What is an audiophile pressing?
Well, in a nutshell, 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.
RUSH Exit Stage Left (2019 US limited edition 13-track 2-LP double album, remastered at Abbey Road Studios using Direct to Metal Mastering [DMM] and pressed by QRP on 180g audiophile vinyl – first released in August 1981 their classic live album was recorded during the Moving Pictures tour at the Montreal Forum and in Glasgow Scotland. Featuring epic live versions of Closer To The Heart, Tom Sawyer, Xanadu, A Passage to Bangkok, Jacob’s Ladder and more. The download offer for this edition is expired. Factory sealed inside its loose tear-bag).
BOB DYLAN Blood On The Tracks (2012 US limited edition Mobile Fidelity ‘Original Master Recording’ 11-track Audiophile DSD remastered Ultradisc UHR™ Super Audio CD – playable on all SACD and CD players – Dylan’s classic album originally released in 1975, mastered directly from the original tapes; individually numbered LP-style gatefold internal pasted gatefold ‘Original Master Recording’ card picture sleeve with Ultradisc Gain 2 card insert, factory sealed in the hype stickered shrink UDSACD2098).
PAUL RODGERS Muddy Water Blues (2021 UK/EU limited edition 15-track 2-LP pressed on 180-gram Yellow Vinyl. Paul’s tribute to Muddy Waters is his second solo album and features collaborations with Brian May,Buddy Guy, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Gary Moore, Richie Sambora, Steve Miller, Brian Setzer and Slash, taking these classic blues tunes and arranging them a little more toward rock! Deluxe gatefold picture individually numbered, sealed insideits clear sleeve with gold hype sticker attached. Recommended).
KURT COBAIN Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings (2015 US limited edition 31-track 2-LP double album pressed on 180gram heavyweight vinyl, soundtrack to the critically acclaimed documentary, including the astonising recordings of And ILove Her along with early demos for Sappy, Been A Son, Something In The Way and Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle. Deluxe gatefold picture sleeve factpry sealed with its hype sticker intact. Recommended).
PAUL MCCARTNEY Egypt Station – Explorer’s Edition (2019 US limited edition 3-LP triple album pressed on 180gram heavyweight vinyl – a one time pressing featuring Egypt Station plus 6 bonus studio recordings & 4 live performances. All 3LP records are housed inside a wide-spined single-pocket picture sleeve, with download card, factory sealed from new with its green hype sticker intact).
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