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.
TUBBY HAYES The Fontana Albums 1961-1969 (2020 UK/EU deluxe limited edition numbered 11-LP set housed inside a double-walled linen cloth bound edged box, 180-gram Optimal Pressings remastered from the original tape masters, reproducing the original artwork [*except LP2 is hybrid of two original artworks]. Extensive 11.5′ x 11.5′ booklet liner notes with exclusive photos & scans. A beautifully produced set, highly recommended!).
MARVIN GAYE Let’s Get It On (90s US limited edition issue of the 1973 8-track LP pressed on 180gram Vinyl, including Come Get To This, You Sure Love To Ball & the the hit title track, housed in a deluxe gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve is Excellent with some light scuffing & the vinyl remains in Excellent condition with few signs of play T329V1).
TIPPER Surrounded (Out of print 2003 US 12-track DVD-Audio disc featuring a 5.1 Surround Dolby Digital / Stereo playable on all DVD players, the fifth album release from the British born composer and dance producer, including the videos for No Dice and The Glasshouse; within a Super Jewel Box with a fold-out picture sleeve, with a deletion punch hole through the back inlay).
LED ZEPPELIN Led Zeppelin IV (2014 German limited edition 8-track remastered LP issue of their 1971 album pressed on Audiophile quality 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, including Stairway To Heaven, Black Dog and Rock And Roll. The gatefold picture sleeve replicates the original artwork with a hype sticker on the front & holographic sticker on the reverse and comes with the double-sided credit/lyric insert, showing very little sign of storage. The vinyl remains in near ‘as new’ barely played condition).
LINDA RONSTADT What’s New (Long out of print 2002 German issue 9-track DVD Audio disc featuring a 5.1 Surround Sound mix [playable on compatible DVD players] Advanced Resolution Multi-Channel Surround Sound (96 kHz/24-Bit), and Advanced Resolution Stereo (192 kHz/24-Bit), originally released in 1993, plus bonus features including the video for What’s New, Photo Gallery and lyrics; in a ‘Super Jewel Box’ plastic case complete with the booklet picture sleeve).
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