Is music mastered differently to CD's and digital?

Wanna get a couple of iron maiden record's and I hear records are sometimes mastered differently to CD's are the same music files used or are the 3 formats mastered differently?

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  • 2 months ago

    Records have limited dynamic range and need extreme frequency equalisation, so mastering for them was rather different than for digital media.

    High quality digital systems such as CDs and DVD / Blu-Ray audio have much more dynamic range and better low frequency capability.

    Plus, digital formats (including CDs) need no inherent equalisation as they have flat frequency response.

    Equalisation for records - the RIAA equalisation system:

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