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.
TIN MACHINE Tin Machine II (2022 UK/EU limited ediiton 12-track LP pressed on 180-gram Crystal Clear & Turquoise mixed coloured vinyl, an individually numbered edition of 5000 copies, complete with insert, specially spot-varnished picture sleeve & gold hype sticker. Originally released by Victory Music in 1991, Tin Machine II is their second and final studio album. Following this album and the supporting tour frontman David Bowie resumed his solo career. A welcome return to vinyl for this extraordinary album. Recommended).
TRAFFIC The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys (Rare US 6-track limited edition Mobile Fidelity ‘Ultradisc II’ 24-karat GOLD audiophile CD mastered directly from the original master tapes, unique black & gold bordered picture sleeve with booklet including the complete original artwork UDCD609).
THE BEATLES 1 (2015 UK & European remastered double LP issue of the classic 2000 27-track compilation album pressed on Audiophile quality 180gram Heavyweight Vinyl, featuring new stereo mixes by Giles Martin & Sam Okell of every #1 achieved by the band in the UK & US charts, including Love Me Do, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Yesterday, Eleanor Rigby, Penny Lane, Hey Jude, Let It Be and many more. Complete with the picture inners, the large fold-out poster and four portrait postcards, both discs are UNPLAYED housed in the gatefold picture sleeve which remains sealed within its original shrinkwrap).
JERRY LEE LEWIS The Sun Singles Collection (2016 UK 16-track LP pressed on High Definition Heavyweight Red Vinyl, featuring many of the Killer’s rowdiest, raunchiest, and most rollicking cuts, including ‘Great Balls of Fire’, ‘Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On’, ‘Crazy Arms’, ‘Breathless’ and many more, picture sleeve. The sleeve shows minimal wear and the vinyl appears barely played).
AMERICA America (Limited Edition 2011 US Audio Fidelity 12-track audiophile 24 Karat Gold Hybrid SA-CD [Super Audio CD – playable only on SACD players] mastered by Steve Hoffman, the platinum selling 1971 debut & essential Folk-Pop classic. Includes the hit single ‘A Horse With No Name’ & comes housed in an album jewel case with picture sleeve booklet & die-cut card picture slipcase, individually numbered sticker on the reverse. Although not sealed, this remains in a near ‘as new’ condition AFZ167).
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