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.
DEEP PURPLE Made In Japan (2018 UK Limited Edition ‘Purple Vinyl Editions’ series issue of their 1972 7-track double LP now pressed on 180 Gram Purple Vinyl, manufactured in Holland, featuring a collectionof live tracks recorded during their during their first tour of Japan with performances at the Festival Hall in Osaka on 15th & 16th August and the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on 17th August; gatefold picture sleeve reproducing the original album artwork. Although not sealed, this example remains in a ‘near as new’ condition with minimal wear and little signs of play TPSP351).
VARIOUS The Art Of McCartney (2014 UK Deluxe limited edition box set, comprising a 42-track Quadruple LP compilation pressed on Orange, Green, Red & Blue 180gram Vinyl with a triple CD set, two pieces of specially commissioned artwork by Alan Aldridge, a bespoke Höfner guitar USB with FLAC files of 34 tracks, The Making of The Art Of McCartney – Collectors Edition DVD film containing behind the scenes footage from the recording studios & interviews with the artists, The Making of The Art Of McCartney – Audio documentary about the making of the album narrated by Bill Nighy, Illustrated guide to The Art of McCartney within a 64-page 12” hardback book, four black & white artcards & a certificate of authenticity. Housed in a hype stickered 13″ x 12½” x 3½” black card box, still in unopened factory shrink. The contents are MINT & unplayed APDELU1402).
YES Fragile (2006 US limited edition 9-track 24-karat GOLD audiophile ‘Ultradisc II’ CD album – the legendary progsters’ influential 4th longplayer, originally released in November 1971 and including the single’Roundabout’ plus Long Distance Runaround and the incredible Heart Of The Sunrise. Mastered directly from the original master tapes, unique black & gold bordered ‘Ultradisc’ series picture sleeve & booklet including the complete original Roger Deanartwork UDCD766).
KATE BUSH Remastered In Vinyl I (2018 UK limited edition FOUR LP audiophile box set [the first of four], pressed on 180gram Vinyl, comprising remastered editions of her The Kick Inside, Lionheart, Never For Ever and The Dreaming studio albums, with each LP in its own picture sleeve reproducing the original album artwork, all housed within a fantastic outer picture slipcase – Near ‘as new’)
Note: This first pressing has the mis-spelt”INSDE” spine print on The Kick Inside album.
NINA SIMONE Little Girl Blue (Limited Edition 2015 US 11-track Stereo Gold Hybrid SA-CD [Super Audio CD – playable only on SACD players], the stunning debut album by the jazz legend first released by Bethlehem Records in 1959, bringing her instant fame with her hit version of ‘My Baby Just Cares for Me’, expertly remastered. Comes housed in a super jewel box case with replica album artwork booklet CAPJ083SA).
GUNS N ROSES Appetite For Destruction (2018 US limited edition 12-track remastered double LP issue of their classic debut album pressed across THREE SIDES of Audiophile quality 180 gram Vinyl, with a Hologroove Hologram of the band’s iconic logo on the fourth side. Includes the hit singles Welcome To The Jungle, Paradise City & Sweet Child O’ Mine. Comes housed in a deluxe gatefold picture sleeve with two lyric inserts & limited foil slipcase. Although not sealed, this example remains in a ‘near as new’ condition).
For all our latest Audiophile arrivals please see our dedicated Collectors Store.
Explore eil.com… the world’s best online store for rare, collectable and out of print Vinyl Records, CDs & Music memorabilia since 1987.
Need gift ideas? Roy and Luke are here to help!