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.
AL GREEN Greatest Hits (2009 US limited edition 10-track LP pressed on 180gram Virgin Vinyl, originally released in 1975. Includes the classics ‘Let’s Stay Together’, ‘You Ought To Be With Me’ & ‘I’m Still In Love With You’, housed in a glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve displays some light general wear whilst the vinyl looks barely played FPH11351).
JANIS JOPLIN Pearl (2008 Japanese exclusive limited edition 14-track Blu-Spec CD [a new audio CD format using Blu-Ray technology, playable on all CD players], originally released in 1971, includes 4 bonus live recordings, picture sleeve with Japanese/English lyric sheet & obi-strip. This example remains factory sealed from new in the stickered shrink SICP-20029).
DAVID BOWIE Who Can I Be Now? [1974-1976] (Scarce 2016 UK limited edition 104-track remastered 13-LP box set pressed on 180 gram vinyl. Comprises the albums Diamond Dogs, David Live [Original Mix – 2-LP set], David Live [2005 Mix – 3-LPset), The Gouster [previously unreleased as an album], Young Americans, Station To Station, Station To Station [Harry Maslin 2010 mix], Live Nassau Coliseum ’76 [2-LP set] and Re:Call 2 [single versions and non album B-sides]. Also includes a beautiful 84-page companion book which includes previously unpublished photographs. Housed in a 13″ x 12.5″ x 3″ picture box with contents insert and still sealed, and within in the original card mailer box DBXL2).
GRACE JONES Nightclubbing (Rare 2014 limited edition High Fidelity Pure Ultra High Quality Audio Blu-ray Disc, encoded as 24-bit/96 kHz or 24-bit/192 kHz linear PCM (“high-resolution audio”), optionally losslessly compressed with Dolby True HD or DTS-HD Master Audio; featuring the full album remastered from the original master tapes, expanded with bonus material. Housed in a ‘Blu-ray’ case with picture inlay with booklet and download voucher code inside!).
ABBA Abba Gold – Greatest Hits (2014 UK 40th Anniversary ‘Back To Black’ limited edition 19-track double compilation LP pressed on audiophile quality 180gm Vinyl, featuring the classic collection of their best loved hits, housed in a stickered & sealed gatefold picture sleeve).
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