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.
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD Dusty In Memphis (2019 UK Special 50th Anniversary Edition 11-track vinyl LP which has been Half-Speed Mastered and cut to vinyl using the unique ‘half-speed’ process, at Abbey Road Studios, London, for ultimate sound quality. Originally released in 1969 and recorded at American Sound Studio in Memphis, this is her greatest album and includes her classic takes on Son Of A Preacher Man, Breakfast In Bed, Just One Smile, I Don’t Want To Hear About It Anymore, So Much Love and Just A Little Lovin’. The vinyl is BRAND NEW & unplayed housed in the picture sleeve which comes with a download code voucher, wrap-around obi and remains sealed within its the original shrinkwrap).
JOHN LENNON Wonsaponatime (Rare 1999 UK Limited Edition 21-track double LP pressed on Heavyweight Vinyl, housed in a deluxe gatefold picture sleeve featuring an Introduction by Yoko on the inside, with picture inner sleeves featuring rare photos& lyrics. This example has remained factory sealed for twenty years, so remains in an unplayed conditon).
CAMEO Collected (2019 UK limited edition 24-track double LP pressed on Audiophile quality 180gm Red Vinyl featuring a collection of their greatest hits including Word Up!, Candy and more. Both discs are BRAND NEW & unplayed housed in a gatefold picture sleeve which is silver number-embossed on the back remains sealed within the custom-stickered clear PVC outer jacket! MOVLP2510) **Limited to 1000 Copies Only**.
BOO RADLEYS Wake Up! (2019 UK limited edition 12-track LP pressed on Audiophile quality 180gm Turquoise Vinyl – Originally released on Creation Records in 1995, their fourth studio album spawned the classichit ‘Wake Up Boo!’. The vinyl is BRAND NEW & unplayed housed in a gatefold picture sleeve which is silver number-embossed on the back and remains sealed within the custom-stickered clear resealable outer bag! MOVLP2306) **Limitedto 1000 Copies Only**.
DAVID BOWIE Sound + Vision (1990 US limited edition Direct Metal Mastered 46-track SIX LP box set, pressed on audiophile quality 100% Clear Virgin Vinyl, split into three parts with each part in its own unique gatefold picture sleeve with extensive liner notes and rare photographs, all housed in a superbly designed printed perspex lidded box with matching obi style card corner. The outer shows just a little light shelfwear & the contents remain in excellent conditionwith few signs of play. A really nice example of this now very hard to find pressing RALP0120).
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