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.
JENNIFER WARNES Famous Blue Raincoat: The Songs Of Leonard Cohen (2015 Impex Records limited edition of the TAS listed 9-track vinyl LP, a stunning aural update of the classic ‘Jenny Sings Lenny’ long-player, mastered by Bernie Grundman and pressed on 180-gram vinyl. A refined and satisfying listening experience where the bass is deeper, highs glisten but aren’t excessive and Jennifer’s non-EQ’d voice becomes a ‘living presence’ in your listening room. The record is housed inside a heavyweight picture sleeve which remains sealed with its gold elliptical Impex Records sticker. Essential!).
JOHN COLTRANE Coltrane Plays The Blues (ORG / Original Recordings Group limited edition stereo 6-track double album 2-LP cut at 45RPM, mastered from analogue tapes by Bernie Grundman and pressed by Gotta Groove Records on 180-gram vinyl. Recorded in 1960 and featuring McCoy Tyner, Steve Davis and Elvin Jones, Coltrane returns to his roots using the blues to explore the boundaries of jazz! High quality gatefold picture sleeve reproducing the abstract painting artwork by Marty Norman, individually numbered from an an edition of just 2500 copies. Hype sticker & factory sealed inside its perforated loose bag. Recommended).
THELONIOUS MONK Straight, No Chaser (Back in print for 2022 Impex Records stunning double album 2-LP edition cut at 33RPM. This mid-period masterwork finds Monk and his quartet – Charlie Rouse on tenor, Ben Riley on drums and Larry Gales on bass – exploring every texture, tone and melodic turn across seven expansive tracks. Pressed at RTI on 180-gram vinyl, Kevin Gray and Robert Pincus used analogue master tapes and minimal processing to great effect. High quality gatefold picturesleeve inside a resealable clear outer. This essential Impex release gets you closer to Monk’s genius than ever before!).
ART PEPPER Art Pepper + Eleven (2022 limited edition Contemporary Records Acoustic Sounds Series 12-track LP, the classic 1960 big band album featuring modern jazz classics by Gillespie, Monk, Parker, Rollins and Mulligan. First released in 1960 and recorded by legendary engineers Roy DuNann and Howard Holzer, this new edition features ALL-ANALOG mastering from the original tapes by Bernie Grundman. The record is pressed on 180-gram vinyl at QRP and presented in a StoughtonOld Style Tip-On Jacket picture sleeve, hype sticker & factory sealed).
JIMI HENDRIX Are You Experienced (2022 UHQR limited edition 33RPM 11-track LP from Analogue Productions, the definitive Ultra High Quality Record, each one hand-pressed on a manual Finebilt press using Clarity Vinyl® – first released in 1967 and widely regarded as the greatest, most influential debut album from any artist. Mastered directly from the original tapes by Bernie Grundman, the purest possible pressing housed inside a most visually stunning presentation package. Brand new & factory sealed)
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