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.
VAN MORRISON Moondance (2008 US exclusive limited edition 10-track LP pressed on HQ-180 gram VIRGIN VINYL at RTI, mastered from the original analog master tapes, originally released in 1970, includes the classics ‘And It Stoned Me’ and ‘Moondance’, presented in deluxe gatefold pasted card sleeve housed in stickered perforated tear-strip bag & remains sealed and Unplayed!).
ROLLING STONES Sticky Fingers (1981 US half-speed mastered issue of the 1971 10-track LP in Mobile Fidelity’s limited edition audiophile series, pressed in Japan on High Definition Super Vinyl for utmost clarity in sound & designated for the US market, housed in a deluxe picture sleeve with raised gold metallic effect zipper originally designed by Andy Warhol. Also includes the series card insert & illustrated credits insert. The sleeve [VG+] displays some wear mostly to the edges & corners, whilst the vinyl appears Near Mint & shows little signs of play MFSL1-060).
JANIS JOPLIN Pearl (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. The ultimate version of Janis Joplin’s definitive 1971 studio album, with premium packaging and special Foil-Stamped sleeves. Each box individually numbered in gold on the reverse. Brand new, factory sealed and highly desirable – unsurprisingly this sold out at MoFi on pre-sales alone. Highly recommended).
BOB DYLAN The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (2009 Japanese exclusive limited edition 13-track Blu-Spec CD [an audio CD format using Blu-Ray technology, playable on all CD players], originally released in 1963, housed in a standard jewel case with picture sleeve & obi strip, and remains sealed in the ‘Blu-Spec CD’ stickered shrink SICP-20214).
QUEEN A Night At The Opera (Mega rare long out of print 1991 US limited edition Mobile Fidelity ‘Ultradisc II’ 12-track 24 karat Gold Audiophile CD, mastered directly from the original master tapes. Housed in the special Mobile Fidelity jewel case with unique black & gold bordered booklet picture sleeve including the original artwork. This example includes the original card full-back wrap-around obi type insert, and amazingly remains factory sealed from new UDCD568).
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