16 of the best-sounding vinyl records

Vinyl isn’t like CD or downloading a digital file, where identikit reproductions mean you’re more or less certain to receive the music as intended. If not quite a lottery, there is a game of chance you play when buying your favourite music on a big black disc.

No two vinyl records are exactly the same, but deficiencies from mastering to press can also leave whole batches sounding sub-par, and in the gravest scenarios have you eschewing some of your otherwise favourite albums.