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.
PAUL SIMON Still Crazy After All These Years (UltraDisc One-Step Super Vinyl Pressing 2-LP double vinyl set at 45 RPM, an ultra-hi-fi reference recording by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab. This opulent box set is the ultimate version of Paul Simon’s superstar solo artist statement album, with lavish packaging and special Foil-Stamped sleeves. Each box individually numbered in gold on the reverse. Brand new, factory sealed and highly desirable – this sold out at MoFi on pre-sales alone!).
ULTRAVOX Vienna (Record Store Day 2021 UK/EU 40th Anniversary RSD Edition 18-track double album 2-LP Half-Speed Mastered by ALCHEMY, featuring the 2020 Stereo Mix by Steven Wilson, and an exclusive bonusLP of previously unreleased Instrumental Versions of the album. Picture sleeve with series obi, factory sealed) Our favourite release of this year’s RSD campaign – highly recommended….
DAVID BOWIE Young Americans (2017 UK 45th Anniversary Limited Edition 8-track digitally remastered LP pressed on 180 Gram Gold Vinyl, only available from offline ‘bricks and mortar’ outlets, the classic 1975 album including ‘Fame’ & now sounding better than ever. Comes housed in a deluxe fully textured picture sleeve with lyric insert. Although not sealed this example remains in a ‘near as new’ condition DB74764)
STEVE HILLAGE Deeply Vale (2021 UK limited edition 15-track double album 2-LP pressed on 180-gram Psychedelic Splatter Vinyl, a welcome reissue of the super limited 500-only pressing originally released in 2009 and long out of print. Featuring a collection of tracks recorded live at the 1978 Deeply Vale festival, including three bonus recordings not included on the CD issue. Gatefold picture sleeve, factory sealed).
QUEEN Queen 50 – Limited Edtion SHM-CD Bundle (2021 Japanese only Exclusive Limited Edition complete set of 15 Double SHM-CD albums (30 Disc’s in total). The complete studio album back catalogue from the self-titled Queen up to Made in Heaven,featuring the remastered album with a second disc of bonus material including demos, live tracks and B-sides. Each in their own thin double jewel case with picture sleeve, lyrics and obi-strip, and remain brand new and factory sealed. This set was exclusive to HMV Japan, each album comes with a ‘Not For Sale’ promo trading card, these cards are random with 50 different designs produced – Please note we do not know what cards are included as these all remains sealed. A unique set not available outside of Japan).
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