For anyone who collects vinyl, we all know that some of the most highly wanted pressings tend to be those classed as Audiophile.
Those with the best hi-fi equipment will always want the best quality sounding pressing available, be that high quality 180 gram or heavier vinyl, CD’s, Super Audio CD’s, SHM-CD’s, DVD-Audio Discs and more, from companies like DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Nautilus, Nexus, Simply Vinyl or Nimbus.
‘True Fidelity’ vinyl is perhaps the ultimate format for the audiophile. Issues are taken from original master tapes for pure ‘as intended sound’, and production techniques such as half-speed mastering, quadraphonic sound and special formulated virgin vinyl are common in most audiophile releases.
There are many labels who issue audiophile recordings, but only a few specialize in it. Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MFSL) have a variety of series including ‘Original Master Recordings’
[OMR] and ‘Ultra High Quality Recordings’ [UHQR]. Other important audiophile labels include Nautilus, Direct-Disk Labs, Sheffield Lab and Wilson Audio.
AUDIOPHILE COMPACT DISCS
With the development of the compact disc so typically came the development of it’s audiophile counterpart. Again there are specialist labels, there are varying techniques (gold discs, layered discs, high-density discs) and there are varying opinions on the listening pleasure! But we’re here to bring all those quandaries together.
The truth is some recordings are better than others, in the same way some artists are better than others and some music is better than others! We will look unbiased at them all…
Here at eil.com we have a nice range of Audiophile pressings to suit everyone’s taste and pockets.
ROLLING STONES Voodoo Lounge Uncut (2018 US Limited ‘Uncut, Remixed and Remastered’ Collector’s Edition 28-track triple LP set pressed on 180 gram Red Vinyl, featuring the full length show recorded on the 25th November 1994 at Miami’s Joe Robbie Stadium, with guest appearances from Sheryl Crow, Robert Cray & Bo Diddley. Includes ten previously unreleased performances. Housed in a hype-stickered heavyweight card gatefold picture sleeve with colour picture inners. The sleeve has a slight crease in the bottom left corner, otherwise this copy is in near as new condition ER416912).
PETER GABRIEL Us (2016 UK 10-track limited edition album 10-track double LP pressed on 180 gram vinyl – a 33 1/3 RPM half-Speed remastered issue of the 1992 album. Housed in a wide-spined picture sleeve with Hi-Res Download code – still sealed in its hype stickered shrinkwrap PGLPR7)
RORY GALLAGHER The French Connection (2018 UK limited edition 7-track LP released exclusively for Record Store Day pressed on 180 gram Heavyweight Vinyl, featuring a previously unreleased recording of Rory’s live concert in Paris,France in 1974 for RTL French Radio. The vinyl is in BRAND NEW condition housed in the picture sleeve which remains sealed within its hype-stickered original shrinkwrap).
CAROLE KING Tapestry (2013 Japanese exclusive limited edition 12-track Blu-Spec CD [an audio Compact Disc format using Blu-Ray technology and playable on all CD players], the second album by American singer-songwriter originally released in 1971; fold-out picture sleeve with lyric booklet, Japanese insert and obi-strip SICP30070).
PINK FLOYD The Dark Side Of The Moon (Rare 1988 Australian 10-track SQ Quadraphonic vinyl LP [fully compatible with conventional stereo systems], gatefold picture sleeve with the ‘SQ’ Quadraphonic logo in the bottom right corner and lyrics inside. The sleeve has some light edgewear and has a few general scuffs marks. With some light spindle wear and a few minor scuffs, the vinyl remain in excellent condition Q4SHVLA.804).
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