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.
NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE Greendale (2004 US Deluxe Edition 10-track audiophile triple LP box set pressed on 200gm Vinyl with each part in its own picture sleeve, complete with twenty four page high quality illustrated booklet, additional ‘Showbill’ booklet, large ‘Where The Devil Is Greendale?’ sticker & bonus 7″ pressed on GREEN vinyl, superb picture box. The box shows minimal shelfwear & all contents remains near ‘as new’ – a superb copy! VAP-1001).
DIRE STRAITS Brothers In Arms (2000 UK limited edition issue of the classic 1985 9-track LP pressed on 180gm Virgin Vinyl, complete with illustrated inner & high quality picture sleeve reproducing the original album artwork, custom clear PVC envelope outer. Both sleeve & vinyl remain near ‘as new’ SVLP182).
CREAM Wheels Of Fire (2014 Japanese 17-track SHM-SACD Audiophile issue of the classic 1968 13-track double album, now expanded with four bonus tracks, picture sleeve with booklet and obi-strip. Please note that this CD requires a player capable of playing the SA-CD format UIGY-9600).
JOHN LENNON Imagine (Rare early to mid 1970s Japanese Apple Records QUADRAPHONIC pressing of the 10-track vinyl LP, fully compatible with conventional stereo systems, within a pasted picture sleeve with the original die-cut lyric/credit inner, Japanese lyric inner, 4 Channel RM Sound explanation sheet in Japanese, large fold-out Poster and Postcard. The sleeve displays just a little light wear with minimal signs of age, the inner, poster and inserts remain in a fantastic condition whilst the vinyl looks barely played EAZ-80006).
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