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.
BOB MARLEY Exodus (Rare 1995 Japanese issue limited edition 10-track Mobile Fidelity ‘Ultradisc II’ 24-karat Gold audiophile CD issue of the 1977 album, mastered directly from the original master tapes. Unique black & gold bordered picture sleeve with original artwork and Ultradisc II wraparound insert and remains factory sealed. This was manufactured in the US and exported to be sold in Japan, includes the extremely rare Japanese outer obi-strip. Apart from a crack on the front case this example remains in a fantastic condition, and the first example we have ever had UDCD628).
THE CLASH London Calling (Limited Edition 2015 UK 19-track double LP pressed on 180gram Vinyl, the 1979 classic fully remastered & sounding better than ever, deluxe picture sleeve with lyric inners. The sleeve is Excellent with a few minor scuffs & the heavyweight vinyl is Excellent with very little play).
RADIOHEAD TKOL RMX 1234567 (2011 Japanese 19-track 2 Blu-Spec CD album set featuring a collection of remixes previously issued across a selection of exciting 12″ releases, including mixes from such artists as Jacques Greene, Four Tet, SBTRKT and Nathan Fake, who all provide their expertise in making this one of the greatest musical treats you’ll hear all year [apart from the original album!], housed in the sealed gatefold picture sleeve with Japanese liner notes and custom obi-strip).
MADONNA Ray Of Light (2018 UK Limited 20th Annivesary Edition double LP issue of her classic 1998 album now pressed on 180gram Clear Vinyl exclusively for RECORD STORE DAY Black Friday 2018, including the singles Frozen, Ray Of Light, Drowned World / Substitute For Love, The Power Of Good-Bye and Nothing Really Matters. The vinyl is BRAND NEW housed in the picture sleeve which remains sealed within its hype-stickered original shrinkwrap)**Limited to 7000 Copies**
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