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.
HUSKER DU The Living End (2014 Dutch limited edition ‘Music On Vinyl’ 24-track Double LP pressed on Audiophile quality 180 Gram Heavyweight Red Vinyl, recorded live on tour in October 1987, within an individually numbered picture sleeve. The vinyl is BRAND NEW & unplayed, as remains sealed within its custom-stickered re-sealable bag! MOVLP1170)***Limited to only 1000 copies***.
SIMON & GARFUNKEL Bookends (2009 Japanese exclusive limited edition 14-track Blu-Spec CD [an audio CD format using Blu-Ray technology, playable on all CD players], originally released in April 1968, includes 2 bonus recordings, picture sleeve with Japanese/English lyric booklet, stickered case & obi-strip SICP-20092).
THE DISTILLERS Coral Fang (2019 Dutch limited edition ‘Music On Vinyl’ 11-track LP pressed on Audiophile quality 180 Gram Heavyweight Clear Vinyl, within an individually numbered picture sleeve. The vinyl is BRAND NEW & unplayed, as remains sealed within its custom-stickered re-sealable bag! MOVLP2488)***Limited to only 2000 copies***.
DEPECHE MODE Sounds Of The Universe (2014 Japanese ‘Blu-spec CD2’ issue of their 2009 13-track album [an audio CD format using Blu-Ray technology, playable on all CD players], including the singles Wrong, Peace and Fragile Tension / Hole To Feed. The disc appears unplayed and comes issued in a gatefold picture sleeve complete with replica LP inner wallets, a picture / lyric booklet, additional Japanese lyric insert and obi-strip SICP30546).
MARC ALMOND Stardom Road (2019 Dutch limited edition ‘Music On Vinyl’ 21-track Double LP pressed on Audiophile quality 180 Gram Heavyweight Gold Vinyl. Originally released in 2007 and available on vinyl for the first time, featuring guest appearances from Antony Hegarty [of and the Johnsons], Jools Holland & Sarah Cracknell [St Etienne]; individually numbered picture sleeve with a 4-page booklet. The vinyl is BRAND NEW & unplayed, as remains sealed within its custom-stickered re-sealable bag! MOVLP2524)***Limited to only 1500 copies***.
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