 Media 1301-J1a Germany 2019 Sell This Version
05053 Blue Note Trip - Late Nights / Early Mornings  album cover Maestro* Blue Note Trip - Late Nights / Early Mornings(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Blue Note, EMI 05053 Netherlands 2012 Sell This Version
5521-1 The Carnival Bizarre  album cover Cathedral The Carnival Bizarre(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE) Earache 5521-1 US 2014 Sell This Version
5524-1 From Beyond  album cover Massacre From Beyond(LP, Album + 12", EP + Ltd, RE, 180) Earache 5524-1 US 2014 Sell This Version
5526-1 Conquering The Throne  album cover Hate Eternal Conquering The Throne(LP, Album) Earache 5526-1 US 2014 Sell This Version
5528-1 Supernatural Birth Machine  album cover Cathedral Supernatural Birth Machine(LP + LP, S/Sided + Album, RE) Earache 5528-1 US 2015 Sell This Version
5532-1 Forest Of Equilibrium  album cover Cathedral Forest Of Equilibrium (Album, EP) 5532-1 US 2015 Sell This Version
5534-1 Condemned  album cover Confessor Condemned(LP, Album, RE, Ora) Earache 5534-1 US 2015 Sell This Version
06025 SGL-CD I Will Follow You  album cover Schiller Mit Hen Ree Schiller Mit Hen Ree - I Will Follow You(CDr, Single, Promo) Island Records 06025 SGL-CD Germany Unknown Sell This Version
9423 Till Eulenspiegel (Opera In Two Acts)  album cover Nikolai Karetnikov* / Soviet Cinema Orchestra* cond. by Emin Khachaturian* & Valery Polyansky Nikolai Karetnikov* / Soviet Cinema Orchestra* cond. by Emin Khachaturian* & Valery Polyansky - Till Eulenspiegel (Opera In Two Acts)(2xCD, Album, RE) Brilliant Classics 9423 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
0013212KAI Quartetto N.7 · Quartetto N.8 · Sei Quartetti Brevi  album cover Salvatore Sciarrino - Quartetto Prometeo Salvatore Sciarrino - Quartetto Prometeo - Quartetto N.7 · Quartetto N.8 · Sei Quartetti Brevi(CD, Album) Kairos 0013212KAI Austria 2012 Sell This Version
0013242KAI Konzert Für Schlagzeug Und Orchester / Impulse Für Orchester  album cover Friedrich Cerha - Martin Grubinger, Wiener Philharmoniker, Peter Eötvös, Pierre Boulez Friedrich Cerha - Martin Grubinger, Wiener Philharmoniker, Peter Eötvös, Pierre Boulez - Konzert Für Schlagzeug Und Orchester / Impulse Für Orchester(CD, Album) Kairos 0013242KAI Austria 2012 Sell This Version
0013312KAI Wüstenbuch • Ira-arca • Lied • Aer  album cover Beat FurrerKlangforum WienTrio CatchTora AugestadSébastien BrohierMikhail Dubov*Hélène FauchèreEva FurrerUli FusseneggerVladislav Pesin* Beat FurrerKlangforum WienTrio CatchTora AugestadSébastien BrohierMikhail Dubov*Hélène FauchèreEva FurrerUli FusseneggerVladislav Pesin* - Wüstenbuch • Ira-arca • Lied • Aer(2xCD, Album) Kairos 0013312KAI Austria 2014 Sell This Version
19334 Off Road  album cover Angelo Kelly Off Road(CD, Album, RE) Not On Label 19334 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
27394 The Digging Remedy  album cover Plaid The Digging Remedy (Album) 27394 UK 2016 Sell This Version
27626 The Day The Sun Went Out  album cover Boy Sets Fire.* The Day The Sun Went Out(LP, Album, RE, RM, Gol) End Hits Records 27626 Germany 2018 Sell This Version
28024 Ocean Machine (Live At The Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv)  album cover Devin Townsend Project Ocean Machine (Live At The Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv)(3xCD + DVD-V, NTSC + S/Edition, Dig) Inside Out Music, Inside Out Music 28024 USA, Canada & Europe 2018 Sell This Version
28360 Full Nelson  album cover Massive Wagons Full Nelson(LP, Album) Earache Records 28360 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
29369 All For Metal  album cover Doro All For Metal(7", EP, Single, Ltd) Nuclear Blast 29369 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
