I know there are a bunch of vinyl newbies here who may not have heard about these so I thought I would post about it.
Japanese pressings are supposed to be of the highest audiophile quality. You know it is this type of pressing because they put a little sleeve around the outside cover which is called an OBI. See the picture of a Pink Floyd example.
I only have two of these. One is Fleetwood Mac Mirage which I bought in mint condition for $45 and the other is a very talented Chinese singer who is performing with an orchastra (sp). I only paid 75 cents for it at a goodwill over the weekend. It is actually quite interesting and had never been played before.
In my vast experience (two LP's :D ) there is a definite difference between these and the rest of my collection. They sound more lifelike than my other audiophile class recordings. The backround noise is minimal except for tape hiss and they are very clean sounding, most likely because the treble is exceptional. I notice with MFSL recordings normally the bass and treble are somewhat boosted which I dislike and many of the other high quality pressings have a bit more surface noise or distortions of some sort. I need to find some more of these Japanese pressings before making blanket statements but if the two I have are any indication then I'm thinking they will be worth the extra $$.
I think I am going to start collecting these.