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.
BILL EVANS TRIO Portrait In Jazz (2019 US pressed Strictly Limited Edition 9-track double LP pressed on Audiophile quality 180 gram Heavyweight SUPER VINYL – It’s impossible to exaggerate the stature, brilliance, and splendor of Bill Evans’ 1960 ‘Portrait in Jazz’ and NOW, mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s opulent UD1S [UltraDisc One-Step] box set places Evans and his esteemed colleagues in your listening room. Every note, harmonic, and movement capturedby the microphones are reproduced with exquisite accuracy and wowing clarity. Close your eyes and you’re practically at Reeves Sound Studios in New York City in late December 1959. Both discs remain in UNPLAYED condition housed within the luxurious 12.5″ x 12.5″ x 1″ two-piece gold-embossed boxset which is indvidually hand-numbered on the back and remains SEALED within its original shrinkwrap!).
EUGEN JOCHUM conducts THE LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Beethoven’s 9 Symphonies (1979 German Quadraphonic 8-LP audiophile box set, fully compatible with regular stereo setups. Comes housed in a glossy 12″ picture box complete with the multi-language libretto booklet. The packaging is Excellent with minimal signs of shelf wear & each vinyl disc is near ‘as new’).
PORCUPINE TREE The Incident (2009 Japanese Double HQCD [High Quality Compact Disc – playable on all CD players], their tenth studio album, an elaborate conceptual piece fuelled by a 21st century cocktail of MTV, sex, prescription drugs, video games, the internet, terminal boredom and subsequent escape, taking the listener on a thrilling audio journey. The album is completed by four standalone compositions all housed on a separate CD to stress their independence from the record’s main 14-part suite; within a mini LP-style gatefold pasted card picture sleeve with separate Japanese & English lyric booklets, obi-strip and still in a stickered re-sealable bag IECP-10198 ).PAUL MCCARTNEY AND WINGS The Art Of McCartney (2014 UK limited edition 42-track Quadruple LP compilation album pressed on 180 gram Orange, Green, Red &Blue Vinyl. A remarkable recording project celebrating the songs of one of the greatest songwriters of all time, with backing provided by McCartney’s long time band, featuring classic songs recorded by some of the world’s greatest artists, each showing their respect to Paul’s songwriting genius including Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, The Cure, Roger Daltrey, Brian Wilson, Alice Cooper, Barry Gibb, Jamie Cullum, KISS, Chrissie Hynde, Jeff Lynne and many more. The set comes with a 24-page illustrated guide, all housed in a 13″ blue card box with a lift off lid and printed with the tracklisting on the back, still sealed in the hype stickered shrink. This copy comes in the original card mailer with copyright & barcoded ‘theartofmccartney.com’ sticker still on the front APVINLP1402).
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