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.
AMY WINEHOUSE Lioness: Hidden Treasures (2011 UK 12-track compilation double LP pressed on 180gram Vinyl, featuring a selection of demos and previously unreleased songs, gatefold picture sleeve with lyrics inside and credits insert. This copyremains factory sealed from new & is therefore still mint & unplayed).
BOB DYLAN Bob Dylan (2014 US exclusive limited edition Mobile Fidelity ‘Original Master Recording’ 13-track Audiophile DSD remastered Ultradisc UHR™ SACD [Super Audio CD – playable on all SACD and CD players] with the disc manufacturedin Austria, originally released in 1961 and mastered directly from the original tapes; un-numbered internal pasted LP-style gatefold card picture sleeve, with the barcode blocked due to being issued in advance of the actual release and remainsfactory sealed UDSACD2122).
ROGER WATERS Amused To Death (2015 US limited edition 14-track Hybrid SACD [Super Audio CD] playable on all SACD & CD players, remastered in 5.1 Surround Sound, with the disc pressed in Austria. Originally released in 1992, a concept album andthe third studio solo release by the former Pink Floyd bassist with guest apperances from Jeff Beck, Rita Coolidge, N’Dea Davenport, Don Henley, Brian MacLeod and John Patitucci, including the singles What God Wants Part I, The Bravery Of Being Out of Range and Three Wishes. This edition comes housed in a 5½” x 6″ hardback book style digipak picture sleeve with integral lyric booklet).
ALICE IN CHAINS Jar Of Flies / Sap (2010 Dutch limited edition 12-track 3-sided 2-LP set pressed on 180 gram Vinyl, with the fourth side etched with the band’s ‘Tribal Sun’ logo, originally released as two separate EPs in 1992 & ’94. Comes housed in a deluxe golssy gatefold picture sleeve with colour coded inners. The sleeve & vinyl are Near Mint MOVLP086).
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