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.
MILES DAVIS Bitches Brew (2015 US 6-track audiophile double LP pressed on 180gram VIRGIN VINYL, issued as part of Columbia’s ‘Legacy Vinyl’ series & originally released in June 1970, gatefold picture sleeve reproducing the original album artwork. Davis’ groundbreaking experimental mixture of jazz and improvised rock, laying the groundwork for what would later become known as ‘jazz fusion’. The sleeve and vinyl remain in near ‘as new’ condition).
HANS ZIMMER & JUNKIE XL Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016 UK/EU ‘Music On Vinyl’ limited edition ‘At The Movies’ series 18-track Five Sided 3-LP set pressed on Red, Blue and Black 180gram Vinyl, with Side F etched. The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, housed in an individually numbered tri-fold picture sleeve with insert, and fold-out poster within a hype stickered PVC protective sleeve.The PVC has been opened along the bottom, however this example remains in a ‘near as new’ condition MOVATM088) ***Limited to only 5000 copies***.
JETHRO TULL Original Masters (Rare 1998 US limited edition 12-track 24ct GOLD DCC Compact Classics audiophile pressing CD, digitally remastered from the original master tapes, complete with the picture sleeve plus the superb original die-cut picture slipcase. This example remains in the open shrink, therefore remains in a ‘near as new’ condition, hard to find complete! GZS-1126).
THE SPECIALS More Specials (40th Anniversary Edition UK double album 2-LP Half-Speed Mastered and pressed on 180-gram vinyl cut at 45RPM with a bonus 7″ single – includes the classic ‘Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think). Newly mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Miles Showell using the original production tapes. Wide spine picture sleeve with series obi strip. Although not sealed, this example is still in the open shrinkwrap and remains in a ‘near as new’ condition).
AMERICA Hearts (Long out of print 2016 US 12-track ‘Audio Fidelity’ digitally remastered Hybrid SACD [Super Audio CD – playable on all SACD & CD players] remastered in 5.1 Surround Sound, with the disc manufactured in Austria. The groups fifth studio album originally released in 1975; booklet picture sleeve with an individually numbered die-cut picture card slipcase. The slipcase displays some light wear whilst the disc looks barely played AFZ5231).
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