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.
THE EAGLES Hell Freezes Over (Rare 1998 UK limited edition 15-track double live LP pressed on 100% HEAVYWEIGHT 180gm VIRGIN VINYL, textured picture sleeve with lyric and picture inserts. The sleeve has just a little faint foxing & a corner crease leaving it Excellent, whilst the vinyl has a light scuff to one side with no evidence of play leaving it Near Mint Minus. A stunning copy of this nugget from vinyl’s wilderness years! SVLP050).
QUEEN A Night At The Opera (Rare and out of print 2000 US limited edition DCC 24 karat Gold Audiophile CD, completely remastered by Steve Hoffman from the original master tapes. Housed in a jewel case with booklet picture sleeve featuring the original artwork, within in the unique die-cut outer slipcase. This example remains factory sealed from new! GZS-1144).
MARIAH CAREY Mariah Carey (2015 Japanese limited edition 11-track Blu-Spec CD album [an audio CD format using Blu-Ray technology, playable on all CD players] – Mariah’s 1990 self-titled debut studio album including the singles Vision of Love, Love Takes Time, Someday, I Don’t Wanna Cry and There’s Got To Be A Way. The disc looks unplayed housed in the jewel case complete with the picture / lyric inlay, an additional Japanese lyric booklet, Blu-Spec insert plus obi-strip).
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 sleeve notes about the collaboration DAD1031).
PAUL MCCARTNEY AND WINGS Wild Life (2022 UK/EU limited edition 8-track stereo LP, originally released in December 1971 and reissued to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Exclusive to independent record stores this edition is Half Speed Mastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios using high resolution transfers of the original master tapes from 23rd July 1971, and cut on a specially adapted Neumann VMS-80 lathe. Single pocket picture sleeve with series obi, factory sealed from new. Recommended).
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