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.
YES Fragile (2006 US limited edition 9-track 24-karat GOLD audiophile ‘Ultradisc II’ CD album – the legendary progsters’ influential 4th longplayer, originally released in November 1971 and including the single’Roundabout’ plus Long Distance Runaround and the incredible Heart Of The Sunrise. Mastered directly from the original master tapes, unique black & gold bordered ‘Ultradisc’ series picture sleeve & booklet including the complete original Roger Dean artwork UDCD766).
SIGRID How To Let Go (2022 UK/EU limited edition 11-track LP pressed on Purple Galaxy 180gram Vinyl, this colour is exclusive to Independent Record Stores. The second studio album by the Norwegian singer including the singles Mirror, Burning Bridges, It Gets Dark and Bad Life. Picture sleeve with hype sticker, factory sealed).
ROXY MUSIC Stranded (2022 UK/EU limited edition 8-track LP Half Speed Mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Miles Showell. Originally released in 1973, their third studio album and their first UK No’1, eventually see Roxy Music’s American audience take note. The iconic cover features the photo taken by Karl Stoecker and styled by Antony Price, of Playboy model Marilyn Cole, and has a gloss laminated finish to further enhance its artwork credentials. Gatefold picture sleeve with hype sticker, factory sealed).
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).
ABBA Voyage (Website Exclusive – Set of Four 2021 Japanese issue limited edition enhanced SHM-CD’s [Super High Material CD – playable on all CD players], each with a picture insert for a different band member, each featuring different bonus content. The version for Agnetha has just the standard album, Benny has bonus ‘ABBA In Japan’ Double DVD, Bjorn includes ‘ABBA Gold’ bonus disc, and Frida ‘The Essential Collection’ bonus DVD. Each housed in a fold-out card picture sleeve with lyrics and obi-strip, and remains in a brand-new shop bought condition still in the hype-stickered re-sealable bag. But that is not all, this fantastic set also includes a ‘Not For Sale’ custom printed multipurpose PVC hand pouch. A must have for any fan!).
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