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.
AC/DC Let There Be Rock (2009 UK 8-track remastered LP issue of their 1977 fourth studio album, pressed on 180 gram Vinyl, including the singles Dog Eat Dog, Let There Be Rock & Whole Lotta Rosie, picture sleeve with a newly-designed inner displaying liner notes & photographs. The sleeve shows minimal wear & the vinyl appears barely played).
PINK FLOYD Wish You Were Here (2016 UK remastered issue of their 1975 5-track LP pressed on Audiophile quality 180gram Heavyweight Vinyl. Complete with the printed inner sleeve and postcard, the album is concealed in a black-coloured re-sealable bag [making the album art ‘absent’] with the George Hardie designed sticker on the front and retains its hype-stickered resealable bag PFRLP9).
QUEEN Live At The Rainbow ’74 (2014 UK limited edition 41-track quadruple LP box set, pressed on 180gm Audiophile vinyl with an MP3 download card enclosed in the decorative picture box. The previously unreleased first live album finally surfaces after a forty year wait, recorded on Sunday 31st March 1974 at the legendary London venue the Rainbow, along with a concert from the same venue recorded on the Sheer Heart Attack tour in November that year. Few who turned up for these iconic performances could have predicted they would go on to become one of the world’s best and most successful rock groups. This copy has managed to remain factory sealed from new in the original custom stickered shrink & is therefore still mint & unplayed).
TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS The Complete Studio Albums Volume 1 (1976-1991) (2016 UK limited edition Eleven LP box set featuring digitally remastered versions of the first Nine studio albums, pressed on 180gram Vinyl. Comprises ‘Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers’ , ‘You’re Gonna Get It!’ , ‘Damn The Torpedoes’ , ‘Hard Promises’ , ‘Long After Dark’ , ‘Southern Accents’ , ‘Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough)’ , ‘Full Moon Fever’ , and’Into the Great Wide Open’ [1991). Each album is issued in an individual picture sleeve with original cover art including inners and leaflets. All nine albums are beautifully housed in a sealed 13″ x 13″ x 2½” fliptop picture box. A stunning collection).
GENESIS The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (Limited Edition 2001 US 23-track remastered double LP pressed on 200gram Vinyl, a Quiex Super Vinyl Profile edition from Classic Records, first released in 1974. Comes housed in a deluxe gatefoldpicture sleeve with lyric insert & crystal clear inner bags. The packaging is Near Mint & the heavyweight vinyl discs are Excellent with just a few faint paper scuffs not affecting play, complete with the custom stickered clear outer wrap SD2-401).
STATUS QUO Dog Of Two Head (2020 UK/EU limited edition ‘Music On Vinyl’ 9-track LP pressed on Audiophile quality 180 Gram Translucent Red Vinyl. Originally released in 1971, the fourth album from The Quo which spawned one UK Top Twenty hit, Mean Girl, although that didn’t happen until two years after the albums release; within an individually numbered gatefold picture sleeve. The vinyl is BRAND NEW & unplayed, as remains sealed within its custom-stickered resealable bag! MOVLP2733)***Limited to only 1,500 copies***.
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