What is an audiophile pressing?
Well, in a nutshell, it’s an audio format pressed to help enhance the sound quality, be that on vinyl or Compact Disc.
The idea being the heavier the vinyl pressing, the better. There have been pressings released from 120 up to 200 Gram in weight, usually the 200 Gram will play at 45rpm providing a better audio experience, instead of the standard 33 1/3rpm.
Compact Discs have various different formats, gold was used in the earlier pressing as it supposedly provided a better a clearer sound reproduction.
Mobile Fidelity are known for being one of the leaders in producing vinyl and CDs of an audiophile grade, with the original releases now highly collectable.
We now have Super Audio CDs, SHM-CD providing a high-fidelity-audio, Blu-Spec CDs using Blu-ray technology, along with DVD-Audio using DVD technology, both providing surround sound audio.
Here at eil.com we have a nice range of Audiophile pressings to suit everyone’s taste and pockets.
BLACK SABBATH The Ten Year War (2017 UK box set containing no fewer than the first Eight LPs, re-mastered by Andy Pearce from the original tapes and pressed on 180 Gram splatter-coloured Vinyl, with each record a unique and individual colouring, reproduction of two rare 7″ singles in their own sleeve, Crucifix shaped USB stick [with chain] which contains MQA high definition audio of the albums in a 48KHz FLAC Format, ‘The Ten Year War’ brochure, ‘Tenth Anniversary World Tour 1978’ Programme and reprinted tour poster from the 1972 Seattle Centre Arena show, 12″ Square ‘Shepard Fairey’ art print along with a hardback book featuring accolades from the cream of rock royalty & more; all housed in a lavish high quality 13″ square box with an individually numbered contents sheet on the back and remains in a brand new, factory sealed condition, and remains in the original mailer box with matching numbered sticker. A stunning item!)
***Limited to only 1000 copies***.
PINK FLOYD Dark Side Of The Moon (Sealed 2003 Japanese ’30th Anniversary Edition’ Hybrid SACD [Super Audio CD] playable on all SACD & CD players, featuring 10 classic remastered tracks in 5.1 Surround Sound, complete with the picture sleeve booklet & obi-strip. This collector’s copy remains factory sealed from new in the original hype stickered shrinkwrap, mint & unplayed TOGP-15001).
ROBERT PLANT Band Of Joy (2010 UK limited edition 12-track three-sided double LP pressed on Audiophile quality 180gm Vinyl, with the fourth side etched with a quote from ‘Beowulf’. The gatefold picture sleeve comes complete with the illustrated credits inners and the two vinyl discs look barely played
VARIOUS Jazz ’84 – Highlights From The IXth Moscow Jazz Festival (Limited Edition 1987 US Mobile Fidelity ‘Original Master Recording’ 13-track audiophile CD of Soviet Jazz recordings in concert, mastered directly from the original tapes. Comes housed in an album jewel case complete with a unique black bordered fold-out picture sleeve with deletion hole top right MFCD894).
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE Volunteers (2000 German exclusive limited edition 10-track LP pressed on 180gram Virgin Vinyl, originally released in 1969, with guest contributions from Nicky Hopkins, Jerry Garcia, Stephen Stills and David Crosby, including the classics ‘We Can Be Together’, Wooden Ships’ and the title track, housed in a glossy gatefold picture sleeve with fold-out ‘Volunteers’ insert and Speaker Corner Records booklet. Although not sealed, this example remains in a ‘near as new’ condition).
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