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 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (2016 UK/EU remastered 11-track LP pressed on 180gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Bowie’s 1972 masterpiece including the classics Starman, Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide and Suffragette City. Picture sleeve replicates the orignal ‘K.WEST’ Heddon Street, London artwork, factory sealed with circular hype sticker attached. Essential)
#Top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
ALBERT KING Born Under A Bad Sign (Rare 1996 US 11-track limited edition Mobile Fidelity ‘Ultradisc II’ 24-karat GOLD audiophile CD mastered directly from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity jewel case with unique black & gold bordered picture sleeve & booklet including the complete original artwork UDCD577).
ROGER DALTREY As Long As I Have You (2018 UK limited edition Indie-exclusive 11-track LP pressed on 180 Gram Blue Vinyl, produced by Dave Eringa and features Pete Townshend’s inimitable guitar on seven tracks as well as guest performances from Mick Talbot on keyboards (Dexys, The Style Council) and Sean Genockey (Suede, Shame and The Proclaimers) on lead guitar; within a picture sleeve which remains sealed in the hype stickered shrink).
DIRE STRAITS Brothers In Arms (20th Anniversary Edition UK/EU 9-track hybrid Super Audio CD – one of the greatest albums of all time now mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound, produced by Mark Knopfler and Chuck Ainley, and mastered by Bob Ludwigat Gateway Mastering. Jewel case and 8-page booklet picture insert with lyrics and liner notes. Factory sealed from new!).
CAROLE KING Her Greatest Hits – Songs Of Long Ago (2009 UK/EU 12-track LP pressed on 180-gram audiophile vinyl – originally released in 1978 featuring the hit singles Jazzman, I Feel The Earth Move, It’s Too Late, Coazon, Smackwater Jack and many more. Illustrated picture sleeve with gold hype sticker, housed inside its resealable clear outer. Essential).
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