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.
GEORGE MICHAEL Symphonica (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 2014 album remastered from the original master tapes. Housed in a stickered ‘Blu-ray’ case with picture inlay with a booklet and download voucher code inside!).
LOUIS ARMSTRONG & DUKE ELLINGTON The Complete Sessions (Scarce 1999 US limited edition 17-track DVD-Audio disc issue of the album also known as ‘The Great Summit: The Master Takes’, with all seventeen tracks being the entire result of the only studio meeting by Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong together. The disc looks barely played issued in the jewel case with the picture booklet inlay containing sleevenotes about the collaboration DAD1031).
THE RAMONES Triple J Live At The Wireless – Capitol Theatre, Sydney, Australia, July 8, 1980 (Record Store Day 2021 UK & US exclusive limited edition 23-track LP pressed on 180 Gram Vinyl. A previously unreleased live recording from the 1980 Tour. Housed in an individually numbered picture sleeve, and remains sealed in the hype stickered shrink R1643520)
***Limited to only 13,000 copies***.
DAVID GILMOUR Blu-Spec Album Bundle (2020 Japanese only limited edition Six Album (Eight Disc) Blu-Spec CD Albums [an audio CD format using Blu-Ray technology, playable on all CD players], featuring all of Dave’s solo releases and two live albums. Each studio album is in a mini-LP style card picture sleeve with lyrics & obi-strip, whilst the two live releases are in mini picture boxes also including inserts and their own obi. This set remains in a brand-new condition still in the unopened ‘BSCD2’ stickered re-sealable bags. But that is not all, this set also includes an exclusive set of six ‘Paper Sleeve Collection’ metal badges, all housed together on a printed backing card within an unopened re-sealable bag!).
GONG Flying Teapot – Radio Gnome Invisible, Part 1 (2019 UK limited edition issue of the 1973 6-track LP pressed on ‘Invisible’ Clear 180 Gram Vinyl, newly remastered original BYG recordings, housed in a gatefold picture sleeve with a 16-page booklet, still within the unopened hype-stickered re-sealable bag! CHARLYL178).
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