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.
EARTH WIND & FIRE That’s The Way Of The World (Rare 2005 US limited edition 13-track Mobile Fidelity Audiophile Ultra Disc UHR Gain 2, digitally remastered 13-track Gold SACD [Super Audio CD], playable on all SACD and CD players, featuring the previously unreleases ‘Original Sketches’. Housed in its original custom case with limited edition 30th Anniversary Ultradisc sticker, lyric booklet picture sleeve UDSACD2011).
JANIS JOPLIN Pearl (2011 Dutch limited edition audiophile issue of her 1971 10-track LP pressed on 180gm vinyl, Janis’ second & final album, picture sleeve in ‘Music On Vinyl’ black & silver stickered resealable outer poly. The sleeve shows minimal shelfwear & the vinyl remains near ‘as new’ with few signs of play MOVLP466).
XTC English Settlement (2019 UK limited edition 15-track remastered double LP issue of their 1982 fifth studio album pressed on 200gram Heavyweight Vinyl – While looking for the [still ‘lost in the archives’] multi-track tapes to enable Steven Wilson to undertake new stereo & 5.1 surround mixes of the album, the original half-inch master tapes were discovered & used as source masters from which engineer John Dent cut new lacquers for this heavyweight vinyl edition. With a small corner bump to the cover, the vinyl is mint & unplayed, housed in a fully textured single-pocket picture sleeve still sealed within the hype-stickered shrinkwrap APELPX105).
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE QUEEN Merrie Land (2018 UK Limited ‘Indie Exclusive’ Edition 10-track LP pressed on 180gram Green Vinyl. Produced by Tony Visconti, this follow-up to their 2007 eponymous debut isa beautiful and hopeful paean to the Britain of today, including the singles Gun To The Head and the title track. The picture sleeve retains its opened hype-stickered shrinkwrap but comes with its lyric inner and the vinyl looks barely played STUDIO13LPX).
THE LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Conducted by DON JACKSON Bach Classics (2005 US ‘DTS Classical Collection’ series 12-track All Region NTSC DVD-Audio disc featuring MLP lossless 5.1ch 96 kHz 24 bit at ~5-6 Mbps, DTS 5.1ch 48 kHz 16 bit at1.5 Mbps and Dolby Digital 2.0ch 48 kHz 16 bit at 187 kbps, also includes a version on standard Compact Disc; jewel case with picture sleeve within a card picture slipcase with a promo punch hole through the barcode. This copy remains factory sealedfrom new in the stickered shrink).
BOB DYLAN Blonde On Blonde (2013 US Limited Edition UltraDisc One-Step 45rpm remastered triple LP issue of his 1966 14-track seventh studio album now pressed by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab on Audiophile quality 180gram Heavyweight Super Vinyl . All three discs look barely played complete with a picture booklet, housed inside the 12.5″ x 12.5″ x 1″ two-piece textured box which has been hand-numbered on the back! The box, sleeve and contents look ‘as new’ MFSL3-45009).
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