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.
STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN Texas Flood (Fantastic 2019 US Limited Edition UltraDisc One-Step 45rpm remastered double LP issue of his 1983 10-track album now pressed by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab on Audiophile quality 180 gram Heavyweight SuperVinyl. Both discs within foil-stamped jackets and housed together in the opulent 13″ x 13″ x 1″ two-piece gold-embossed picture box which is individually hand-numbered on the reverse. Although not sealed,this example dispays minimal wear and very little signs of play, a ‘near as new’ example)***Limited to only 7000 copies***
PAUL MCCARTNEY McCartney (Record Store Day 2020 UK/EU limited edition 50th anniversary issue 12-track LP set pressed on Half-Speed Mastered Audiophile quality 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, cut at AbbeyRoad Studios and includes a certificate indicating as such. Released in 1970, a month before The Beatles’ swansong Let It Be, McCartney was Paul’s first solo album. Notable for the fact that he performed all instruments and vocals himself, aside from some backing vocals performed by Linda, it’s an album rich in experimentation, and the original home of hit single ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’. The vinyl is UNPLAYED, housed in a picture sleeve with a wrap-around ’50th Anniversary’ card obi-strip, and remains factory sealed).
CAROL KIDD All My Tomorrows (1985 UK 12-track Linn audiophile LP, one of Linn’s all-time bestselling albums & a must-own for the audiophile collector. Also stars Sandy Taylor on Piano, Alex Moore on Bass & Guitar & Murray Smith on Drums, picture sleeve with annotated Mole Jazz price sticker attached. The sleeve [VG+] has a light score mark on the back & shows just minor age wear whilst the vinyl is nice & clean & in Excellent condition with just a few faint signs of play AKH005).
FRANK ZAPPA You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore Sampler (Record Store Day 2020 UK/EU limited edition 12-track 2-LP set pressed on 180 Gram Red Vinyl & Yellow Transparent Vinyl. To promote his installment project, ‘You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore’, Frank Zappa created this sampler, consisting of hand-picked live performances, ranging from 1969 to 1984, from his legendary vault. This Collector’s Edition was mastered by Bernie Grundman, and pressed in Germany by the Pallas Group. The vinyl is UNPLAYED, housed in a gatefold picture sleeve and remains sealed in the double stickered shrink).
ABBA Super Trouper (2020 UK Limited Edition Abbey Road Half-Speed Mastered 10-track 2-LP of their classic 1980 seventh studio album now pressed on 180gram Vinyl, issued to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its release. Including the singles The Winner Takes It All, On and On and On, Super Trouper, Our Last Summer, Happy New Year, Andante Andante and Lay All Your Love on Me. Complete with download code, both discs are UNPLAYED housed in the gatefold picture sleeve which remains sealed with a wraparound card obi-strip and an Abbey Road certificate of authenticity).
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