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.
DAVID BOWIE Loving The Alien [1983-1988] (2018 UK limited edition 125-track FIFTEEN LP set comprising four original studio albums, two classic live albums, a newly compiled 12-track compilation of rare remixes plus the brand new exclusive ‘Re:Call 4’ compilation. Housed in a 13″ x 12.5″ x 3″ picture box which comes complete with a 128-page hardback companion book featuring rare & unseen photos and more! This item has remaimed sealed and is in MINT condition DBXL4).
AIMEE MANN Lost In Space (2003 US exclusive strictly limited edition Half-Speed mastered ‘Original Master Recording’ 11-track LP pressed by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab on Audiophile quality 180 gram Virgin Vinyl to create the best possible sound quality, including the singles ‘Humpty Dumpty’ and ‘Pavlov’s Bell’. The gatefold picture sleeve has just a little light shelfwear but is gold number-embossed on the back, has the lyrics printed across the inside and comes with a Mobile Fidelity company fold-out plus cartoon insert with thanks & credit printed on the back while the vinyl has just minimal signs of play and remains in EX+ condition!).
TIM HARDIN Tim Hardin 1 (2014 UK ‘Back To Black’ series limited edition 12-track LP issue of the 1966 debut album pressed on audiophile quality 180 gram vinyl, housed in a flipback picture sleeve. This example remains in the open hype-stickered shrink therefore the sleeve displays minimal wear, and the vinyl looks barely played).
RICKIE LEE JONES Rickie Lee Jones (2008 US exclusive limited edition 11-track LP pressed on HQ-180 180 gram VIRGIN VINYL at RTI, cut from the original analog master tapes for audiophile quality, originally released in 1979, picture sleeve with lyrics on the back. The sleeve has minimal wear and the vinyl has only light marks to indicate play).
LOVE Black Beauty (2012 US limited edition first pressing 10-track LP pressed on Audiophile quality 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, the nineth album from Arthur Lee’s group, released nearly six years after his death, compiles material from a cancelled studio album notable for its reinvention of the band as a funk group, while preserving Lee’s lyrical complexity. Housed in an individually numbered heavy card picture sleeve with a 28-page booklet and download card. This example remains in the original hype stickered open shrink, therefore te sleeve displays minimal wear, and the vinyl looks barely played HMRLP-01) ***Limited to only 5000 copies***.
CYNDI LAUPER True Colours (2020 UK/EU limited edition ‘Music On Vinyl’ LP pressed on Audiophile quality 180 Gram Heavyweight ‘Flaming’ Orange Vinyl. The second studio album by the American pop singer originally released 1986, including Change Of Heart, versions of Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Goin’ On’ & the Dixie Cups’ ‘Iko Iko’ along with the classic title track, and featuring guest appearances by Billy Joel, Rick Derringer, The Bangles, Aimee Mann,NileRodgers, and many more. The vinyl is UNPLAYED, housed in an individually numbered picture sleeve, with lyric insert, remains in a unopened hype-stickered re-sealable protective bag MOVLP2677).
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