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.
GENESIS Calling All Stations (2007 issue UK 2-disc set comprised of a Hybrid SACD [playable on all CD and Super Audio CD players] containing 11 newly digitally remastered 5.1 surround sound and stereo recordings plus DVD featuring Live and TVperformaces, Tour Programme images, Interviews and more; within a hype-stickered thin double case with picture sleeve booklet).
KRAFTWERK Tour De France 2003 (2003 UK 12-track double LP pressed on 180 gram Vinyl, featuring then-new recordings of ‘Tour De France 03’ & fresh material acting as a soundtrack to the legendary cycle race inspiring drama, excitement & intensity. Comes housed in a deluxe hype stickered picture sleeve with picture inners. The sleeve & vinyl discs are Near Mint with few signs of wear or play).
ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK Il Sorriso Del Grande Tentatore (Limited Edition 2015 Australian official 8-track remastered LP on 180gram Vinyl, featuring Ennio Morricone’s haunting score from the soundtrack to the 1974 film ‘The Devil Is A Woman’, which starred Italian genre regulars Gabriele Lavia [Beyond The Door, Dario Argento’s Deep Red & Inferno], Adolfo Celi [too many to mention!] & more. Comes housed in a deluxe tip-on gatefold picture sleeve with ‘obi-strip’. Near Mint ROMA103LP).
ART OF NOISE Daft (Out of print 2004 UK 16-track SACD [Super Audio CD – only playable on SACD players] remixed & remastered in 5.1 Surround and Stereo Sound by Trevor Horn, within a Super Jewel Box with picture sleeve).
THE TEA PARTY The Edges Of Twilight – 20th Anniversary (2015 Canadian 12-track remastered double LP pressed on Audiophile quality 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl. Originally released in 1995, the third album from the Canadian rock band, including the singles Fire in the Head, Shadows on the Mountainside, The Bazaar and Sister Awake. Both vinyl discs are UNPLAYED housed in the gatefold picture sleeve which remains sealed its original shrinkwrap).
PROPAGANDA A Secret Wish (Rare out of print 2004 UK Hybrid SACD [Super Audio CD – playable on all CD and SACD players] featuring 10 tracks remixed and remastered in 5.1 Surround Sound, within a Super Jewel Box with booklet picture sleeve ZTT183SACD).
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