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.
DEEP PURPLE The Now What?! Live Tapes (2013 German 12-track double LP pressed on 180gram Heavyweight Vinyl, featuring a collection of previously unreleased live tracks recorded during the 2013 World Tour. Both vinyl discs remain UNPLAYED and housed in the deluxe gatefold picture sleeve which remains sealed within its hype-stickered shrinkwrap!).
BRIAN SETZER Rockabilly Riot! Volume One – A Tribute To SUN Records (2021 limited edition 23-track double album 2-LP pressed on 180 Gram Red Vinyl – Out of print since 2005, this record sees Brian Setzer paying tribute to one of the greatest rockabilly labels ever, the one that arguably started it all, SUN Records. A rockin’ non-stop ride that will thrill both Setzer and rock ‘n’ roll fans alike. Gatefold picture sleeve with hype sticker, factory sealed).
JEFF BECK Truth (2021 limited edition Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 10-track Ultradisc UHR™ Super Audio CD – mastered from the original tapes and limited to 2,500 numbered copies. This new SACD presents the album with unlimited dynamics andexceptional clarity. The core lineup – Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Mickey Waller, Ron Wood – responsible for the groundbreaking performances Truth alone qualifies as a watershed accomplishment. That the 1968 landmark predated and impacted Led Zeppelin’s debut; involved members of Zeppelin, the Faces, and the Who; continues to be cited by many experts as the blueprint for hard rock; and unspools with indescribable guitar wizardry and primal energy put it into rarefied territory. Among the most influential sets ever released, Beck’s solo debut has never spoken with more truth than on this exceptional reissue. Gatefold picture sleeve individually numbered in gold on the back, factory sealed. Essential).
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).
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL The Studio Albums Collection (2018 UK/EU limited edition Craft Recordings 7-LP box set, the first physical release to commemorate the 50th anniversary of America’s greatest rock band. Comprising their complete studio output from 1968 to 1972, each record has been half-speed mastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios, pressed on 180-gram audiophile quality vinyl. Housed inside a deluxe flip-top lid box set, including an 80-page book with new liner notes and rare photos. Factory sealed with hype sticker. Recommended).
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