What is an audiophile pressing?
Well, in a nut shell, it’s an audio format pressed to help enhance the sound quality, be that on vinyl or Compact Disc.
The idea being the heavier the vinyl pressing, the better. There have been pressings released from 120 up to 200 Gram in weight, usually the 200 Gram will play at 45rpm providing a better audio experience, instead of the standard 33 1/3rpm.
Compact Discs have various different formats, gold was used in the earlier pressing as it supposedly provided a better a clearer sound reproduction.
Mobile Fidelity are known for being one of the leaders in producing vinyl and CDs of an audiophile grade, with the original releases now highly collectable.
We now have Super Audio CDs, SHM-CD providing a high-fidelity-audio, Blu-Spec CDs using Blu-ray technology, along with DVD-Audio using DVD technology, both providing surround sound audio.
METALLICA Hardwired… To Self-Destruct (2016 UK Limited Deluxe Edition Triple LP pressed on Audiophile quality 180 Gram Heavyweight Blue, Yellow and Red Vinyl. The tenth studio album and their first through the group’s independent label Blackened Recordings, including Hardwired, Moth Into Flame and Atlas, Rise!, featuring the full album spread over the [Blue & Yellow] two disc’s with two bonus tracks on the third [red] disc, along with a bonus 12-track CD featuring covers and live material. All housed within a picture box with 4 Lithograph Photo Prints, 8 album themed button badges and Digital download card, this example remains factory sealed and still in the sealed brown card mailer box!).
GIRL Sheer Greed (2019 UK strictly limited edition 12-track white label Test Pressing issue of the Audiophile quality 180 gram HQ Virgin Vinyl LP edition released by Tiger Bay Records. The debut album ‘Sheer Greed’ from the British glam rockers was released in 1980 on the Jet Records during the explosion of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal phenomenon and contains their best known songs Hollywood Tease, My Number and the Kiss cover Do You Love Me. The vinyl is UNPLAYED issued in a plain white die-cut sleeve with a resealable outer bag! TB6355).
MASAHIKO TOGASHI with DON CHERRY and CHARLIE HADEN Session In Paris: Vol. 1 ‘Song Of Soil’ (2017 UK limited edition 6-track LP issue of the his collaborative 1979 album now pressed on Audiophile quality 180 gram HQ Virgin Vinyl – Recorded on 12th & 13th July 1979 at Ramses, Studio Du Village, Paris together with Free-Jazz giants Don Cherry and Charlie Haden, this record granted the Japanese percussionist an international audience and collaborations with Steve Lacy, Mal Waldron and Paul Bley were soon to follow. The vinyl is UNPLAYED housed in the picture sleeve which remains sealed within its hype-stickered shrinkwrap TB6126).
BOB DYLAN Bob Dylan At Budokan (2014 Japanese exclusive limited edition 22-track Double Blu-Spec CD album [an audio CD format using Blu-Ray technology, playable on all CD players], featuring his classic live performance at Tokyo’s Nippon Budokanin 1978, housed in the mini-LP gatefold card picture sleeve complete with lyric booklets, a bonus fold-out poster & obi-strip! SICP 30498~9).
DOOBIE BROTHERS Minute By Minute (Limited Edition 2005 US 10-track Audio Fidelity 24kt GOLD audiophile CD, the 1978 album digitally remastered from the original master tapes, housed in an album jewel case with picture booklet & outer die-cut card picture slipcase AFZ025).
JOHN LENNON Imagine (Limited edition 1997 UK EMI 100 series audiophile issue of the 1971 10-track LP pressed on 180 gram Virgin Vinyl, an analogue cutting direct from the original analogue tapes, housed in a custom stickered deluxe sleeve which is promo stickered on the back & complete with the illustrated lyric inner, reproduction fold-out poster & postcard. The sleeve displays minimal wear and the vinyl looks barely played LPCENT27).
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