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.
U2 Rattle And Hum (2002 German pressed European limited edition 17-track remastered double LP issue of their 1988 album now pressed on Audiophile quality 180gram Vinyl, this sixth studio release was also the soundtrack to their companion rockumentary film, including the singles Desire, Angel Of Harlem, When Love Comes To Town and All I Want Is You. The two discs appear barely played within individual picture / lyric inners in the gatefold picture sleeve).
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).
JACK WHITE Lazaretto (2014 US limited ‘Ultra’ edition eleven [or fifteen] track LP pressed on 180gram Heavyweight Vinyl, complete with lyric insert, picture sleeve. The sleeve shows minimal shelfwear & the vinyl remains in excellent condition with few signs of play. This LP is packed with unusual features – See ‘More Info’ for details TMR-271).
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Wrecking Ball (2012 UK limited edition 11-track double LP pressed on Audiophile quality 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, the Boss’ seventeenth studio album including the single We Take Care Of Our Own. Complete with a Bonus CD on the album and printed lyric inners, both vinyl discs are BRAND NEW & unplayed housed in the single-pocket picture sleeve which remains sealed ‘as new’ within its hype stickered shrinkwrap).
MARIAH CAREY Japan Best (2018 Japanese only limited edition 19-track Blu-Spec CD [an audio Compact Disc format using Blu-Ray technology and playable on all CD players], an exclusive compilation with unique lyric picture sleeve, custom printed handkerchief & obi-strip, still in the hype stickered re-sealable bag SICP-31218).
ROLLING STONES A Bigger Bang (2005 UK & European issue 16-track double LP pressed on Heavyweight Vinyl & produced by Don Was & The Glimmer Twins, including the singles Streets Of Love, Rough Justice & Rain Fall Down, along with two songs featuring Keith Richards on lead vocal; housed in a deluxe gatefold picture sleeve with lyric inners. This example remains factory sealed from new, and remains in an unplayed condition V3012).
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