With Village Vanguard, Yes. I agree that the 45 sounds better, it just isn't a huge difference to my ears. I would compare it to listening to a Classic Series Blue Note (assuming it is a flawless pressings) to a Music Matters 45. You have to give the edge to the 45, but any audiophile would be more than happy with the Classic Series. The OJC Village Vanguard is very nice imo. It is dynamic and dead quite. You hear all the little details. The 45 offers a bigger sound stage and a little more emphasis to bass and drums, which I like a lot. While there is no denying that the 45 is better, the 80s OJC is very very nice.