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.
ABBA Arrival (2007 Japanese exclusive strictly limited edition 12-track LP pressed on 200gram VINYL, originally released in 1976, high quality picture sleeve with fold-out Japanese/English lyric sheet & obi-strip. The sleeve hasminimal wear whilst the vinyl shows little evidence of play UIJY-9016).
ROLLING STONES Beggars Banquet (2018 Japanese limited 50th anniversary set, includes the Double Hybrid SA-CD [Super Audio CD – playable only on SACD players], featuring the full 10-track album, bonus 2-track mono disc featuring Sympathy For The Devil and Hello! This Is Mick Jagger, along with a bonus fexi-disc 7″ featuring Hello! This Is Mick Jagger, with a replica picture sleeve, all housed within gatefold ‘O-card’ sleeve with a Japanese & English lyric booklet, with an outer slipcase and obi-strip & back inlay. This example remains factory sealed from new in the ‘New Music Fridays’ stickered shrink UIGY-9709).
AFGHAN WHIGS Congregation (2017 UK ‘Loser Edition’ 11-track 45rpm double LP pressed on 180 GRAM TRANSPARENT RED VINYL, originally released in 1992 on Sub Pop. Housed in a gatefold picture sleeve with download code – still sealed in itsdouble hype-stickered shrinkwrap SP130).
DIDIER SQUIBAN Ballade (2003 Japanese promotional sample 9-track gold Hybrid SA-CD [Super Audio CD – playable on all SACD & CD players], issued for review ahead of commercial schedule with custom inner rim of disc. Comes housed in an album jewel case with Japanese booklet, promo stickered slipcase, obi-strip & copy control stickered shrink IOCD-20072).
AEROSMITH Pump (2008 US limited edition issue 10-track LP pressed on 180gram Vinyl, issued as part of the ‘Back To Black 60th Vinyl Anniversary’ series, originally released in 1989 and including the singles Love In An Elevator and Janie’s Got A Gun. Housed in a picture sleeve replicating the original release, and housed in the hype stickered resealable PVC outer. The outer looks to have never been opened, but a previous owner has cut the price sticker out so there is a hole onthe front, hower as mentioned not opened so remains in an unplayed condition).
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