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.
Here at eil.com we have a nice range of Audiophile pressings to suit everyone’s taste and pockets.
U2 Songs Of Experience (2017 UK limited edition 16-track double LP pressed on 180gram Translucent Cyan Blue Vinyl – Their fourteenth studio album which was produced by Jacknife Lee and Ryan Tedder with Steve Lillywhite, Andy Barlow & Jolyon Thomas and includes the singles You’re The Best Thing About Me, Get Out Of Your Own Way and Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way. The gatefold picture sleeve comes with printed blue inners and a 12″x 12″ tri-fold insert containing lyrics and credits, while both vinyl discs remain in barely played condition).
QUEEN Greatest Hits In Japan (2020 Japanese-only limited edition 12-track SHM-CD compilation album comprising a collection of their tracks as selected exclusively by their Japanese fans, including Somebody To Love, Teo Torriatte [Let Us Cling Together], The Show Must Go On, Bohemian Rhapsody, Keep Yourself Alive and more. This edition also includes a bonus NTSC All Region DVD featuring videos for the same songs including Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) recorded live at the Seibu Stadium in Tokyo on the 3rd November 1982, and The March Of The Black Queen live at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on the 24th December 1975; thin double jewel case with picture sleeve, back inlay, obi-strip and remains sealed within its original shrinkwrap. This also includes a limited 7″ sized 28 page 2020 Queen Calendar, featuring the 7 “single jackets for each song on this compilation (or album covers for songs not released as singles). A fantastic future collectable! UICY-79059).
BILLY JOEL The Stranger (2008 US Limited ’30th Anniversary’ Edition 9-track LP issue of his legendary classic 1977 album, pressed on 180gram Virgin Vinyl, including the singles Movin’ Out, Just The Way You Are and She’s Always A Woman. Complete with the illustrated lyric inner, the vinyl is UNPLAYED housed in the picture sleeve which remains sealed within its original shrinkwrap).
MOTORHEAD Motorhead (2009 UK limited edition 13-track audiophile double LP pressed on 180gram Heavyweight Vinyl featuring an expanded version of their astounding 1977 debut album with the five bonus recordings. The gatefold picture sleeve has Ted Carroll’s extensive sleevenotes written in 2001 printed inside and the two vinyl discs remain in barely played condition BOBV159LP).
JANIS JOPLIN Pearl (2008 Japanese exclusive limited edition 14-track Blu-Spec CD [a new audio CD format using Blu-Ray technology, playable on all CD players], originally released in 1971, includes 4 bonus live recordings, picture sleeve with Japanese/English lyric sheet & obi-strip. This example remains factory sealed from new in the stickered shrink SICP-20029).
JOAN BAEZ Joan Baez (2018 US limited edition 13-track LP pressed on 180 gram Vinyl, a stunning all analog remaster by Kevin Gray at Cohearant Audio for the 1960 debut longplayer from the legendary folk-singer, featuring just Joan & her guitar accompanied in places by Fred Hellerman on second guitar. Includes iinspired renditions of folk favourites ‘East Virginia’, ‘House Of The Rising Sun’ & ‘John Riley’ & comes housed in a deluxe front glossed tip-on picture sleeve. The sleeve & vinyl are Near Mint CR00117).
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