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.
THE CLASH The Clash (Limited edition US 15-track LP issue of their classic 1977 debut album pressed on 180gram Heavyweight Vinyl, including White Riot, Remote Control, White Man In Hammersmith Palais, London’s Burning, I Fought The Law& Janie Jones, The glossy barcoded picture sleeve has some shelfwear creasing to the bottom edge but the vinyl appears barely played PE36060).
SMALL FACES Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake (2018 UK Deluxe Limited Edition triple LP box set pressed on Audiophile quality 180gram Heavyweight Red, White & Blue Vinyl. Cut at half-speed by Matt Colton at Alchemy Studios to givea better dynamicresponse, more defined and accurate sound and extended low frequency and smooth high-frequency response, with the full cooperation of surviving Small Faces member Kenney Jones. This set comprises both Mono & Stereo versions of their classic 1968 third studio album accompanied by a 15-track collection of rarities. All three discs are BRAND NEW & unplayed and come complete with a 72-page illustrated booklet containing rare photos by Gered Mankovitz and sleevenotes by Mark Paytress, housed inside the 12.5″ x 12.5″ x 1″ two-piece picture box which remains sealed within the hype-stickered shrinwkrap IMBX012).
KIM WILDE Aliens Live (2019 UK Strictly Limited Edition 19-track double LP pressed on 180 gram Neon Orange Vinyl – Kim’s FIRST EVER live album featuring a collection of tracks recorded at various venues around the UK & Europe during her ‘Here Comes The Aliens’ tour in 2018, including versions of Kids In America, You Came, You Keep Me Hangin’ On and more. Both discs are BRAND NEW & unplayed housed in the gatefold picture sleeve which remains sealed within its hype-stickered shrinkwrap 0214166EMX) **Limited to 250 Copies Only**.
DAVID BOWIE Let’s Dance Demo (2018 UK limited edition 12″ single released exclusively for Record Store Day on 180gram Heavyweight Vinyl, featuring the first appearance of the full length demo previously released in an edited form for David’s birthday earlier this year, clocking in at 7:34 & a live version recorded at Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada on 12th September 1983. Housed in picture sleeve, this copy remains in near as new conditon DBRSD20181).
LEE MORGAN The Gigolo (2013 US limited edition 5-track ‘Blue Note The Definitive 45RPM Reissue Series’ remastered Double LP set pressed on Audiophile quality 45rpm 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl by Music Matters Ltd., originally released in 1966, starring Wayne Shorter, Harold Mabern, Bob Cranshaw and Billy Higgins; within an high quality interal pasted front laminated heavy card gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve displays minimal wear and the vinyl looks barely played MMBST84212).
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