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.
THE WHO My Generation (2022 UK/EU limited edition 12-track black vinyl LP mastered by long time Who engineer Jon Astley and Half Speed Mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Miles Showell for this release. My Generation was their 1965 debutalbum and contains songs such as My Generation, The Kids are Alright and The Ox. Packaged inside a replica of its original picture sleeve with Abbey Road HSM series obi and certificate of authenticity, brand new & factory sealed. Recommended).
DUKE ELLINGTON Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins (2022 Acoustic Sounds Series 8-track LP mastered by Ryan K Smith at Sterling Sound from original analogue tapes and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at QRP. Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, on the 18th August 1962 and released in February 1963 by Impulse! Records, with Ray Nance on cornet and violin, Johnny Hodges on alto sax, Harry Carney on baritone sax and bass clarinet, Aaron Bell on bass and Sam Woodyard, drums. High quality gatefold picture sleeve, with hype stickers & factory sealed. Recommended).
PINK FLOYD The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (2022 Japanese issue Amazon limited edition Mono Mix of their legendary 1967 debut album, remastered in 2017 from the original analogue tapes by James Guthrie, Joel Plante and Bernie Grundman, and pressed on 180-gram black vinyl. Picture sleeve replicating the original psychedelic artwork, with bespoke hype sticker & factory sealed. This is the UK/EU pressing, exported to be sold in Japan, This is the UK/EU pressing, exported to be sold in Japan, specifically through Amazon Japan, and includes Japanese liner notes and lyric sheet insert, along with a picture obi-strip. Also includes a very limited 9½” square print of the album artwork, which remains in an unopened protective bag, and taped to the LP!).
ALICE COOPER Billion Dollar Babies (2016 US limited edition 10-track vinyl LP reissue of the classic 1973 album, pressed on Green Swirl 180gram heavyweight vinyl, with embossed gatefold picture sleeve that reproduces the original picture cards, printed inner sleeve and dollar bill. The stickered sleeve is in superb condition, whist the vinyl is in near ‘as new’ condition R12685).
BLACK SABBATH Black Sabbath (2015 UK issue of the classic 1970 7-track LP pressed on Audiophile quality 180gram Heavyweight Vinyl, their eponymous debut studio album including the single Evil Woman. The vinyl is UNPLAYED housed in the sealed gatefold picture sleeve BMGRM053LP).
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