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.
PINK FLOYD The Dark Side Of The Moon (2003 UK 30th Anniversary Edition 10-track gold Hybrid audiophile SACD [Super Audio CD] playable on all SACD & CD players, remastered in 5.1 Surround Sound. The disc looks barely played issued in the hype-stickered jewel case complete with the extensive picture lyric booklet containing updated artwork).
CAROL KIDD Both Sides Now (2020 limited edition 10-track Ultimate HQ HiQuality CD – Glasgow’s First Lady of Jazz, whose string of successful Linn recordings in the 1980s have made her a staple of international audiophile artists, returns with an all-new collection of delectable jazz and pop standards delivered in her inimitably smooth and heartfelt style. This UHQ-CD edition was developed through an effort to improve audio quality by upgrading the materials used during manufacture. Made by Memory Tech in Japan and mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearant Audio. Housed inside an individually numbered book-style case, limited to just 2000 copies. Hyp esticker & factory sealed).
KIM WILDE Come Out And Play (2022 EU limited edition 13-track LP pressed on Gold Marbled Vinyl in an edition of just 1500 individually numbered copies. Features a duet with Glenn Gregory of Heaven 17 and fellow 80s pop star Nik Kershaw. First released in 2010 and now available on vinyl for the very first time. Picture sleeve includes 4-page booklet with lyrics and photos, large gold hype sticker and re-sealable clear outer).
YES BBC Sessions 1969~1970 – Something’s Coming (2013 Japanese limited edition remastered Two Blu-Spec CD reissue of their 1997 compilation album which brings together of their band’s early performances on BBC Radio featuring tracks taken mainly from their first two albums. The two discs comes issued within the Mini-LP style embossed gatefold card sleeve complete with the integral 8-page English lyric booklet, an additional fold-out Japanese text insert plus obi-strip AIRAC-1718/9).
AGNETHA FÄLTSKOG Tio År Med Agnetha (2020 UK/EU limited edition ‘Music on Vinyl’ series issue of her 1979 16-track compilation LP pressed on Audiophile quality Flaming Coloured Vinyl. Housed in a gatefold picture sleeve which is individually number-embossed on the reverse, with the bonus fold-out poster and retains its hype-stickered resealable outer bag! MOVLP2739)
***Limited to only 2000 copies***.
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