37181 Strange Place For Snow  album cover E.S.T. Strange Place For Snow(2xLP, 180) ACT (4) 37181 Germany 2018 Sell This Version
ΑΒ39118 Ηλιοθεραπεία  album cover The Boy (6) Ηλιοθεραπεία (Album) ΑΒ39118 Greece 2011 Sell This Version
42-039S Uomo Donna  album cover Andrea Laszlo De Simone Uomo Donna (Album) 42-039S Italy 2017 Sell This Version
44549 Band On The Radio  album cover The Grenadines (2) Band On The Radio(LP, Album) Target (15) 44549 Denmark 2018 Sell This Version
45681-1 The Celts  album cover Enya The Celts(LP, Album, RE) Reprise Records 45681-1 US 2017 Sell This Version
51233 Sequence One  album cover Light Conductor Sequence One(LP, 180) Constellation 51233 Canada 2019 Sell This Version
57699 Elektrac  album cover Shobaleader One Elektrac(2xLP, Album) Warp Records 57699 UK & Europe 2017 Sell This Version
58029-1 Genesis Exodus  album cover Main Concept Genesis Exodus (Album) 58029-1 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 2018 Sell This Version
58030-1 Reicher Mann  album cover Boshi San Reicher Mann(2xLP, Album) 58Beats 58030-1 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
58030-2 Reicher Mann  album cover Boshi San Reicher Mann(CD, Album) 58Beats 58030-2 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
62948 Memoirs Of A Madman  album cover Ozzy Osbourne Memoirs Of A Madman (Comp) 62948 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
066574-2 Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man - Out Of Season(CD, Album) Go! Beat 066574-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
0068.121 Intercontinental  album cover Joe Pass Intercontinental(CD, Album) MPS Records, MPS KulturSPIEGEL Edition, Edel 0068.121 Germany 2014 Sell This Version
80759 Heavy Rain  album cover Lee Scratch Perry* Heavy Rain(LP, Album) On-U Sound 80759 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
81870 Idol Eyes  album cover Common Saints (2) Idol Eyes(12", EP, Ltd, Bla) Starsonics 81870 UK 2020 Sell This Version
87242 Verwirrte Hirten  album cover Talking Horns, St.Ankowski* Talking Horns, St.Ankowski* - Verwirrte Hirten(CD, Album) Westpark Music 87242 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
89080 Christmas & Chill  album cover Ariana Grande Christmas & Chill(LP, S/Sided, Etch, Ltd, RE, Gre) Republic Records, UMe, Universal Music Group 89080 UK, Europe & US 2019 Sell This Version
94064 The Late String Quartets  album cover Beethoven*, LaSalle Quartet* Beethoven*, LaSalle Quartet* - The Late String Quartets(3xCD, Comp) Brilliant Classics 94064 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
94155 Complete Piano Works  album cover Lyadov*, Marco Rapetti Lyadov*, Marco Rapetti - Complete Piano Works(5xCD, Album, 5 C) Brilliant Classics 94155 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
94485 Curious Volume  album cover Pentagram Curious Volume(LP, Album) Peaceville 94485 UK 2015 Sell This Version
94630 Beethoven: Complete Edition  album cover Ludwig van Beethoven Beethoven: Complete Edition(86xCD, Comp + Box) Brilliant Classics 94630 Netherlands 2013 Sell This Version
95007 The Renaissance Keyboard  album cover Marco Antonio Cavazzoni, Andrea Antico, Fabio Antonio Falcone Marco Antonio Cavazzoni, Andrea Antico, Fabio Antonio Falcone - The Renaissance Keyboard(CD, Album) Brilliant Classics 95007 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
95508 Organ Music  album cover Correa De Arauxo*, Francesco Cera Correa De Arauxo*, Francesco Cera - Organ Music(2xCD) Brilliant Classics 95508 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
