For anyone who collects vinyl, we 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 its 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.
Here at eil.com we have a nice range of Audiophile pressings to suit everyone’s taste and pockets.
YES Fragile (Fantastic 2020 US Limited Edition UltraDisc One-Step 45rpm remastered double LP issue of their 1971 9-track fourth studio album now pressed by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab on Audiophile quality 180gram Heavyweight Super Vinyl. Both discs are BRAND NEW & UNPLAYED within foil-stamped jackets and housed together in the opulent 13″ x 13″ x 1″ two-piece gold-embossed picture sleeve which is individually hand-numbered on the back and remains sealed within its original custom-stickered shrinkwrap UD1S2-012)
**Limited to 7500 Copies Only**.
JOHN COOPER CLARKE Où Est La Maison De Fromage? (2016 UK limited edition 28-track LP pressed on Audiophile quality 180 Gram Orange Vinyl. Taken from Tosh Ryan’s Rabid Records Master Tape Files, this version of “Où est la maison de fromage” was put together by Martin Hannett and Tosh Ryan but was never released with the extra tracks as planned on the full compilation master tape. Now finally the true version is released. The vinyl is UNPLAYED housed in the gatefold picture sleeve which remains sealed within its original shrinkwrap).
BOB DYLAN The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (2017 US exclusive limited edition Mobile Fidelity ‘Original Master Recording’ 13-track Audiophile DSD remastered Ultradisc UHR™ SACD [Super Audio CD – playable on all SACD and CD players] with the disc manufactured in Austria, originally released in 1963, mastered directly from the original tapes; individually numbered LP-style gatefold card picture sleeve which remains factory sealed in the hype stickered shrink. Limited to just 3000 copies! UDSACD2178).
COUNT BASIE & HIS ORCHESTRA April In Paris (Limited Edition 1995 Japanese issue Mobile Fidelity half-speed mastered audiophile issue of the 1956 10-track mono LP, specially plated & pressed on 200gram High Definition Vinyl, housed in a deluxe gatefold picture sleeve which is numbered on the back in gold & complete with company card inner. This was manufactured in the US and exported to be sold in Japan, with a Japanese insert on the back and a Japanese hype-sticker on the front. This example is factory sealed from new, therefore remains in a mint and unplayed condition MFSL1-237).
MOODY BLUES In Search Of The Lost Chord (1995 US 12-track limited edition Mobile Fidelity ‘Ultradisc II’ 24-kt GOLD audiophile CD issue of the 1968 album, mastered directly from the original master tapes, picturesleeve & booklet including the complete original artwork UDCD576).
METALLICA Ride The Lightning (2008 UK issue limited edition 8-track double LP set pressed on 45rpm 180gram AUDIOPHILE QUALITY VINYL Half Speed Mastered at Mobile Fidelity from the original analog master tapes. Housed in a sealed heavy duty gatefold picture sleeve with unique wrap-around belly band stating ‘Metallica Like You’ve Never Heard Them Before…’).
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