There’s a first evaluation of the DMM Dubplate in the HIFI & MUSIK JOURNAL, written by Joachim Pfeiffer:
“Günter Pauler, the founder and the driving force of Stockfisch Records, is counted among the best sound engineers worldwide. Some even say that he is the best. This sound wizard has now came up with a new sound carrier, which intends to acoustically surpass every pressed record. (…)
'Wow, so each Dubplate is a unique specimen', thinks the author as he puts on the white gloves provided in the package in order to take the DMM Dubplate carefully out of its sleeve. Though perspiration from the hand would have no effect on sound quality (provided you wipe it off), it could leave visual marks on the disc – the copper surface could 'tarnish' a bit. Well, yes, even the experienced professional would get damp hands as they watch the tonearm sink on the copper surface. You first hear NOTHING in the run-in groove until a familiar voice appears with a clarity which you haven’t yet heard from a vinyl record: Chris Jones begins singing the audiophile-hymn: No Sanctuary Here. All that without an advance notice, because there really is no pre-echo.
Instead of the usual interference noises (which every analog fan of course came to accept like birdsong in the woods), there is only a gentle noise from the phono stage, which must be due to the fact that the level setting was set too high on this first rendezvous with Pauler’s power plate.
There are five songs on this Volume I of the DMM Dubplate. Be assured, dear reader, that you’ve never heard such a record before in your life. Even the (pressed) direct-cuts from the pre-digital era lag behind this disc in an almost bizarre way.
HiFi & Musik Journal will be intensively looking into this new sound carrier, because the question remains to be answered, whether the pickup gets worn faster when listening to these discs. And by the way, how does the sound of this godly disc change over time? Though the price of 678.- Euros might not exactly be a bargain, it’s by all means justified when you take into account the effort that goes into it. Every vinyl fan should get at least one of these wonderdiscs. "
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Joachim Pfeiffer, in: HIFI & MUSIK Journal, 5.5.2020