96045 FOUR SEASONS - CELLO, OBOE & FLUTE CONCERTOS  album cover Vivaldi*, Pier Luigi Fabretti, Francesco Galligioni, Mario Folena, L'Arte Dell'Arco, Federico Guglielmo Vivaldi*, Pier Luigi Fabretti, Francesco Galligioni, Mario Folena, L'Arte Dell'Arco, Federico Guglielmo - FOUR SEASONS - CELLO, OBOE & FLUTE CONCERTOS(5xCD, Comp + Box) Brilliant Classics 96045 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
96148 Beethoven: Complete Piano Trios  album cover Ludwig van Beethoven, Trio Elégiaque Ludwig van Beethoven, Trio Elégiaque - Beethoven: Complete Piano Trios(5xCD, Comp + Box) Brilliant Classics 96148 Europe 2020 Sell This Version
96822 Made In Basing Street  album cover Producers (3) Made In Basing Street(LP, Album) The Last Label (2) 96822 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
97721 To Love Is To Live  album cover Jehnny Beth To Love Is To Live(LP, Album, Ltd, Whi) 20L07 Music 97721 Europe 2020 Sell This Version
101712 Liederhalle Stuttgart March 20, 1969  album cover Cannonball Adderley Quintet* Liederhalle Stuttgart March 20, 1969(LP, Album, RM, 180) Jazzhaus, SWR Music 101712 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
101 741 Sängerhalle Untertürkheim July 15, 1978  album cover Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers* Sängerhalle Untertürkheim July 15, 1978(2xLP, Album, RM, 180) Jazzhaus, SWR Music 101 741 Germany 2014 Sell This Version
109136 Slingshot  album cover The Senior Service Slingshot(7", Single, Ltd) Damaged Goods 109136 UK 2018 Sell This Version
120-456B2DS Da Original Troopa EP / Lost In Queens EP  album cover Jam DOT* / Da Ooh! Jam DOT* / Da Ooh! - Da Original Troopa EP / Lost In Queens EP(CD, Album, Comp, Ltd, RM, S/Edition) Back 2 Da Source Records 120-456B2DS Belgium 2018 Sell This Version
122-000B2DS-LP Liberal Art - 90´s Unreleased  album cover Laster Liberal Art - 90´s Unreleased (Album) 122-000B2DS-LP Belgium 2017 Sell This Version
124-000B2DS Down For My Crown / Your Hood Is My Hood  album cover Pudgee* Down For My Crown / Your Hood Is My Hood(7", Ltd, Pic) Back 2 Da Source Records 124-000B2DS Belgium 2017 Sell This Version
125-000B2DS Can't Come Close  album cover Natives In Black Can't Come Close(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Back 2 Da Source Records, Funky Fresh Records (3) 125-000B2DS Belgium 2018 Sell This Version
126-206B2DS Intro To The Central  album cover Narcotik (2) Intro To The Central(LP, Album, Ltd) Back 2 Da Source Records 126-206B2DS Belgium 2018 Sell This Version
126-206B2DS-CD Intro To The Central  album cover Narcotik (2) Intro To The Central(CD, Album, Ltd, RM) Back 2 Da Source Records 126-206B2DS-CD Belgium 2018 Sell This Version
127-000B2DS Warriors Anthem  album cover Sham & The Professor Warriors Anthem(10", EP) Back 2 Da Source Records 127-000B2DS Belgium 2018 Sell This Version
128-000B2DS Back To Basics  album cover B Flatt* Back To Basics(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RM) Back 2 Da Source Records, Big Noise Entertainment 128-000B2DS Belgium 2018 Sell This Version
129-000B2DS Remember Me  album cover The Speedknotz* Remember Me(12", EP, Ltd, RE) Back 2 Da Source Records 129-000B2DS Belgium 2018 Sell This Version
129903 David Helbok Trio  album cover David Helbock Trio David Helbok Trio(CD) Optimal Media GmbH 129903 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
1301-01 Stockroom Recordings (No.1)  album cover Bouet Stockroom Recordings (No.1) (Maxi) 1301-01 Germany 2015 Sell This Version
1301-02 Stockroom Recordings (No.2)  album cover Bouet Stockroom Recordings (No.2)(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, Gol) 1301 Media 1301-02 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
1301-03 Skyline Drive - Stockroom Recordings (No.3)  album cover Bouet Skyline Drive - Stockroom Recordings (No.3) (Album) 1301-03 Germany 2018 Sell This Version

