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.
THE SISTERS OF MERCY Floodland (2013 US limited edition 8-track Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab LP issue of their classic 1987 album pressed on Audiophile 180gram Heavyweight Vinyl as part of the ‘Silver Label Vinyl Series’, including Dominion, Lucretia and This Corrosion. Housed in a picture sleeve with gold number-embossed on the reverse. The sleeve shows only minor storage wear and the vinyl is in near mint condition MOFI1-021).
PINK FLOYD Live At Knebworth 1990 (2021 UK/EU limited edition double album 2-LP pressed on 180-gram vinyl and cut at 45RPM for enhanced audio quality. Remixed from the original master tapes by David Gilmour and Andy Jackson, this concert was previously unreleased until it appeared on 2019s Later Years box set, and now available for the first time as a stand-alone release. Gatefold picture sleeve with 16-page booklet and hype sticker, factory sealed).
ALPHAVILLE The Breathtaking Blue (2021 UK/EU limited edition 10-track Deluxe Remastered 180-gram vinyl LP plus 24-page large format booklet. Also includes the bonus Songlines DVD, their video album of short films by nine directors, one of which won an Oscar®. Gatefold picture sleeve with hype sticker, factory sealed).
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA Eldorado (2012 Dutch ‘Music On Vinyl issue 10-track LP pressed on Audiophile quality 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, originally released in 1974, housed in a picture sleeve complete with illustrated lyric insert. The sleeve displays minimal wear and the vinyl remains in a ‘near as new’ condition, still in the original hype-stickered re-selable bag MOVLP469).
STEVEN WILSON Transience (2015 UK limited edition 15-track 2-LP pressed on 180gram Vinyl with an etching on Side D, featuring a collection of songs recorded between 2003 and 2015, including three exclusive edits and a 2015 re-recording of Lazarus; housed in a gatefold picture sleeve with Kscope insert. Although not sealed, this example remains in a ‘near as new’ condition KSCOPE904).
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