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soukous25

soukous25

April 22, 2021
this is a high-end german pressing plant? The quality of their pressigns is garbage . Audible scratches on a new records and a lot of distortions here and there. Its more like made in china than made in germany quality. From now on boycotting anything that has Optimal as a source.
Ximeroni

Ximeroni

March 2, 2021
I recently bought Marc Almond's "Chaos And A Dancing Star" that was pressed at this plant and I was surprised that a brand new, sealed record could be this noisy.

It was not only really dusty, but there are also marks that look like glue residue and superficial scratches. The marks can't be removed - neither with Isopropyl alcohol nor L'art du son nor my spin clean-type cleaning machine. There are also a lot of periodic clicks during playback and a rather high noise floor for a new record.
Playstation98

Playstation98

February 9, 2021
Genuinely I've had more problems with Pallas over these guys. Every record I have save for my Scott Walker - The Drift from these guys are great.
Novembernine

Novembernine

January 13, 2021
edited 4 months ago
The last 2 Optimal pressings I've bought have been damaged. One, a large, already out-of-print box set with a heavy scratch from the outside on one disc (which I had to take a discount on as no replacements were available), and today received an LP that looks like it was dropped on a concrete floor and danced on for a few minutes, which was also heavily off-centre.

I would no longer consider Optimal a wise choice for manufacture.
adammel

adammel

August 18, 2020
No superior German engineering here. (Sub) Optimal did a cheap and nasty 2012 pressing of Madonna's classic Like A Prayer. Filthy, warped, scratched, and artwork that looks like it was done on a home printer. Why do they release this garbage and think people won't care?
Dr.Graham

Dr.Graham

March 18, 2020
Most of their pressings/masters ive heard sounds horrible.. cant understand why so much labels pressed their records here.
DogsCollection

DogsCollection

January 22, 2020
The worst Optimal pressings in my collection usually equals to the best URP/Rainbo pressings in my experience. They have their occasional slip in quality control from time to time but most of the time their pressings are excellent.
patientot

patientot

September 28, 2019
Two things to be aware of with this plant:

1) The vinyl pressings range in quality from exemplary to awful. It's very much luck of the draw. Like the lower end U.S. plants, they still seem to have issues with getting records perfectly centered (watch for tonearm sway) and non-fill can be an issue. Pressing warps from sleeving the records before they are fully cooled also happen sometimes.

2) Their CD manufacturing processes are utter crap. If you buy a few discs from here you will encounter ones with loads of digital errors that refuse to produce a secure rip when using a program like EAC or dBpoweramp. Expect multiple tries or long ripping times with these programs. You can ignore the opinions of folks that use low-end non-secure ripping programs because they have no idea if their rips have errors or not.
mcalphax

mcalphax

September 5, 2019
I really don't know why everyone is complaining about issues here. Of all 30 of my records that were pressed here only one had a real pressing defect and another one had the labels mixed up. Other than that these guys pressed some of the best-sounding records in my collection, including the Beatles in Mono reissues, the Loveless remaster, Plastic Beach, the Kraftwerk remasters and more. These would never have sounded as good if they were pressed by the likes of GZ Media, URP or Rainbo.
bruno8586

bruno8586

April 15, 2019
The masters they seem to churn out sound fiarly good to my ears, unfortunately in the materials department their handling of the vinyl material itself they leave a lot to be desired with, it is unacceptable for first tier records to present printing defects, i can even understand/accept a relatively small amount of dust or debris that will not mean permanent damage to the tracks but other permanent defects that can be observed in these guys' pressings are not acceptable at all. Shame since at least one of the most recent pressings i own sounds really well mastered and i wanted to enjoy it a lot.